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As a farmer who is desiring to transition from conventional/no-till/conservation chem-pharming to intergrated sustainable non-GMO chem free diversified practice/production I can use all the constructive help I can get. I plan to add livestock back onto the farm and develope some permaculture and value added operations. Any suggestions? Most of my farming neighbors are all Monsanto poster candidates.
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I need to add that I have a dream to expand the production of ancient grains on our farm and to develop a value added enterprise of de-hulling and direct marketing our farm products. There is the potential for housing and personal farming/livestock production in addition to working with the farm projects. We are interested in help beyond just a woofer, there is some flexibility here.
 
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For anything to do with livestock I recommend the books of Joel Salatin.

His farm: http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
 
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Thanks! Great idea. I have been looking at some of his info and appreciate the reminder. Have you ever heard about the Albrecht/Kinsey Soil Fertility System? I have the DVD collection on loan to watch this weekend.
 
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I'm not a farmer, but I'll chuck some of my 'fantasy stock-management' names out there
Acres USA and Stockman Grassfarmer mags. Anything by respective editors Charles Walters and Allan Nation. Holistic management. Biological farming.
Pat Colby has great books about natural stock care. She writes for Australian conditions and if she can keep introduced species healthy on Aussie's ancient, degraded soils, it must be a lot easier nearly everywhere else!
Searching Albrecht/Kinsey brought up several of my recommendations, so if you're not already famiar, you probably will be soon
 
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Fred Allen wrote:I need to add that I have a dream to expand the production of ancient grains on our farm and to develop a value added enterprise of de-hulling and direct marketing our farm products. There is the potential for housing and personal farming/livestock production in addition to working with the farm projects. We are interested in help beyond just a woofer, there is some flexibility here.



What part of the world are you located in?
 
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Thanks Leila, I have been sifting stuff from Acres and am on a crash course as its now spring and I am making a lot of plans to change some things on the farm here. Mark, we are close to the middle of somewhere i.e. the North American Continent in a State that no one remembers much hahaha.---just North of South Dakota! The local village is Wimbledon.

Just in case anyone would care to know, we have 15 stock cows started on all natural production with 9 calves on the ground as of today! They are still at the sellers yard as I am not ready for them here yet. I plan to turn them straight out on the natural virgin prairie pasture we have. I also have located a supply of heirloom naked barley seed for planting, I am hoping for an exciting year.

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Fred,Hi
Just north of you in southern Manitoba is an organization ..www.harvestmoonsociety.org that would have some info for you.
Anderson Organic Grains used to be in operation outside of Lowe Fram,MB but I'm not sure if they are still around.
I have heard of a few places in southern Sask,too.
All the best.
Kate
 
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Thanks Kate,
There are natural and organic organizations here as well and I do have some friends that have been and/or are involved in such. I really should have made my first post a little more clear as to my desire to find some boots on the ground kind of help from day to day. Finding helpers who are passionate about farming is hard and health conscious organic minded ones even more rare here. I have job opportunities with housing here for the right person/s. Any advice along those lines? Many people around here think Organic Farmers are nut jobs.
Thanks @%^ )

 
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