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Pontotoc Man Gets Back To Nature

Posted by R.H. Brown | July 30, 2012 / 05:06pm | Local News

(PONTOTOC COUNTY,Ms) (WCBI) In a remote area of Pontotoc County on Cane Creek Road, its like taking a step back in time when life was much simpler.

One Pontotoc farmer is certainly making good use of his retirement years.

J. C. Higgins has gone back to getting by in life, without having to always reach into his pocket, buying goods out of a store.

"I raise my own food. I eat out of the woods. Deer, coon, possum, squirrel. I still do that," said Higgins.

Before the roosters crow on his farm, Higgins is already up milking his cow, a nine hundred dollar investment.

He has already sold 14 of the cows nurtured by his cow Bessie.

"I drink the milk and churn. I just live like I use to. You know, when I was a kid," said Higgins.

Horses help plow the ground for growing vegetable, one is even a Tennessee Walker.

There are chickens, oh yes, looking for an answer to high gas prices.

"I got those jennies there. When gas ran up few years ago I quit mowing the yard. I fenced the yard and those jennies keep this grass cut. They fertilize it as they go and they keep it cut," said Higgins.

There is even a storm shelter fully stocked with preserves, jellies, veggies, and even pieces of meat preserved in those old ball jars.

Our back to nature farmer has a simple philosophy he lives by, maybe something we all may want to consider.

"Treat our neighbors as we do ourselves. And do the right thing and try to stay in tune with the Lord," said Higgins.

Higging also sell a lot of his produce and animals grown on his farm.

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