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Giveaway!

I have had the fortune to be given three copies of Joel Salatin’s CD Getting Your Hands Dirty: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work.  I’m going to keep one and figured why not share the love?  Three winners will be chosen to receive one of these. Keep reading to find out how to enter to win… Getting Your Hands Dirty: How to Teach Your Children to Love Work.  In this practical lecture, world-renowned entrepreneur Joel Salatin shares keen insights into getting your children to love work and to embrace your family’s vision for entrepreneurship. Salatin explains that children…

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in Blog, Farmlife, Natural Health

Funny Farm

Tonight we went to the movies with a good friend of the family.  We also took Joachim, our newest intern who is from France.  Poor Joachim.  He hadn’t even gotten to the ranch before he got a full dose of Flip Flop humor and hospitality.  We picked him up from the bus stop and took him straight to movies and dinner and got home at one in the morning lol.  Ah but life is so much better with laughter.  Laughter and friends. Read this great article about the health benefits of laughter

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in Blog, Farmlife, Farmstay

A Dutch Wwoofer in Lucerne Valley

This is a guest post by our recent Wwoofer (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms-an organization that connects volunteers to farms throughout the world).  Herma is from Holland and we really loved having her here. A few days ago I posted a picture on my Facebook of a beautiful orange-pink sunset with the caption: “I don’t think anyone can appreciate a good country-song until they’ve visited Lucerne Valley”. That’s how I would describe my experience here on the Flip Flop Ranch; living the life that Johnny, Willie, and Hank sang about. On a searing hot Friday morning I got off the…

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Who turned the thermostat to hell?

Yes, the past week has been hellish temperatures.  Sunday hit a high of 115 degrees of drenching, sweaty humidity and it has only slightly come down since then.  Fortunately this misery is very uncommon.  Last summer we only had a handful of days above 100 degrees and only slightly above 100.  While we retreat inside to the inefficient coolness of the swamp cooler, it’s the poor animals that really have to deal with the heat. Heat is really hard on animals and it shows in weight loss, lower milk production, problems breeding and even death.  We happily didn’t lose any…

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in Blog, Farmlife

Choose your lifestyle

Like many farmers, I sit on the fence between the farm lifestyle and the modern one.  More than half of America’s farmers work a job off the farm to make ends meet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1929, 6% of farmers worked off the farm.  By 1947, it rose to 16.5%.  In 1997, it was 33%.  In 2002, it was 55% and grew to 65% by 2007.  Today, it’s much harder to support yourself just with a farm.  Regulations make farming expensive and the use of modern technology that is supposed to make farming so much more…

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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

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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