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June 2013

in Blog, Farmlife

Getting up early: Advice for farmer wanna-be’s

It’s 7:30 and I’ve been up for an hour.  Some farmers get up way earlier than this-it really just depends on what you’re farming.  When we grow alfalfa, we have to be up at 2am to bale it when there is at least a teeny tiny bit of moisture in the dry desert air. I hate getting up early. I don’t mean just a little.  I really really really really really REALLY hate getting up early.  Back in my pre-farming days, I could easily sleep in until noon and anything earlier than 10am was just a killer.  To give me…

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in Blog, Farmlife

Getting up early: Advice for farmer wanna-be's

It’s 7:30 and I’ve been up for an hour.  Some farmers get up way earlier than this-it really just depends on what you’re farming.  When we grow alfalfa, we have to be up at 2am to bale it when there is at least a teeny tiny bit of moisture in the dry desert air. I hate getting up early. I don’t mean just a little.  I really really really really really REALLY hate getting up early.  Back in my pre-farming days, I could easily sleep in until noon and anything earlier than 10am was just a killer.  To give me…

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in Blog, Farmlife

Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins

Turns out that women are the fastest growing segment of agriculture.  There’s just something about farming that really pulls on women.  I know because I, a woman, finished graduate school with a doctorate and then began to farm.  There was just something about the reality of farming, it grounds you.  And on top of that it is community building and I think we really are lacking that in today’s society. What is most apparent, though, is how content these women are with their agrarian lives. “Women make the food choices, they make the choices on what to feed their family,…

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in Blog, Prepping

Would the Human Race Survive a Zombie Attack? Scientists say it’s unlikely

I really hope this wasn’t a tax funded study, but scientists have actually studied and designed computer programs to assess the impact of a zombie attack on the human race.  The results are pretty discouraging.  Is anyone surprised?   http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/would-the-human-race-survive-a-zombie-attack-scientists-say-its-unlikely.html

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in Blog, Prepping

Would the Human Race Survive a Zombie Attack? Scientists say it's unlikely

I really hope this wasn’t a tax funded study, but scientists have actually studied and designed computer programs to assess the impact of a zombie attack on the human race.  The results are pretty discouraging.  Is anyone surprised?   http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/would-the-human-race-survive-a-zombie-attack-scientists-say-its-unlikely.html

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Quit Coddling Your Kids

Quit Coddling Your Kids by BRETT & KATE MCKAY I look around at young people these days, and I honestly fear for the future of my country. People are becoming less and less resilient and more and more clueless on how to survive in the real world. We live in a society of namby pamby men and women who whine when they don’t get what they want and think they are entitled to all the comforts the world has to offer. What do I blame it on? Bad parenting. Baby Boomer parents developed a parenting philosophy that was soft on discipline…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening, Prepping

Why you should be gardening now

I was watching Doomsday Prepper re-runs recently and there was a prepper who had thousands and thousands of seeds stored away in case the SHTF, TEOTWAKI or whatever other acronym you can think of for when the world goes down the toilet.  I sat there listening to him proudly extol the virtues of having so many seeds and I thought-you’re going to starve to death before you ever get enough food to grow.  It was just so arrogant of him to think all you have to do is put the seed in the ground and everything will just work out….

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in Blog, Farming and the law

More permit wins

Yea!  We have moved forward a teensy bit in the permitting process! We finally got ahold of Heidi-our new county liaison.  She put in writing, IN WRITING PEOPLE, what she was going to do for us and how much we’d need to pay and how long things would take.  AMAZING.  It’s taken more than a year, but we’ve now been promised that the Site Plan Permit is what we need and that we won’t have to dish out anymore cash.  Halleluia. So a year after starting the permit process and turning in our original site plan permit, we are now…

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