Erika Bailey

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since Oct 06, 2013
Maine, USA zone 5a
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R Scott wrote:How do the Amish do it?



In my area, the Amish seem perfectly willing to be on Medicaid.  In the case of a sick kid that would not survive by any means but modern medicine--this is the right choice.  He can now go on to be a productive member of the society instead of a tombstone marking.
2 years ago
I grew rice in 5 gallon buckets on my porch this year as an experiment.  I didn't want to commit to turning my yard into a paddy until I knew I could make it work.  It was fun!  I grew Duborskian, a type of short grain brown rice.   In Maine is seemed bizarre, but there is a farm locally that has been growing a number of varieties in test plots (with ducks and fish, I think) in a fairly spiffy paddy system.  Apparently the climate and soil is similar to northern islands of Japan.  Buckwheat grows insanely well here, and it is easier to process, but the rice seemed cool.  
2 years ago
Windows 7 using Chrome. Downloaded no problem!
Thanks! I love candy!
My niece at two years old came to visit my garden, and I have a huge patch of alpine strawberries--tiny but sweet! She had been living in a crappy apartment with her mom and didn't get out to play enough. When I showed her the strawberries and gave her one to eat, she got this amazed look on her face. She kept smiling and saying, "FLOOR CANDY!" She focused on the patch for almost a half hour, which was the most attention span I have ever seen her exhibit--and she is now 6. It was awesome!
4 years ago
Health is specific to a person, but ecosystems are different. I am a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) but encourage others to eat local "clean" meat. I find that when I eat meat in general, I get sick. That being the case, I stopped eating meat. But I have worked on a farm, and see how essential animals are in the systems. I'm just crippled in the fact that I can't eat them myself. It is frustrating, but I hope you don't see the vegetarians as the enemy in this--some of us would gladly be omnivorous in our consumption if possible! Meanwhile, I fertilize my gardens with rabbit manure from my pet rabbits. Trying to make it work...