"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
After a decade working in conventional, large-scale agriculture, as an agronomist and environmental regulator, I had enough. I couldn’t pretend any longer. All my experiences leading up to this point had provided me with first-hand evidence of the negative consequences to raising animals within the large-scale food production system. I disagreed with so much in this industry, and I wasn’t honoring my true self by continuing to play the game. My intuition was telling me to leave and promote a system that enhanced the lives of animals, human health, and the environment. I needed to turn my true passion, my long-time hobby at home, into an example for the world to see how our food system can be healed. This book is my avenue for sharing the benefits to raising animals at a small scale, where an intimate connection can be created between meat animal and human. Within this book, I provide examples of my personal experiences within factory farms, and how they have led me to understand the importance of raising animals with love. I outline the simple model I use in raising animals according to their own natural needs. You will learn how to move through the death of your meat animals, and as a result, create depth within yourself for more love. I share personal examples from my own life that have brought me to know my true self and align with my own internal wisdom--the guidance that is present within all of us. This book is not intended to be an instructional manual for raising animals. You may learn quite a few things about raising animals as you read, however, the purpose within these pages is to allow you to open your mind and uncover your fullest potential as a human being. This book is meant to inspire you to trust in yourself and confidently bring your own passion out into the world.