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Tilapia fingerlings available

Started Aug 4, 2014

Upcoming FREE seed/seedling swap
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Farming and Garden Friends Feb 13, 2012.

Native Seeds/SEARCH opening AZ's first seed lending library in January
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Rachel replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I just got the email from AZ Rare Fruit Growers about this. It's very sad, Powell was always very generous with his knowledge and was always kind to me. I will miss his insight. "
Jun 3, 2016
Rachel replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Are these eggs safe to eat? in the group Micro Livestock
"It depends on the temperature. Eggs degrade and bacteria multiply as a function of time and temperature combined. If the eggs have already been exposed to 12 hours of veerrrry warm daytime temperatures and then go inside to an 80 degree house, they…"
Aug 10, 2014
Rachel replied to Elaine Joyal's discussion Hen eating feathers of other hens (?)
"If she is just pecking at the other chickens this is pecking order or if it goes too far, aggression. If she is actually eating the feathers, that's usually a sign of a protein deficiency. My guess is that the original chicken owner is not…"
Aug 10, 2014
Rachel replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Chickens and snakes in the group Micro Livestock
"Yes. She would have killed and eaten a snake that small."
Aug 10, 2014
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Tilapia fingerlings available

Hi everyone,I've been gifted tilapia in the past and thought I would pay it forward. I have about 40 .5" long tilapia fingerlings to share with people. Let me know if your backyard/kitchen aquaponics or aquaculture system needs some. I'm in central Phoenix.See More
Aug 4, 2014
Rachel replied to Doris Stipek's discussion new at raising chickens
"I agree with Becky. :) On the RIRs and Sexlinks-- they will lay a TON of eggs, but personality wise, not my favorite. RIRs tend to be louder and more aggressive towards the other birds, the sexlinks aren't quite as bossy but can tend in this…"
Mar 22, 2014
Doris Stipek left a comment for Rachel
"Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now…"
Mar 22, 2014
Rachel replied to Joanna Benton's discussion chick pecking
"It supposedly camouflages blood. It also is much dimmer, so they feel like it's sunset all of the time instead of noon, which could make them a little less stressed out. A lot of people suspend feather dusters (so the bottom is about 2 inches…"
Jan 27, 2014

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I paint, have chickens, quail, tilapia (in an aquaponics system), gardens, fruit trees, solar panels, rainbarrels, preserve food and create alternative-powered appliances (at varying levels of success). I love heirloom seeds and have a bit of a hoarding/coveting problem with them. Here's my art website: and here's my permaculture/urban homesteading blog:

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At 3:21pm on March 22, 2014, Doris Stipek said…

Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now are black sex links, red sex links, rhode island reds, barred rocks and easter eggers. I would like to get 3 different breeds (2 each). Which ones out those choices are the best layers and also friendly? Any help would be appreciated!

At 3:11pm on January 18, 2014, Doris Stipek said…

Hi Rachel,

I attended Kari's class at the microfarm today. She is raising those Japanese quail and said that she initially got them from you. Just wondering if you'd sell some to me or let me know where I could get them? Thank you so much for your time,


At 8:20pm on September 29, 2013, kathy Thompson Hill said…

Hi Rachel,

You were well received at Glendale.  Lots of praise!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others.  We'll have to plan some more classes when you have time. Karen and I can then break it down into workshops and demos.  I don't think I"m ready to teach a class as comprehensive as yours but we did get a lot on the history of seeds at Native Seeds Seed School.  Thanks again.  Kathy

At 10:01am on March 26, 2013, Brenda Oberman said…

Hey Rachel,

Was in your chicken class last year and am looking for just 2 chicks for our backyard.  Live in a community so want chickens that are on the quieter and friendly side, if thats possible, lol.  Do you have any advice on what kind and where to find only 2?  I was thinking orpingtons, but if you have other suggestions that would be great!


Brenda Oberman

At 10:09pm on January 16, 2013, Powell Gammill said…

I'd have to consider it, but likely not.  Too busy as it is to accept additional responsibilities.

At 9:24am on December 2, 2012, Zach Frisby said…

thanks for the friend request. yes i do alot of hatching  quail a chickens both. corturnix and buff orpingtons mostly. i also raise new zealand white meat rabbits and boer goats. heres my info and thanks again :).

Zach Frisby


At 6:40pm on September 18, 2012, Stephanie said…

I'm back in your area on the 28th.  My son has an appt from 3-4.  Will you be around to get one of your passions?

At 12:27pm on June 15, 2012, Lisette Volkmar said…


Do you have any tips or warnings and new born Muscovy duckling care?  Looks like I may have 3 clutches hatching out soon.

Thanks in advance,


At 12:23pm on May 23, 2012, Brian Beck said…
Thanks! I'll grab some tonight or shortly. Appreciate it greatly. 
At 12:18pm on April 21, 2012, Danica said…

Rachel...are you still selling worms?  like the kind we could use in a worm bin.  a group of mom friends and i want to help our kids get started on vermiculture.  we haven't made the bins yet...we're still trying to figure that out too, but I remember you saying something about having worms at your quail class.  thanks :)  hope all is well (oh and by the way, i happened across your art work when I was trying to look up your contact information.  Very cool!)  Danica


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