Annie Lochte

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I find happiness in... growing things, plants and animals, piddling along the edge of ponds and waterways.... exploring the woods... learning new things, being independent...
The Ocala National Forest. Florida, USA
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Recent posts by Annie Lochte

Hey Ray! I have 3 acres in nc Florida, an available small cabin an a need of someone who kind of gets the homestead, permiculture lifestyle. Ima long way from stores an drs an stuff... So if you want to come here you need transportation an enough $ to cover your expenses... I'm no spring chick an still work in a job I like but probably need to graduate from..... Just need right helper with scant few bills an taxes.
Awsome! I haven't bought... But sold a couple nice sows a few years ago the we're like 310 an 330# for 5c an 6c a # an their smaller counterparts at 250-270# sold for 1.30-1.80c a #... Hard lesson learned, an something I don't fully understand... But do know I'll never auction sell auction hogs again.
1 year ago
When I moved here there was a couple of neighbors kind of near.... An older couple that kept to themselves and a younger couple with young kids that partyed a lot. The partyers were not a problem to me but self destructed within a few years divorced, moved, one in jail I believe...  The old couple passed a few years ago. Now I have several neighbors. All ages. Other than the 4 wheelers buzzing around and one constantly running a machine, tractor, generator, planer, sander... etc we keep to ourselves. Except during hurricanes. The aftermath has brought all together to help out. Which is nice!
The area was rather devoid of humans when I bought I never thought of checking with the neighbors...
1 year ago
I used to read a lot of local history and up till the 1950-60's everybody who wasn't well off walked. It was nothing for folks who lived in my area... 50ish miles from either coast... To walk to the coast for some seafood or shell fish. It would be a 2-3 day trip but with just a machete and some dried food they would make the trip once a month or so in the cooler months.... An one elder lady told me she would walk 14 miles to go to church. Passing a couple church's on the way to go to the one of her family's faith. She lived to 96 and was healthy till the end.
So I'd say sure... It can be done. But we've gotten so used to modern conveniences that it sounds outlandish. I do ponder the same question. Id like to ditch my job. Living so far out it costs me quite a bit to keep the job.... But I like having electric, Internet, the ability to pay property taxes and a few extra spending dollars...
A younger me could walk 10 miles in 2-1/2 hours no problem.... And for a while averaged 14 miles a day. But now days I have old injurys that plague my feet, knees.... Makes walks far woman stay closer to home!!! Lol!
1 year ago
My dad was a depression era child and always lived a slight/moderate 'prepper' style life. So I grew up as living that way was normal and have lots experience foraging weeds, berries, roots etc and dressing out small game and livestock. Some canning and preserving. I have spent my life working with horses and the past 20 years as equine vet tech and have some good basic medical skills. My little (3acre) homestead is paid for and has edible landscaping well established. When i moved here it was way, way out in the middle of the woods... No neighbors and quiet, but now i have lots of neighbors and the area has gotten busy. (too busy)
I would have to trim down the goat population to feed them from the property and yes I could keep a few but there's a lot to consider... And like the chickens, I can keep a few but have to defend them from the foxes, coons, bears, etc.... If I were defending my goats (and horse) from hungry poachers... Well that's a consideration. And I have come to love my refrigerator and freezer... Living without that would be an adjustment. For most of my life I lived without AC and only in the last few years... In the time of hot flashes... Have gotten used to it... Where I live the biting insects are a huge consideration for 4-5 months of the year... When I run out of repel and citronella oil it'll be tough. I have read up on natural repellants an tried some but nothing yet that really works like the deet/citronella. Theres lots of water around and i have a couple hand pumps that could be put on my well pump for water... I have also always walked around at night without a light just to keep my night sight... Wouldn't want to assist a dystocia in the black of night but navigating obstacles most nights I'm still good at...
There are many considerations to ponder in a TEOTWAWKI' situation. But I think I could survive. An as was posted by others... Now days there's just so many people and laws and taxes...
1 year ago
Hello Leigh! Welcome and glad that you are here! Permies is a wonderful place...! I always love reading of your projects and experiences! And I feel we're in good company here...
Annie in Ocala
1 year ago
Please don't. Get a steer, or if your getting a bull to breed some cows, afterward steer him, give it some time then procede with great caution. Bulls are dangerous. And tame bulls are more dangerous. They can be gentle and easily managed. Until its time to breed. Then they only have one thing on their mind. They can smell and/or hear a cow in heat from many miles around. Bulls should never be made friendly. They don't give one shit about their training, care giver, being respectful, even fences unless it's seriously bull proof..... they are big, strong, an potentially dangerous..... Get a steer. They are the ox. Don't mess with bull testosterone. Them giant things hanging down there produce a lot.
Better yet is take one of his bull calves, steer it young an raise to be you riding critter... Much safer, easier.
1 year ago
Check out the paper mulberry. Although its been many years ago, a farm I was working had lots an it was tough to manage...
1 year ago
Looks like my MS late season. I'm in north central fl and its already done for the season, but trying to sprout from seeds it dropped now... A few warm days and I got lil plants of it trying to grow...  The black seeds will shrivel an turn grayish and should be viable. I'd pick the black ones an let them dry naturally to save seed. I did first couple years but it went crazy and dropped seed everywhere and I don't save any longer. I never worried about the spots and just cut it back when it got to ugly and it sprang back to life when the days were longer an we got rain.... Mine seemed to go gang busters for a time then fade an get the spots an such.... Cutting it back never hurt it but we've now had some low 30*s temps and that put it to bed. The original plant dies completely with the cold but the seed does just fine.
2 years ago
Awww! I am sorry! It is hard to say what caused their demise. Generally goats are finicky creatures that require different dietary/mineral inputs than most other domestic livestock. Without a detailed history it's impossible for me to speculate about why that happened. Birthing 4 kids is alot of work for a doe. Any others possibly bred watch for full udder, usually right before kidding (12-24hrs)their teats will strut out tight an full. (but not always) Their girly bits behind will get long and loose and may string some mucus. They may paw the ground, stretch alot, rub along the fence lines more than usual, stand around curling their upper lip. Some want to go off by themselves, others want to stay with the herd. Keeping them out of freezing weather and rain is a must if you think kidding is eminent. Pat Colby's, 'Natural Goat Keeping' is a book I have learned a lot from and use it whenever a problem comes up. Some goats... Or members within a breed, such as boers, have been bred for maximum income and not so much hardiness and mothering ability. I have read of people buying nice papered, bred does for their kids 4-H projects and them being terrible at birthing and mothering....  Again, I am very sorry you lost those kids...  

Edit to add... For her I would watch her udder. If your not going to milk her then I would just keep an eye on how full it is, how long it takes to start reabsorbing the milk. It should start to shrink in 1-3 days. If it remains tight and full for more than a couple days she may get mastitis. Generally they act sick, go off feed, have a fever when they get mastitis. If she were mine I would also not feed much commercial feed ration for a bit, but all the high quality hay/browse she wants. That'll help stop milk production.
2 years ago