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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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in Blog, Farmlife

Quit Coddling Your Kids

Quit Coddling Your Kids by BRETT & KATE MCKAY I look around at young people these days, and I honestly fear for the future of my country. People are becoming less and less resilient and more and more clueless on how to survive in the real world. We live in a society of namby pamby men and women who whine when they don’t get what they want and think they are entitled to all the comforts the world has to offer. What do I blame it on? Bad parenting. Baby Boomer parents developed a parenting philosophy that was soft on discipline…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening, Prepping

Why you should be gardening now

I was watching Doomsday Prepper re-runs recently and there was a prepper who had thousands and thousands of seeds stored away in case the SHTF, TEOTWAKI or whatever other acronym you can think of for when the world goes down the toilet.  I sat there listening to him proudly extol the virtues of having so many seeds and I thought-you’re going to starve to death before you ever get enough food to grow.  It was just so arrogant of him to think all you have to do is put the seed in the ground and everything will just work out….

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in Blog, Farming and the law

More permit wins

Yea!  We have moved forward a teensy bit in the permitting process! We finally got ahold of Heidi-our new county liaison.  She put in writing, IN WRITING PEOPLE, what she was going to do for us and how much we’d need to pay and how long things would take.  AMAZING.  It’s taken more than a year, but we’ve now been promised that the Site Plan Permit is what we need and that we won’t have to dish out anymore cash.  Halleluia. So a year after starting the permit process and turning in our original site plan permit, we are now…

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in Blog, Natural Health

From the Waste Up – A Movie About Learning to Live Plastic-Free

Among all the depressing environmental films out there, wouldn’t it be great if there were a funny, entertaining one about what it’s actually like to try and live without plastic? Taina Uitto, who has blogged at Plastic Manners since 2010 about her own plastic-free experiment, has been filming her process since day one. And last year, she invited 6 Vancouver families to join her. Now, she is putting the footage together into a feature film called From the Waste Up: Life Without Plastic, which will follow the adventures of these families as they try to navigate modern life without plastic….

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in Blog, Farming, Farming and the law

Permitting Woes and Wins

Getting our permit for some of the activities we want to do at the ranch has been slightly frustrating…ok, it’s been a pain in the rear.  HOWEVER, we’ve made some excellent progress with San Bernardino county officials and it looks like we’re finally going to get our permit to go through.  I had the sense of mind to join the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association-I figured what helped Lucerne helped me and if our business did better it would help Lucerne.  There, I met the formidable Beverly Lowry-our field representative and community liaison.  James Ramos, county supervisor, said about her:…

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Propagating sweet potatoes

Growing new sweet potatoes is SOOOOOO easy.  All you do is first get some sweet potatoes.  You can get these from the store or, preferably, from the hundreds of varieties that exist and are available online.  Experiment to find which kind you like best and which do best in your area.  Don’t be limited to the store variety. Also, grab yourself some toothpicks.  These grimy things were in our junk drawer from last spring’s sweet potatoes.  Resist the urge to stick them in your mouth if they’ve been in a similar location.   There are many varieties of toothpicks for…

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What we’re planting in April

Here’s our list of April plantings April Bean, bush Bean, lima Bean, edible soy beet Cantaloupe Chard Corn, sweet Cucumber Eggplant leaf lettuce Muskmelon Pepper plants Potato, Irish Pumpkin Radish Summer squash Tomato plant Watermelon There is of course always a risk of frost until the last frost date of April 15 in this area.  There is always a risk after that too, but it decreases significantly.  By mid may there’s almost no chance of frost.  So if you plant warm weather plants be ready to protect them on a cold night.  This year I’m betting on no more frosts,…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

What we're planting in April

Here’s our list of April plantings April Bean, bush Bean, lima Bean, edible soy beet Cantaloupe Chard Corn, sweet Cucumber Eggplant leaf lettuce Muskmelon Pepper plants Potato, Irish Pumpkin Radish Summer squash Tomato plant Watermelon There is of course always a risk of frost until the last frost date of April 15 in this area.  There is always a risk after that too, but it decreases significantly.  By mid may there’s almost no chance of frost.  So if you plant warm weather plants be ready to protect them on a cold night.  This year I’m betting on no more frosts,…

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in Blog, Farming, Geese, Livestock, Poultry, Waterfowl

Eating Cotton Patch Geese

 “OK, if this freaks anyone out, just say so, but we had the most awesome dinner tonight. Goose.” A friend of mine who owns babies and grand babies of our Tom Walker line of geese just posted this on facebook. To me, this is excellent news.  Now I know some of you are vegetarians/vegans or meat eaters who pretend that meat wasn’t once a live animal, so stop reading now if you don’t want to hear a review of how this amazing bird tastes.  As for me, I’m getting hungry… She continues: I can not believe how good these are….

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