Your Bi-Weekly Cultivation #39

A recent article on whether Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World

An interesting look at Roots: Digging Deep Reveals the Intricate World of Roots

An article on soil: Minerals – The Big Four for Soil

A look at the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods.

Have to admit I had not heard of this one:  Milking Donkeys

With many finding purslane taking over their gardens here are 10 Amazing Benefits of Purslane 

With the AHA seeming to be doing a full court press with its reports that butter and coconut oil are bad here are some resources to the contrary:

Check out last weeks North Country Farmer Radio as Scott Terry talked to Nathaniel Burson about Drilling Your Own Well.  You can check out the show live on Fridays at 8PM EST at North Country Farmer Radio.  You can also help to support the show by signing up to be a supporter at the North Country Farmer Patreon page.


Here is Episode 2 of The Edwardian Farm

2017 Gardeners World Episode 2

Dirty Jobs Episode on Organic Coffee Grower

Organic Faming at the Alison Farm

Your Bi-Weekly Cultivation #38

Nice piece on Jayson Werth an outfielder for the Washington Nationals speaking on Organic Farming

Do you see God’s Grace in more places than just salvation, you should: Grace is the Currency of The True Economy

The Home Grown Food Summit is June 12 – 18, 2017 and is free to watch

Scott gives an update on his permaculture project in the southern part of New York

Think about helping Scott with the North Country Farm Podcast by becoming a Patreon subscriber

Melanie and Kevin Cunningham of Shakefork Community Farm talk about using oxen and dreaming big on their farm

I am sure there are more but here are 6 Reasons We’re Fatter Than 30 Years Ago.

One reason you should not simply take the term “organic” for granted: Contaminated Food From China Now Entering the US Under the “Organic” Label.  I remember once going to a store to get some frog legs and seeing they were form China and had to ask if this meant we did not have frogs in the US.

While some have questioned the viability of “organic” and you do need to be wary of what is truly what it says it is business is business and those who are in business to make money know “Organic” indeed can make money: Organic Sales Post Record Sales

Who knew that the knife you use could affect the nutrients in your food

Video on The Home Grown Food Summit

Here is Episode 1 of The Edwardian Farm

The Secret History of the British Garden Part 4 – The 20th Century

2017 Gardeners World Episode 1

Your Weekly Cultivation #37

Article on How to Buy and Eat Cruelty-Free Chicken

I eat very little if any corn so this will not affect me but it will probably affect someone – grow your own and it will not: Heavy Rains Are Turning U.S. Corn Fields Into Lakes

Keep seeing this over and over that when one looks for the Gov’t approval they in turn take control so that you have to ask for permission for everything:  Local Officials are Coming for Your Garden

Check out Noah Sanders Video Invitation to a Basic Backyard Gardening Course.  Also check out the rest of the Redeeming the Dirt website

Thinking of companion planting, here is a beginners guide

Starting a garden, Here are 5 Easy to Grow Vegetables

Also here are tips for the Healthiest Vegetables

If you have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) nearby Here are 7 reason to Join

Be praying for Zimbabwe as heavy rains wash away roads, leaving crops stranded

Here is Episode 5 of The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them all you can do so here.

The Secret History of the British Garden Part 3 – The 18th Century

We Ain’t In Eden Anymore! How do We Farm In a Fallen World?

Balancing Money and Ministry at the Farmer’s Market

Your Weekly Cultivation #35

Due to having a busy schedule I am going to move to posting the Weekly Cultivation every other week for awhile:

This is what happens when you let a government be part of what government was not mean tot be part of:  Australian biosecurity officials destroy ‘irreplaceable’ plant samples from 19th century France

Check out Scott Terry’s  “North Country Farmer” Show and here is a link to last weeks interview with Graham Donahue of Growing Pastures Farm

Need some soap here is a post on how to make DIY liquid castile soap

11 Remedies for Heartworm Prevention in Dogs

Are you going to start a garden then here is How to plan a bigger, better vegetable garden

Do you want to start a community garden, here is an article on how to start one

Agriculture affects many areas of life and here are four areas where it can solve many environmental problems and improve health issues

Do you live in a desert environment here are some ideas on growing organic vegetables and more in desert climates

Why do we refrigerate eggs and they do not do so in Europe.  Guess it is OK for the cleaner that is used to go in the eggs as well:(

Dan looks at The Consumer: Time to Waking the Sleeping Giant and how while we can bash Big Ag it is after all driven by the consumer so maybe we need to look there just as intently

Here is Episode 4 of The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them all you can do so here.

The Secret History of the British Garden Part 2 – The 18th Century

Self-Sufficient Urban Gardening with Alys Fowler



Your Weekly Cultivation #34

Is your “organic” milk all you think it is: Why your ‘organic” milk may not be organic.  Truth is this is not restricted to milk as the label ‘organic’ has often just become that ‘a label” and is not what the consumer may think it is.

I have not had a chance to read this yet but this might be an interesting read: Soil Fertility and Animal Health by Dr. Wm. A. Albrecht

GMO’s – Top 5 Concerns For Family Farmers

Looking to build a partially earth-sheltered home, here are 5 tips

The Well Prepared Mama writes on What I Wish I knew Before I Started Homesteading

Looking to do some companion planting in your garden here is a list of some

Need to work in the garden getting rid of weeds – try the Planet Wizbang Wheel Hoe  that Herrick Kimball  sells the plans and some of the parts for but you make it yourself.  I have one and it works great.

Here is Episode 4 of The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them all you can do so here.

Edible Garden #3 – Roots & Leafy Greens

Interesting Documentary

Joel Salatin Talks Compost

Your Weekly Cultivation #33

If you do not listen to the North Country Farm Podcast you need to.  It seems lately I seldom can listen live (8PM EST on Fridays) but you can listen anytime after the show to a recoding of it.  This is from Scott who hosts the show:

“I’m setting up a special section on my website just for Patreon supporters. It will go live in June and will give you access to premium how to courses, videos and other useful stuff. If you have enjoyed the show and found it useful and entertaining, I would really appreciate your support. It would be great if we could at least cover the yearly expenses with small monthly donations. See the “Rewards Section” for details…”       You can sign up here 

The USDA has too much reach already but I guess it is not enough: USDA Silences Christian Farmers in Michigan 

Article from The Natural Farmer: Farming with Animals, Cover Crops, Manure, Mulches, and Minimal Tillage

It may just be me but something seems off with Cubic Farming and similar methods.   Does appear these methods, at least those at this site are very tied to the grid so not sure how they deal with it going down.  To me it is hard to beat God’s design for a garden but maybe I am just old fashioned:)

If you are in the Western North Carolina or Southern Appalachians area this search tool may useful: ASAP’s Local Food Guide. Wonder if there are similar tools elsewhere.

If you have looked up natural farming or permaculture you may wonder what the difference is.  Well here is one answer: How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming.

Always good to find lists of other bloggers as while all the info may not be what you are looking for having many resources makes the chances you do find what you need better.  Here is a list of 23 Homesteading Sites, I’m sure there are more and will post other lists in further posts.

Young Midwestern Farmers Want to Grow Sustainable Food – But They Need Help

Mobilizing veterans to feed America – Farmer Veteran Coalition

Here is Episode 3 of The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them all you can do so here.

Edible Garden #2  - Salads

The Secret History of the British Garden – Part 1 – The 17th Century

Joel Salatin – Solving World Problems (with Farming)

Your Weekly Cultivation #32

A Community Garden in Decatur that is a ministry of First United Methodist.  Check out Hughey Reynolds’ book The Land That Calls Me Home where he talks about the role the church plays in the recovery of small scale farming – yes it has a part.  You can also listen to an interview him at North Country Farmer Radio and another interview talking to Hughey a year later.

Soil fertility is a key part of growing anything and also what has been lost over time by ignoring tits importance and thinking one can just squirt or spread some chemical or product from the local farming store.  Here are 16 Methods to Understand when it comes to the fertility of your soil.

Consumerism plagues most of us – here are 9 Intentional Ways to Challenge Consumerism

How many of these 62 Edible Plants did you know were edible?

Do not take ticks lightly – Article on Lyme

Have you had your Dandelion Tea lately – maybe you should:  Dandelion Tea Great For Detox and Preventing Cancer

Got some old barrel drums that may have leaks or not being used for water collection, here is how to make raised beds from them

Here is Episode 2 of The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them all you can do so here.

The Gourmet Garden

Edible Garden #1 Peas & Beans

Your Weekly Cultivation #31

Hemp in Missouri: Missouri House Passes Bill to Allow Industrial Hemp

Hemp in KY: Senate OK’s Bill Updating KY Law Governing Hemp Growing

More hemp news: How one little plant could boot America’s economy

War kills in many was as in South Sudan it is creating famine by disrupting farming

More news on Glyphosate: Science Journal Calls for Immediate Review of Glyphosate Weed Killer.

And more as Court Rules Against Monsanto

Homesteading advice: Avoiding The Pit Falls of Failing as a New Homesteader

7 Reasons to Raise Rabbits

Suggestions for Companion Planting

If you did not already know this here is Why Americans Refrigerate Their Eggs

Equip International is having a Farming God’s Way USA  training session in North Carolina starting May 28th – June 2nd.  For info go to their event page on Facebook

I have posted the Wartime Farm videos before so over the coming weeks I will be posting the videos on The Victorian Farm – if you want to see them ahead of this you can see them all here.  For now here is Episode 1

While I see cool stuff here first and foremost I see indebtedness

Rural Not Rowdy – Britain’s Young Farmers

Seeds of Death:  Unveiling the Lies of GMO’s

Your Weekly Cultivation #30

A short list this week as things got busy:

When will we learn, we are not God and He will not be mocked:  Gene Editing Produces Tomatoes That Ripe Weeks Earlier

In time getting your garden ready are 27 Tips from a Master Gardener

Good post by Dan Grubbs: Stewardship and the Christian Farmer

We have lots of Red Buds around here in South-Central Ky but did not know you could make Reb Bud Jelly

Or how about Dandelion Jelly

12 States have bills dealing with the sale of raw milk.  Sad we can buy drugs that can kill us but not allowed to buy raw milk in most places.

Looking at homesteading: 9 Things to Think About

If you are looking to be more self sufficient here are 26 Steps to think about
If you cannot get your cows to come to you maybe you need an accordion

Need something new to rise, how about free range snails

The Drift – The Cattle Drive

Mob Grazing with Organic Pastures

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