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This group is designed for individuals that are interested in building a business around gardening, landscaping, and "growing" something.

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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
KarenBuilding a Cold Frame.pdf

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Out of the box ideas

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Herbs?

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Comment by Karen Wortman on February 24, 2014 at 9:15am

Hope everyong is doing well.  I can hardly believe we are at the end of Feb. already.  We had beautiful weather here over the weekend and it sure makes me want to start digging in the dirt, but it will be back in the teens at night by the middle of the week. 


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Comment by Luke Townsley on February 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

We still have about 6 inches of snow on the ground and a cold night or two ahead, but it looks like it will warm up in a few days and melt off all this white stuff here in Indiana.

The chickens are sick of it, and so am I. I'm sure we will have a late spring, but I'm ready for it whenever it comes.


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Comment by Karen Wortman on February 12, 2014 at 6:52pm

I hope our East Coast and Southern members are doing OK through these crazy ice and snow storms.  Sam, how is everything in Georgia?  We've been lucky to have missed this last round.  Other then being cold, we're set.  And, this weekend it is supposed to be in the upper 50's WOO HOO

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on February 6, 2014 at 1:54pm

Thanks Luke! Sorry it took so long for me to get back with you.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on January 31, 2014 at 3:30pm

We are taking a sabbatical from farming. To be self-sufficient and truly sustainable, we have to be debt free, so this year I'll be putting my time and efforts toward selling unneeded stuff, selling a rental we own, and teaching for others until we have our final debt, our house, paid off. I'm hoping that will be this summer, but it may take until the end of the year. Regardless, with that burden gone, Bob will be free to retire when he's ready, and we can then put ourselves heart and soul into ministering through food.

It's been very hard for me to get to this point, but it's kind of exciting, too. As we harvest, we're allowing the soil garden to sit fallow. We're selling off all our tilapia except for that necessary to sustain the aquaponic system, and I'm planting things that can be fed back to the fish (except for the great strawberry bed) so I don't have to process anything. No planting, no harvesting, not classes, and no meat birds. The only things that will continue will be our current flock of chickens and our dairy cows. 

It should be an interesting time, and a beginning of a great new era in our lives!


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Comment by Luke Townsley on January 31, 2014 at 9:05am

Jeremy

We did Freedom Rangers and Heritage white meat birds last year. I'm wanting to do the Heritage Whites again and try to breed them here. I'm guessing they do eat quite a bit more feed, but they don't have the mortality of the Cornish X, so for us it more or less works out cost wise.

Our layers are "dual purpose" birds, and we are pretty happy there. Actually we have some ISA browns and they are good birds, but too calm for pastured birds IMO. We have some Barred Rocks that are wonderful although I have to say the ISAs lay prettier eggs.
My RI reds picked at each other way too much. They were just too  much trouble. A different strain might be different though.

I think the real advantage of heirloom veggies is when you save seed and develop strains better suited for your needs.

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on January 30, 2014 at 8:25pm

I sold all of my chickens the other day in order to make room for the "Heritage" breeds I want to raise.  The heritage livestock and heirloom vegetables I think will be a good niche especially with all of the awareness about gmo's now.  Along with growing and raising our plans are to sell products made by us and public speaking.  We're all pretty excited about this!

Comment by Jeremy Obermeyer on January 8, 2014 at 9:33am

Hope and Pray everybody made it or is making it through the cold snap ok.

Comment by Damon on January 4, 2014 at 5:01am

Goodness! 2014 already.


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Comment by Karen Wortman on January 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Happy New Year everyone!

 
 
 

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