R Jay

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Raised on acreage-goats horses bees rabbits cattle {Jersey+Scottish Highland}.  Son+his family now living on family-owned 1/4 section +I am helping to set up market garden {3 farmer's markets within 1/2 hour drive}  Property has 3-bdr log house, machine shed, greenhouse, and smaller outbuildings, spring-fed pond, deep drilled well, and cased spring--lots of water.  Income from 60-acre hay field leased out to offset expenses.
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I wonder if the best way to"tame" chickens is to start with breeds whose disposition is calm
and relatively freindly.

Came across this blog.  It has an online guide for raising chickens and charts for best egg
layers and meat producers.

There are also sections on goats, homesteading, backyard remedies and backyard gardening.

6 months ago
In my area, there are too many coyotes.  They get shot at or the Kuvasz runs them down, kills them....
and sometimes eats them....but they remain a problem.  Easier to design a large enclosure divided
down the middle with a gate that selects which paddock to go to and alternately seed to produce
sprouts during the spring thru fall.  Raising earthworms and meal worms can supply a good source of
6 months ago
Being in the frozen wasteland that is north of the 54 parallel in B.C. Canada, I find this a surprising
statement about bat houses:

"They do not provide overwintering protection (hibernation)"

Bat houses. no matter how they are decorated. are still only 3-sided boxes with just enough space at
the bottom opening for them climb in and cling close together for warmth

Somehow the local bat population somehow survives the close to 40 degrees below 0 winters up
here....as do bears. frogs. toads.salamanders...bees...

By the way.just to clarify. 40 below Canadian (celcius) is the same temperature as 40 below in
American (fahrenheit) degrees.....
7 months ago

Years ago, I knew this couple who bought a piece of land--maybe 3 acres-with a creek running thru it.

They built an A-frame style house with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom/laundry room across the back with no hallway-just open
to the main room.  The main room was a fair size--full width and almost the full length--less 10-12 feet for back rooms.  It
served as kitchen and main living room.  This satisfied any regional regs about housing requirements..

There was a loft up above that they used as main bedroom and storage area.

They had three children.  As each child got old enough, he/she got their own little cabin close to the main house.  
No bathroom-just a insulated "shed" with a small wood stove.  110v x 2/15 amp circuits for lights and a stereo--nowadays
it would be a computer, I guess.  NO TV.  They were expected to keep their own cabins clean.

Nowadays, there might not be a wood stove--a rocket stove could take its place.

Seemed to work out OK.  Small areas with privacy for everybody--yet designed to be social.
7 months ago
I thought this might be an interesting use for pallets---a hive-like structure complete with
audio components so that a person can listen to a nearby hive.  Be [bee] a nice way to

"Hive (SOUND COLONY) references the visionary architecture of R. Buckminster Fuller,
whose research into energy and material efficiency was inspired by universally occurring
patterns in nature. Equipped with 4 benches and 4 speakers, Hive functions as a gathering
space as well as a sound chamber. In the context of “ISEA 2013 Machine Wilderness”,
Hive was deployed at the Alvarado Urban Farm in downtown Albuquerque, where it provided
a context for a shared, acoustic experience between a nearby bee colony and the farm community
and visitors."

7 months ago

Maureen AtsaliI wrote: In my experience in rural areas it has been more than lack of knowledge but a strong prejudice against those foods which are regarded as poverty foods or "old peoples food.".  They are insulted if you serve it to them. .......I have no idea how to overcome that mind set.  

Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed
Courage to change that which can be changed
And the wisdom to know the one from the other.
8 months ago

One thing I always wondered about  was:  What would prepared skunk cabbage taste like?
Never got around to it, though.

Many survival manuals claim that if you boil it 3 times-each time in fresh water-that it becomes

Here is an account from somebody who claims he tried to prepare and eat it:


Seems like it might fall under the category as defined in the first Crocodile Dundee movie:

" ...Well, you can live on it, but it taste like shit..."
8 months ago

there was a research study done several years ago in the province of Alberta. A group of First
Nations people were put into 2 separate groups.  One group ate "normally" and the other group
ate only food that was present before the coming of the white man.

The "normal" group continued to suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes, while the other group
which ate "wild" food lost weight and many of the members were able to get off their diabetes

Unfortunately, I can not find any reference to that study....maybe I'm not looking in the right places?
Sometimes I miss the ability just to log into university servers as a guest and use the "gopher"
command to try to find the info....but I guess the trade-off is being able to use something faster
than a Commodore 64 with a floppy drive and 1200-baud phone-line modem.....
8 months ago

Lucrecia Anderson wrote:Errrmmm...I think people/cultures have a real aversion to ADMITTING to cannibalism.

The theory is that most animals eat their placenta after giving birth in order to hide the fact
that they just gave birth from predators.  Found two separate opinions about people
doing it....


Your placenta: You could dry it and put it in pills. You could stir-fry it with onions. You could
even eat it raw in the delivery room.


In an email interview, Dr. Alex Farr, of the Medical University of Vienna said that while some
might find his reference to cannibalism offensive, “from a medical perspective, the placenta
carries the fetal genome and therefore it belongs to the baby. It is up to every individual
whether he or she considers eating human, genetically-different tissue as cannibalism or not.”

Middle to upper class white women with relatively high incomes and education are among the
most frequent consumers of placenta, he said. “This might be due to the fact that these women
have access and frequently follow (pseudo) fashionable trends and often prefer esoteric and alternative medicine.”
8 months ago