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

Your Weekly Cultivation #19

No one is forcing anyone to buy this guys stuff but the FDA needs something to do I guess: KY Amish Farmer Jailed Over a Slave Label.  The FDA needs to go because there is no winning with them because if you do win they will find a way to get you.  I know some will say “how do we protect our food then” but that is easy – only buy from those you know or trust.  The problem is the Gov’t cannot be truted to assure anything anyway so you just get a false sense of safety, well some do.

Check out Foundations for Farmings new website

An article Scott wrote back in 2014 but as true as ever:  A Strong Agriculture, the Foundation of a Free and Independent Nation

While in the US organic tends to often be a niche market the idea of organic produce is growing in other places such as in the Ukraine

Mother Earth News article on Starting and Running a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group.

What is the difference between Natural and Organic?  The problem is that much that is organic is not quite what you may suspect since it is simply saying it approved by a certifying body so things can get by for any number of reasons.  Personally like the Certified Naturally Grown model.

Should be a good conference: Mid-America Organic Association Annual Conference in Kansas City Jan 25-28, 2017

You often see Cage Free on Eggs in the store.  So what is the difference between Cage Free, Free Range, Vegetarian Fed and Pasture Raised; Glad you asked – Decoding the Terms

Well this is disconcerting but not a surprise.  The antibiotic Cipro, one I took much of when younger due to being allergic to penicillin, which is now known to lead to tendon issues  is now being looked at as a possible herbicide.

 

This is why I never turn my back on our ram, no matter how friendly he can be

 

What is Sustainability – Farmers Weekly looks at a farm in Gloucestershire – Part 1

 

Sustainable Agriculture in Bali

 

Sources of Life: Seeds and Family Farming in Brazil

Your Weekly Cultivation #18

Don’t forget the documentary Beyond Off Grid is out and can be purchased.

Found this interesting – Simply Natural Investments.  See videos below.

Christianity Today article on Agrarianism/Farming: The Good Shepherds

All we hear in the press about Russia is with regards to “Hacking”but what about Organic Farming – Now Russia Makes an Organic Revolution

H0w about an organic farm in Siberia – Natura Siberica

And here from Natural News – Russia’s Small -Scale Organic Agriculture Model May Hold the Key to Feeding the World

A group to work to encourage Young Farmers – National Young Farmers Coalition

Article on Baptist Missionary Society and Agriculture

Some articles I came across with regards to Faith and Farming/Food: How Farming and Faith Relate,  The Theology of Food, Graveyard for Silos, So You Think You Can Farm?

 

Simply Natural Farms (part of Simply Natural Investments) – Organic Farming

Simply Natural Farms – Organic Farming from Simply Natural on Vimeo.

 

Simply Natural Investments Plan

 

Living with the Land |Part 9| 21st Century Foraging

 

I know spring seems a ways off , and this is in Europe, but you can never be too ready.

 

Organic is not just for the west as there are resources to train those elsewhere

 

Farm to Table in Prince William County VA

Farm to Table Dinner from Ernie Sears on Vimeo.

 

Your Weekly Cultivation #17

Need a new crop to focus on and live in Arizona: Turns Out You Can Grow Frankincense in the US

Are you a Slave to the Simple Life, Don’t Be

It is always good to be prepared for what amy come so here are 10 New Habits for the Prepared Home

Some insights on How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware

One area that many are not ready for when moving to a new homestead, or just to a more rural life, is that of being out of shape.  Not saying you have to be ready for a marathon or a Spartan obstacle course race but a more simple life is more often than not a more active one that most the population is used to.  Staying Fit on the Homestead once you get there is one thing but if you are thinking of a move start now, life will be easier later.

While often seeing things from a humanistic viewpoint it is a good practice to not ignore their observations since more often than not what is seen is actual but how it is interpreted and answers may not be as accurate:  The Future of Farming: Exploring Regenerative Agricultural Models at New Frontiers 

Ok, no links here as in truth I am looking for some.  As I searched for resources for missions related to farming that are both focused on sustainable agriculture as well as being theologically from a reformed theological perspective I found a dearth of resources.  I think that often those from my reformed neck of the theological woods often miss the need to not only teach the word of God correctly but to also teach how one applies that theology to all areas of life including raising food.  Often when I see more conservative missions endeavors if they turn to farming they inevitably seek the agribusiness model to follow.  So if you know of any such agencies with a focus on reformed theology as well as sustainable farming please forward me the information you have.

Food for thought: The Prima Facie Credibility of Covenantal Agrarianism

Don’t forget the documentary Beyond Off Grid is out and can be purchased.

Organic Farming in NZ

 

Whether you agree with everything Permaculture this is much to learn

 

A Day on Da Farm | Iceland

 

Living With the Land | Part 8| Transformation Through Learning