Julia Winter

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Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC in 2014.
Moved from south central WI to Portland, OR
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I'll chime in on the vet suggestion.  Animals tend to not show a lot of symptoms even when they have something serious going on.  
5 days ago
I love the Christmas tree made of green books!
2 weeks ago
Do you have any thoughts about making compost in a rotating cylinder?  Adding more than a small amount of soil would make the contents rather heavy, and then spinning the cylinder would be harder.

I have two different cylindrical composters, one at our house and one at our previous house, now rented out.  I'm managing both (I visit the compost tumbler at the rental property once a week and give it a spin, add some more carbonaceous material, pull out citrus peels, etc.)

My main goal, honestly, is to pull as much waste as possible out of the urban waste stream.  I currently don't have a good system for sifting the compost - I just apply it to my raised beds and often cover the compost with mulch so it looks better.
3 weeks ago

Borislav Iliev wrote:I dont think that guy explains well how things work, I just dont understand how the dead grass just standing there should be eaten or burned....


If a grass plant in a dry brittle environment is not eaten or burned, the top of it dies in the dry season and shades out its own new growth in the spring.  If the grass plant is grazed, the sprouts come up out of the ground when the rains return and aren't shaded out.  If the grass plant burns, again, green shoots show up when rain returns.

First yes, the grass will get tall, and it will be hard for it to grow after accumulating enough dead material, but then this creates a mulched land which is perfect for taller trees to grow, once they have the protection of that mulch, trees has the real potential to store carbon in their wood, grass will just pop, it will be eaten, or burned and thats it, the carbon is once again in the atmosphere, while the tree will grow and create big branches and roots, that really store something.


Some of the best carbon sequestration on the planet was in the deep, deep soils of the prairies of the American Midwest.  Rich black soil formed from thousands of years of perennial grass roots going down 3+ meters.  Forests store carbon in the bodies of the trees.  There are places on the planet that aren't conducive to forest.  If you destroy the grassland, you get "desert." (I put desert in quotes because it's not the same thing as natural desert.)

Also the pics he is showing look to me as if he compares the dry period of the year with the rainy period of the year.

Also on that pic:
we can see the cows on the barren landscape, what this should mean?


I believe a common practice is to lay out hay (dry grass harvested from some other place) to initially feed the cattle, if there is nothing growing on site.  So, you start by importing carbon to the barren land.  The cattle process the hay into manure and urine and often no seeds need to be planted (especially if your hay is local).

3 weeks ago
I have an induction cooktop, and your pots and pans need to respond to magnets.  If a magnet won't stick to your pan, it won't heat up on an induction cooktop.

I'm not aware of any induction ovens.  My induction range has an electric oven: there are electric elements that turn red and heat up the oven.
3 weeks ago
Temperament is huge, and also runs pretty strongly in families.  If you're buying a cow you definitely want to meet the mom and at least hear about the dad.  The farm our cattle comes from has couple of adult bulls and several young bulls all in their own pasture (with the sheep) and the farmers had no qualms about all of us stepping over the fence and to meet them.  
We bought three steer this summer and harvested the oldest one this fall, and I can attest to the tasty beef part!
3 weeks ago
We have Dexters, which are a small breed that is dual (or triple, in that you can train them to pull as oxen) purpose.

The breeder we got them from has been selecting for temperament, also for the A2/A2 genetics and polled, but hasn't been milking them.  We are hoping to milk our heifer in the spring.

I really like Dexters, they are sweethearts and also like to browse in the woods.
3 weeks ago
Just checked on this, and somehow it's got 31 more days.  I guess IndieGoGo has different rules than Kickstarter (where generally nothing goes over a month, AFAIK)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sustenance-movie/x/6269712#/
4 weeks ago
There's an IndieGoGo campaign for a new documentary that talks about how ruminants are essential for recreating topsoil in brittle environments, places where for months out of the year, the only moist place is inside a ruminant's stomach(s).  It seems one of the focus points of the movie is pointing out that eating meat doesn't necessarily kill the planet and going vegan doesn't necessarily save the planet.


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sustenance-movie/x/6269712#/

You can buy digital access for $10, which is not a huge investment.  I rarely find time in my life to watch things like this more than once, so I went in at this level.
1 month ago