“Less is often more” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
Justin is a carpenter by day, and a farmer at all other times! Him and his wife Andrea have built their pasture-raised meat farm Fat of the Land from the ground up over the last few years, including building their own 700 square foot house on the property. Justin’s goal is to be able to move to farming full time, and to continue to provide healthy and humanely raised meat to his community. – Jeannette B
Image © Jeannette Breward
An Interview with Justin
Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?
A. I don’t have very many parties, so on my 29th birthday it was great to have friends over for what has become known as the “lumberjack games”. Lots of axe throwing, wood chopping, and probably the most fun, milking a latex glove like it was an udder.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I think it was on my twelfth birthday. I wasn’t feeling well in the morning but went to school because it was the science fair as well. I wound up having the flu, cried after throwing up in the bathroom, went home and passed out and when everyone showed up for my party I sat there and watched everyone eat pizza. I have no idea why it wasn’t cancelled.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?
A. Anytime someone doesn’t remind me that it is not a leap year.
Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?
A. No, but if I get the choice I usually ask for chilli. Probably because its so cold at the end of February.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. To be reminded of how special we are to our friends and family. Its one day a year, but I think it can mean a lot.
Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?
A. On my Dad’s side we a;ways sing happy birthday twice.