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Hello from Alabama!

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Hello everyone! My name is Laura.
I'm 32. I love goats! I have ten Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Mancha goats, the pride and joy of my heart. <3
I also have 2 smart and silly dogs, silkie chickens and mixed breed setting chickens, chocolate Muscovy ducks, and blue-eyed lionhead rabbits.
I have a Back to Eden type garden, in which I grow lots of herbs and flowers, as well as vegetables and fruits. My favorite plant is sweet everlasting!
I'm a bookworm. I love to read almost anything - especially informational books about sustainable farming and living, and sci-fi and fantasy. I also write a lot, and am particularly fond of high-quality poetry.
I have played the Appalachian dulcimer for 13 years.
I love all natural crafts. I particularly love crocheting with natural fibers: cotton, wool, and sisal. Oh, and cob houses! :D
I use my Austrian scythe to cut fresh hay for the goats and rabbits.
I also love children. Though I have none of my own, I work with children professionally and as a volunteer.
I love mountains, climbing, and exploring!
I am fascinated by health, from a holistic perspective: the health of the earth, animals, plants, humans; the health of bodies, minds, and spirits; and how all work together.
I believe in God and follow Jesus!
Currently I live with my parents and farm their property. I dream of someday having a family and sustainable farm of my own, maybe even being a part of a loving community of people like me!
Thanks for letting me join this online community. I am excited about talking and dreaming and making friends!
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Location: In view of the Chiricahua Mountains, AZ
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Welcome Laurie from Alabama!

That's a wide varieties of interests there...sounds like you fit in here pretty perfectly.  A lot of renaissance people/polymaths in this group, and many, many animal lovers too.  Hans IS quite handsome.  Oh, and muscovies are so fun!  I love their personalities.

How did you get stared on the dulcimer? Fascinating instrument!

Also, have you made any crocheted things with sisal that you were particularly happy with?  Funny you mention it, because I just started playing with crocheting sisal; I'm trying to find a good stitch to make a decent doormat.

Great signature quote...  lovely philosophy.


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Location: Carbon Hill, AL
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Welcome and Hello from Walker county AL.

Are you milking your goats? If so, have you got into making cheese yet?
Definitely one of the things I miss from when I had my goats was the milk.

Nowadays, I just raise hogs and a few meat rabbits.  The past two years I’ve been focused on propagating edible perennials over the entire property.

Mainly pawpaw, chinese chestnut, persimmons, muscadines, pears, and figs.

Eventually going the cattle route on the pastures.

I use my scythe pretty regularly too, to cut fresh grass for my rabbits and to weedeat around my muscadines.
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Hello Laurie from Danny here in North Alabama, Priceville, . You should meet my son Greg(31) he is starting his own venture and soon to homestead 4.5 acres near smith lake in cullman county, His website is the thetinkertribe.com
I am currently working on my 2 acres from lawn to food forest. Micro swales, hugelkultures, apples, pears, figs, peach, comfrey, herbs, small garden etc.
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Location: Huntsville Alabama (North Alabama), Zone 7B
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Hello all from Southeast Huntsville.  I am working with a 0.65 acre lot but am slowly converting everything from grass to fruits, vegetables and pollinating plants.  
I grow Asian Pear, Asian Persimmon, Jujube, Che, Goji Berry, Plums, Apples, Raspberries, Blackberries, Pawpaw, bunch grapes, goumi, muscadine and figs.
I grow edible and medicinal mushrooms on logs and inside a humidity chamber.
I am starting an inside aquaponics effort so I can grow all year round and not have to use chemicals.
I have access to almost all the wood chips I can dream of and make a lot of hot compost.
I have a vortex brewer and make my own compost tea for spraying my plants and am finding that this is effective.
I went to all natural soil treatments and foliar sprays a year ago and am seeing great results.
All my free tine is spent in my yard or in my shop.
I am a man of mystery. Mostly because of this tiny ad:
The Wheaton Eco Scale
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