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February 2013

in Blog, Farmstay

Day Two at the LA Trade Show

Good grief I’m tired.  We started at 10 and I only sat down once before we stopped at 5.  All day long I gave my little speech about what farmstays are and how fun they are and how important they are because they help to keep farms in business and food on the table.  I had that spiel down pat before the end of the day!  I think I’m going to be saying it in my sleep lol!! But it really went well.  I am very happy with people’s reactions and I’ve already had emails about booking for this summer…

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in Blog, Natural Health

Ancient Teeth

I read an interesting article this evening about archaeologists studying ancient teeth and comparing them to modern teeth.  This is of extra interest to me because I’ve always had problems with my teeth.  I had cavities galore as a kid and still get cavities as an adult.. According to this study, ancient teeth used to have significantly more bacteria growing on them.  Not all bacteria causes cavities, only a few of the strains that grow in our mouth.  Our mouth is like a giant battlefield where bacteria fight it out to the death.  They compete with each other and this…

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in Blog, Farmstay

LA Times Travel Show Day One

So as a consummate marketer, I decided to join Scottie of Farm Stay US as she traveled to the LA Times Travel Show.  This show is where different travel groups or destinations can flaunt their stuff.  Scottie is the great white knight of agritourism, fighting to support little tiny farms like ourselves.  Farm Stay US showcases all the farms around the country so that visitors can find them to stay the night and put a little bit of money in the farmer’s lint-filled pockets (or more like hay-filled). Our first day at the show has gone fabulously (excluding the tuberculosis outbreak in…

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in Blog, Chickens, Farming, Livestock, Poultry

Dog Attack (Graphic…sort of)

There was snow on the ground today and I was so happy.  But then I got out to the chicken coop.  There were dead chickens everywhere.  Dogs had got in, even after we chickenwired the bottom of the fence to keep everyone safe.  They decimated our Dorking flock.  After all these years of working to breed chickens touch enough to withstand the desert extremes and to build a flock big enough to really start selling chicks… To say that I’m discouraged is an understatement.  I was already discouraged because we’re having such a hard time dealing with permitting issues for…

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in Blog, Chickens, Farming, Livestock, Poultry

New Dorking Chicks

Our first dorkings of the year are chirping merrily away in their brooder.  Almost all of them hatched on their own with absolutely no help which is the way I like it.  About five chicks needed help.  These stragglers took so long to get out of their eggs that the egg membrane died and stuck to them making it impossible for them to move. Dorking stragglers It’s very easy to help a chick hatch.  You just gently break the egg shell and remove it bit by bit.  I put warm water on the dried membrane and rub it until it…

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in Blog, Bloodhounds, Farming

Existential Farming

Farming is very existential. Today, we put down one of our bloodhounds and we welcomed 60 new baby chickens into the world.  Yes farming is very existential. Existentialism is the idea that there are inescapable elements of human existence such as isolation, powerlessness, responsibility and death.  These realities are things that we don’t want to face.  We ignore the realities, lose ourselves in activities that make us forget reality and do whatever it takes to defend ourselves from acknowledging the truths of existence.  Many of the issues people face are due to existential truths rather than what we therapists call…

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in Blog, Bloodhounds

Sick old hound dog

Scarlette is almost eleven years old, which is pretty old for a bloodhound.  She is blind, but gets around like a pro.  Her nose still works and she still chases cats.  Well at least up to a week ago.  She got out on accident and was hit by a car.  The vet checked her out and everything seemed fine, but then she started getting stiffer, and lost weight and seemed in pain and then a couple days ago she couldn’t stand up anymore.  We’ve been nursing her and doing everything we can, but it doesn’t look like it’s helping. There’s…

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in Blog, Horse riding

Riding through the desert

I decided to risk life and limb and take my greenbroke horse, Tarik, out on the trail today.  Actually, it’s not so much that he is green as that I am not the most confident rider in the world.  However, my riding lessons have been going so well that I actually gave it a try.  We went out into the desert and rode up and down hills and jumped a few gullies and had a great time.  I did almost fall off once when Tarik decided to unexpectedly gallop up a steep slope.  Nearly tumbled off the back of him…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening, Natural Health

I supported Monsanto

I had no idea.  I swear.  I thought I was supporting small farmers and heritage plants, but I was tricked into supporting Monsanto.  I recently purchased onion sets from Dixondale farms and I actually planted them today.  Yes, I planted things in my precious soil that put money in the pocket of Monsanto.  I’m considering whether I should rip them all up and send them back for a refund… How did I get tricked?  It turns out that Monsanto has purchased a whopping 40% of the entire seed market by purchasing the company Seminis.  This was back in 2005, but most of…

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