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nancy sutton

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since Feb 22, 2010
Federal Way, WA - Western Washington (Zone 8 - temperate maritime)
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Recent posts by nancy sutton

Burnt Ridge is my favorite mail order nursery!!   I much prefer to buy from them... best prices for quality plants, plus a very wide selection.  I got excellent advice the few times I called, and their online customer service is prompt and helpful.  BTW, as I can drive to the Olympia Farmers Market (an excellent market, worth the trip :), I have arranged to pick up my order there, and saved some shipping cost (they've had a stall at the market during their selling season).   Again... my fave! 
Watch the documentary that the Rhodes family made last year, touring farms, homesteads, large and small, in all 50 states.  It will be available to view, for free, for 48 hours, during the premier, April 14th.  Sign up to access...  : )

(You'll remember he's the 'Permaculture Ninja Chicken Master' : )

(could someone also post this on any other relevant the 'Homesteading'... and  ?? - I don't know how )
3 months ago
OK, Bryant, you made the 'mistake' of replying, so I'll add more :)  I love Rupert Sheldrake, another bona fide scientist who is heroically plugging away at the 'anomalies'.  And a recent book, 'Suggestible You', about science finally taking the astonishing power of 'suggestion, expectation and belief', i.e., the placebo/nocebo effect, seriously.  I love mysteries, so I love science, because taking them on is supposed to be its business!  And, it is also in the business of always disproving itself :)  "There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamed of in your philosophies, Horatio!"
(PS, I think the hubris of 'scientism' will be the downfall of legit research (along with selling out)... maybe the 'replication crisis' will lead to it's rehabilitation :)

Oh, and back on topic, a truly brilliant man (read Thomas Aquinas in original Latin, for pleasure ;) I worked for also had organic acreage, and used Biodynamic 'ashing' protocol to greatly reduce a weed ... I think it was knappweed or some thistle.  It seemed to work for him. 
3 months ago
Late to the game, but another scientist who's investigated paramagnetic rocks, insect communication, etc., etc. is Philip S. Callahan...written a few books, including "Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions: The Magnetic Life of Agriculture." 
3 months ago
For those powdered spices, like ultra-healthy cinnamon, stirring it thoroughly into the molasses, before adding other liquid, keeps it emulsified, i.e., not floating at the top.
3 months ago
Thanks, Dale!  You've reignited my interest in black strap molasses.  I did research awhile back and discovered that 'Plantation' brand had the highest levels of some nutrients... I was looking for the iron... I can only find it at the natural food store, but it's also online.  BTW, I think cinnamon would also be good in that drink... and it is extremely helpful in maintaining steady blood sugar levels : )   (Wish I raw garlic and turmeric could be added.... but don't think that would be very tasty :)
5 months ago
I've found that 'buried wood' works great as it turns into soil 'carbon', but regarding the initial results, I think the base soil has a major effect.  A clay soil will benefit from just the improved drainage aspect of the 'raised bed'.  However, with my very sandy soil, a classic hugel would not be beneficial.  I need to (and do) bury wood at ground level, to capture as much water as possible. 

Also, I've seen some great initial results that might be mostly due to the layers of 'enrichment', i.e., manure, compost, etc. that top up the hugel.  I think that material would have the same effect on a non-hugel bed, assuming it had decent drainage.  So.... I've learned to give any hugel a couple of years to assess the affect of the 'rotting wood' itself... which is definitely a benefit ... eventually : ) 

I'm hoping others who pile up wood (not necessarily 'old'), and cover with 'plain' soil, and are disappointed with the results, will not give up.   Make sure the wood stays wet, and has plenty of nitrogen (clover, urine, etc)... and expect to see the results... in good time ;)
7 months ago
Thanks a bunch, Skandi and Gail... nothing like a variety of options that have been 'proven' to work!   I like your report, Kelly, on lay vs no-lay.  Sounds like the genes determine the laying rate.... as they've been manipulated (or not) by breeding.  And, also, perhaps, the total gross caloric intake, per Bryant and yourself.  The 'tiny night light' effect is also intriguing.  Soooo much to learn.... and we're all so full of unique experiences.

Oh... another question... do you suppose the heritage, ala Icelandic, etc., chickens are born with the same number of ovas as the hybrids?  and would, therefore, lay steadily for more years?   Wonder if anyone has counted and compared  
7 months ago
Thanks all for the info!  I'm putting the various pieces together to get a general idea about how diet affects laying.... it's still a little hazy...probably need more info! ; )
8 months ago