Monthly Archives: February 2009

How to Plow a Field

February 26, 2009
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How to Plow a Field

This isn’t what I was searching for when I found this post, but I figure it will be useful when we get ready to plant some row crops soon. How to Plow a Field Enjoy the read.  I can sympathize with the comment wishing his grandfather was around to show him how to do all…

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Barter on My Mind

February 25, 2009
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A slow economy seems to make for busy times.  But in the midst of the busyness one thing keeps running through my mind.  How can we build an independent local economy that will be a shelter to our families and our community when we can no longer depend on the world economy? I’ve posted before…

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Town Home Gardening

February 25, 2009
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Town Home Gardening

Don’t despair if you live in town and want a garden…You can still have a great, productive garden!  We planted our very first garden during our first year of marriage.  We lived in a tiny house in the middle of town.  It was a great little garden.  We planted tomatoes, corn, peppers, squash and a…

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Real or Fake Food?

February 22, 2009
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Here’s another good reason why you should know where your food is coming from.  This article from USA Today:  Something Fishy?  Counterfeit foods enter the U.S. market. Some of your favorite foods may be fakes.  Foods masquerading as something else — a more nutritious something else — have been big news in the past two…

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Hatching our own eggs…

February 21, 2009
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Hatching our own eggs…

We thought it would be a good experiment to see if we could reproduce our own chicks without having to buy chicks from the hatchery.  All this self-sufficient, self-sustaining talk is more complicated than the books tell you it is.  Our son has a flock of white leghorn chickens.  They are not disappointing him with…

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Simple Goat Talk

February 19, 2009
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Simple Goat Talk

We are by no means goat experts…  As I have mentioned before, with a lot of things in life, we learn by what not to do next time.  We have had our fair share of goats over the years and have learned more than we ever wanted to know about goats only to find out we didn’t know the…

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The Trouble with Goat Horns

February 13, 2009
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The Trouble with Goat Horns

The trouble with a goat’s horns is that they are – goat horns!  Honestly, I always thought of them as a pretty convenient handle.  But I’m not the only one who handles the goats.  For an eight year old, who is already at a 30 pound disadvantage, a set of nice horns can be the weapon that…

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1,000 White Eggs

February 11, 2009
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1,000 White Eggs

Last year when a restaurant told us they only wanted white eggs we reluctantly started researching white egg layers.  It was not that we have anything against white egg layers, but we had just purchased around 40 brown egg layers and the brown eggs just seem more “back to the farm”. None the less, we…

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You Can Support the Raw Milk Bill – HR 778

February 5, 2009
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This is from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF).  Please see below for actions you can take today to help insure you have access to healthy milk products for your family in the future. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill (HR 778) that would repeal the current ban on raw milk and raw milk…

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Ron Paul and Raw Milk

February 5, 2009
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Statement of Congressman Ron Paul Introducing Legislation Allowing Interstate Shipment of Unpasteurized Milk January 29, 2009 “Madame Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that allows the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise…

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Warmth and Reflection

February 5, 2009
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Warmth and Reflection

Single digits on the thermometer make outside very uninviting.  It is just plain bone chilling cold even when it is 30 degrees during the day.  However, we are supposed to get a reprieve soon with a 60 degree day.  Yippee, we all rejoice and will be looking forward to soaking in the vitamin D hopefully this…

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They are so cute!

February 3, 2009
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They are so cute!

Well, she had TWINS!!!  We are all very excited and thrilled that the final ewe to lamb had twins!  They are doing well and we let them out of the lambing pen the other day to join the other sheep in the pasture.  The babies are so cute and funny.  Sheep really do “boing”!

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