Benton Lewis

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I think this is a blastodisk indicating the duck egg is fertile?
1 week ago
Are the nutrients in bee pollen bioavailable to humans? I've read of 2 methods to make them more bioavailable. They are cracked or fermented bee pollen grains. Some articles I've read make it sound like I wouldn't get much if any nutrients if I ate the uncracked and unfermented bee pollen grains that I bought from a local grocery store shown in the attached image.
2 months ago
Sounds like winter food will be the challenge.  Are there any evergreen plants like shrubs that would feed goats through the winter in georgia in zone 8?  The invasive evergreen privet thrives here. 
I live in central Georgia.  What should I plant to not have to buy food for meat or dairy goats? 

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Cnidoscolus stimulosus is a perennial. Therefore, my propagation strategy would be to dig it up, chop the root into pieces, and replant.

Few seeds is very doable in a plant propagation and/or breeding project. No seeds ever is problematic.

Thanks! I dug some up today.  I am a novice at all this gardening stuff...I'm familiar with cutting potato roots where you have to have a few eyes on each piece, but no eyes on this root that i see.  I just got finished trying to plant them in a tall vase because they are long.  Only one plant had seeds and I am not sure how to harvest them and don't want to get seeds before they are ready. 

Much easier to cut the root up into sections and plant shallow instead of in deep holes.  Maybe its not that vital that i keep the greens alive and can just bury pieces on the root, but how long should each root section be?

Root sections could multiply the plant fast because the roots are long!  (my hands sure are burning haha)
5 months ago
AKA spurge nettle.  Could be a good staple crop but has few seeds.
5 months ago

Burra Maluca wrote:

Benton Lewis wrote:
If it is said they used a mule to plow the fields then I'd like to know how the mule was fed.  Was a mule fed off the surplus of one field they were used to plow?

In a scenario like that, the mule would likely be tethered on land just beyond the cultivated area to graze.  Around here, they would be brought closer to home at night for safekeeping and the tether moved daily.  They might also be taken to the olive grove and tied to a different tree each day to clear around each one - function stacking! 

To get specific answers, you really need more specific questions.  People aren't going to write an encyclopedia for you. 

If you know of such an encylopedia let me know!  I don't expect an encyclopedia post.

The mule being tethered to the non-cultivated area is an example of sustainable human farming being dependent, not on human agriculture, but on wild areas.  I can see replacing wild buffalo in the prairie with cows and living off eating cows as the staple but its not the excellent human farming practices there that did it, it would be relying on the wild areas to feed your cows. 

Permaculture seems to be about humans growing all the food they need to thrive, without relying on non-renewable resources, and relying on plants humans planted in an area. 

I'm not sure any peoples lived with just human agriculture alone before petroleum, without significant reliance on the wild. I live in the southeastern united praries.  From what i read, knowledge about what they ate and their way of life has been lost, as they were seen as savages and people did not want to learn from them. Who knows what the wild food population was like before

Your explanation of how the mule was fed was specific and helpful, thanks!  I can see it working if the mule is fed elsewhere than just the area it was used to farm.  My comment about human agriculture being heavily reliant on non-farmed food sources before petroleum was not meant to diminish your answer.
6 months ago
Maybe the answer I'm looking for would be too comprehensive, but I asked to see the responses I'd get.  When I was very young, like elementary school, if asked this question, I may have answered something like hunting, fishing, eating wild plants, and growing gardens after I was told what petroleum is (i'm just interested in the food production aspect).  It was said that I should focus on a specific group of people and learn how they did it because everyone used different methods and that is a valid point. 

Supply chain management focuses on the flow of materials from point of origin (starting at raw material level) to point on consumption.  I would like to know the complete supply chain of each food and element used in food production by a people to survive long term.

I've never seen a comprehensive answer to this question.  I just remember general answers that say what a people ate without describing how they got those things to eat, what detailed farming methods they employed, and how the food met their dietary needs in detail.

If it is said they used a mule to plow the fields then I'd like to know how the mule was fed.  Was a mule fed off the surplus of one field they were used to plow?

The question can be answered with a very general response or be very comprehensive and technical, depending on the knowledge/desire of who answers.  Just thought I'd ask and see.
6 months ago