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jacob ford

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since Dec 04, 2014
polk county Oregon
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http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-kale-and-how-to-eat-around-it

I love kale and broccoli and all those great leafy greens, but be careful of how much of it you eat RAW, it can lead to hypothyroidism. and it really is alot you have to eat, but be careful.
your tax dollars at work..............
5 years ago
very helpful, we have an invasive scotch broom in our farm field so my first thought was to dig a pond there. people have been warning me about the difficulty of getting permits but now i have some tricks up my sleeve. much thanks.
5 years ago
the name newt actually evolved since old english when they were called "ewts" so "an ewt" became "a newt"
5 years ago
pioneer crop i like that, i have very clayey soil here. i shall investigate, cuz its legal in Oregon now.
5 years ago
look in Polk county Oregon, i see so many properties for sale driving around here, in a small radius from ours.
5 years ago
myself, my husband, and a friend have just purchased and moved onto 22 acres in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Our plan is similar only we aren't going to have as many chickens, and probably just goats and rabbits besides that.

the gardening layout for the farm acres is still evolving but i've set aside a section for some hugelkultur raised beds, and mapped out the contour to dig a swale. if we can get the proper permit a small pond will also be dug in an area that's been invaded by invasive scotch broom plants. i will also try a 50' x 50' fenced set of rows of veggies, and in fall when that plot is done producing we are going to plant as much garlic as possible and probably move the fenced area next year. also planning 2 40'x12' hoophouses to extend the season.

our problem here is that if we did try to till the soil we would have to wait till late may or later because of our clayey soil. the land has 40 yrs organic practices done to it but the field hasn't been used for a few years. one of my dillemas is how to clear the long grass that's established itself, ill dig it out by hand if i have to.

any ideas??
5 years ago
what if we kickstartered a crowdfund plan to develop an inexpensive easy to use production scale wood gasifier to sell.

get some of these guys who've already built their own on board and give it a go like some of the small 3d printing firms did. ( only keep things open source and corporate fund free )
6 years ago
im diving into this headfirst and believe me im going to scour the internet and book world about this. i think its one of the most worthwile things to try. it was done during the great depression, ww2, and the 70's during a gas shortage. since i hate fracking and oil wars i cant think of a more worthy project, especially if it proves to others it can be done.
6 years ago