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June 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Full text of transition handbook online

If you haven't explored the Sustainability Wiki, I encourage you to check it out. It has examples from around the world of countless projects and diagrams of sustainable systems and appropriated technology. They have recently posted the full text of The Transition Handbook, with a boat load of relevant info. For anyone who is looking to go through Transition training this July, here is an excellent place to build a foundation for what they are going to talk about. So that you can asked… Continue

Added by Andrew Martin Schreiber on June 29, 2009 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Garden Grows

We are busy with our routines in the garden. Here are the recaps for the week:

New plantings: Mandan Bridal flour corn, Fava and pole beans, basil, cucumber, Amish paste tomato, melon, herbs (heirloom - I forgot name, but long Spanish one from Seed Savers. I'll have to look it up), watermelon radish. My papaya is not working so far.

Latest harvest: Golden Dorsett apples (bucket loads), mesquite (honey, velvet), Mission figs, Flame grapes, French Breakfast, Watermelon and… Continue

Added by Dana on June 28, 2009 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

New stuff

Well, lots of things going on around here besides the usual working and babysitting. Working on a new rabbit cage, this first one will hold our 4 does. I'll build another one later for the 2 bucks, with a couple of spare spaces in case I need them. I anticipate that rabbit will replace chicken in our diet this winter.

Some of the potatoes in the ground went yellow and I dug them up...discovered that under the top few inches the dirt was dry, otherwise they probably would have hung on… Continue

Added by Mary Hysong on June 27, 2009 at 8:54am — No Comments

Mesquite Manna

Wow - now that we have studied up a bit on the mesquite bean, our family's eyes opened up to the wonderful abundance of the crop that is available to animals and humans. We discovered many tasty, sweet pods in our own yard, and are enjoying picking from others behind our home. We are cleaning and drying right now and hope to try grinding some ourself to see if we can do it before October, and before the rains hit.

We are enjoying the different shapes and colors. I wonder about the… Continue

Added by Dana on June 25, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Plants at new home, loving it! They are in full sun!

Okay, so I have found the reason my plants didn't do as well as they should have I believe. They were not getting enough sunshine to grow. My appartment balconies were getting indirect light, and the plants were just surviving.

Now that I have them in full sun they are just growing like crazy.

Added by Melissa Rennells on June 25, 2009 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

hey you, City Councilperson, ya, I'm talking to you

This is a call to public officials or any politically minded person who has the time to pick up the ball and run with it. I am doing all I can and will not be able to become active in the local political scene for a few years yet. That may be to late. I do not present any evidence here as I assume my audience is familiar with the current library of work on the fragility of our industrial food chain. The call is for no less a duty than to avoid famine.

Dig if you will a picture (my… Continue

Added by Charles Calbom on June 23, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

adventures out sid ethe enclosure

We let the ducklings outide the enclosure the last couple of days. Introduced them to one of the males. Everyone seems to be getting long just fine, they spent all day today together. pictures will be posted. How quickly they grow.The ducklings are only a moth old
They are so great and fun to watch.

Added by David Mericle, Karl Barton on June 22, 2009 at 12:16am — No Comments

MinHaven update

The goats, 2 Nigerian Dwarf Does, have been here a month this week. They are looking much better, hooves trimmed, brushed daily, wormed, and lots of good food. They are also feeling better, judging from the bucking, running, and playing I've been seeing lately. Milking is going better too. The ducks, 3 Muscovys hopefully 1 male and 2 females, are two months old this week. They are turning out to be top of the pecking order, even over the goats. The first time they helped me milk, they went from… Continue

Added by Lisette Volkmar on June 18, 2009 at 3:36pm — 2 Comments

Bugs do not make me feel zen...

I have posted some pics of the good guys I find in my garden. I have no heart to post the squash bug or white fly photos. I hope the equilibrium will be established before my plants die a long, hard, hot death. Things were so excellent until about a week ago. I guess the nice weather boosted the bad bugs as well as the plants. I can't complain too much. My corn and sunflowers are over six feet tall. I have about 50 square feet of watermelon vines with at least one viable watermelon that I can… Continue

Added by Trish on June 16, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Hadley Farm Update

Whats a Hadley Farm? Well, Ruthy has named the Farm. After much haggleing and indescision we decided to let the farm name itself. It is on Hadley Street, so it is Hadley Farm.

Staying with the simplicity theme I have also named the co-op which I hope to form as a food security organization and controler of the properties. It will simply be The Sayre Family Co-op in honor of the largest initiial stake holders Frank and Gennie Sayre. The Co-op is not public, but will retail to the… Continue

Added by Charles Calbom on June 15, 2009 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment


Well, our latest hunt for the rat/mouse/critter that's been eating up our garden was a success! At least we caught one mouse. If this little critter is the one doing all the damage it is a big surprise to me. How can a little critter like that do so much damage???

I'm looking into eco-friendly mouse pellets or such as a barrier on the outside walls of our property, but they can still sneak in under the RV gate where it is cement.

We planted some jerusalem artichokes, but I… Continue

Added by Dana on June 14, 2009 at 11:07pm — 2 Comments

New arrivals

We let one of our females sit on what I originally thought was 2 eggs, turned out it was 5. Well about 4 weeks ago we had four of the 5 hatch. We now have 3 yellow and 1 brown duckling added to the collection. they are growning so fast!

Added by David Mericle, Karl Barton on June 13, 2009 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Moving time!

well the big move to the house is in 2weeks. I took my cucumbers, pickle cucumbers, white pumpkins, nasturtium, bannanas, bell peppers, malabar spinach, eight ball zucchini all to the house already today. They all look happy today so far. We'll see how they do. I think they will do fine. They will get more sun now.

Added by Melissa Rennells on June 13, 2009 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Bull snake.

My oldest son and my husband saw the 2.5' tail end of a bull snake going into our wall where we have a pipe. If he's after the rats and other creatures eating up my garden babies, s/he can stay. How he came to my yard is a mystery. I'm surrounding by high block fence and only have a garden gate and RV gate to come under in the front yard that is at the end of a cul-de-sac at the farthest corner of the subdivision. Did he smell that I had mice/rats here?

Added by Dana on June 11, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Got Rats?

At first is was a minor annoyance. I noticed some nibbling of my baby lettuce and then there were bits out of the tops of some radishes. Then it moved to knawing my wheat....then going anywhere in the yard my wheat was growing and singling out the wheat and nearly obliterating it. I was anxiously awaiting the development of my first crops of Satsuma mandarins and avocados - FIRST ONES in TWO YEAR since first planting. The trees were filled with baby mandarins and avocados and then a few days… Continue

Added by Dana on June 11, 2009 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

"The Hanky Pankyist"

Last night I had dinner with a staunch conservative. We brought out the textbook cases of liberalism and individualism. He of the keep government as minute as possible because it can’t be trusted in any configuration, and I of the government as a tool of the people to improve their lives camp. Though civil, we are quite polarized when it comes to government assistance to the poor, the absoluteness of individual responsibility, and governmental involvement in our general needs, like health care.… Continue

Added by Charles Calbom on June 8, 2009 at 9:32am — No Comments

lil corn cobs

I am not quite an expert (personally having issues with my corn size as well) but growing plump corn cobs is almost impossible unless you use a native american trick of hand fertilizing your cobs yourself. carefully pulling off the tassles and putting them in a bowl or bag to collect the pollen then dusting the corn silk as thouroughly as possible with out rinseing em off when watering. oh and I like the lazy gardening/ composting thats my kind of yard work!!

Added by Erin Eis on June 4, 2009 at 2:19pm — 4 Comments

Doomsday Machine in High Gear

Did everyone check out the TV show about global warming/peak oil? I only saw a bit of it, that was enough, we know the story. It was the graphic novel type piece on two nights ago, “Earth 2100” or something. It played like the pollution scare movies of the sixties. I also have just read a couple of articles with perfectly sane people sanely predicting shortages soon. We here on this site are perfectly aware of our fragile food supply line, and the looming dangers of environmental catastrophes.… Continue

Added by Charles Calbom on June 4, 2009 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

perimeter Fencing

Hello all,

I have been spending my morning trying to get an idea about how much it costs it will cost to put a perimeter fence around our 130 acre property.

Do any of you out their have personal experience with large fencing operations? price comparisons for different fencing options? any useful advice for how to approach this seemingly overwhelming monetary task?

Of course, we are looking for the cheapest, sturdiest, longest lasting fence possible. But this may… Continue

Added by Andrew Martin Schreiber on June 1, 2009 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

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