Ann Torrence

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Thank you for modeling kindness, wisdom and mentoring.
May you know peace like the soft cool grass between your toes, warm sunbeams on your cheeks and the soft chittering of sparrows.
Bill and Toby have saved a lawn chair for you, when you are ready they will want your help upgrading the permaculture design for paradise.
Myriad blessings unto you and your family today.


Angelika Maier wrote:do you organise all the meetings or is it a self runner that people take turns  - in an organised or unorganised fashion?

I'm still spearheading the thing, but after 2 years, we have developed a system that sort of works. We don't do much in the summer, a lot of us are too busy. We watch the tomatoes slowly ripen and figure out the best day for a tomato taste-off party. This year we went too early, first week in September, not everything was ripe. But we have a potluck and at some point I circulate a list for ideas for what to do together that winter. It has three columns: I want to do this, I want to help organize this, I can lead it (or know someone who can). We pick what to do based on enthusiasm and resources.

We did a turkey butchering workshop the Sunday before Thanksgiving at my place. Last year we had the county bee inspector come out, a felting workshop. Next year, one of the members has five depredation tags for deer, and has volunteered to organize a large-animal processing workshop.  Someone is signed up to do soap-making and I need to call her to get it set up for January. We do a seed swap and I hope to get Joseph Lofthouse to come this year to talk about landraces (our climates are not so far off).  Maybe another movie night.

So it's a mix. I hope to get to the point where I could disappear and it would carry on by itself, but we're not quite there yet. But it's worth it for the community that is coming together and growing more resilient and supportive.
4 years ago
Thank you for putting this in the daily email. I had no idea he was so sick. Glad I had the chance to say thank you.
4 years ago
So we have to restart 3 hives. I ordered 3 packages of bees with queens that will arrive at the end of April.
DH will pick them up in SLC, about 200 miles away and whisk them home. Any tips on the transport? A few thousand bees loose in the car is the stuff bad horror movies are made of.
Tips on the installation? When we bought the hives originally, they were already established so this is new to us.
4 years ago
Here's the summary, read it and weep.

Things to note: if you aren't in the US and don't export to the US, you can ignore. If you sell less than $25K per year, almost none of it applies. If you sell less than $250K per year, you get a ramp up period.
I was at a small/urban farms workshop when the extension office did a presentation, and half of the mandatory training hasn't even been developed yet, so it is very much a work in progress.

If discussion level warrants, we can start separate threads on the key provisions like water quality, animals and manures, etc.

As the extension officer said, don't shoot the messenger. These rules were under an FDA review process for years. If you don't like 'em now, your recourse is your congressional representatives. This thread is to discuss how we are moving forward, not how we got here. That train left long ago.
4 years ago

dos zagone wrote:The search engine, is there a way to make it work better. Like a advance engine or something with more options. I use the one at the top of each forum section IE (plants) near where I can use (new topic) button. Is there a different one that covers all forums and is there a way to make particular word pairs show up in order desired or just subject line ect...?

At the very top of the page there is another menu, and non-traditionally, the search function is the top LEFT item on the menu. Once you click on it, you can search by keywords, phrases, in any, some or all forums, also by poster. You may have to actively scroll up to find it. Hope that helps!
4 years ago
I'm thinking I want to add some mason bees to our pollinator mix. We have a good number of summer natives, but we didn't get great pollination even with our honey bees last year and our hives did not do well over the winter.

Where are you getting them?
4 years ago
Long time Safari user, using 9.03. Haven't had this issue at all, so now I'm curious. That kind of behavior would be totally annoying.

Patrick, in your preferences under the Privacy tab, what does it look like? Here's mine. Not saying my settings are correct, just that if they are different, we might know something.
Also, what extensions, if any, are you running? If you've got anything unusual in there, you might try disabling them, seeing if the behavior changes.

DH has been buying from Dripworks. Don't get the cheap compression fittings for the large tubing that feeds the small tubing, only the most expensive connections have worked. And don't cheap out on the pressure reducers. It's helpful to put a knife valve or two inline so you can adjust things. But you can get the main line tubing from the big box home improvement store locally and save some shipping. I like it because now that the main lines are down, I can change the drip fittings as I see fit without help. Me and a sharp pair of garden clippers. For vegetables I like the adjustable sprayers better than the gym rated dribblers, but it might be soil-type dependent on how well the water spreads.

ETA: we have about 30 4x8 raised beds and we run that on 4 separate main lines. Not sure how that translates to 50' rows, but I kind of doubt you'll get enough pressure in the system to run the whole thing at once. If you pressured it up enough to feed all the emitters, the larger connectors would likely blow out.
Our goose eggs have a much higher proportion of yolk to white than our chicken eggs, so meringue wouldn't be my first thought, but there's no reason it wouldn't work.

Weigh them if you have a scale and substitute by weight, a large chicken egg weighs about 60 grams.

Or we cook them any way we like eggs: fried, scrambled, omelets. Just lower the heat a little

Now that the geese are laying, we are giving our clafoutis recipe a workout. I like this one

And for a real south Texas way to cook eggs, make migas. I will confess that sometimes we use tortilla chips instead of leftover tortillas because there aren't ever any leftover tortillas in our house.
4 years ago