From personal experience I find they won't eat moldy food or food that is not agreeable to them if they already have sufficient feed elsewhere. That being said they sometime confuse 'bad things' for foods they like. I run a 'chicken compost program' and have never lost a bird to something they ate from the compost pile. That being said, it's hard for free range birds to determine exactly what they are eating that is impacting their health the most.
... I had a bird die from eating a paint ball. That's it so far. Sometimes I get food prep gloves in the compost from staff being forgetful/lazy and they will try and eat them if I don't catch them before hand. However, they will eat the compost in the order of foods they like the most and leave items they don't care for (like onions and citrus).
Also I did a presentation for my local "Zero Waste Society". It was the first meeting they had and I was the first presenter. I shared copies of Paul's book. I had 5 copies to share with the idea of people reading them and them bringing them back at the next meeting to pass on to someone new. People ran up to grab a copy! They were stoked!
It's a pretty good summary of what I do and what I hope to do. You can see how exhausted I am, this is the day after the slaughter and I just break down at one point.
I hope I did you justice presenting your book Paul!
(I have permission from the Zero Waste Society to share this video, it's my boyfriend filming and editing)
Because I only process birds twice a year I'm aloud to have a temporary outdoor set up. My equipment consists of the following:
- Jarvis Euthanasia Stunner: Runs off a CO2 cartridge. Expensive little piece of equipment but makes life so much easier. As someone who has a hard time with rapid decapitation (I hesitate) it make the process much more manageable.
- Machete and portable kill cones
- Custom butcher table with adjustable legs for evisceration
- An assortment of knives and sharpeners
- Steel folding table for drying/bagging
- Stainless Steel Plucker
- 2 hoses and nozzles
- Chill tanks (water barrels with running water and ice)
- Propane Burner + Super big pit for scalding: Propane burner is essential unless you want to wait 2 hours to get your water to temperature
- Burner and pot for shrink wrap bagging: Shrink wrap bags are expensive but they make the product look way better and prevent freezer burn.
- So many coolers and ice
- Pop up tent
- Hand wash station and cleaning equipment
I have my partner stunning, scalding, and plucking and I do the evisceration. We then both do a final inspection on the drying rack and bag them.
I would like to improve on organ harvesting for personal use as I'm not aloud to sell them to the public. Right now it takes so long that I get tired and wasteful. I'm going to reduce my flock size next year to help with that.
I'm also going to purchase proper poultry crates so that I can have them all ready to transport from the coop to the slaughter sight early in the morning when they are nice and clam. Right now I crate half of them (In essential dog crates) and leave the rest in the coop; however, catching and crating them when they have light to see causes them much more stress.
I'd also like to compost the feathers and other by products instead of throwing them in the landfill. I have to be careful with disposal or else I could lose my licence.
My local health authority is awesome. She very helpful and is great to support me when I need it so I can always reach out if I need to problem solve without fear of being shut down.
Yesterday we harvested our broilers. We had 75 birds to process and with set up, bagging and clean up it took us 14 hours. I'm completely exhausted but I have over 375lbs of chicken in the freezer to show for it. I'm licensed to slaughter and sell my birds locally.
But man my body is wrecked and I really hate doing it... but I'm one of two people in our entire valley that has the skill set to do it! I do two rounds of broilers a year so it's not like I spend everyday doing it but man I'm physically and emotionally spent. I've only been doing it for 2 year so I'm sure I'll become more proficient with time ... but it's days like yesterday that the vegan argument starts to ring true to me. I still thing I can feed myself more sustainably as an omnivore in the climate I live in, but man its still tough.
I still have a busy day of cleaning, doing my final compost run of the season, working 2 other jobs today, a board meeting, and a presentation about my business for the public.
I just want to stay home and drink tea... I guess this is what I signed up for though when I started a small business. Wish me luck!
To clarify I was wondering if in the manufacturing process if for cast iron they might have some sort of coating for shipping or display that I might be weary of, rather than a coating related to the performance of the cooking surface.
Are there different types of cast iron for the use of cookware I should know about? There is a cast iron pan on sale for 75% off from a major chain store ... is it too good to be true? Are there any coatings I should be aware of? Cast iron is so hot right now (ahahaha puns) that second hand ones disappear right away.
The interior is a wreck.
- Could use this as an opportunity to gain a new skill set. Just take it one project at a time and I think you'll be amazed where you are by the end of a year
Much decluttering and cleaning to be done.
- I've been helping my parents declutter... and making money doing it. I sell items the don't need online and split the money 50/50. You could gain some income while decluttering
I will need to commute to a job. I'm likely to get work 35 miles away, and I would be extremely lucky to find anything closer.
- I also live about the same distance from where I work. The commute is through a rocky pass so it sometimes sucks if the weather is bad. However is is rural so it's never to busy and I fill the time listening to audiobooks and podcasts. It's actually something I enjoy unwinding to at the end of a day.
Expenses I don't have in an apartment: All utilities, snowplowing, and increased transportation expenses.
- You can use Paul's book to cut down your utilities like crazy. Not gonna lie, snow plowing sucks! Increased transportation fees could be minimized if you found a job you could work part time' full time from home
100% dependence on a car for transportation.
- I feel you. In the winter it can feel quite isolating.
I don't really know anybody that well in the area. Until I get to know them, isolation. (Actually, being an introvert, this may not be that big of a problem.)
I'll be doing it alone. Gulp.
- It's taken me over a year to start to break into the community. Look for your 'local pancake breakfast' and other homesteaders is my experience. I'm not doing it alone though, I have my boyfirend to drag around with me.
Dillon Nichols wrote:Behold, the fastest ugliest sketch possible of what I was trying to describe above..
OMG the doodle worked! It makes sense now! I like it!
I was also thinking maybe I should purchase a small utility trailer? Then instead of driving around my huge old F250 I could use my van or even a different small car in the future.
I love the idea of mixing my own feed. I just need to start tracking down where I can buy stuff in bulk that is good quality. Any resources on sprouting for chickens? Is it just the same as sprouting for people?
I've played around with fermenting feed before. All my feeders are designed for dry feed. I guess I could just make a big tub for wet feed.
Here is me, teaching 60 grade 3 kids (8 & 9 years old) about the difference between a linear food system, a food cycle, and permaculture (Food Ecosystem). To be honest I think I lost them with the permaculture section as it was "too complicated". I will reform my presentation. Romeo was a hit though. The kids where awesome!
I have a presentation coming up as part of the new "Zero Waste" initiative in my community. I'll see if I can get my boyfriend to record it. I think it also counts as a BB!
Edit: I have permission to use these photos from both of the grade 3 classes seen here. The teachers have special permission slips so any family that does not want their child publicized do not appear in any of these photos. These photos where given to me with permission to publish to support my business.
I think this goes back to the heard immunity question. My understanding is vaccines are not effective for all persons. For whatever reason some people do not develop an immune response and therefore don't gain immunity.
So what I'm trying to wrap my head around is what the statistical analysis that is use to determine what percentage of the population requires immunization to acquire herd immunity. It seems that even with 100% vaccination rates this can still break down as there will be individuals that still act as a point of mutation.
... but does herd immunization reduce the chances of epidemics? I'm guessing it depends of the virulency of the strain and the overall socio-economic state of the population.
Cool. I like this. I would like it a lot more if it cited the articles used to draw these conclusions.
I guess this is something I struggle with. Often, large organization put out informational material for the general population (Great!). I'm guessing, on average, that most people don't have the education in advanced statistics, quantitative research, and scientific method to even want to read the scientific literature... or have the time! I know exactly how long it takes to produce a literature review... but then how do you fact check them?
Turns out I actually do have an issue with the document from WHO:
This logic is faulty however; you might as well say that eating bread causes car crashes, since most drivers who crash their cars could probably be shown to have eaten bread within the past 24 hours.
Statements like this make me feel uncomfortable. I understand that they are trying to articulate a point to a large population but I think they are throwing out the baby with the bath water. I've read scientific literature exploring the subject of inflammation and vaccination and their recommendations usually state "requires more research".
Here is how my brain is working right now:
Vaccines are designed to create an immune response --> immune responses often involve inflammation -- >there are documented cases of people dying from an immune response to vaccines --> is it really illogical to think that an immune response to a vaccine could not cause inflammation in the brain when there are compounds in vaccines that interact with the blood brain barrier?
I think it is a possibility. I'd really love some 3rd party research into this concept.
Okay so from other posts
3) Isolating non-vaccinated portions of the population
.... ouchie ouchie ouchie
I have a serious issue with isolating any population. I'm not fond of the justification of "it's their choice".
It goes back to the whole herd immunity and virus vectors. Are you isolating children because they are immune suppressed? I hope not! Are you testing everyone to see if they successfully developed resistance? What if you developed resistance but you're still a carrier?
That and it's not much of a choice; isolating yourself from society seems practically impossible these days. Are you not allowed in grocery stores? Hospitals? You have to find, build, and maintain you own little colony because you have questions about the safety of your child? I guess that is a choice ... but if that was my options I would vaccinate for sure because it seems like it's more of a choice between vaccination and death (physical or social). But I guess that's how the other side of the argument looks at it too: if you don't have herd immunity you don't have protection therefore you put everyone at risk.
I'm struggling to create an informed opinion and I have the time, resources, and education. How is the "average" person, on either side or the argument, expected to be an expert in the area or at least informed enough to be confident in their decisions based on sound reasoning. I think it boils down to research and education. I feel like the general population has lost trust in the medical organizations, regulating government bodies, and educational institutions.
Another note on Amy's comment:
The Wakefield study is an early report; yes, the sample size is small; therefore, I don't believe the information was intended to be applied on a population level. It specifically states " We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described." Again, it is my understanding from my reading, that they primarily set out to show evidence for gastrointestinal disorders being associated with neurological dysfunction.
Seems like everyone likes the person powered crane/pulley system ... it's just intimidating for me because I'm not a very good 'builder'. I'm definitely on the growie side of things. Any YouTube or other articles to give a visual example of what you're thinking of (Rufus?)
hans muster wrote:Hi,
another idea, based on the cardboard: why don't you use newspaper? If you line neswpaper on the inside, it would catch the dough and sticky rice as long as it isn't too wet.
It's a good idea, and I can experiment with it, but it does boil down to time. To line 12 bins four times a week would add a lot of time to my work load. But it may be work it if I don't have to buy expensive bags.
I was also thinking a fold out ramp may help with loading bins. They have wheels so I could just roll them up instead.
I guess I play devil's advocate to try and draw out some of the topic I'm interested in. I'm going to be COMPLETELY HONEST HERE. I watch the documentary series "The Truth About Vaccines". It seems really convincing but I'm at a loss as to where to start my own research to confirm or deny these points. I can't be the only one, I have sold background in the sciences and even I'm feeling dizzy.
1) Andrew Wakefield Study
Has anyone actually read the original study? I can't seem to get my hands on the original study. Why is this important? Because all I hear about the study only through second or third hand account of the information contained in the study.
I'm going to use the term conspiracy in the way it's actually meant to be used (someone conspired against not a crazy or alternative idea).
The argument I hear is that the study was pulled by 'big pharma' to hide that there is an issue with vaccines. I say this not to start diving into the whole 'big pharma' (which I do want to explore but not with an into like that). I've 'heard' that his research was actually into the correlation between autism and gastrointestinal disorders and that in his discussion section (not his results) he hypothesizes that one of the influences for these gastro issues is linked to vaccination and recommends further research. I find the concept of our gastrointestinal health being related to neurological disorders fascinating! Personal experience: I have a friend with a little girl who is on the spectrum and she manages her behaviour largely through fermented food and avoiding sugar (super cool!).
Would love to hear if anyone has actually read the study or has more information on how the document was falsified.
I "hear" that in Egypt they have done studies supporting that vaccination is correlated with autism... I can't find them or they are not translated to a language I can read?
2) Toxins in vaccines (might require further break down).
Okay so this is a weird one for me in conversations that I've manage to have read angry blogs about. Here is an oversimplified version.
Anti- Vaxx : Vaccines contain mercury
Pro-Vaxx : The amount of mercury in a vaccine is less than in a tuna fish sandwich.
Me: Don't they tell pregnant women not to eat fish because of mercury toxicity (and other heavy metals) and the implications on the developing fetus?
The other argument I hear is our bodies have been evolved to handle some level of heavy metal toxicity, but again, we are exposed to it through our skin and digestive tract, not directly through our blood (skipped a few membranes and filter organs). The second argument I hear is that the form mercury found in nature is different than what is found in vaccines and this form is smaller compound that can more easily pass through the blood brain barrier.
Do they even still use mercury in vaccines? Man I need an immunologist for a friend!
Honestly, I'm too scared to bring it up with nurses and doctors I know for fear of being exiled
I guess this still doesn't address the sort of "cost-benefit" analysis. If there is a risk for vaccination does that out way overall population health? Wow I think that would start to pull in a lot of other environmental factors but the literature I've seen is still a resounding yes- heard immunity is awesome.
I guess I struggle with the fact it seems like the fox is guarding the hen house. Vaccines are largely developed and tested by the companies that would be benefiting from them. FDA studies are often not completed by unbiased third parties. I've also 'hear' about account of companies falsifying human trials to get their product to market. I think flu shots are the perfect example. The flu virus mutates so fast that when the develop a vaccine it often "fails" because by the time the get it into production it has already mutated. Does the chance of it helping off set the millions of dollars it costs (I live in Canada so yay health care!) or would that money be better spent in preventative care (access to healthy food). Also the fact that the HPV vaccine is so heavily advertised to my on YouTube. I swear every other add is for the vaccine. Is it a PSA or a money making scheme?
Ahhhh.... so complicated. Anyone have some books on the subject? I would love a good immunology book that has been updated with research past the 2000s. Would love some comments.
I found a few things to be a real hassle: a sticky glob of wet flour or dough, the cut end of a fruit or vegetable "suction-cupped" to the pail, and the cakes of coffee sludge at the bottom of the pail.
Kenneth: Yes! Dough is the worst! One of the places I pick up for is a bagel shop!
They don't stretch like a petroleum plastic bag will to fit the rim.
Kenneth: Yes I have played around with one brand and they seemed to tear on a regular basis. However, that could be okay if it meant that I avoided gobs of dough stuck to the side and just had to pour out some liquid.
to compost the bags I found it better to dump out or tear the bags (to avoid anaerobic blobs) and while the bags did break down it took time buried in a HOT pile
Kenneth: This is good to know because I've had no luck in breaking them down so far but I also I have my piles go anaerobic because I get layers of paper towel that don't get ripped up by the chickens. I think I have a solution for that this year.
Maybe consider if plastic may actually be the right material for the bins. Sometimes we demonize a word and miss the important details. Much of the plastics problem derives from it's use in mast distribution of one time use products, whence it is discarded, much of it ending up in nature.
Rufus: I do like the bins I have and I would like to find a solution for them. I like them because they are easy to clean by hand, they are built so that they don't crack in cold weather (high grade plastic), and the have handles exactly where you need handles.
These are the bins I use.
So the down side is that it's a 12 gallon container... so when it's full of rice (I pick up from a curry place) it can be real heavy. I was thinking of putting a "reminder" sticker on them that said something like "Remember, a short person has to lift these into a truck". That and a sticker on the top with a chicken saying "NO PLASTIC PLEASE! DONT MAKE ME SICK".
Another downside is finding a compostable liner in that size that won't split because there is enough volume to make it an issue. The BioBags I would like to try are $0.70 CAD per bag. That means I'm spending $33 a week on bags. I charge $185/month per business. That means that 12% of my operational costs would go to bin liners alone... YIKES!
Again, I would love to figure out a cleaning system but water is so limited for me. I will keep playing around with all these great ideas though.
I would like to be able to share information and ideas without getting my head torn off and starting a screaming match.
Quick background on me:
- I have a degree in Biochemistry
- I'm prone to getting sucked into conspiracy theories
I want to talk about vaccination! I think both sides of the of the argument have some interesting points. I thought permies might be a good place to explore the concepts, with extreme politeness. We could share scholarly articles and actually read scientific papers instead of Huffington post blogs. We can also acknowledge that scientific literature has it flaws and debate the merit of certain findings/results. We can acknowledge the personal experiences and accounts can provide some insight. We could share alternative literature. We could debate our points of view with data, and facts, and even well articulated feelings (if polite!). Maybe we have some misinformation we didn't even know about!
I think the heart of the issue is the either side thinks the other is killing/hurting babies. I'd like to look at it a different way; that everyone wants the best for our children and communities. I feel like everyone on permies is vested in making the world a better place. That everyone wants things to be better for everyone.
Hey! Maybe together we can work our way through the mud so we can articulate to others why we choose to do the things we do.
So send me your best sources of information on the topic! AND GO! (... with extreme politeness)
Hey Kenneth, Karl hammer was actually the guy who inspired me to try my business! I just love how happy the hens look scratching!
Also looking after my back has been an interesting journey. I'm 5'2 and 130 lbs lifting bins up into a big old F250. I've started going to the gym (in the winter) specifically to train in weight lifting. It's helped a lot! Still I do need to be conscious of having ergonomic movements. I dump out the bins from the back of the truck by backing right up to the compost area and tipping them off of the side of the truck. The bins have handles on the bottom of them which make it way easier (also prevents me from accidentally chucking a bin at a chicken).
Mike I really like the idea of a brush powered by a drill. I'll have to look into that on as well. I'm not sure which would more efficient/less impactful?
A) Using power tools or pressurized water so that I don't have to use disposable liners
B) Using disposable liners (something I can actually compost) and wipe them out by hand which uses less water and only me power.
Both, however, would be time efficient so thats cool!
Alder Burns wrote:Check out black soldier flies. With that much food trash coming into your system and that many chickens, they might be a valuable addition if your climate proves amenable, at least in the summer. They will convert stuff the birds can't eat themselves, as well as at least some of their manure, back into chicken feed! Coffee grounds are a particular favorite, which I don't think chickens eat themselves.
That would be awesome because I get a TON of coffee grounds!
Thanks for the link Mike! Some good ideas to play around with for next season!
I love the concepts about cleaning out the bins with water... but I would have to still get access to water. My new location allows me enough to have irrigation for a market garden but the well has a low flow rate so they are very cautious about not over taxing it.
I think in mean time I will experiment with heavy duty paper bags. They usually leak liquid but I can wipe that out, it's when you have rice plastered to the sides that it feels like you spend all day cleaning. The downside as usual is the price but I can always try and up my rates.
Steel buckets would be easier to clean but I would have to provide a lot of them for the amount of compost I already pick up. Investing in the bins I currently have has been a significant portion of the total capital I've into the infrastructure for my business. The weight also starts to wear me down. The plastic buckets I use are 12 gallons and can weight up to 70 lbs each depending on how full of cooked rice they are...
I would love to have ducks! I hear processing ducks are a pain in the but though. Something I want to look into for sure.
After visiting Wheaton Labs, some of the Boots and Staff expressed interest in my small business and homesteading pursuits. On top of that, the community at Permies has been so amazing that I'm guessing that there would be a couple folks with some great ideas and valuable information to help push me in the right direction.
So a little information about me:
- Grew up in the Canadian Rockies
- I have no background in farming or gardening
- I'm 28
- I love chickens!
About 3 years ago I took a PDC on Salt Spring Island I had just finished my University Career and I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I felt like the world around me was being burnt, mined, or deforested and that I was powerless to do anything about it. My friend suggested checking out of small town life and checking into a cute farmstead and learning about Permaculture. I fell in love instantly! It was what I had been looking for; I could use my degrees to actually do something, perform my own research and experiments, and spend my time outdoors.
Trailer Park Life I came home from my PDC inspired to make an impact on my community, a crazy business plan... and about a dozen baby chicks. I showed up at my doorstep with a box of little peepers hoping my boyfriend would still let me in. He's never been a pet person, is not fond of cats or dogs, but it turns out he loves our feathered friends. I raised the chicks in our garage and backyard in secret until I was ready for my next plan of attack. Yes, I illegally raised chickens in secret in the middle of a trailer park.
My Money Making Scheme So with a small loan from my Grandmother I set off to create a community composting business. I picked up compost once a week from a local restaurant for a monthly fee, I raised the chickens on borrowed land in exchange for eggs, and used the chickens to "process" the compost. I live in serious bear country so I though I could reduce the likelihood of creating an attractant by having chickens process the compost. That, and the fact I had no access to heavy machinery so I thought they would help turn the piles. Little did I know I was actually storing carbon and locking away nutrients in the chickens and eggs.
Broilers and Egg Layers I started with one business the first year and moved onto 5 in the second. I was picking up compost twice a week for a monthly fee that was 50% higher than the previous year. I had a lot more compost so I was worried that the handful of egg layers I had wouldn't cut it so I started raising broilers. I used the broilers during my "Summer Program" and I brought home the compost in the winter for my layers (I only picked up from one business in the winter as an experiment to see if I could pull it off in -20C). I paid someone to process my broilers so I had a freezer full of meat for myself and my family. I was producing enough eggs to sell a couple dozen every week.
Getting my own Land I was having a hard time investing in my home and yard when I didn't actually own the land. In the small town that I grew up in land prices have sky rocketed as it has become a super trendy ski and bike destination. I didn't want to leave my home time but I just couldn't afford to live there. I found land just 20 minutes out of town...AND IT WAS THE BEST CHOICE EVER! The micro climate here is much warmer (not deep in a valley so we have way more daylight hours and a longer growing season) and the land was half the price. We have a cute half acre of land with a glorified mobile home but we no longer had to raise our chicks in secret and could keep our layers at home full-time. That, and the property came with 14 fully established fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, AND CHERRIES!) as well as an established garden and lots of other perennials. The property needed some serious love but we were happy to be the one to give it the affection it deserved.
30,000lbs of Food Waste So how much food waste do I "compost" in a year? About 30,000 lbs. Just little ole me and my old Ford truck. I now raise two rounds of broilers in the Summer for a total of 120 birds. This Summer I obtained my poultry licence so I process the birds myself and sell them locally. I have 6 restaurants as part of my composting program and I do educational presentations at the local schools on "Food Cycles". I have way more layers than I could ever want (but that's a different story...) and I sell my eggs as part of a monthly program. This is on top of working a handful of other jobs while I figure out how to make my business pay the bills. I think I'm getting closer...
Market Garden I have now partnered with a new land owner in order to start a market garden next Summer. I plan to sell produce and eggs at the local farmers market in order to get my feet under me, with my long term goal of selling directly back to the restaurants that I pick up from in order to complete the "Food Cycle".
Getting Better I know I have a long way to go but here are my goals for my business and homestead:
Using Zero Commercial Feed
- My birds free range and have oodles of compost but still I supplement with commercial feed. It's an 'organic' feed but dam it is expensive. I would like to start creating a food forest and finding other creative ways to feed my flock while making bank.
- My businesses biggest weakness for being sustainable is the use of plastic liners in the bins that I use for picking up the compost. I 6 business that each get 4 bins that I pick up twice a week, thats up to 48 plastic bags a week! EW! I've tried biodegradable/compostable back but I've had no success in composting them myself. I've tried using a pressure washer and have successfully blasted compost back at my face at 100 miles/hour; that and I have to use a generator to pump the water for pressure washer and I have limited access to water. I would love to find a solution to this problem for next Summer. On top of that I still get so much small bits of plastic in the compost that I pick up because kitchen staff can't seem to invest the time to throw away sticks and tags as well as the little bits of plastics from other produces.
Produce Oodles of Food!
- I love the idea of producing as much food as I can for myself and community. I would like to document my progress. I am not a natural green thumb but I'm eager to learn. Luckily for me, the new land owner I'm partnering with is a permie and has way more experience! I'm stoked to work with her to improve food sovereignty in our community.
Build a Rocket Mass Heater
- Our home is very cute and rustic... and cold as hell. Our goal is to insulate around the base of our home and then put in a rocket mass heater. We are going to practice by building a rocket oven in our yard first. Then I can bake bread in the summer outside when it's 42C out!
Infect Young Brains
- I love teaching kids! I'd love to develop an educational program that is primarily outdoors.
Homestead & Grow Food Full Time
- THIS IS THE DREAM! I'm currently working 6 jobs this winter so I can save up a bit of money so I can go full force with trying to have a successful market garden and composting business next year. I'm finding having so many jobs pulls my attentional all over the place when all I want to do is Permie stuff. The more I work the less food prep, house work, gardening, and reading I do which really ends up costing me more money. I also want to decease our living expenses so we don't have to make as much.
Get Some PEP in my Step
- Use the PEP program as a self-guided learning tool... and go bug the crew at the Lab again to gain more skills (especially when they require heavy equipment).
I will do my best to document my journey here. My boyfriend has also expressed interest in helping my start a vlog (he does videography). Hopefully my journey can inspire others, or at least provide some entertainment!
I know I have a ton of room for improvement so please send your critiques and comments my way. If you have any questions or would like me to explain something in more detail please let me know!
Here are some photos of the 'farm' and homestead, hope you enjoy!
I'm lucky enough to have a group of friends that loves potlucks. To spice of an event we often hold clothing swaps during our shenanigans. It's not just for the ladies, the fellas love to get involved as well! Although by the end of the evening it does degrade into who can select the most outrages combination of clothes and apply it to the totally wrong sized body for the garment.
The ladies usually bring quite large bags of clothing, and usually end up leaving with an equally large bag, despite having the intentions of reducing their wardrobe. All the clothes that are not taken to a new home are packed up by the hostess and brought to the local Salvation Army. We've done this so many times that a single article of clothing often goes through several owners before finally meetings its end.
Although the buy it for life principle, I believe, is the ideal to strive towards, sometimes you end up with gifts you don't care for, your body changing shape, of simply being bored. We're all pretty good about bringing items that have been hanging in our closet gathering dust no matter how nice, how thoughtful the gift, or how much you're sure you're going to loose/gain the weight required to fit it again.
Clothes swaps are so popular in our are that there is even a community wide one where everyone brings there items to a local bar to bid, trade, or give away. The place is packed every year now!
I thought I'd document my most recent haul of clothing. I'm fortunate that all of my friend prefer to purchase item that are built to last and usually from companies they can get behind.
In my PDC one of our instructors told us that "beauty is a function".
Jocelyn: I think allowing yourself to prioritize beauty in your environment is a permaculture principle even though we like to shy away from it as being a "priority". Creativity and imagination are often born in beautiful places and they serve as a place that 'fills us up' instead of draining us.
After being to Wheaton Labs I can say that it is far from a 'shit hole'. I could spend all day in that kitchen!
This one would be easier if there was a local guild but I find pottery to be the artistic balance I need in my life. I can sell pieces that I didn't love or make planting pots or garden stakes for my own use. This is a much easier task if you can use a wheel and kiln that is shared with others. Getting into it on your own can be expensive.
I'm very grateful for my time spent with Jocelyn and Coco today. They where my guides for the process.
The recipe was pretty simple. I was trying to make the most of the peppers that Coco sourced from a friend. I used the brine recipe from Jocelyn's recipe for Giardiniera.
Salt Brine: 2T salt per cup of water. Salt was mixed with hot water and then left to cool to around room temp.
Veggies: Peppers sliced into rings with a layer of garlic and black pepper.
2 Tablespoons of a Brine starter where added to each jar so there was not the same ratio of starter for each jar because of the differences in volume. Will be fun to see the difference.
Filled the jars with veggies and then added enough brine to cover them.