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mushroom leather

I am currently taking a weekly evening class on growing oyster mushrooms. Our instructor, Chase, spent the 6 months following his oil field job layoff studying mushrooms, and experimenting with their production. He is enthusiastically passing on what he learned. There is SO MUCH about mushrooms that I did not know. Of course the rather meticulous, involved propagation is part of that, but the nature of a mushroom colony is quite different than what I imagined. The part we all see, know and eat is such a tiny element in the being. Moreover, mushrooms exist in a huge number of varieties, most of which adapt to their surroundings in surprising ways. My weekly class is zooming over the tip of […]

Easter Egg Chicken Ranch improvements

The bad news: A predator took out our good rooster leaving us with two lonely hens putting out a fifth of our regular egg consumption (Missy loves to include lots of eggs in our diet … fresh are particularly welcome). Though I don’t remember ever enjoying the crowing of our rooster, we surprisingly missed it right away. I patched a hole in the fence that had a trail of now deceased rooster feathers, reviewed the heck out of our game camera, but still do not know who or what took him out. I was amazed to run across an advertisement listing 9-month-old chickens, at the very beginning of their egg productive phase for only six dollars each. The going rate […]

kill the old red rooster

I inherited a crummy coop, no pen and 20 chickens. The girls preferred hanging out with the dominant old rooster. I bumped off three middle-aged roosters who kept pestering the chickens to their obvious displeasure, and who kept the old guy running around like crazy keeping those boys from bugging the girls. Finally peace in the flock, but still NO eggs. ZERO. Not just for days, but for months. There was a small sub-flock of May/June birds that the main flock pushed away early on, and kept separate during the day. It was comprised of one rooster who bothered nobody and three hens. Still, with a variety of ages in the flock, NO EGGS. Just 50 pounds of feed every […]

“How To” collection

Here is another batch of links I have been saving up for … uh, I dunno why I save such things, but here they are. Make your own glues This really clever article, thinking and practical recipes is a great find. I know I want to save them all, and gather up these ingredients. Good Things To Keep On Hand For Adhesive Making Flour Alum Corn Syrup Salt Glycerin Gum Arabic Clove Oil Gelatin Containers With The Ability To Remain Airtight Squeeze Bottles For Dispensing Easily and Precisely The Best Glue Alternatives and Substitutes ———————————————– Can You Make Soap Without Using Lye? (Here’s a Secret, Easy Way!) Natural Body & Home When I first became interested in making soap for […]

scat

Yesterday I found a carcass just outside our fenced yard. Our neighborhood has large populations of deer, turkeys, lions and bears. The prior owners of our house scooted quickly back inside when the little old lady stepped into the breezeway to face a bear and her cub. I added a six-foot chain link fence to encourage predators to stay out of our yard, but I know it is only a deterrent. A mountain lion could jump that with a deer in its mouth. My carcass find yesterday was a reminder. Later in the day I found this big poop. I admit I don’t know scat. But this one seems quite large … larger than a mountain lion. Perhaps a […]

certified olive oil

I am proud that I do not unquestioningly accept pronouncements from OFFICIALS. But the University of California, Davis olive oil story broadcast all over the lamestream and Internet media sucked me in. I hate to admit I was faked out by the fake story on fake olive oil, 🙁 but am happy to publish the other side. 🙂 Once you read the information on the graphics below, you will distrust Davis too. The good news is that you can trust olive oil that carries the North America Olive Oil Association label. I received the following very polite e-mail about my republishing of the UC Davis story: ———– Hi Ted, I noticed your recent article on olive oil brands falsely […]

investment diversity into food

Around the world, be it financial collapse, earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, civil unrest, blizzard, or a myriad other abnormalities people have found themselves facing empty store shelves. Talk to them about investment diversity when they cannot buy groceries at any price. You are likely to hear them lamenting their poor pantry planning at the top of the list. Emergency planners list shelter, water, food at the top of anyone’s list. However, few of us can handle several days, let alone a week without resupply. Many cannot handle one day without stocked shelves nearby. Suffice it to say, prudent people of significant maturity to recognize their world has numerous potentials for disaster will have a minimum of several weeks worth of food […]

newfangled apple-a-day may kill you

GMOs invade fruit industry: Apples, pears, cherries and peaches to all become unlabeled GMO Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/048633_GMO_apples_genetically_modified_fruit_apple_polyphenols.html#ixzz3RmYCC76O (NaturalNews) Genetically modified apples have been approved by the industry-corrupted USDA, a federal regulator that accomplishes for the biotech industry the same thing the FDA achieves for Big Pharma: unlimited profits, lax regulation and a ready willingness to accept fabricated “science” as fact. “The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples,” explains a press release from Food & Water Watch. [1] The GMO apple that just received approval was developed by the Okanagan Specialty Fruits company, which says it “…married the best of nature with the best of science.” The road to Hell, of course, […]

Garden Planting Schedule

from homespun seasonal living .com January 14, 2015 by Kathie When a planning a garden, one of the most important parts is getting the timing right. Not everything gets planted at the same time, some seeds get direct seeded right into the garden, some get started inside, some go before the last frost, some after and so on. It’s a lot to keep in a head or at least in my head, I don’t even try. I’ve found it much easier to keep track of all those important dates by creating a schedule of what gets planted when and where (indoors or outside). This garden planting schedule keeps me from having to constantly look in books on the backs […]

eggsanity

The People’s Republic of Left Coast again shows its special genius. Leading the way to our brave new world, the voters have agreed to implement The Humane Society‘s dream chicken-ranching beautification scheme (humane to non-human animals, that is). Part 1, as encoded into law by voter initiative, all chicken ranches in California had their operations dictated to be nice to the birds raised therein. Well, as nice as the law-writers could mandate with an edict comprehensible to the voting public (a rather low common denominator to be sure). Part 2 came from the legislature in response to chicken rancher pressure. All eggs imported into California must come from facilities equally handicapped by egalitarian humane standards. As a result, mass-volume factory-farm […]

the GMO iceberg

The top seven GMO crops you should avoid like the plague Sunday, June 08, 2014 by: S. D. Wells Tags: GMO crops, plague, biotech industry (NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plant and meat products that have had their DNA altered and possibly mutated in some laboratory, and it’s all coined as the evolution of science and biotechnology for agriculture in order to fool the masses into believing that it’s for “our own good.” They (biotech giants) even teach it in schools and at Disney World now, and they say it all without ever telling anyone what they’re REALLY doing, and that is inserting the genes from other plants, animals, viruses and bacteria into food — often in the […]

growing without pests Day 1

We had a wonderful class. I didn’t know how it would work, if I had enough new information for those attending, and so on. It was the first time I’d used presentation software with a cable to a big screen monitor. I was nervous. It went great. There is a warm dozen-plus gardeners, knowledgeable and open to new information. They are embracing what I call The Bob Cannard method of growing – but what is in reality my evolution of it. Some of the 15 who signed up for the class have conflicts with one or more of the four weekly sessions. They are asking for written materials. That’s a bit tricky as I mostly improvise from my notes and […]