Your Weekly Cultivation #29

Monsanto, the EPA and collusion – the web grows but will Monsanto at the end of the day get caught in it: Evidence EPA Colluded With Monsanto to Dismiss Cancer Concerns Grows Stronger

Now is the time to plan and learn to garden not when things fall apart: Post Apocalyptic Gardening: A Few Things You Should Know

Interested in Agroforestry then check out The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri – Thanks to Michael Moss and Dan Grubbs for point this out.

Never would have thought you had to “hack” your tractor: Why American Farmers are Hacking Their Tractors with Ukrainian Firmware

Podcast with Jason Volk on Compact Farms and Part-time Farming

Need a Detoxifier – How about Harvesting and Using Dandelion Roots

Have need of a natural pain killer, you might want to try Wild Lettuce 

Allan Carlson writes on  - Agrarianism Reborn: On the Curious Return of the Small Family Farm

Much wisdom here from Quinn at Reformation Acres: 15 Reasons to Reconsider Your Homestead Dream.  Dreams and reality often collide and that is when you need to a take a hard look and see the direction you are going.  Dreams are good but how you achieve them has to be done in the context reality.  This is not about abandoning but reconsidering, there is a difference.

Food is the Answer:20 Years of Good Food

Food Is The Answer: 20 Years of Good Food (short version) from Georgia Organics on Vimeo.

Anyone tried Hugelkultur

Sepp Holzer – Farming with Terraces and Raised Beds

Farming with Nature

Woodleaf’s system approach to pest and soil management

Agroforestry

Your Weekly Cultivation #28

Article my daughter wrote on her blog Hillbilly Blossom:  Saying Goodbye….For Now

Paradigm Gardens is an Urban Farm in the heart of New Orleans

Looking for ways to modify or improve your farm tools check out FarmHack.org and see what they have to offer and watch the video below.

A list, with videos, of 34 Primitive Survival Skills that are good to know for survival and even for homesteading

A look at Unconventional Gardening Methods: Pros and Cons

Are you starting a garden this spring – might find some useful tips here

More tips for gardening if you Want the Healthiest Vegetables

Tips on ways to keep warm without spending more

While many cities and counties add restrictions to selling your produce it is good to see Denver Implement Urban Farming Program

Farm Aid looks at GMOs-Top Five Concerns for Family Farmers

Scott Terry of North Country Farmer interviews Jenni Blackmore author of Permaculture for the Rest of Us.  Also check out the interview with Jason Matyas from Beyond Off Grid which was recorded March 18th

Speaking of Beyond Off Grid have you gotten a copy of the DVD yet?  If not you can get one here: Beyond Off Grid Film

Videos for the Week

Paul Harvey

Farmhack.org getting started Video

Joel Salatin: What Gets Me Up in the Morning

Quite the use of a 1/4 Acre

Your Weekly Cultivation #27

Want to thank Michael Moss for the great links he posts that I often share here.  You may not know him but he is in a FB group, or two, I am in – Thanks Michael.

More on the Sam Girod story here and there are links in the article to past articles if this is new to you.  Really held without bail – bad enough he is being sentenced for labeling issues and bad enough there is maximum penalty of 68 years but no bail as well.  This is the Gov’t trying to flaunt it’s power because someone did not bow down to them.

Sad you do not see this more but it has been my experience that many who would want to do this are either dissuaded or not permitted to by Gov’t regulations:  Quebec Grocery Store Give Unsold Produce to Food Banks

No big surprise here: Monsanto Colluded with the EPARegarding Roundup and Cancer

Hard to believe, well not really, with all the “real” crime that takes place daily even in the supposed bastion of freedom “Texas” that sheriffs raid raw milk exchanges.  But then again as you have seen above a guy can go to jail for 68 years for labeling issues.  Sadly so many people are duped into thinking this is for the publics own good that there is not the uproar there should be.  Bottom line is if you think raw milk is unsafe no one is making you buy it but those that see its benefits should be not be stopped from buying it.

Working to get rid of and control weeds can be tough – here are 6 tips.  The issue we have here in KY is that often the soils is damp and when I use my wheel how it often just pulls up clumps of weeds.  If the rain stays away and it is either cld or hot they may die but if it rains they just take root again.

Often people paint homesteading in a light that makes it out to be idyllic, but here are 7 Truths about Homesteading from A Farmish Kind of Life

Over at Stoney Acres there is an article on planting in Zones 4 to 6 and one on planting in Zone 7

My renewal just came up so it reminded me to remind you to think about joining the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

A tour of Purple Pear Farm in New South Wales Australia

The importance of understanding your soil and the use of cover crops

Economics of Draft Animal Power

Organic farming in Cuba by necessity

2 weeks ago I posted the Back to Eden video so here is Wranglerstar’s view on using wood-chips – again this is not the only way!  But protecting ones soil is of utmost importance.

Your Weekly Cultivation #26

After last weeks post it appears they put Sam Girod in Jail.  Sure glad the Gov’t is protecting us from those dangerous criminals.

If you are looking for a no-till drill this may be the one for you:  The Genesis No-Till Drill

Homeopathy is not just for humans: Homeopathy Simplified, for the Shepherd

Often it is proposed that the only way to feed the world is via GMO’s and even National Geographic wants to press this falsehood:  Flawed Nat Geographic Propaganda Claims Organic Farming Can Feed the World – But Only With GMO’s

This article is talks about the growth of the Organic sector due to America’s Appetite for Organic Food.  What is not talked about is whether this is sustainable as often when the growth of an industry is based on the ever changing desires of the masses they often do not last.  Hope it does last but you just never know with peoples fickle wants.

Article on the issues with farming in India and a possible solution being Zero-Budget Natural Farming

If you have heard of Mob Grazing but not sure what it is here is an article: Mob Grazing Made Simple.  This guy is skeptical of Mob Grazing but he only talks about cows and some I have read that use this method use a number of animals all of which eat differently but still good to hear skeptical opinions so we make sure we have looked at something from all perspectives.

If you are going to grow a garden it is important to think about what you are about to do: The Only Way A Garden Will Save You Money

If you are looking at homesteading you need a copy of Scott Terry’s Keys to Successful Homesteading.

Also, don’t forget to get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

 

OK it’s Romania Video Day 

Life as a Farmer in a Romanian Village – Trailer

Romania Hay Camp – Part 1 of 3  |  Here are Part 2 and Part 3

Romania Wild Carpathia

Discover Romania

Your Weekly Cultivation #25

My daughter writes on changes to take place at our home in KY: A Change in Direction

If you are interested in learning about hog butchering and you are in the vicinity of Brinkhaven Ohio, or willing to travel, check out Reformation Acres Hog Butchering workshop.  If you would like to see a recap of the last workshop you can do so HERE.

Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg, a small farm in the southwest of England writes on “Market Gardening”:  The revolution will not be market gardenized: some thoughts on Jean-Martin Fortier

Good to see the land being handed over to those that live on it:  Indonesian President Hands Over Management of Forests to Indigenous People

Yes you can go to jail for not labeling things correctly: Amish Farmer Sam Girod is in Jail.  Also, here is the latest from 2/28/17.  Also, KY Free Press has an Update as well on Day 1 of the trial.

When will the Gov’t get it and let hemp be the cash crop it could be:  Local Hemp Importer Waiting for Rule Change

Yes you can get Organic Rye Whiskey in Florida

In India a tech firm has it’s employees growing their own food:  Manyata Tech Park is Organic

Article that looks at the lab and the field:  Addressing the Gap Between Research and Practice in Sustainable Agriculture 

Good article on a foreigners thoughts on rural America:  An English Sheep Farmer’s View of Rural America

As I have mentioned before if you are looking at homesteading you need a copy of Scott Terry’s Keys to Successful Homesteading yet?

Also, don’t forget to get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

Permaculture Project in Portugal

If you have not seen the Back to Eden video you can see it here for free.  Good stuff in the video and much useful information but we need to realize that this is not the only way to garden as many have sort of taken that if you do it any other way it is not biblical and thus not correct.  My suggestion is watch the video and discern what you need to use.

Here is a Back to Eden update form October of 2016, documentary was originally released August 11, 2011

Looking to make a chicken coop

Your Weekly Cultivation #24

I will moving away from raising sheep and looking to sell our flock and some fencing in the next couple months.  Not so much a failure or giving up but need to be wiser about how time, effort and resources are spent.  With my work taking me away form home more than I thought it would I end up putting more work on my wife and daughter.  Figured also it would be more productive to focus on the garden.  If interested, we are in south-central KY, leave a comment.  I will be writing more specifics on this next week and also will probably put it on Craig’s list then as well.

And now to the usual content:)

Here is a list of Monsanto Free Seed Companies 

Like fried food well here is an article that looks at the healthiest oil to use to deep fry your food

Lots of information here on “Organic No-Till”

Mother Earth News also writes on No-Till Farming Pros and Cons

Need information on Raw Milk availability you can check here and here.  For poultry processing info you can go here.

Check out my daughter’s blog Hillbilly Blossom | A City Gal Gone Country 

Joel Salatin writes on the Staunton Curb Market

Consider joining the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) so as to help protect the rights of farmers and consumers.  There are a number of options from consumer to farmer.

Interesting in raising Bamboo for profit – Minimum Acreage for a Profitable Bamboo Plantation

If you are looking at homesteading you need a copy of Scott Terry’s Keys to Successful Homesteading yet?

Don’t forget to get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

Well if you cannot provide what people want I guess you can make what they want illegal:  Kerrygold Butter Was Too Popular

 

Sustainability in Modern Farming | Part 6

 

How about becoming a Carpathian Buffalo Farmer

 

Farming in Transylvania

Your Weekly Cultivation #23

 How to train piglets to an electric fence.

Grafting with Household Supplies

What to do when you cannot go to the doctor: Herbal Medicines You’ll Need When Doctors Disappear

Mother Earth News article on Beating Blues and Blight 

Noah Sanders of Redeeming the Dirt will be offering Hands-On Christian Agricultural Courses in 2017 

Recently was reminded of a statement that Mike Brabo of Vesterbrook Farm made a few years ago that is as true today:

“Is eating LOCAL really healthy?   Eating is a deeply personal issue, yet people really need to know if they are ingesting chemicals, toxins and GMOs which will have a long term negative effect on their health. As a farmer that has experienced cancer I am deeply committed to providing healthy, organically-produced foods to the greater St Louis community. There is currently a great emphasis in eating LOCAL. While I support the “Eat Local” movement I would add that the foods which are laden with pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms are not magically “healthy” when they are produced within 100 miles of St Louis. It is crucial for consumers to visit the farms where their food is being produced. Ask questions, be educated. The recent exposure of horse meat sold as beef is an example. Who is YOUR farmer? “

Spring is not far away so are you ready to plant?  Here a couple resources: Garden Planting Guide & Garden Planning Calculator

To get your soil ready for spring you can look to these 10 Soil-Turning Tools

Have you bought a copy of Scott Terry’s Keys to Successful Homesteading yet?  If not you need to if you are thinking of moving to the country or know others who are.

Don’t forget to get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

Sustainability in Modern Farming | Part 5

Extreme Sheep Herding

Living Mulch Sustainable Farming Near Missoula

Farming in New Zealand

Your Weekly Cultivation #22

Not a new story but worth repeating as it is costly to upset the big guys: Cartoonist Fired from Farm News

Not directly food related but another instance of how even labeling is not the answer as “organic” is not always what you think it is.

Need a new crop or animal, err insect, to raise – how about crickets:  Raising Crickets.  May sound strange but I have eaten EXO Bars which are made of Cricket Flour and you cannot tell the difference.

Do you wash your eggs when you get them from the coop, think again:  Why Do Americans Wash and Refrigerate Eggs?

Are Big Pharma antibiotics your only means of combating bacteria, no take a look at Oil of Oregano

While there may be times you need to turn to modern medicine to help your animals often there are alternatives than looking that direction from the start:  Looking to Herbs for Livestock Health

Interesting article on grass fed beef – as usual when the Gov’t gets involved things are not always what they seem:  Look for the American Grassfed Assoc (AGA) Label

Looking to homestead then I suggest you buy a copy of Scott Terry’s new E-Book Keys to Successful Homesteading

Don’t forget to get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

 

Sustainability in Modern Farming | Part 4

Rare and Old Breeds of Cattle, Horse, Goat, Sheep, Pig, Chicken, Turkey Goose and Duck

Key words used here are “the use of science to control nature” and that rarely goes well

This is the whole video of which the above was taken out of

Your Weekly Cultivation #21

Don’t forget to buy a copy of Scott Terry’s new E-Book Keys to Successful Homesteading

You also should get a copy of the DVD Beyond Off Grid

Not really surprising as this is not much different from making raw milk illegal purporting the fear it may make you sick but allowing drugs with a list of how bad they can be, often including even death, that is longer than its benefits.  I understand that cannabis is a touchy subject but it’s therapeutic benefits are not really debatable, even they people do – Big Pharma Synthetic Cannabis

Got a small farm, well even a large farm, and thinking of horses: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Farming with Horses

Scott writes about 7 Reasons Why Growing Up on a Farm Is the Best Way to Grow Up

Want to grow your own food  - 6 Ways to Grow Food Year Round in Any Climate

How long will your seeds last?

An attempt to conserve the West’s open, working landscapes: Agrarian Freedom Project

Wendell Berry and the New Urbanism: Agrarian Remedies, Urban Prospects 

This is the good kind of “graft,” so if you are going t be near Savannah TN on March 18 you might want to take in this workshop – Grafting Workshop @ Cider Hollow Farm

 

Sustainability in Modern Farming Part 3

 

From Mother Earth News – The Basics of Raising Free Range Chickens

 

John Stossel looks at how often what we eat is illegal

 

Farming in the Congo

Your Weekly Cultivation #20

Make sure to get your copy of Scott Terry’s new E-Book: Keys to Successful Homesteading

“There are many books out there that cover the how-to aspects of raising food, preserving food, how to improve soil, find the best land or market produce. This little book is different. This book is more about having the proper mindset and making the right choices. It is not a long read, only 20 pages.  I didn’t want to waste your valuable time for the sake of filling pages.   If you take this information to heart, it has the potential to save you thousands of dollars and save you from failure.”  -  Buy a copy HERE

Did not know this but Feb 24th is CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Day 

It would appear even farming cannot escape China:  China is Turning America Into A Factory Farm

Scott Terry shares a Plan Profile on Common Mullein

Finally: Kentucky Approves 12,800 Acres for Hemp Cultivation in 2017

Interesting Article:  If the Economy Collapses or a Disaster Strikes, Will You Have Enough to Eat

133 Homesteading Skills for Modern Day Homesteader

Try your garden rather than the pharmacy: Edible Medicinal Plants for Your Yard & How to Grow and Use Them

Some thoughts on Cleaning Creosote From Your Stove Pipes

Don’t forget to purchase your copy of Beyond Off-Grid

Lots of issues brought up in this video from Gov’t subsidies to competing with BigAg and others

 

One of my favorite Andy Rooney episodes

 

Rice farming in rural Nepal

 

What is Sustainability – Farmers Weekly looks at a farm in Gloucestershire – Part 2