Dustin Rhodes

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chicken forest garden woodworking
San Diego, California
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Essential Craftsman is my favorite:

Essential Craftsman

although his gear reviews are not as prolific as others, I love all the content he has on house-building, tool use, time and energy-saving tips on blacksmithing and handiwork, and is just an all-around good-hearted man.
1 day ago
I had never heard of this before, seems like a cool idea! did some reading on the subject:



From what I understand(and please forgive/educate me if I misunderstand), they rotate from crop to fallow every other year, and they leave crop stubble and chaff on the field after harvest for the fallow year -  which in terms of conventional commodity farming, is a very novel approach; in terms of permaculture this is a very simple principle - they are using mulch to retain moisture!  Granted, it is a VERY thinlayer, using the chaff on hand, and likewise, only retains a LITTLE extra moisture, comparatively, but in terms of hundreds or thousands of acres, the retention is huge, and fully mulching all that land would be cost prohibitive.

So, in terms of a 1000 sq ft garden you're going to have VASTLY better water retention with full mulch than using this fallow system.  but, even this fallow system is better than bare ground.

I don't have much advice on career path(huge topic) but when I was getting my degree(psychology, what a waste, now that I look back) I worked in landscaping on the side to make extra cash - you'll learn a bit about plant health, irrigation, runoff management, and maybe get into light stonework/handiman stuff, all of which is great knowledge/experience for homesteading.  you could work for an existing company, or start your own business.
1 day ago
Any chance you got any pictures?

If not, did the black streaks seem more like physical objects floating within the egg, or some sort of substance coloring the egg tissue itself? Was it on the white, or the yolk exclusively?

I don't have experience freezing eggs, but maybe these details will help someone else to know what it is.

1 day ago
I'd start local(which I have done, but not been ultimately successful due to wildfires running over my planted areas) - research how to germinate seeds of local trees in your area, collect the seeds, plant, and give the results up to God  - some will grow, some won't; some will be eaten, burned, or mowed, but you'll be learning and develop more advanced strategies over time to see what works.

Plant in National Forests, alongside trails, greenways, and/or highwaysides.  Most trees/shrubs are much better than grasses for preventing erosion, so planting on cuts and hillsides of highways, etc. would be twofold productive.  

I do it this way because I am too cash-poor(southern California does that quite easily) to give much time or money to charities right now.
1 day ago

This is making me rethink putting my Compost pile at the bottom of my hill, start at the top, and anything that leaches out might just travel down to the plants below it - cool idea/observation!
1 day ago
MY dream plants for my new Homestead:
Green Onion
Sweet Potato

Dream plants my home already has:
Pecan(just have to find a way to keep the birds away!)
Cherimoya (haven't tasted it, i'm just so excited I have one, should be ripe soon!!!)

If we can grow all these, my grocery/feed bill will be REMARKABLY reduced!
1 day ago
I'm sure you are already accounting for this, but many of these will need protection from deer/boar while you're gone.

Black Walnut, Honey Locust, Carob?
2 days ago
Other somewhat unconventional poultry: Muscovy ducks(common, but quiet, unlike regular ducks, better for city living), Pea fowl, Guinea fowl, Geese(often overlooked).

Rodents(may be hard to source, but good producers with significant size): Agouti, Capybara, Nutria/Coypu(Invasive, be careful!)
2 days ago
In my prior research (for southern California, HUGE fire danger here), I settled on Rammed Earth as ideal - you can embed steel rod in the walls(much like concrete) for increased resilience against earthquake. Rammed Earth has been completed according to code on many occasions in California and several other states. it's not as Eco-friendly as Cob, due to cement use, but...

For fire danger, I settled on Steel/Galvalume roofing, enclosed eaves, with enclosed or no vents(embers drifting into the vents and eaves is has been the primary cause of wildfire spread through buildings in the last few years) as the method of choice.

Ultimately I bought a dilapidated old wood/stucco home instead, because it is what I can afford in terms of time-expenditure and I can live in it and fix it at the same time, all whilst working FT.  
2 days ago