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Growing commercial lavender

We are always starting new projects here at the ranch.  Mainly because I get bored with old projects, but also because some enterprises succeed and others don’t or because we don’t like certain projects after we start them or because we have empty space or….  I think you get the idea.  So we’ve always wanted to grow lavender.  It’s beautiful, smells good, it’s a good tourist attractor and it’s even edible.  You can also reportedly make pretty good money per acre.  However, I don’t know anything about it so I’m going to blog about it as we research and discover…

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in Blog, Farming, Farming and the law

Sad day for food freedom

By Dr. Meg Howe http://prepare4change.blogspot.com/2010/12/sad-day-for-food-freedom.html Formerly called Food Safety Bill S510, this Bill is NOT About Food Safety. It is a draconian piece of legislation that literally places food under the control of the Department of Homeland Security, the organization created supposedly for foreign terrorists. Now, the DHS has the legal power to seize food production, force recalls, and shut down any farms it deems unsafe. This includes your backyard garden – should you want to sell anything you produce on your land, or even give away to a neighbor.So it is now a revolutionary act to grow your own…

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in Blog, Farming, Livestock

Midget White Poults

Midget White eggs are HUGE compared to other turkey eggs and the poults (baby turkeys) hatch much bigger than other turkey poults.  However, Midget White turkeys only grow to be maybe half the size of other turkeys.  Hence, the name Midget (and they’re white so that explains the rest).  Midget White turkeys start life with irony and I have a feeling they will continue to live and develop as a breed that is very unique in its personality.  When the Midget Whites started hatching yesterday morning, I knew within a few hours that their personality was different than the Bourbon…

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in Blog, Farming

Spring newsletter 2010

Spring has been here and is gone and summer is going by quick.  The garden is growing and we have tons of little babies running around.  Our new flock of Cotton Patch goslings looks almost like a flock of full-size adult geese!  They grow so fast you can almost see them change in front of your eyes.  We’ve added some other endangered animals to our flock as well.  One is the Dorking chicken.  We’re particularly proud of this accomplishment because it took me over a year to track down a breeder and get eggs. Dorkings are a very special — and very endangered — breed. They’re…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

Tips for a low water use garden in the California high desert

The total statewide October through December precipitation was 78 percent of average, further adding to our accumulated water supply deficit.  The 2009 Water Year (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) was the third consecutive year of below average precipitation for the state. Annual statewide precipitation totaled 76 percent, 72 percent, and 63 percent of average for Water Years 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively. On the bright side, January precipitation through the 28th is above average January rainfall. So what do you do in this situation? Give up gardening all together? Mainstream agriculture uses about twice as much water (and maybe much more!) to irrigate as a…

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in Blog, Farming, Natural Health

Farm Therapy decreases stress, anxiety and mental illness

  OSLO (Reuters) – Spending time on a farm looking after cows, horses, or other animals can help people with mental illness better manage their anxieties and increase their confidence, according to a study published on Friday. GREEN BUSINESS The findings by Norwegian scientists could further widen use of “Green care”, which enlists nature to ease patients’ suffering. “Looking after and having contact with farm animals has some positive effects on psychiatric patients with a diversity of serious illnesses,” said lead author Bente Berget of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, west Norway.   She told Reuters that…

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in Blog, Livestock

Our new goslings

Finally got some cotton patch geese.  This is a rare breed known for being gentle and for being good weeders.  They’re super cute.  I taught them to swim today.  Well, I just put them in a kiddy pool and in seconds they were diving and splashing all over the place.   

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in Blog, Farming, Orchard

Working on the orchard

Here’s a pic of the orchard.  We’ve really been trying to get the trees pruned in time for spring, but spring is beating us.  There’s a lot of work to do.  The trees haven’t been pruned in years and are twisted and dying and really bad.  Some have a good foundation and others are simply hopeless.  Do you see the blue barrels in the background underneath the rainbow?  Those are to provide water for the coyotes that come and chew up our drip irrigation system.  We finally figured out how to stop them so we don’t have to fix the…

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