I was at the post office, know the price of stamps is going up, have been buying a sheet or so when I can, look at what I was offered today!
Heritage breeds stamps! 55 cent, forever type.
The stamps feature photographs of 10 heritage breeds: the American Mammoth Jackstock donkey, the Narragansett turkey, the Cayuga duck, the San Clemente Island goat, the Mulefoot hog, the Cotton Patch goose, the American Cream draft horse, the Barbados Blackbelly sheep, the Milking Devon cow, and the Wyandotte chicken.
Now we need Permie stamps... Autralorp chickens, Dexter cows, comfrey, sunroots, paw paw trees.... :D
Now, it's not the USPS's fault they have to raise stamp prices. I blame those elected officials who tied the USPS's hands a few years back.
You'd think that having one part of the government that worked right and turned a profit would be a Good Thing, but ... Sigh.
I know that if it weren't for my local Postal People I wouldn't have nearly as much fun as I do. My regular carrier has even made time to bring me chicks, and drop off strange packages from stranger places. Such a good guy.
I love that the concept of livestock as endangered animals is new to some of the poor "normal" people, and that being able to talk about why it's important to have a wide variety of pheno and genotypes of each specie is a Good Thing for anyone who has to deal with people who think meat comes from the grocery store.
Having those stamps, (and aren't they good looking ones, too!) puts the topic out there in the public forum again.
Teaching experiences come when they come. Knowing how to explain why certain types of critter are worth saving is a good skill to have.
I guess I'll have to add a page or two of stamps the next time I order some boxes. Thanks, Pearl!
"No one has been traumatized by a chicken or tried to lick something they shouldn't or attempted to eat packing peanuts so I consider it a win. Also since starting at this job I've had air conditioning every day, nothing has burned down, and nobody has been bayonetted so I consider it a step up from the last one"
- Catherine Dobbs on describing her day
Without subsidies, chem-ag food costs four times more than organic. Or this tiny ad: