Monthly Archives: February 2014

Follow us on social media

I have had a few questions over time about how to get updates for the website, or events. You can subscribe to the site and get updates as they are posted in your e-mail. Use the subscribe to the right. I do post things or share items on some of these other media outlets that will not be found on here.

Social Media

I will usually post events on the website which will also post to all my social media sites. There is also the new addition of the calendar on this site. Some events I am not involved with but post for others as a way to get more education opportunities out there. .

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolf-Beach-Farms/146431008883129

Twitter

https://twitter.com/WolfBeachFarms

LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rbeach

 Google+

Meetup – Great way to see what events are going on.

http://www.meetup.com/AlternativeGardening/

Calendar – events, and to see about consulting time.

http://wolfbeachfarms.com/consulting/calendar/

Herb Blurb – Feverfew

                It has been a while since I posted anything about herbs, but recently a friend was having difficulties with migraines. This isn’t the first time migraines have been a problem for friends and family. I had posted on Facebook that she may want to try feverfew. Several others chimed in that she should also try it. Apparently at least a few people are using medicinal herbs. If you think about is there are so many side effects with today’s pharmaceuticals that the side effects are sometimes worse than the original condition. After 16 years in pharmaceuticals I can tell you the ones listed are only the main groupings. There is a whole list of side effects that don’t make the package because they were not the majority of people. I watched a commercial the other night that half the ad was side effects. I am also interested to see here in the USA that most sources online say that herbs are not proven effective. Yet in the European markets and Asian markets herbs are the 1st choice with pharmaceuticals as a 2nd. Why? Because you cannot paten a plant, you can grow it yourself, and no money can be made from it. Thus big companies who seem to control everything here, don’t like medicines you can grow yourself without having to spend money and taxes with them.

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                Back to feverfew. Feverfew is a perennial herb that grows in full sun. This is something that can be grown here in Indiana with ease, as we currently grow it. It somewhat resembles chamomile in the flowers, but the leaves have a distinctive different shape. Feverfew has been used as an herbal treatment to reduce fever, irregular menstrual cycles, psoriasis, allergies, asthma, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, arthritis, and digestive problems. Some of the active compounds in feverfew have been proven in laboratory studies to kill cancer cells. With all the uses, it seems to have its best effects on treating migraines. Many people who suffer migraines on a regular basis have stated that by adding feverfew to their daily activities has reduced or eliminated the migraines. It has also been used for people having difficulty getting pregnant or fathering a child. It has also been used for “tired blood” (anemia), cancer, common cold, earache, liver disease, prevention of miscarriage, muscular tension, bone disorders, swollen feet, diarrhea, upset stomach and intestinal gas. Feverfew is sometimes applied directly to the gums for toothaches or to the skin to kill germs.

                Feverfew also is a beneficial insect attractor by bringing in bees and butterflies to the many white flowers. It is also said that placed around the garden in pots (it will continue to spread) will attract toads to the garden

                There are several different was to prepare the feverfew. It is somewhat a stimulant and is used for hysterical complaints, nervousness and lowness of spirits, and is a general tonic. A cold infusion is made from 1 OZ. of the herb to a pint of boiling water, allowed to cool, and taken frequently in doses of half a teacupful.

A mixture with sugar or honey is said to be good for coughs, wheezing and difficult breathing. The herb, crushed and heated, heated with oil and spirits has been used as a warm external application for wind and colic.

A tincture made from Feverfew and applied locally immediately relieves the pain and swelling caused by bites of insects.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, herbalist, or licensed to practice either. I am sharing information that I have researched, and used at my own home, and conveying the knowledge I have used and researched. Please consult a doctor or medical provider, before using or relying on any information  provided. Please do your own research on any subject.

 If you missed some my other Herb Blurbs there are some links below.

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Catnip

Lemon Balm

Garlic

Parsley

Midwest Sustinable Education Conference – Kenlake, KY March 21-23

If you were thinking about attending the March conference now is the time to register. March 1st is a pivotal date for registration for us. We have added a bunch of additional information and hands on activities to the schedule and program. Spring is around the corner and having the knowledge before you begin would most definitely save you time, money, and headaches.

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If you are using the education gained from the conference to further your own business ventures, this may be a business expense on next years taxes. Please consult a tax professional. If you are expecting a tax return, this may be a good use for the funds.

Be sure to take advantage of the discounts available.

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This will be the last conference until late fall due to everyone’s busy schedules.

March 21-23rd.

Details at www.midwestsustinable.org

New feature: Calendar of available time

Several people have asked my availability on certain days/times for consulting, giving classes, or speaking events. So I did some digging and learned how to publish a public calendar.

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Here is the new link.

http://wolfbeachfarms.com/consulting/calendar/

It will be located under the consulting tab on the home screen.

Use this to determine and schedule any consulting time or other activities, or see where I may be presenting or speaking next.

Some days/times are blocked as busy but you may just check if that is the only day/time you have available. I may be able to work something out. Additionally some day/times are blocked only to have time to work on my own projects or for time to write or prepare for a class. So It may be able to be moved as well.

Experiment and make mistakes, it is a good thing

I was doing some research the other day. Well that is what I tell my wife when watching videos on YouTube.  I was researching some of how Joel Salatin integrated different operations of his farm, and some of the new opportunities for your farmers he is a part of. If you have not heard of Joel I highly recommend learning all you can from him, his books, online, interviews, podcasts, and videos. He is a great source of knowledge and experience. Joel integrates many aspects of his farm operation from the timbering area, to the sawmill, to the pigs, to the rabbits, to the chickens to people. I was amazed how one waste is another input for a different system. How by putting two things together that you think as separate, can give a dramatic improvement overall when you look at the system as a whole. Something he said struck me as so true, that I often say myself but in a different way.

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“Anything worth doing, is worth doing wrong the first time”

He shared how the success they have found on their farm wasn’t from this great insight that just came from a book, class, or Devine intervention. They learned along the way on what works, what doesn’t, learned by accident even. Another one of my mentors Geoff Lawton has a somewhat similar philosophy, as does Sepp Holzer. One of the keys to permaculture is experiment, and see what works best in your climate, your soil, with your lifestyle. Try things out and see what happens.

 I find this very true in my own experiments and progress.  Stop researching and trying to find the perfect solution, the perfect plant, the perfect design and it work 100% of the time on the first time. You will learn much more for experimenting, making your own, and trying things out. Sure, you may not be successful all the time, but you learn an aspect, you are doing, you are getting your hands dirty. Maybe you get a totally unintended result because of what you thought was a failure, but totally was a better outcome.

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When my experimental stacking fodder system didn’t work as I expected, it was by chance I was starting my spring seeds in the same area inside. The new seed trays I had planned on using have small notches on the rim. These notches were a great fit for left over pipes in the area from another project. Boom, I now can stack these new trays using the pipes in the notches as spacers. As it happens, the air gap is sufficient for air circulation. Bonus, the trays were on sale and got them for 0.99 each. So, now we have fodder system 2.0.

Another example, v1.0 of worm composting completely failed. Smelled bad, all the worms died, and wife was NOT happy with the smell. By chance, I met a local guy who teaches worm composting. I had done everything wrong that I could possibly do wrong. Worm v2.0 success. When we collected all the surplus apples that fell on the ground, I fed them to the worms. I needed paper/cardboard for bedding for my worms. This is where my junk mail/cardboard shredding system comes in. Worms are taking a waste and turning it into a resource. This year, I started making compost tea with castings, and spraying on my seedlings. I now have an additional resource from a waste. Had I not failed so miserably, I would have never wondered why I had failed so miserably prompting me to use the failure in a class I was giving about what not to do. Had I not stated how I failed in a class I was giving, this gentleman wouldn’t have offered his help, and I wouldn’t have some of the best looking plant starts ever.

The point is, you NEVER fail. You learn something that didn’t work. Learn from this, but don’t repeat it. Try a different variable; maybe a different plant, a different location, or a different interaction on your part.

I’m Presenting at the Indianapolis Flower and Patio Show Mar 8-16

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It is time again for the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. I will be presenting at three separate times on three separate topics. There are so many great presenters this year. I have met quite a few, know a bunch, and listen to many of the presentations. Some great information. Below is the schedule for the Greendell Mulch Stage where I will be presenting.

Details on the show.

http://hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow/

Sat, March 8

10:15 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

11:30 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

12:30 Water Cycle Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

1:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Container Gardening Darren Collins Wischmeier Nursery

3:00 Urban Agriculture- Blueberries Joshua, Nathanael,David Welch You-Pick Blueberry Farm

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

 

Sun, March 9

10:15 Back Yard Food Production Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

11:00 Planting for Pollinators Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

12:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

1:00 Kitchen Gardens Amy Mullen

2:00 How and Why to get started in Beekeeping Mike & Debbie Seib Seib’s Hoosier Honey

3:00 Container Gardening Darren Collins Wischmeier Nursery

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping

 

Mon, March 10

10:30 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

11:00 Backyard Habitats for Nature Steve Van Zant Indiana Wildlife Federation

12:00 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

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2:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Harold Thompson Hoosier Heartland Council

3:00

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

 

Tue, March 11

11:00 Composting: Hot, Cold, and Worm Keith O’Dell Castaway Compost

12:00 Basic Bees Mike & Debbie Seib Seib’s Hoosier Honey

1:00 Edible Landscaping Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

3:00 Organic Pest and Weed Control Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping

5:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00

 

Wed, March 12

10:30 Regional Water Quality and You: Make a Difference! Shaena Reinhart Empower Results

12:00

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2:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

3:00 Making Mead from Honey & Herbs You Harvest Anita Johnson Great Fermentations.com

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00

 

Thur, March 13

11:00

12:00 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

1:00 Introduction to Permaculture 1 Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

2:00 Introduction to Permaculture 2 Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

3:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Urban Homestead

5:00

 

Fri, March 14

11:00

12:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Bob Eddleman Hoosier Heartland Council

1:00 Organic Pest and Weed Control Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00

3:00 Kitchen Gardens Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Permeable Pavers..the next green movement Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

6:00 Edible Landscaping Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

7:00

 

Sat, March 15

10:15 How and Why to get started in Beekeeping Mike & Debbie Seib Sieb’s Hoosier Honey

11:30 Building a Retaining Wall Todd Steward Belgard

12:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

1:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

2:00 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

3:00 Planting for Pollinators Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

5:00 Making Mead from Honey & Herbs You Harvest Anita Johnson Great Fermentations.com

6:00 Water Cycle Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

7:00

 

Sun, March 16

10:15

11:00 Food Gardening For Beginners Amy Mullen Spotts Garden Service

12:00 Identification and Control of Invasive Plants Bob Eddleman Hoosier Heartland Council

1:00 Aquaponics Rick Beach Wolf-Beach Farms

2:00 Building a Rainbarrel Andy Cochran Circle City Rainbarrels

3:00 Paver Patio “How to” for the DIY junkie Shaun Yeary Greendell Mulch, Mix & Hardscapes

4:00 Urban Beekeeping Jeff Dittemore Bee Friendly Beekeeping, LLC

 

Homesteading and preparedness classes tomorrow Feb 22 8am

There is a wide variety of classes to take, something that would fit just about anyone. Start planning for your growing season, or come get firearm training, or training about refusing to be a victim. More and more there is news about the crime rate here in Indy. Learn how to help prevent being one of those statistics. Pick and choose the classes you want to attend.

8-9 Introduction and starting your garden (FREE SEEDS), how to get started, and maybe learn some new tricks Slide deck available for a fee before, or after class.

9-11 Introduction to permaculture – Exact class that was part of MSE conference but reduced price. Slide deck available for a fee before, or after class.

11-12 Canning water bath and pressure – how to preserve your foods, not just from your garden, but save money at the store too.

1-3 Applying Permaculture Principals -Exact class that was part of MSE conference but reduced price. Slide deck available for a fee before, or after class.

3-4 Dehydrating – how to preserve your foods, not just from your garden, but save money at the store too.

4-6 Aquaponics – Growing both fish and plants with no chemicals, more productive than ANY other agriculture technique per space. Slide deck available for a fee before, or after class.

6-8 Medicinal Herbs – What medicinal herbs you can grow, some potential uses, and preparations. Slide deck available for a fee before, or after class.

RSVP through the Alternative Gardening Meetup. http://www.meetup.com/AlternativeGardening/

I have partnered up with a pair here in Indy to offer some great security and personal defense classes. Very knowledgeable people.

8am-12pm Utah Permits

1pm-5pm Refuse to be a victim

5-7 pm Introduction to preparedness

The RSVP on Meetup http://www.meetup.com/Indiana-Disaster-Preparedness/

Feb 22 flyer

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This weeked. Feb 22nd Plainfield Indiana

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MSE participant comments from January

We just uploaded a few of the comments from the January conference that participants filled at while attending.

We took the suggestions to heart and made some additions and changes based on what the participants had to say. Changes such as, simultaneous classes on varied topics, hands on activities, more depth discussion on certain topics, and location change.

Some things we left the same as what people wanted, such as the meet and greet session, and the open Q&A sessions.

http://www.midwestsustainable.org/information/testimonial/

The Day We Fight Back: Protest NSA Surveillance on Your Blog

If you run your own site, or have a WP account please add this to your site.

The WordPress.com Blog

Today, a broad coalition of interest groups, websites, and people around the world are joining together to fight back against government surveillance. We’re supporting the “Day We Fight Back” on WordPress.com and have created a banner that you can easily add to your WordPress.com blog to get involved, too.

The “Stop NSA Surveillance” banner shows support for this important cause and provides a link to a page of resources to help visitors to contact members of the US Congress to support much needed anti-surveillance legislation. For more information, please visit thedaywefightback.org.

How to add the banner to your site

Here’s how to add the banner to your site in three steps:

  1. In your WordPress.com dashboard, go to Settings  Protest NSA Surveillance.
  2. Click on the checkbox labelled Protest Enabled.
  3. Click on the Save Changes button for the change to take effect.

The banner will remain on…

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