Bobby Clark Jr

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since Jan 01, 2013
Lamar County Mississippi
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Back in the day when we grew corn it was just an open pollinated corn that had been in the family and neighborhood for generations. Part went to the cows, horses and chicken part went for cornmeal, grits and hominy. All the same corn! Picked green for roasting ears or to cut off the cob to can for winter. We did grow some sweet corn but mostly ate the field corn. Some was dent, some flint, different colors. Some was called shoe peg, a dent with a nasty barb that would chew my hands up unless I used the sheller or another cob.
I have milled corn from the feed store for corn bread, just needed cleaned more than homegrown and cared for. Taste was OK. We once ground multigrain scratch and made bread! We are still here!  Just did not think it was good enough to do again!
I plan on trying to buy corn in the field this year if I can find someone who does not grow GMO. That and the chemicals is what I would worry about. Buying direct from the farmer is the way to go.
1 year ago
I was hoping to find this thread! The oil press is on my to buy list. I was planning to grow kenaf and black oil sunflower as my feedstock but then I found out that kenaf's near cousin okra is better. Okra seed is 40% oil compared to just under 20% for kenaf. At average 7.7 lbs. per gallon it will take about 100 lbs of seed for a years worth of cooking. Okra has other advantages as well. It will grow to seed in shorter growing seasons, it has an edible pod as well as leaves, makes more seed per plant and is easier to shell out of the pod. As for what to put in the burner, When I first looked at this years ago it showed the woman using cooking oil. this time around I have seen lamp oil recommended. I don't want lamp oil that close to my food! Has anyone measured the temperature of the oil as it comes from the press? Piteba says it is cold press oil, others have raised droughts. 120 degrees is the top limit to be able to call it cold pressed. If you are going to cook with it I don't a problem, salad oil, maybe.
1 year ago
Interesting idea! Not sure if it would keep deer out if they know something good to eat in there. So far the only things I have found to keep deer out is a 7+ foot fence or a bullet, and they are never there when I have the bullet! Moringa can also be started from cuttings once you have some going. If you planted the next years sunflowers on the outside they would not take garden space. If okra will grow there you may try it's close cousin kenaf. The leaves are up to 34% protein and it has many of the same uses as industrial grade hemp.
seeds of both moringa and kenaf are available on eBay, both kind of pricey.
1 year ago
Thanks for posting the link, will be checking it out. Native Seed/SEARCH is doing some similar in the Southwest, keeping seed from Native American crops from being lost. http://nativeseeds.org/
We, too, planted one bush in the early 70's, and there was one at my mothers on the other side of the 40 acres. We moved away for about 30 years. now mom's bush and ours are joined across and through the swamp!  those 2 plants now "own" probably 5 or more acres! I wish we had planted kudzu instead, especially now that Raven has started the thread on making cloth for the fibers. All parts of kudzu are edible but I have read that all parts of wisteria are toxic. of course I have also read that dry beans and poke are toxic but have eaten both all my 67 years. Bottom line is I would never plant wisteria again! But probably will set out some kudzu soon!
1 year ago
Bought it with the affiliate link, PayPal sent me back here and the video was here and ready to watch! Watching with whatever player is on this thread, working fine, just slow buffering with my slow dsl lite internet. But, I can pause it, go make a glass of chocolate milk, come back and watch what has loaded! Then pause again and post this reply. Just a reminder, you may need to open PayPal in a new tab or whatever and be sure you are logged out. Great vid so far, Thanks, Bobby
2 years ago
Very smooth transaction with PayPal. Still downloading. When I buy with PayPal I usually have open PP in a new tab and logout. With the video I was already logged out, with this I had to logout. Not sure what the difference was. Download time started at 16m, went to over an hour then back to,now 14m. Maybe I will get to see them yet tonite! Thanks
2 years ago
Worked perfectly. Great Video! Almost made me wish I lived where it stayed cold enough to need a RMH, almost, but not! Thanks for all you do.
2 years ago

Daniel Hall wrote:Comfrey is always devoured by deer on my property. It is hard to believe that it could be so desireable to wild animals yet poisonous to others as animals have insticts about what is edible. Both comfrey and yarrow are great bioactivators for compost but they must be dried first as comfrey easily roots from the stem and is nearly impossible to eradicate once established as it has a large deep tap root. Yarrow runs underground like wildfire so make sure they can't invade other areas. I plant them in the mulch beneath my fruit trees and chop or pull and toss on top to dry. This is my preference and I don't expect everyone to want to use the same method with these persistent plants.



Thanks for the heads up about deer liking comfrey! I will have to watch my newly planted ones. I was not aware of any animals that comfrey is poisonous for. Certainly not humans, rabbits, or chickens. As for yarrow, I wish it would grow here that easily as it is a good medicinal as well.
2 years ago