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nataly marchuk

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Wow! What a great variety of advices! Thank you guys!

We will try electric trimmer (is it the same as weed wacker?) next time.
The acerage does not suggest using grass hook or lawn scissors, as we need to clear the paths about 1 mile long.

There are rock outcrops here and there, not constant, so I truly appreciate the idea about checking through tall grass with the back side of the scythe stick. We are yet to learn all the proper techniques

Happy summer!

Natalya
9 months ago
The grasses grew so well, and now, beginning of Summer, started to dry and become VERY prickly.
Too dry for lawn mower (danger of grass fire) and too rocky for scythe.
What do you suggest to at least clear the paths on the large property mostly grassland with some oaks?
I know, first thing that comes to mind - grazing. Not an option yet, we come on the weekends only.
Exploring Reel Mower (push mower) but reviews say it s important to keep the grass short by mowing constantly. It our case grass is to my waist now and dry, some is flattened by winds and wildlife (to a knee level). Or will it work?
There should be some other options?
Yours,
Natalya
9 months ago
I just wanted to share my childhood memories about Stinging Nettle.
Fairy Tales were always a delight and source of life skills in my life. One in particular the Six Swans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans was about the girl making shirts from nettle for her brothers turned into swans. I always thought it was the cruelest of punishments that wicked stepmother administered on poor girl. My friend and I were playing as that little girl and harvested some stinging nettle in the woods nearby. we placed them resting under the tree not quite knowing how to transform these plants into a shirt. After couple (or may be more) of days we checked on them and found out that nettle was covered with ants and you could see separate fibers as if we (or rather ants) did some work with them (retting?). Generally I was avoiding nettle plants and never thought anything good about them.
Recently I learned to accept and even like the nettle in my life. I have small patch (contained so far as I still not able to give it free life) of nettle that I use for Nettle Pesto, adding to Borsch and possibly learn how to make a shirt Finally
Thank you for great inspiration and useful links R.Ranson!
Nataly
1 year ago
Dear California goat lovers,
I am studying the subject of natural goat keeping (mostly for milk/cheese, but considering other options also) for a while now.
Read Natural Goat Care by Pat Coleby, as well as Raising Goats Naturally by Deborah Niemann.
Want to start small (since I am still in the suburban area but looking into upgrading to the rural life): 2-3 baby goats as well as to get some internship/volunteer job at the goat farm.
So far I did not find much neither on the web nor at permies. May be I am looking at the wrong places?
Any leads are welcome!
Warmly yours,
Nataly
2 years ago
Hi Akdeniz,
I am just wondering if you have found a place yet?
Off topic a bit: I am looking for a milk goat farm to volunteer, not too far from Bay Area.
I will post my own topic, but decided to start questioning here.
Please let me know.
Thanks,
Nataly
2 years ago
I love this topic! And all the stories and suggestions! To add couple of cents:
Somebody mentioned books, but I feel that stories are more appropriate for this age. You can make up a story per day from what is going on in your garden: About a tiny caterpillar growing all the way into a butterfly or a bird making a nest on your tree...
Also, I am big fan of celebrating seasons! If you happen to know children's seasonal songs and finger games - that's awesome, if not - may be YouTube? Waldorf education has tons of useful information and ideas.
And a seasonal gathering like summer solstice where all those songs and games are played, seasonal food and activities like dances or bonfire are organized. You don't even have to have big group of people for that, just couple of likeminded families. Just do it every year and it will be great importance for children (and adults)!
And lastly, I agree with those who said that for this age being at home with parents is the best, but one thing is when children have to be in some sort of place away from home and we want it to be the best possible alternative and i am praising adults who not only open their homes and hearts for other children, but bring more to that experience, meaning helping them to become more ecologically sensitive. And another thing: Some parents would appreciate parent support groups, where they can come to somebody's food forest and give their children opportunity to play with dirt and pick tomatoes while they happily socialize. That is what I do - opening my back yard twice a week to parents with toddlers from my community.
Happy summer!
2 years ago
Somehow I am lacking the button "new topic" in all forums but this one. When I decided to complain - here it is, so I created new topic with my complain
Please help me to create new topics in other forums too!
Thanks!
Nataly
Hi Ash,
I am in process of forming eco-village and Auburn was one of the places that I was looking at. Unfortunately I agree with Michael about this area being not very eco-building friendly (from as far as I heard), but the community overall is quite progressive and there is hope. If your are still interested in partners, please email me and we could somehow discuss things. Looking forward to your reply,
Nataly
nata_marchuk@yahoo.com
2 years ago