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r ranson

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Wow!  What a rabbit hole!

Goodreads looks amazing.  Thanks for suggesting it.

I submitted an application to be associated with my Author Profile.  From there I can add and alter stuff.  
12 hours ago
I worry about that too. It's confusing to me why wheat is suddenly seen to harm humans when some populations have been eating it as the main source of nutrients for thousands of years.

Crohns means we're on a low fibre diet anyway. But I am worried about missing out on some of the other main nutrients that wheat gives us.

Wheat is a trigger food in our family, but this is only in the last 12 years or so. We don't know what the trigger is in the wheat, but it doubtful it's the wheat itself. Probably something to do with how it is grown or how it is processed. I can handle wheat grown in Europe and local wheat that is ground then sifted (instead of separated then ground like the commercial stuff). It's hard to go wheat free without going gluten-free. On the doctor's orders, the family members are cutting out anything related to wheat in hopes that the body can heal up and we can start eating it again.

The thing is, we should be genetically suitable to eat wheat, barley, and oats since these are the ingredients of my ancestors. I think it's something in the way wheat is grown in China and North America that causes the symptoms. Or it might be the added vitamins we are sensitive to.
17 hours ago
Last spring, we made massive piles of the animal bedding (mostly spent organic hay and sheep dung) and left the piles to mature over the summer and winter.  A few squashes grew in the manner, but still nothing on the ground.  Over the year, the chickens and ducks worked hard to take apart the piles, and it didn't take much to finish the job this spring and till the manure into the dirt.  

We spread a mixture of pasture grass and clover seed and lightly raked it in.  

So far, it's growing!

But not well as the blades of grass are thin compared to healthy soil.  But we finally have signs of life!  

Not sure what we are going to do with it from here on.  I'm the only one in the family that still consumes gluten so we would need to rethink the grain experiment.  I would still like to do some no-till experiments on this area but I don't think the soil is recovered enough yet.  Probably this year, we'll treat it like lawn, then maybe this fall pile the manure on it again.  
22 hours ago