chrissy bauman

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Sunset Zone 27, Florida
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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.
1 year 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!
2 years ago
David, those herbivores can synthesize the b vitamins, provided they are not sick and are receiving adequate protein and vitamins.
2 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.
2 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.
Chrissy, Lead Grower at Eat Your Sand
2 years ago
Want to trade plants? I have rabbits, loquat, lemongrass, Spiderwort, sage, and cannas to trade. Also Cowpea and hibiscus sabdariffa seeds.
2 years ago
I moved into my little place about 5 years ago and it was nothing but a cement block shack on a worthless 1/10th of an acre of sand, surrounded by similar properties. I put in a small decorative pond {$100} and 3 small rabbit pens made from dog crates, mesh fencing, housed by corrugated aluminum and 2 by 4s {$250}. With the addition of some money invested in permanent plantings {$50 plus gifts} I now have the most prolific, productive back yard in my area. I use the pond water to keep the growies happy during the dry season, and collect produce, manure, and kits all year long. I can't even give the rabbit babies away (dang FDA rules about inspected butchering sites), meanwhile eat all the greens I can stand. I do struggle with buying alfalfa or rabbit pellet from the local store (they need a certain ratio of protein that I am too lazy to provide on my small gardening area) but more than half of their diet is growies harvested from my yard, mostly native. I have more organic manure than I know what to do with. The pond is beautiful, with 2 free and 2 {$0.19} goldfish that look like giant expensive koi that eat nothing but mosquitos and the very infrequent bites of cat food when I can get one of the kiddos to feed them. The kids deny the fish actually eat any food, paradoxically, but I have seen the fish gobble the cat food (20% protein, not bad). Recently I have been busy with career stuff, but have been getting more involved with the outside, and it would be awesome to trade or sell my extra edible growies and rabbits locally. It what I am doing with my spare time these days, trying to trade with locals, which is not so simple. I built the pond then the rabbits after I learned about permaculture, and I wouldn't have done it differently I could. Ain't no way no how I could grow enough grains for chicken or ducks, or enough bulk for other animals, even if it was allowed. Theoretically if I really tried,I could easily grow enough of what meat pen rabbits needs on my small lot. So it was an easy choice for sustainability. Permaculture was just a theory, using the ideas behind permaculture is the critical point that most can't actually stick to. I myself am having trouble kicking the mass ag habit and going permits, more raw, more meat, more egg, less carb. Working on it though, which is why I am here doing and not just reading.
2 years ago

"One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year."
- New York Times

" A 100-ft tree, 18" diameter at its base, produces 6,000 pounds of oxygen."
- Northwest Territories Forest Management

"On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four."
- Environment Canada, Canada's national environmental agency

"Mean net annual oxygen production (after accounting for decomposition) per hectare of trees (100% tree canopy) offsets oxygen consumption of 19 people per year (eight people per acre of tree cover), but ranges from nine people per hectare of canopy cover (four people/ac cover) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to 28 people/ha cover (12 people/ac cover) in Calgary, Alberta."
- U.S. Forest Service and International Society of Arboriculture joint publication

It is known that trees use between 1/4th and 1/2 of all the oxygen they produce during respiration, though the net oxygen production is still positive. These statistics you have quoted seem to misremember that fact, unless perhaps, you have taken them out of context.
Most people want to maximize production of their small landscapes, this is part of the human condition. It is not necessarily greed, but more of a drive to help our land work for us. Perhaps you have much more land than one needs to be sufficient, at least in food. Most of us do not.
An unproductive tree is really a giant weed. Why have something ornamental when, given time, a person can have something productive in the same spot, particularly if he or she has very little land to use?
It is the drive to maximize production which separates the modern homesteaders, who are not afraid of useful technology, from the old-school hippies of your generation.
5 years ago