Chris Kott wrote:How about "Fowl by any other name" as the title? That puts Fowl at the beginning of the search for Google.
I think this works better than something that tries to list all of the possibilities and the exclusions. If it comes last, when someone is scrolling through, then it becomes obvious that we mean other than chickens, geese, ducks, guinea fowl and whatever others have their own category.
Travis Johnson wrote:Felco makes a nice hand pruner. It is unique in that it is battery powered to give you two tons of cutting force with just a pull of your finger lobbing off 2" diameter brush. Holster, back pack battery, a charge that lasts 8 hours...
It is not for the frugal minded, but if a person needs to cut a lot of brush for Rocket Stoves, or needs to prune an orchard with a lot of cuts that require force, this little known tool might be the way to go.
This tool is freaky expensive, but I think that I could justify buying it. I often take on big hedges which require hundreds of cuts in the 1 to 2 inch size range. These cuts are currently made with my small Makita chainsaw. It appears that this would be faster, and would allow me to reach out further. It would also be very handy, when trying to process Twisted branches, so that they pack into the vehicle better. If I were to charge a premium of $20 per hour more, when using this tool, it would be paid off in approximately 130 hours. Seems like a lot, but it could actually make sense for me.
I would definitely use it to process all of my rocket fuel. It would probably work to chop corn stalks and to harvest salal, for flower arrangements. Also the perfect tool for most infestations of Scotch broom and English ivy. I currently use hand loppers, and that same small chainsaw, when processing these. The chainsaw would still be needed, but this thing cuts branches better than my large Fiskars loppers do.
I sometimes free climb, through fruit trees and large hedging. This would allow me to keep both hands active, while climbing from place to place.
I'm sure that these are meant for people with big Orchards and Vineyards , so it is bound to be super durable. The video made it look very promising.
A couple years ago, I spent $2,000 on Stihl cordless long reach chainsaw and hedge cutter. They were paid off with one good week of cutting. This tool could be used in conjunction with that stuff. The hedge cutter struggles with anything over three-quarter inch.
It would be absolutely awesome, when I'm maintaining trails on the farm.
Just imagine the self defense applications. I'd be more dangerous than Edward Scissorhands.
I spent $79 at Radio Shack, and got a 12 volt booster. They are meant for automotive use. I put the antenna in the upstairs of the cabin, and dropped the wire through a knothole. I went from one bar to four, and sometimes 5. Seems to work well enough. The data plan on my phone is relatively cheap. The only thing that really hogs data, is watching video, so this won't be done from the farm. The flagpole thing did work, but was a stopgap solution. I didn't purchase anything toward that. Just used a scrap of lumber, hoisting the phone above roof line, until I bought the booster.
Those other ideas sound great for someone more dedicated to connectivity, than I am.
Hello, Maureen. I will be visiting Western Kenya soon, and possibly setting up a biogas system for my friend's mother. We have spoken at length about thievery. At first, she didn't want to admit how endemic it is, feeling that this would portray her people in a negative light. When talking about it, she almost always attributed it to those who are least related to her. She is Nilotic, of the Luo tribe, so tends to attribute most negative behavior to those of West African origin. But, obviously, if someone is stealing your carrots, and you live in a village where everyone is from the same tribe, it's bound to be a distant or not so distant relative.
My friend lives in the city, works for a foreign corporation, and earns about five times the Kenyan average. This affords her a very modest lifestyle. When she goes to her home village, she immediately enters her family's home, and avoids interaction with other villagers. This is because they see her as a very wealthy, cash cow. She makes 350 US dollars per month. People show up at the door claiming that their baby is sick, that they have a flat tire, or with various other stories, that have a financial solution. They always mention her good job. Her response, is to ask them if they think those companies are hiring in this village. Of course they are not. Those people would have to get their asses to Kisumu or Nairobi. They would also need to educate themselves.
She has advised me to stay out of sight and to not interact with those beyond her immediate family. My European ancestry, marks me as someone who has money to give away.
I assume that your husband is from the immediate area where you live. Do you think that your place is being targeted more than most, because you are not from there? Are your neighbors aware that you and your husband are not wealthy? Do they know that you are a relatively recent arrival, and that your family don't come from the White Highlands, or other areas of Kenya that were taken over by the English? I guess when it comes right down to it, I'm asking if you believe that the targeting of your farm is strictly based on the resources that others want to steal, or is it a racial thing? That would seem to be a very difficult thing to overcome.
My brother is married to an Aztec woman, in a poor village in Mexico. When he first arrived, he was the crazy Gringo who didn't burn his fields or kill his snakes. But now, his place looks like a beautiful parkland. While neighbors work in the Sun, producing low value maize and sunflowers, his family works in the shade of avocado and other trees, producing a much healthier diet and many times more income on the same land. He's in a position to sometimes employ his neighbors for harvesting and other tasks. They get to see firsthand, a better way of doing things. Some have changed their own methods of managing their land. Thievery is not a problem for him, at his home farm. He has another acreage that is some distance from his home. He can't have a well pump, a decent gate or other things over there, because they would be stolen.
I follow the path of least resistance when it comes to food production. I'm only interested in growing things that give a good return for the time spent.
I'm still completely self-sufficient. I make money working, and some of that money is spent on food.
I have never found it worthwhile to try to grow the things that don't really want to survive in my environment.
Some things, give a great return, with minimal effort. If I want potatoes, all I need to do is put them in the ground. They don't need to be watered, they don't need to have anything done about bugs, since they grow where there are lots of little snakes and lizards to eat the bugs, and the deer and rabbits don't like them. Therefore, I grow potatoes. Garlic does exceptionally well for me, if planted and left alone. Swiss chard grows quite well, with very little intervention.
There are many other things that don't produce for me, or that would probably succumb to some ill fate , before harvest. I don't grow any tropical or subtropical things. I'm not in the tropics. I don't raise any animals. Others raise animals, and I buy their products
I look at food production, in much the same way as happens with various businesses and jobs. Some could work for me, others might not.
I could make a living as a door to door salesman, as a barista at the coffee shop, as a taxi driver, as a firewood guy, as a checkout guy at the grocery store and probably as a hundred other things. I find that I'm able to master most jobs in short order.
But I don't do all of these things. I have other things that I do, where I have complete control of my hours of work, and who I work with. I earn more money at my chosen line of work, and this allows me to pay for things that other people do.
There are other jobs that I would be completely unsuited to. As an atheist, I probably shouldn't become a preacher. I can't stand cigarettes and alcohol, so I should probably avoid working in fields where I will be surrounded by that. I like to have money, so I don't look for any type of work that doesn't pay four times the minimum wage. I'd like to have 40 times that much, but so far have been unsuccessful in that regard.
When it comes to food production, I look at it the very same way. Which item is likely to pay me a suitable amount for my time, and which ones will be an exercise in drudgery, without the desired result.
My friend Felix is Jewish. At his home, he has some sparkly lights and other decorations that he claims are for Hanukkah. There are even traditional Christmas foods available, and I saw some candy canes.
I walked in the other day, while his family were all there, and I broke into the song. I'm sure you're familiar with the song, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. I sang, You're Beginning to look a lot like Christians. Everybody got it, when I pointed out all of the decor and food.
The transition from solid fuel, whether it be sticks or animal dung, to home biogas systems, has hugely reduced the labor needed from poor rural women in China, India and other places. It has improved lung health, and prevented leachate from stored manure and other organic waste. It has also gone a long way in preventing erosion, by allowing reforestation to happen. To me, this is about the most appropriate of all of the so-called appropriate technologies.
Less labour, better health, more convenient cooking and a great way to get rid of anything that is stinky or rotting. This isn't specifically replacing gasoline, but it is replacing human labor with technology, that makes life easier and better.
I have cut a lot of wood in my time with far less than 1% being human powered. Most of my tree work is done in the city, where speed of cut is not a paramount concern. I'm being paid to remove problematic trees and branches. The firewood is a byproduct that I give away.
All of my cutting is now done with battery powered equipment. This is true for my tree cutting and for my demolition work and building work. I don't bring gasoline to work anymore and I almost never bring an extension cord. Both have become obsolete for me. This hasn't slowed me down at all and it hasn't lowered my income. Because I am in British Columbia, it could be considered that my tools are ultimately powered by a waterfall. They may soon be powered by my own solar panels. Deep fryer oil is my only lubricant.
They don't make big falling saws with a battery. With today's technology, that might mean a 15 lb battery. But who knows what the future holds. For the scale that I am working at, the battery powered tools are completely suitable and they increase my bottom line. But again, mine isn't about speed of production. I am often in places where fumes from a gas powered machine would collect. So, although the battery powered saw is somewhat slower, it is ultimately faster since I'm not stopping to move to another spot, and I'm not doing all the fiddling required with gas-powered equipment.
I used to keep my gas powered equipment in my storage, so that my vehicle wouldn't constantly smell like gas. Now, my little Toyota Tercel, carries enough equipment in the trunk for me to cut most trees that I encounter or be used when I need to cut a building in half. Powered by a waterfall.
Send them a copy of this thread and promise to put a negative review in every spot on the internet where that could occur. They may have the wisdom to refund your money.
For fast limb cutting, I have always preferred a small Husqvarna. For heavy work where there may be lugging, I have always preferred the heavier Stihl models. They aren't quite as quick to reach full speed, but this is made up for in durability.
I was thinking about the sick minds that create this stuff. And I realized that their efforts have been rather lackluster.
Here is my version of the worst Christmas song ever.
A five-year-old Michael Jackson sings that he saw Mommy doing a lot more than Kissing Santa Claus under the Christmas tree. Then we hear two shotgun blasts, as mr. Jackson blows them away.
They reanimate into Christmas zombies. The rest of the song has the appearance of Thriller, as the corpses reanimate, creating Christmas zombies. All of the children get in on the act of hacking the heads off of the zombies, with garden implements. I think there should be a video.
Baby its cold outside, never heard that no means no.
They are playing Christmas music in the prisons next week. Part of the punishment.
When asked when they'd know it's over, in the early 80s, Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones, said, "When we make a Christmas album." This was not long after that horrible live aid thing and a Springsteen embarrassment.
Dutch Flowers are transported all over the world, as are their high-value specialty cheeses. These are some of the commodities that drive up the dollar value. But, it appears that there are also plenty of regular vegetables produced , which are shipped around Europe primarily . The US exports, wheat and corn and other bulky, low value stuff.
The article paints Dutch production in a favorable light. The transport of all this production, throughout the world, including air shipment of flowers, makes it some of the most unsustainable agriculture imaginable. Shipment of the vegetable crops is much more sustainable.
They are highly vulnerable to foreign markets and to other foreign intervention. If Russia were to tighten the supply of natural gas, to heat those greenhouses, it would have a devastating effect on the economics of that business.
I think there is much to be learned from the Dutch model, and there are things that could be improved upon. Most importantly, these technologies are completely transportable, so it makes sense for others in far-flung parts of the globe, to produce their own, and not become customers.
They have specialized in plant and animal breeding for a long time. The vast majority of dairy cattle here in Canada, are Holstein or some mixture of Holstein and Guernsey.
Something with a courtyard would be nice, so that you have the ability to cool all rooms and have cross ventilation. The courtyard becomes an extra room, whenever the mosquitoes aren't out. Whatever you build, large roof overhangs are almost certain to make the space more livable.
Christopher Hitchens essays. I've just begun this one, but I've never seen anything from Christopher that I didn't like.
He was quite clear before he died that there would be no deathbed conversion and that he didn't believe that such a thing had happened with Oscar Wilde or any others who have been reported as such. And yet, I just read today, that some buffoon has written a book making the claim that Hitchens was not certain of his theological stance.
My friends in Kenya regularly experience blackouts, while eating supper. In order to prevent a total system breakdown, the whole place is on rolling blackouts. Everyone gets enough power to keep the fridge running, but it must be rationed. Electricity is not used for heat, for either space or cooking.
I tried turning the crank for 30 seconds, and then set up the light, focusing on the white cupboards and ceiling, in order to illuminate my 150 square foot kitchen. Not bright by any means, but certainly enough light that you could comfortably finish a meal. It continued to the 25 minute mark, but lost brightness after 15. It works half that long or less, when the radio is used in conjunction with the light. After 40 minutes, it gave just a slight glow, just enough so you could find it in a dark room.
It's been decided that this light will be left with my friend's mother, in Kenya when I return. I'm going to keep my eye on used Victoria, and if I'm able to find a few more of these, at a good price, I will take several of them on the trip. A simple little thing like this, that cost me nothing, can really make a difference for those who have no such device available.
I think it's natural for people to focus on whatever they are most interested in, but having an overly zealous fixation can be a problem. Before you even got to it, I knew you would mention the rocket mass heaters.
From a moderation point of view, I know that there are certain topics that people get very fixated on and these are the ones where most of the squabbling occurs. There's been lots of squabbling amongst the builders of heating equipment, and in the building section generally. It's unusual to have a heated debate which turns nasty, if people are discussing the best way to grow Swiss chard.
I don't always learn from other people's mistakes, but I certainly have when it comes to acquiring livestock too early. I also won't create a system where fish are reliant on many mechanical systems, unless I am sure that I can pull it off.
I actually enjoy reading that stuff. Mostly because of the plans that develop instantaneously. Ka Boom. I chuckle at some of it, and marvel at how stupid some must be, for this stuff to be worth producing.
When I was 9 years old, my dad and uncle butchered two cattle, and I decided that we should not waste the perfectly good meat, of the jaw muscles. I skinned those heads and salvaged the toughest meat I have ever eaten.
Slow cooking, is the obvious way, but there's also much to be said, in favor of spicing the meat and allowing it to sit. I like to use plenty of pepper, on particularly tough cuts. I've also included lemon and I've used pineapple. Meat that is soaked in the juices and spice, becomes more tender, no matter how it's cooked.
With a nice chunk of money to spend, you won't be competing with the desperately poor. They simply can't shop for those properties. I would suggest that when you do find a place, find a way to employ some of your less fortunate neighbors, in cleaning the place up and perhaps in building. Those with more money are always at a greater risk, if politics take a left turn.
If I were to produce anything of great value, in a place where there are many poor, I would want to have a full-time caretaker, so that the place is never completely abandoned. If you bought a large enough property to accommodate an individual or small family, who needs a spot, this would provide you with security that no watch dog could.
I used to go directly to my posts, when I first look at the site. Now, I remember what John did. Whenever he would login, he would scan down the first 20 or so topics, to see if any of them were red flag items. This could include obvious stuff that includes giveaways and links to unknown sales sites. He would also look at the new sign-ups, and watch for unlikely names, especially if they were from places that are known to produce lots of spam. Taking these few steps, only takes a few moments, if all is well. When a spammer is found, they can be dealt with, so that most visitors will never see what they were advertising.
John was a night owl, and would pop in briefly, during odd hours, that coincide with the most productive hours for spammers on the other side of the world. If you wake up at 3 a.m., this is the perfect time to scan those last 20 topics. Much of this junk shows up during the wee hours, for those of us in North America.
Any news on the bee front? How are your native pollinators doing? Are you thinking about jumping on the honey bee wagon yet, or are you still holding out?
Just saw this one. My native pollinators are still doing great, because there is nothing to spray in my area. That's pretty much natural forest in all directions.
I haven't done anything with bees, mostly because I've been caught up in Demolition and Salvage work away from the farm. I'm happy to buy honey from those who are already in that business.
My work takes me to some fairly wild places and I also spend some time in areas that are mostly commercial crops. I continue to see honey bees outnumber all others, in places that are poisoned. In relatively untouched areas, bumblebees, mason bees and many others abound.
We have lots of wild berries and other fruits. Swiss Chard is not supposed to be perennial, but it sheds enough seed, that I have carried it over for several seasons in a row.
The most useful and probably the item with the most economic potential that grows naturally at my place, is salal berries. They are a natural appetite suppressant. The only cultivation necessary to get plenty of salal berries, is to trim the overstory, if it starts to shade them out.
My grandparents were all Pentecostals. That's similar to Southern Baptist, so there was always a little bit of craziness going on. Quaking and shaking and howling at the moon. But there were also positive things. We were in a completely white area of rural Ontario, where only the guy who ran the Chinese restaurant was not of European descent. But, our church regularly hosted African American visitors from the South, who would be allowed to come to the front and explain the discrimination and hardship endured there. Then the plate would be passed, in order to raise money to help with civil rights causes. Our preacher, Keith Preston, said that this was more important than our building fund. And he was very concerned with that building fund.
My father's mother was the healthiest hypochondriac you ever met. She enjoyed messing with stories that my dad and uncle would tell us. When they told us the snow used to go right up to the hydro wires, she reminded them that the wires were only about 8 feet off the ground at that time. When they talked about their rigorous milking schedule, when they were teenagers, she reminded them that those cows got mastitis, because they had neglected their duties. There was a little newspaper called the Lucknow Sentinel. She contributed to the social page. You would learn things such as Bill and Bernice Bert are going to Florida this winter, Connie Stanley is getting married, and Gerald Roadies son will be visiting for 2 weeks. Important news like that. Both of her parents died when she was 3, and the entire brood of 14, were raised by her oldest brother Sam who was only 21 at the time. That guy was forced to grow up fast. None of the children ended up in an orphanage. He started a corn whiskey business, which involved smuggling it across the St. Clair River, into Detroit. This financed several legitimate businesses later on, for a number of my great uncles.
My grandfather on my dad's side, died 10 years before I was born. The story was that it was some sort of cancer, but from everything I can ascertain, and when we look at what he was up to, I'm convinced that it was pesticide poisoning. He liberally spread things around the milk house, and he spread DDT on the cows tits, with his bare hands. In the early 50s, the stuff was considered safe. He was 19, and had his own farm, when he married my grandmother who was 14 at the time. Highly unusual by today's standards.
My mother's parents met offshore, in Newfoundland, on the squid jiggin grounds. My grandmother lost all of her brothers, in a very short period during World War 1. Almost the entire Newfoundland regiment was wiped out within an hour.
My grandfather's claim to fame, was that a bus he was driving, was used to break open the doors, of a building in St John's Newfoundland, that had been set on fire with many servicemen inside. Many people escaped. He had been in very good shape and did some professional boxing in his youth. My memory of him is as a very lazy and fat man, who was a preacher. He was a fire and brimstone preacher. Very concerned with the punishment aspect of it all. When I was quite little, I had him confused with Rex Humbard, the TV preacher. People could be sent to hell for wearing the wrong clothing. Women were to wear dresses. Men were to have short hair. Breaches of this, could result in being sent to hell.
I'm pretty sure you can lock it up with the existing wheel lock, just by keeping it in your name for the amount of time that is needed. You don't have to be physically with the bike to lay claim to it. Also from what I understand people are paying a monthly fee, not renting it by the hour, as that would surely drive the cost higher. Some people drive cars from distant suburbs, then hop on one of these bikes 10 or more blocks from the downtown. This means that many people are still able to use their car, but not fill the downtown with cars.
Sometimes, I like to freeze my concentrated meat and spice sauces, in these types of yogurt containers. This is a temporary measure, akin to an ice cube tray. I fill the circular containers about one-quarter full. This provides a tapered hockey puck-shaped block of goodness. Me and Chris are both in Canada.
The large block shaped container can be filled anywhere between half an inch, and 2 inches deep, so that I have a variety of quantity. After the blocks are frozen, they can be added to much larger containers within the freezer. Much easier than trying to carve a chunk off a large brick of frozen food.
When the meat sauce is only an inch thick, in the square shape, it can be laid on top of boiled vegetables, immediately after they are drained. Put the lid back on and do nothing. A few minutes later, the sauce is melted and the vegetables aren't so hot. Stir it up and heat a little more if necessary.