chrissy bauman

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Sunset Zone 27, Florida
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    When I was young, I was lost. I went from homelessness and crappy job to rented apartments and crappy jobs. Then homelessness again. It was almost cyclical. Then I discovered healthcare, which is rewarding challenging and always has overtime. I worked my tail off as a paramedic making nothing to save for a downpayment on a small house, which is now paid off. Its only 3/10ths of an acre, but despite my best efforts I have only managed to plant pond and rabbit up about half the place. Its not really about the amount of space that you have, but what are doing with it. In this area it is all about how much you are willing to irrigate. And fruit trees need to be managed often, or the squirrels and birds get it all before you will!
    Earlier this year I paid $7k for an acre and a half of unimproved woods in a failed housing division away from the city. Compared to the amount of land I have now, it's huge. I am saving to put in a manual well, then I will need to put up fencing. In the meantime I have propagating my favorite edibles to be transplanted out there, but only the tough ones. And have picked out a place for a shelter snd solar shower. The land was cheap but its an hours drive away. And I bet something like that exists near you too.
8 months ago
I love all of your ideas and I have quite enjoyed reading your plans.
I am sure you have already read the pamphlet regarding tropical agriculture from ECHO, it showcases many of your aforementioned ideas.
https://www.echocommunity.org/resources/f11a5d31-a76c-4851-83c3-06baf3a62c0e
I love that you plan on growing and using azolla. I, too, am a huge fan. The azolla that I grew extremely successfully in my pond was completely devastated by invading frogs. If i get azolla again ever, which I may because it was well-loved by my rabbits, I will keep a seed amount in reserve in case of predators again.
What I have switched over to in my ponds is water hyacinth, which is eaten fairly well by the rabbits, though they wont even consider eating the roots of it. It also grows extremely well here in West Florida and is not nearly as invasive as it is made out to be. Its also easy to harvest and carry to the rabbits and has an excellent protein rating. But you already knew that.
As on your planned property, roughage here is pretty easy to acquire. I too grow sugar cane, and deal with mineral poor soils. The seaweed idea is a great one. I may have to start doing that myself! I recently acquired some elephant grass, it seems to be as nutritious or perhaps moreso than corn, but I understand you may want the corn for its human/chicken value also. Have you considered sorghum or kefir? Both are grown quite a bit here, sorghum doubling as a molasses source. Not sure if that would be better than sugarcane at all, since its so easy to grow and the others would require planting regularly. But would certainly add to diversity.
I grow a lot of different types of gingers, which have roughage value for my rabbits and a great deal of edibilty and medicinal uses for humans. My favorites are cardamom ginger and shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet), the latter of which is considered a superfood and called "Langkawas na pula" in its native Phillipines. Maybe your wife has heard of it! It thrives with no care and near full shade and would pair well with any banana ventures.
I also grow, eat, and feed to rabbits cannas, which taste great but are heavy feeders. These might be a pond edge plant which can grow a decent starchy tuber to compete with your cassavas. The tubers do need to be cooked first also, but lack the cyanide. Cannas also have a variety of beautiful flowers which may have cut value or potted plant resale value for your booth.
I cant wait to see pictures.
9 months ago
Is that purple flowered plant on the left of the succulent rosette a stand of Veronica spicata? If it is, it has some medicinal properties. I have some here growing nonnatively on my scrub forest new property here in west Florida (think long hot dry springtime and hot rainy fall.) If i had your land i would dig the compost pits -have had a lot of success with sunken beds and mulched pathways.

I have had great success with Salvia fulgens (Cardinal sage), Agave americana (Century plant) and Opuntia spp. (prickly pear cacus). All can handle heat and dry and no care, and are edible. My rabbits love them! Ok...so they dont eat the prickly pear too much. But they will eat the Agaves with no trouble. I plan on the future ability to bring a cartrunkload of manure to the property and bring home a trunkload of growies for the rabbits. Plus camping, frisbee golf, and scorpion hunting for the kids. On a lot less land than yours.

I would be interested to learn what was natively being grown to eat there - maize? cactus?
11 months ago
The pink fuzzy wilflower was in the Weeki Wachee Preserve and the purple fuzzy wildflower came along with a fig tree from the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, so both are from West Florida.
1 year ago
I grow cowpeas. They will grow anywhere as long as they have enough moisture, which is to say, very little. I grow it in the spring and in the fall. Also i know a lot of plant nerds are going to read this and be angry, but the nitrogen fixation of legumes is vastly overrated. Fresh manure is the way to grow; it comes complete with bacteria already actively breaking it down.
-Chrissy, lead grower at Eat Your Sand, sunset zone 27, zone 8b, USA.
3 years ago

Andrew Brock wrote:

Gilbert Fritz wrote:Hi Andrew,

What is all in that smoothie?



mint, ginger, Thai basil, spinach, kale, purslane, banana, berries (varies seasonally but usually straw,rasp,blue), mango, broccoli and sometimes if I'm feeling wild date sugar. It ends up being about 36-48 oz. I'm pretty full afterwards


Sounds great just needs some citrus of Loquat leaves!
4 years ago
David, those herbivores can synthesize the b vitamins, provided they are not sick and are receiving adequate protein and vitamins.
4 years ago
The native people, which have since moved or died out, from the area where I live used to eat fish, shellfish, snail, and turtle, in addition to birds (think pelican and sandhill crane). All of their settlements that have ever been found were on the rivers. We know their diet because they would make midden piles, also called shell mounds, which are also where they buried their dead. It is unknown if they are much in the way of fruit or vegetables, but it is suspected that they ate some like Arrowroot, cattail, beauty berry, pepper berry, and others.
That being said, if you were trying to 100% it then I would for sure consider growing freshwater clam in an aquaponics system. As a side, the pearls are beautiful. I am going to be doing this as soon as I find a source for sale. Project, anyone?
Also, I take an iron supplement and a magnesium supplement and I don't feel bad about it at all. My whole body has improved from the magnesium, the iron is so I will be able to donate blood.
4 years ago
Hey I would love to meet up and trade plants with you all. I have potted Loquat, cannas, sage, cardamom ginger, and spiderwort right now, along with Cowpea and hibiscus sabdariffa seeds. Also New Zealand rabbit kits and rabbit manure. Come see pictures of everything I have for trade.willing to drive to meet up.
http://eatyoursand.blogspot.com
Thanks!
Chrissy, Lead Grower at Eat Your Sand
4 years ago