Jeff Marchand

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I like these emails, and do usually read them.  I dont have time to monitor permies for new posts and they help curate the site for me.
I work for a organization that supports First Nations and Inuit in Canada.  We had a cultural awareness even about ten years focusing on Inuit.  For lunch we were served artic char, raw seal and caribou.  I liked the char but the seal tasted very fishy and the caribou like lichen (not that I would know what lichen tastes like!).

The first farm raised pig I butcherd I ate the testicles -- not bad but chewy, and the lungs well I tried the lungs but dog got to finish them.
1 week ago
I have the same issue.  I need to have a youtube video in 1 post which I did in my last post.  Its showing 0/1.  

Also not a big deal for me.
I would like to bring people's attention Trees for Grazers (https://treesforgraziers.com/) .  

Austin Unruh's website reminded me of the potential of  honey locust trees as a fodder tree .  Russel Smith Tree Crops book introduced me to  the idea but I had no idea how much sugar was in those pods.   According to Austin some have nearly 1/3 their mass as sugar although 17% is more common.  The selected varieties that have the highest sugar content still have the thorn genes unfortunately and are hard to come by.  I ordered some 50 seeds of  (hopefully) thornless trees and am cold stratifying them this winter. You can get apparently 400lbs per mature tree of pods and 2000lbs per acre . Thats 340lbs of free sugar to fatten your cattle and sheep in just one acre! Never mind all the carbon and nitrogen those trees pump into the ground while providing shade for your animals all summer long.

I think planting honey locusts as fodder crop will make our conventional farm neighbours laugh at us at first but wait until they see how nice and fat our cattle are.  I could'nt  care less about the laughter but over time they will say hmm maybe he is on to something here and thats how we spread permaculture, carbon farming and regenerative ag to the masses of doubting thomases out there.  



3 weeks ago
Lets get real here, to get billions of people interested into permaculture there has to be money involved.  Otherwise its people will show interest and then loose it if they cant make a buck out of it.  To decarbonize our atmosphere while growing clean nutritious healthy food  we need billions of people getting up everyday working towards or supporting those ends with their hard earned dollars.  We need to show people who are currently farming that they can make more profit farming regeneratively than conventionally , we need to convince the masses to buy regeneratively grown food maybe at a premium too (I am kinda on the fence on that) .  

As a personal example, I raise grass fed beef.  They are rotationally strip grazed ala Greg Judy. Some of the neighboring farmers have noticed that I raise nice beef and that I have nice grass (cant have one without the other).  I have yet to see any change their ways of course but I have hope.  As my signature says: "Do - there is no try" We all need to get out there and be the change  we want to see in the world.  Lead by example, stop talking about what your neighbours should do and talk about how much more money they can make if they were to do things differently.

To get permaculture in the minds of 1 billion people we need to get it in the minds of 333 million people first who will tell two friends, and to get it in the minds of 333 million we need to get it in the minds of 111 million who tell two friends.  Follow that logic until all it takes is you and me my friend just by setting good examples along the way.
About 5 years ago I bough a Sedore 2000 https://transnorth.ca/product/sedore-canadian-2000-multi-fuel-biomass-stove/ and I love it. I have a small 1500 sqf well insulated passive solar house and other stoves just could nt keep  it warm enough and everyday that I got home from work I'd have to relight the stove.  Well not so for the Sedore, it burns at least 12 hours when fed good dry hardwords while keeping the house toasty warm (ok sometimes too warm!).

The most amazing thing about the Sedore is how well it burns shitty wood! Last year was not a good year for me ,  no need to get into details but suffice to say that life got in the way and I wasnt able to get  wood that I had cut & split in 2022 stacked inside. Instead it sat on the ground in a pile getting rained on.  So here I am in mid January 2024, -7C and my house is comfortably warm whilts my Sedore burns punky poplar.  Any other stove would sputter and hiss but the Sedore is a top load bottom burn unit very reminiscent of an RMH.  The fire is always on the bottom log, this means that the wet wood I load in on the top is baked dry by the time it hits the flame and so it burns clean.  It is always better to burn dry wood, dry wood will yield more useable heat since it does nt have to boil off that water which can cause creosote in the chimney.   The stove is very heavily built out of quarter inch steel that is corrugated so it can take alot of heat stress. I take advantage of that , especially when  burning suboptimal wood like I am this year and leave the draft wide open so it burns very hot, thereby cleaning my chimney pipes.

There are a few downsides to the Sedore though I must say. First and most obvious is there is no fire viewing window.  While in this review I have been calling the Sedore a stove it is really more of a furnace, and  how many time do you go look at your oil furnace? More significantly the Sedore is not an airtight unit.  For most this is probably a 'meh so what?' but for me , who when designing my house designed for optimal draft with my insulated chimney going through my house from the peak to the basement of my 2 story walk out, I have excellent draft.  It has happened to me when burning nice dry hardwoods during a windstorm that I could not damp down the fire enough and I had a scary experience of the stove glowing red and a block of wood 2 feet away began to char !  Luckily for me because of how I  manage creosote by having daily over firing of the Sedore and regular chimney cleaning that I was nt at risk of a chimney fire  .

While that story may be a deal breaker, I think its like most things and people in our lives, once you learn their idiosyncrasies you can work around them.  I personally love having a wood FURNACE that can burn the worst wood on your property turning junk into heat.  
1 month ago
My friend says that once his Spanish has improved enough to ask about pink chicks he will .  In the meantime I think Kristine has the correct answer.  I never would have thought to inject dye into an egg would do this .  

Thanks everyone.  Should I go buy some pink paint and see if my steers will stand for the roller?
1 month ago
Hi a friend of mine is a digital nomad on an volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua. He shared a picture that I find amazing.

Mother hen is black but her chicks are pink, one a quite vibrant pink. Has anyone ever seen the like before? I've no idea if it's a genetic quirk or something in the local flora and fauna that turns chicks that colour.


What do you think?
1 month ago
Here is the day I rescued my best friend, Gordie. Or the day he rescued me.  I cant tell for sure.  

He is a 4 year old Australian Cattle Dog mixed with Pit bull. Wonderful farm dog and great friend.  
2 months ago