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Most recent package from Pioneers Press!
I should not be posting these as just one picture. Adam gnade & jessie-duke each deserve their own personal vignette.
Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty - Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.
The Hard Fifty Farm, Issue One & Two -   Jessie Duke’s writing strikes so many chords with me. Inspirational but poignant, too. I share both her hope and anxiety about an uncertain future. If you dream of homesteading, self-sufficiency, or just a simpler life - read these zines.

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Most recent package from Pioneers Press!

I should not be posting these as just one picture. Adam gnadejessie-duke each deserve their own personal vignette.

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty - Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.

The Hard Fifty Farm, Issue One & Two -   Jessie Duke’s writing strikes so many chords with me. Inspirational but poignant, too. I share both her hope and anxiety about an uncertain future. If you dream of homesteading, self-sufficiency, or just a simpler life - read these zines.

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— 5 days ago with 28 notes
Plant a Fall Garden: Find instructions, planting times, and seeds here →

dirtdoll:

Seed Savers Exchange is such a great resource!  Check out this email message from them about dates for fall planting.

— 2 weeks ago with 15 notes

My biggest duck disappeared yesterday. Mr. Brown was a huge Muscovy drake. He didn’t come back to go in last night, and Mrs. Duck, one of my first three ducks is missing along with him. Mrs. is Babs’ mom and a really sweet duck.

They were fine in the morning and now they are gone and presumed dead. I’m so pissed off. I’m going to mow the close pasture again to make it hard for anything to hide. I don’t know what got him during the day, but I’m guessing coyote because he was really big. If you haven’t been around Muscovies you’ll have trouble picturing a duck that is big enough to smash a Chihuahua or Yorkie and can still fly, but that’s the size we’re talking about.

Dammit.

— 2 weeks ago with 54 notes
#we need more fencing  #stat 
The little seed library that could … get busted by a state ag department | Grist →

krippner:

Okay, I swear I’m starting to get paranoid in my old age. I see the sticky, dirty fingers of greed everywhere… I don’t know if that’s the case here with this law in Pennsylvania, but I still wonder what’s really behind it…

Here’s the deal: A library in PA started a seed lending library. People would donate seeds, then ‘check them out’ for free, grow the produce, and return new seeds from their crops at the end of the season.

Sounds like a good thing, right? People get access to free seeds, allow them to grow yummy produce, and all they have to do is return some of the seeds from their crop to the library.

Turns out that it’s illegal in PA. Seriously.

The state ag department shut it down, claiming people would need to purchase a ‘seed license’, have their contact information printed on the labels, keep complete records including samples of the seed for a minimum of two years that would be ‘available for inspection during regular business hours’, and seeds would have to be tested.

Why? Well, basically a whole list of made up reasons that make no sense at all to anyone who’s a gardener. Vague warnings about the dangers of cross pollination and, according to one city commissioner, “agri-terrorism”. Commissioner Barbara Cross brought up the “T” word, speculating that somehow evil terrorists would someone turn their pretty little seed library into a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the ag dept, the intent was not to shut down the program. “This was accepted as a realistic solution”.

Really? Expecting home gardeners to maintain records on every single batch of seed, make them available for ‘inspection’, have them tested by a state agency? Exactly how is this ‘realistic’?

The intent of the ag dept was to shut the program down. Period. And according to the librarian, she was informed that the dept. is going after other seed library programs in the state as well.

Where does the paranoia come in? Well, who has a vested interest in keeping home gardeners from keeping seed, sharing it with others? The big seed companies, of course. If they can make it illegal to share or even save seed (something that’s already happening with patented seeds), you’ll have no choice but to buy seed from them.

Is that what is really happening? Hell, I don’t know. Like I said, sometimes I think I’m getting paranoid in my old age.

Sometimes I think I’m not paranoid enough…

I don’t have the right words.

— 2 weeks ago with 46 notes
Turkey fence!

My sister sort of loaned me a helper guy today. He has been helping her and my BIL with their various endeavors, and he knows how to build fence, so she asked if he would work over here building fence for me. (of course I had to pay him) He worked half a day here and all the posts are in! By tomorrow afternoon I should have a turkey fence adjoining the duck fence Naimhe, Halfbakedidea, and I built last year.

He used the new chainsaw, too. We just took it out of the box this morning. The old electric one just isn’t working even though it’s only one year old. The new one cut small trees like butter. 

Hooray for helpers!

— 3 weeks ago with 39 notes
#naimhe  #halfbakedidea 

Turkeys turkeying.

The white one with the black spots is the smartest.

— 3 weeks ago with 26 notes
#turkeys 
ladameblanc asked: Why are you raising turkey's? For enjoyment? Food? Livestock sales? I only ask because I do love turkeys. But they are the stupidest bird. Also if you have wild turkeys just kill one of them for food?


Answer:

Livestock sales and food. I didn’t expect them to be so sweet!

— 3 weeks ago with 13 notes
#ladameblanc 

pocketcuntents replied to your post: Scenes from the weekend. It was a roug…

Damn. How do wild turkeys not get this? We’ve got them EVERYWHERE (like in our yards, trees, etc) and lots of folks have chickens around here. Can they build up immunity?

We have lots of wild ones here, too, and I don’t know the answer. I do know that it is common for this disease to wipe out 80-100% of a flock once is starts. It’s really terrible, and may even predate my living on this property. 

Now I’m going to have to look up why the wild turkeys aren’t all dead.

— 3 weeks ago with 9 notes
#pocketcuntents