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Can a farm to be too diversified?

Diversify, diversify, diversify.  That’s all us small farmers are told to do.  And really it’s great advice, but maybe it’s bad advice too? Monoculture farming Throughout the country, there are giant farms with thousands and thousands of acres of ONE crop.  Thousands of acres of corn or wheat or soy bean or alfalfa or almonds or whatever.  But it’s ONE crop by itself. Monoculture farming is a bad word amongst sustainable farmers.  When you only raise one crop or one livestock, you mess up the ecological cycle of animals fertilizing the soil and crops feeding the animals.  Monoculture crop farms…

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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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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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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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Factors Affecting Egg Production in Backyard Chicken Flocks

By J.P. Jacob, H.R. Wilson, R.D. Miles, G. D. Butcher, and F.B. Mather  University of Florida IFAS Extension  The laying cycle of a chicken flock usually covers a span of about 12 months. Egg production begins when the birds reach about 18-22 weeks of age, depending on the breed and season. Flock production rises sharply and reaches a peak of about 90%, 6-8 weeks later. Production then gradually declines to about 65% after 12 months of lay. A typical production curve for a laying flock, showing changes in the level of egg production and in egg weight, over time, is…

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Worm Farm Secrets and other Free ebooks

Free Worm Farm Secrets getting the basics right for success by Milne Stuart (Aug 2, 2013) – Kindle eBook $0.00 Kindle Purchase A Beginners Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening: Introduction to Composting, Worm Farming, No Dig Raised & Wicking… by Mel Jeffreys (Jan 21, 2013) – Kindle eBook $0.00 Kindle Purchase   Backyard Chickens: The Beginner’s Guide to Raising and Caring for Backyard Chickens (Homesteading Life) by Rashelle Johnson (Mar 18, 2013) – Kindle eBook $7.97 Print Price $0.00 Kindle Purchase Cheap Basics of Chicken Care [Article] by Sierra Angell (Dec 18, 2012) – Kindle eBook $0.99 Kindle Edition Worth the price Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food,…

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Great 2014 California Holiday family destination: The Mojave Desert

Choose the right destination and you and your family could have the best holiday of your life. Trying to decide where to go and what to do while at the ranch besides playing with the animals? If you can’t decide where to go on your 2014 California family holiday at Flip FlopRanch, read on to make sure you all enjoy the break you deserve. PHOTO REGIONS DESCRIPTION Deserts Highs and Lows: Furnace Creek to Anza Borrego Travel from the lowest spot in North America to pine-topped peaks on an epic desert drive. Trip len…   more… Deserts, High Sierra Take…

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