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Farmville vs. Real Farmers

I have never been a big fan of the online game, Farmville.  I just could never see the attraction to it when I had my own farm right outside.  If I wanted to farm, I just needed to walk outside and go fill up a waterer or muck a pen.  However, somewhere around 60 million Farmville players disagree with me. Farming is not just for the guys anymore The average farmville player is a 43 year old woman while the average farmer is a 57 year old man.  Only 30% of farmers are women; however, female farmers are the fastest…

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in Blog, Pigs

How to fatten pigs

Fattening Pigs In the past, animals were seen to have two distinct phases of their lives: Growing the frame and Fattening.  Animals would be raised in near starvation situations for years until it was time to put fat on, in which they would then be fed all the food they needed in order to reach the appropriate weight for slaughter.  Because of this two phase method, cows often were three or four years old before placed on pasture of high enough quality to put on fat and two or three years for sheep.  This two phase process was eventually combined…

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in Blog, Natural Health, Pigs, Published in Daily Press

Why you should eat Lard

I don’t know what it is about pigs, but I love raising them.  Of all the animals we have, pigs have been the easiest to take care of, needed the least attention and hey, they give us bacon.  But don’t forget the other fantastic product they give us: Lard Eww lard, right?  I know that’s what everyone is saying.  I mean just the thought of deep frying something in lard makes you gain a pound.  But it’s not as bad as you think, just hear me out. Bacon pigs versus Lard pigs At Flip Flop Ranch, we raise American Guinea…

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in Blog, Farm education

Free Farm Related Books!

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in Blog, Natural Health

Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

In Central America, India and Sri Lanka, a disease has been rampaging through farmers for the past 30 years.  This disease is called CKDu or Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology, meaning that nobody knows what causes it.  It seems to occur most often in poor farmers who do hard labor in hot areas.  Farmers who acquire this fatal disease have always been exposed to herbicides and heavy metals.  This diseases is unheard of by most medical practitioners.   However, CKDu is now the second leading cause of mortality among men in El Salvador. Besides El Salvador, India and Sri Lanka are…

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in Blog, Farming

Presidential Hopeful Hillary is pro-GMO

Not that any of us are surprised.  You all know about Monsanto, “The most evil company in the world” of course.  Their GMO’s have been linked to fatal kidney disease in humans, tumors in rats and the crop failures cause a farmer suicide every 30 seconds.  Monsanto and their GMOs have been banned in 50 countries.  Not our’s of course. Monsanto is well known to have the government in its pocket and with Hillary Clinton, it’s no different. This video is a recording of a speech at the BIO Concention 2014 where Hillary talks about how she supports GMOs.  It’s a bit…

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deep bedding chickens
in Blog, Chickens, Livestock, Poultry, Published in Daily Press

The Deep Litter Method

A good friend of mine prides herself on how immaculate her chicken coop is. Granted she only has about five chickens, but it seems as though the droppings have only barely hit the floor before they’re cleaned up. She cleans it morning and evening and it’s so clean you can eat off the ground (okay, not really). Then there’s my coop. We have a little over a hundred chickens and I clean my coop once. No, not once per day. Once per year. Disgusting you say? Healthy is what I say back. What is the Deep Litter Method The Deep…

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in Blog, farm business, Farming and the law, Uncategorized

We got our permit! Cottage Industries Permit Part IV

It’s 9:45am and the San Bernardino County Inspector was supposed to be here at 9:30am.  Hopefully she won’t be much later.  I’m very nervous.  Not because I think there’s anything wrong with our kitchen, but because once you invite county onto your property, they now are looking around at everything.  I might get approval for this Cottage Operations Permit, but I might get 10 other citations for who knows what else.  I’m praying that it goes well.  We’ve had county out enough times for our farmstay permit so hopefully anything they would pick on is already taken care of. 9:57… still…

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in Blog, DIY, Recipes, Recipes and Cooking

Making homemade vanilla extract is soooo easy

I have been making caramels like crazy here in preparation of heading out to the Farmer’s Market and once again I have run out of vanilla extract.  The local market here sells little dinky bottles of vanilla extract for nearly 8 bucks and I’d have to drive an hour to Costco to get a decent price and by then I’ve wasted all those savings on gas. What a conundrum for a cheapskate like me! At the same time, I pulled out an oldish bag of vanilla beans and was heart broken to see they’d gone stale.  I can’t cut those…

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