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Terri Matthews

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Eastern Kansas
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Recent posts by Terri Matthews

The climate predictions of the global warming people have not turned out as they predicted. What that means is that the science is not yet settled.

I spent a lot of time last winter searching the net. And, there are a huge number of variables that have been identified as affecting  climate, far more than I think the global warming scientists have taken into account, and I do not think that a lot of variables to climate have even been identified yet, let alone understood.  It appears to be a highly complex subject
1 day ago
Building a home is a full time job, starting a business is a full time job, and when you add the hours spent homeschooling and parenting THAT is a full time job.

Are you a single parent or do you have a partner? Will your brother be your full time partner or a source of part time help? I can just see 2 full time people who also work at the project on weekends accomplishing all that, but as a single person? That sounds like way too many hours.

I once attended a farm show, and I asked a speaker how I could learn to sell when my skills were in my hands. His reply was to take a job in sales, as the basic technique was the same regardless of what you were selling. Well there was a recession on, and I could not find a job in sales, and so I visited a popular nursery, found the person who was assisting the most customers, and I watched her out of the corner of my eyes, and then I practiced in front of a mirror. THEN I started selling at Farmer's Markets for the experience.

Tell me, since you wish to sell your produce, have you ever sold anything or is this also a skill you need to learn first? I learned a LOT from watching that sales lady!
6 months ago
Animal feed would be a good thing as well, not to mention grain for bread
7 months ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:Ecology Action has determined that it takes a minimum of 4000 square feet to grow a nearly nutritionally complete vegan diet for one adult using Biointensive growing methods.  This amount of land is under good conditions.  Poor land or difficult conditions will require more area.  Using different methods is likely to require more area.

I imagine that this would also need a long growing season. I have lived both in California with an 11 month growing season and in the Midwest with a shorter growing season, and an acre of California land will raise many times what an acre of Kansas last can raise, because the growing season is longer

In China, where people could double-crop, an acre would be a subsistence farm for 3-4 people. And, while the Chinese enjoyed meat when they could get it, the majority of their calories would come from grain.

I suppose they would also have has to sell some of their crop to pay taxes and whatever.

An account of a Chinese farm in the 1800's said that the farmer would raise "Chinese clover" in the spring, harvest it and immediately sell it in town, and 2 days after the Chines clover was harvested the land would already be plowed and then they would transplant the rice seedlings into the soil. And, after the rice was harvested some areas could put in a third crop as well.

7 months ago
A grand solar minimum is ENTIRELY possible!

That being said, I do not understand how cosmic rays can trigger a volcano. The article is a bit lacking in the subject of "how".

That does not mean that a solar minimum will not take place: that only means that the article does not convince me that the article is based on good science.  Personally I do not believe in global warming any longer: climate change, yes, the weather where I live has been very odd lately. The climate may well be changing where I live.

And, I am aware that the polar ice caps are expanding very quickly, but, how much of that is because it is winter out? It is too soon to say if the rate at which the ice caps are growing is a cause for alarm or not. No doubt we will know more in a year's time
7 months ago
Elliot Coleman uses unheated greenhouses in Maine. He does not just use the greenhouse for cover: he also lays one, two, or three layers of plastic across his greenhouse  growing beds.

I have used this method in my own unheated greenhouse, and it works as long as the weather behaves itself.  Lately we have been getting VERY cold weather here in Kansas  in the early Fall and during what is supposed to be our spring, and so for  Christmas this year I am getting myself  a "Big buddy" LP space heater. I could not really use the greenhouse this Fall as the weather has been just too cold, but I am hoping to be able to use the greenhouse properly this spring!
I, too, had trouble with seed balls: I think my climate is too dry for them.  
7 months ago
I just ate the last of the Thanksgiving cheesecake, with the last of the home grown berries I thawed for Thanksgiving, and I am as full as a tick.

8 months ago