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I adopted some barn cats
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Lifelong dog person here. I adopted 2 cats through the "Working Cats Program" at the AZ Humane Society. One of the cats is very friendly. He's 7 months and has had lots of human contact. Our…Continue

Tags: cats, barn

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karis Nov 11, 2015.

Landrace Gardening
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Very interesting:

Tags: genetic, diversity, breeding, plant, gardening

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Dec 24, 2013.

Great Article Contrasting Gardening and Foraging
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Love this article because it compares and contrasts gardening and foraging. Both have advantages and are worth doing, but both start from different postures. …Continue

Tags: gardening, gathering, foraging

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karis Apr 14, 2013.


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Karis replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I'm so sad to hear this! I want to look back through the forums and read his responses to stuff and remember him."
Jun 2, 2016
Karis replied to Kate Radosevic's discussion Passing of Powell Gammill
"I am so sorry to hear this. Powell was such a resource and cracked us all up with his wit and sense of humor. I will miss him, and he has been on my heart and mind since I heard of his passing a few nights ago. My prayers are with his family,…"
Jun 2, 2016
Karis replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Was this sour crop?
"It sounds like sour crop to me, and I don't think you could have done anything more. You are a good Chicken mama."
Nov 15, 2015
Karis replied to Powell Gammill's discussion Six growing seasons in Maricopa Co.?
"Maybe 6 rounds of crops that can be planted/harvested? i'm constantly planting and harvesting, so it feels like more than 6 to me. As a personal choice, I take mid June- mid August off from any annual edible gardening because Phoenix is hell on…"
Nov 11, 2015
Karis replied to Karis's discussion I adopted some barn cats
"Yeah, I've got lots of hedges/lantana/bushes. My landscaping style is "wild." No box shaped hedges around this place. There will be lots of places for them to get out of the sun, so hopefully that will be enough. also our porch and…"
Nov 11, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Karis's discussion I adopted some barn cats
"I suspect they will migrate to a thick hedge in the summer that offers some predator protection (coyotes) and transpiration.  Got anything nearby that you can let get bushy?  You could also install fencing around three or four sides to…"
Nov 11, 2015
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I adopted some barn cats

Lifelong dog person here. I adopted 2 cats through the "Working Cats Program" at the AZ Humane Society. One of the cats is very friendly. He's 7 months and has had lots of human contact. Our challenge with him will be keeping him out of our house. The other cat is much less social. Not fully feral, but a shy/scared stray. I am acclimating them per the Humane Society's instructions...4 weeks of confinement in their eventual home-base (our "barn" shed adjacent to our chicken coop.) They are in…See More
Nov 11, 2015
Joseph replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"My garden is located in the village of Paradise in Northern Utah."
Dec 24, 2013
Powell Gammill replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"Actually after reading your comment on 88 days growing season then I either misplaced where I thought Paradise was or you live a bit outside (west of?) Paradise.  I would revise that to Sunset Zone 1a.  Definitely more challenging."
Dec 24, 2013
Powell Gammill replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"First, welcome and thank you for dropping by.  I applaud your endeavor!!!! USDA 5b, Sunset 2b:  Not a terrible place to grow things.  But some challenges. Since the Siberians developed a line of tomatoes and the Steppe Mongolians…"
Dec 24, 2013
Joseph replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"I keep few records and even fewer pedigrees. I haven't found them to offer a good return on investment for my way of growing. Cherry tomatoes typically do well for me. Things like "red cherry", "yellow pear", "Sungold…"
Dec 24, 2013
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"Joseph thank you for popping in -- 88 day growing season!! Wow challenging to say the least.  Curious what varieties of the tomatoes succeeded in your 5% success (95% failure rate on tomatoes)?"
Dec 24, 2013
Joseph replied to Karis's discussion Landrace Gardening
"It is my web site mentioned by the original poster. I thought that I would pop in and introduce myself: Joseph Lofthouse from Paradise, Utah. I grow vegetables in a cold mountain valley that is really too cold to reliably grow warm weather crops…"
Dec 23, 2013
Judy replied to Karis's discussion "Grow Heaps" for Planting Squash
"Karis, just curious how your squash and sweet potatoes fared in the grow heaps as the season progressed. I'm going to start a couple this month under the mulberry tree and hopefully have them ready to plant into in the spring. Such a cool…"
Oct 10, 2013
Karis replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion Recommendations for shade edibles.
"If there is anything that work it will be "leaves" meaning veggies where you are eating the leaf. So, lettuce, spinach, kale...things like that. Now is the time to give it a try."
Oct 2, 2013
Karis replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion Recommendations for shade edibles.
"So to clarify, no sun? Or just mostly shade..."
Sep 30, 2013

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Wife and mother of 2. Professional writer, and farmer in my own mind. I keep a garden, mini orchard and hens for eggs. Trying to produce as much healthy food for my family as I can and get back to simpler living.

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At 1:30am on June 30, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

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At 1:16pm on May 15, 2013, Heather Green said…

Thank you for your kind email. I appreciate the thought that went into your message. I agree with a lot of what you wrote. I think many things in the bible are symbolic and not to be taken literally. I believe the literal interpretation is what leads to deeming things like (just an example) diseased animals acceptable for consumption in the modern day because they fell on an "ok list" thousands of years ago.

I'm not religious at all, and my post was not meant to be cruel. I know tone is hard to detect in writing. I literally interpret the "law" as a set of guidelines for that time period meant to mainly protect one's health in some sense coupled with superstition. Like Mable pointed out, in that day and age pork was not safe to eat, so it makes sense that it would be forbidden to protect the masses, but at the same it makes zero sense to avoid clean animals in favor of diseased ones in the modern age based on doctrine written by man thousands of years ago.

We are all entitled to our own opinions on the matter. Like I mentioned  I find it liberating to assess right and wrong for myself and live by my own moral compass. 

At 3:09pm on January 24, 2013, HobieCat said…

Hi Karis -

Was checking out those greenhouses at Big Lots that you were discussing....if you can hold out til this Saturday, Maybe you've already noted this, but I noticed that they will be 20% off on Saturday, Jan 26th -- check out the banner on their website. Guess you just have to be a Rewards member, which looks to be free.

Good luck with your project!

At 11:22pm on April 16, 2012, Erica (Dawnfire) said…

Yeah, I realized after looking at a bunch of others that having my real name here was a mistake. Especially since I don't even use my real name on facebook and I am now linking the two a little more...

At 11:19pm on April 15, 2012, Andrea Vanderhule said…

HEY!  We got a house on Shea and the 51.  We are so excited to be closer to our center of activity, but  I sadly cannot have my chickens.  So I am going to offer them to anyone who will feed them organic feed and give me eggs.  You don't do organic do you?  I just bought 3 bags of soy-free, organic pellets from Azure, that's $60 bucks someone will get free, as long as I get eggs:)!  Let me know if you or someone you know would take excellent care of my ladies and have and open adoption.  I cannot say goodbye forever....and I will be a slobbery, sobbing mess when I hand them over!  Let me know and I will put the word out!  Let's meet early next month after we get settled!!!  We must have coffee and person!  

At 9:06pm on March 18, 2012, jeff lauffer said…

That's a good idea.  It would be nice to share info with other gardeners in our specific area.  Actually my tree is just under a year as well. So this is its first spring in my back yard. 

At 6:44am on September 10, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Welcome to the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.

We encourage you to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available.

We offer a variety of classes to our members on a donation basis (usually $10 to $25) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending - and feel free to contact us with any questions.




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