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June 2014

in Blog, Livestock, Sheep

How to Shear a Sheep

Nobody shears sheep in the High Desert where we live.  Well at least nobody I could find.  And the summer’s are excruciating so when I first got sheep, they HAD to be sheared.  I decided, like so many other things, that I could just do it myself.  Well, let me tell you, shearing sheep is NOT easy, but it can be done. What you need to shear a sheep Muscle It takes a lot of muscle to hold the sheep and maneuver it around so the very first thing you need is muscle.  If you only have a few sheep…

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in Blog, Farming, Livestock, Published in Daily Press

Handling the Summer Heat

Heat Coping Strategies For You and Your Animals Yikes!  It’s 85 degrees at 7:00am and it’s not even officially summer yet. There are many things I like about living in the desert, but summer is not on the list.  It wasn’t so bad back when I spent my days inside an air conditioned home, but now I am outside most of the day working with animals, mucking pens, pulling weeds or, if I am inside, I am hovering over a hot stove cooking caramel or jam to sell (which is delicious by the way). Heat Coping Strategies For Your Animals…

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in Blog, Farming and the law, Uncategorized

Cottage Industries Permit Part III

Well I went back into county to turn in my application and fee.  After sitting and waiting for an hour, I was finally able to turn in the application.  The worker made a photocopy of it for my records and an extra photocopy of the back of the application where I could write and sign: “I agree to abide by the 17 restrictions.” I have no idea why I had to write this because there is a place to sign on the bottom of the application that you agree to abide by the restrictions.  *sigh* They wouldn’t take my fee,…

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jam and caramel selling permit
in Blog, Farm Permits

Cottage Industries Permit San Bernardino County Part II

After visiting the San Bernardino County building today, I am just as frustrated as ever. When I arrived at Code Enforcement, I was told that I couldn’t turn in an application for the Cottage Industries Permit until I had spoken to and been approved by “The Inspector.”  She would have “questions” to ask, although the woman at county had no idea what these questions were. I knew this was wrong.  I absolutely knew it.  After all the dealings with county we have had, first of all I would just expect the county worker to not have a clue what she…

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in Blog, Uncategorized

Getting a Cottage Industries Permit for our Caramel

I make some kick butt caramel so I’ve finally decided I’m going to sell it.  To do this in San Bernardino County, you have to either use a commercial kitchen or get a Cottage Industries Permit.  While I have access to a commercial kitchen locally, why keep spending money to rent one when you can just use your own kitchen? I wasn’t sure who to call first so I called Code Enforcement.  The county worker had no idea what I was talking about and told me very confidently that I needed a Home Occupation Permit.  Not so.  I need a Cottage…

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