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July 2010 Blog Posts (14)

Coffee Grounds

After one year, 3 days a week, I'm still at it. I pick up 5-gallon buckets of coffee grounds and tea leaves from two local shops. I NEED TO SHARE -- ARE YOU MY NEXT BEST COFFEE-GROUND FRIEND? I may have worn out my welcome with some of my old friends. Let me know at Let's keep the recycling going. Coffee to me, me to you, you to ground, ground to growth, veggies to mouth -- a very good cycle.

Added by Nancy Marshall on July 31, 2010 at 2:48pm — 2 Comments

Went and did it

Got two 8-9week old bucks (New Zealands) from Faint Family Farm today. I am looking forward to Chris' rabbit raising class in a few weeks and the Butchering class in the future. If I can handle the Butchering part I will get a couple of breeding rabbits. Because of the heat they are being kept in my Enclosed porch room to keep cool. I figure if I can do this I can do anything.

Added by Treasa on July 31, 2010 at 12:24pm — 4 Comments

Chicken Egg Hatchability Problems Part II

A number of specific issues may arise that can cause chicken egg hatchability problems. Below are some potential problems and pointers on correcting them.

Problem: An embryo that's full-term and not pipped, with a yolk sac that's

large, possibly with residual albumen and/or not enclosed by the abdominal


Causes: This issue can be caused by not being turned enough, diseases in the

breeder flock, heredity, nutrient deficiencies,…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on July 31, 2010 at 7:18am — No Comments

Chicken Egg Hatchability Problems

There are a number of problems that can arise for the hatchability of eggs, though they will typically be problems with the hatchery,

the handling of the eggs, or the breeder flock. Identifying these problems

quickly is essential, and requires the cooperation of hatchery, egg handling,

and breeder farm personnel. When working to identify the hatchability problems

that may be occurring, detailed and accurate records are essential. Every…


Added by Suzie O'Connor on July 28, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Summer Update

Apples, figs, squash and melons. Yum. Lost several new trees planted in the Fall/Winter. They just couldn't make it through heat or maybe I over watered trying to keep them going. I guess I still have the brown touch.

Added by Dana on July 27, 2010 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

Vandana Shiva - The Impact of Globalization on Food and Water

Talk by Vandana Shiva author of "Water Wars: Privatization,
Pollution, and Profit" speaking on "The Impact of Globalization on Food
and Water" given July 28, 2002 at Kane Hall, University of Washington,
Seattle, WA.

Added by Aleah Sato on July 26, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

peters honey fig

have a peters honey fig. figs are drying up and falling off. only 1 1/2 yrs old. grew from a 2 foot tall stick to a 8 foot tree in this time but fruit is not making it. Is this common for a young fig tree? Does anyone have any experience with this specific variety here in phx. ? I'm starting to wonder if I chose a variety that doesn't do well here.

Added by jeff lauffer on July 22, 2010 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Doing what I have to...

I've been here a many winters and yet I'm still working to make ends meet. It is difficult to pursue a career that has seasons of great success and failures. Sure, everyone has to eat, but my product has to be good enough to buy! I'm finding that people's money is going into something that is going to benefit them and Native American food is not one of those items being selected on the menu. Although, Native American ingredients is some of the best out there, no one is buying it. Like an uphill… Continue

Added by Harrison Watchman on July 14, 2010 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

Hatching Chicken Eggs: A Unique Summer Project

School getting out may not always be a good thing. Children need stimulation, and during the summer months, many young children turn to the TV and video games for stimulation, which is not only detrimental physically but also offers very little educational stimulation. Even those shows that advertise themselves as “educational” may do very little to stimulate the mind.

This becomes a problem that many parents face during the summer months. What can you do for your child to keep them… Continue

Added by Suzie O'Connor on July 14, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Tell Secretary Vilsack to Save Organics Today!

Tell Tom to Protect Organics Today!

Keep the pressure on!

We, the undersigned, demand that the USDA refuse any deregulation, of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa. The Supreme Court acknowledged that the economic risks from genetic contamination, as well as the risk to the environment of gene flow, are real harms. The USDA has a responsibility to protect farmers and consumers and should refuse any requests for deregulation.

The battle… Continue

Added by TERRI LARSEN on July 12, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Honeydew Melon Harvest (#2 &) 3 - What NOT Ripe looks like

I lost honeydew melon 2 to vine connection rot. I thought I was letting the honeydew get too ripe.

So the 3rd melon I harvested had only small spots of lemon yellow color.

It did have brown markings.

It was NOT ripe. It was a typical, average store bought melon. We choked it down (ate it lol) along with

the not ripe grapes I bought at the store.

So I will wait for full yellow coloring next time. I am checking the vine and…


Added by MTarot on July 11, 2010 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Garden Update July 1st, 2010 planted March 29th 2010

I made a video tour of my garden right now. I have melons, squashes, eggplant, rosemary, basil, cantalope, tomato, green onion, mint.

I show my husband's quotes on catching gophers. We have lots of gopher activity, ugh. I show his trap.

Here is a link to my video tour:

Added by MTarot on July 3, 2010 at 10:03am — No Comments

Honeydew Melon Harvest, July 1st planted March 29th - Lemon Yellow Ripe Color

We are harvesting our 1st honeydew melon. It took forever for me to find on the internet that lemon yellow color on honeydew means it is vine ripened.

So if you want to SEE lemon yellow vine ripened honeydew here it is :)

I made a youtube video of our harvest and cutting.

In the video you can see I have cut white tshirt cloth over all the…


Added by MTarot on July 3, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Rediscovering The Charm of Backyard Chickens

Today many people, including small farmers and

hobbyists, are discovering the enjoyment of having Backyard Chickens. A

backyard chicken coop was once considered a necessity and most families would

have a small flock of chickens that they would raise. These birds supplied the

family with fresh meat and eggs that could help them stretch their available

food dollars. Extra eggs and young chicks could…

Added by Suzie O'Connor on July 1, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

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