Thursday, July 30, 2009

What To Plant Now

If you are trying to figure out what to plan this month. Month in the generic sense of March or April or May or June or July or August or September, not the month as in the month of this post then go no further than this little helper from Mother Earth News.

What to Plan Now (by Region)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Learning About Farming - Internships

If you would like to learn about sustainable farming through an internship program check out the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service Internship website. This is one of those times when I wishes that we could afford for me not to work so I could do this for a summer. Unfortunately that is one of the sacrifices being the sole income earning for the family.

Go sustainable agriculture!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Feed Mill Pictures

As promised in the post, Saving Money on Feed, here is a slide show of the old feed mill.

Monday, July 13, 2009

First Chickens Hatched The Old Way Update 1

If you have not read the previous post, First Chickens Hatched The Old Way, read it is okay I can wait.

We moved the hen and her 3 chicks out to the coop with our younger hens. For a short background we currently have two coops with approx 40 chickens each. One coop has chickens that are approx. a year old and the other has hens that are between 3-4 months old. Back to the story, so some of the hens/roosters come out to check out the chicks and mom immediately goes into attack mode. It has been made clear to all comers that investigation and curiosity are not appreciate. She has been out there with the chicks for approx. one week now and had zero problems. It is amazing how the Lord designed nature to work, no heat lamps or special setup aside from the coop and she is doing a great job and keeping them warm.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Clean Water

Next to air the most important thing for our bodies is water. In today's world trusting the water that comes directly out of your well or rural/city water supply is dangerous. It can be fine one day and needs to be boiled the next. We use a Royal Berkey however there are even cheaper solutions that can cut those costs even more.

Here is a DIY Water Filter that uses the Berkey Black Elements however it significantly increases the volume and decreases the price, enjoy.
Home Made Berkey Water Filter