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We have apples!

We have been harvesting at least once a week usually twice or more. We have three 55 gal drums full of delicious apples.

We have no idea what kind they are. They were planted some 30 years ago and no on remembers what kind of apples these were. From the best I can tell they are honey crisp and golden delicious. We have about 4 to 1 ratio of honey crisp to golden delicious.

Here are some pics.

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We are selling some if anyone is interested cash or trade. If you know how to text or e-mail us use that. If you don’t have that info yet use the contact us page.

These are no chemical no spray or fertilizer. They have had no human intervention other than us picking, so as natural as you can get.

$10 for a stuffed grocery bag or trade. Let us know what you have. We got some yummy meat products from Simpson Family farm earlier this week.

Herb Blurb – Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm also known as Melissa officinalis, spreads and is part of the mint family. Rubbing the leaves you will get a lemon scent hence the name. In summer it has white flowers and is a pollinator attractor. Because it attracts bees so well it was given the name Melissa or Greek for “honey bee”. Lemon balm is as invasive as other members of the mint family and should be planted in containers or other was contained if spreading is not desired.

Lemon balm is used in candies, ice cream, teas both hot and cold, and is the main ingredient in lemon balm pesto. In teas it is used as a mild calming agent or sedative. The extracts from lemon balm have been shown to have high antioxidant properties.

There have been numerous studies involving lemon balm. From reducing stress in agitated people in a control group to reduction in obesity. Some studies have shown when drank in a tea given to people with regular exposure to radiation, the DNA degradation, and increased plasma levels. While it is known it inhibits the thyroid medication thyroxine it however inhibits antithyrotropic activity and may lead to treatments for Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism. The extracts from lemon balm have show to improve mental performance and even shown positive results in testing with Alzheimer’s patients. It has both antimicrobial and antiviral properties and has shown to be effective against herpes simplex.

At our homestead we use it as a mosquito and fly repellant in addition to a flavoring for teas. Three of the four kids including myself react harshly to mosquito bites and we have lemon balm growing all over our homestead. Any time one of walks out it is now a habit to grab a handful and rub the leaves all over any exposed skin. This has kept the mosquitoes at bay and prevented us from using any harsh chemicals or pesticides.

We regularly harvest and dry the leaves and dehydrate for longer term storage. We also sell plants from our herb gardens to start your own natural medicinal and culinary herb garden. Use the contact us page for purchasing.

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Getting more for less – Class scheduled

Here is a class to make your hard earned money stretch further. All the tips, techniques, and practices my family and I actually use. Demos will be available, handouts will be made available of the items we cover, the products, places to purchase, and recipes. This should be about 2 hours long. If you have missed out on the farm tours, you could hang out after, but it will not be the full 2 hour tours others have gotten, feel free to ask questions before, or after class. We will be sitting outside on our deck, and have bench seating and a picnic table. There is also room for folding chairs if you bring your own. Space is limited so it will be the first 25. There will also be home made pizza as an appetizer to demonstrate cost cutting. There is no public restroom available. Sorry. Cost is $10 per person or $15/couple, easily made up if you use the tips and techniques demonstrated. We have saved well over $700/year doing these activities. Fee free to park in the driveway, our cares will be parked elsewhere. Bonus, drawing at end of class.

We will cover just to name a few subjects/topics not everything is listed;

• Food and Grocery- bulk buying, making from scratch, coupons, discount programs, more

• Entertainment- kicking cable, discounted movies, free e-books

• Making your own-laundry soap (an 11 year old can do it), deodorant, toothpaste

• Cleaning supplies – household cleaners, eliminating harmful chemicals

• Gas- save on fuel for your car

• Utilities- gas, water, electric

• Gardening – how to get seeds for 50-75% off, how to get fruit trees 50-75% off

 

RSVP here

http://www.meetup.com/Indiana-Disaster-Preparedness/events/128496512//

Why paying a consultant may be worth it.

Some may call me cheap, frugal, a tightwad even, but with today’s financial issues spending money on a consultant may make some people shake their head but that is exactly what I plan on doing.  Let me try to explain.

Consultants typically have a specialized field and have gained their knowledge through both education and experience. Often consultants are the rogues from corporate world who either weren’t challenged enough or we not able to execute their ides because of corporate bureaucracy and red tape.  They often get frustrated and consult rather than be suppressed. Let their creativity and nontraditional role be an asset for your needs.

Consultants may have connections you don’t. Often consultants have been in their field for years and have made great connections that you either don’t know about or cannot gain access to. For example, in permaculture earthworks knowing a skilled person with a 30 ton excavator can be the different of a 4 hr job and a 2 week job. This difference could save you hundreds if not thousands and time and energy. If you want to build a new addition to your building, who can you get into a room to review permits, look at designs, and get it all started in one day if you have never added onto a building before?

Connections usually come with references. Most good consultants will give references or testimony from past clients. Contact these past clients and find out about the person. Will they be the right match for you and your needs?  Brick and mortar companies are there to make money. They have overheads they need to cover. Consultants typically don’t and are looking for that referrals and testimonials to get the next client. They want to do the very best for you and get your repeat business.

Consultants have typically been there done that. Either from past experiences from prior positions held or from experience with other clients, consultants have usually seen a wide range of situations and topics. This both variability and repetition allows them to address a wider range of issues and adapt if necessary better than a specific business. For instance, it you are wanting to put in fencing for animals. Did you want traditional farming, paddock shift, mob grazing, free range? A properly trained consultant can give you the options and what works best for your individual situation if you have never raised livestock before. Fencing can be expensive, but the loss of livestock due to inadequate fencing could be a disaster.

Consultants are fixed duration. As opposed to hiring a full time or even part time employee for a project or situation, a consultant can come and go as you need them. If you need work for a project 3-4 times a year, but in-between there is not enough work, consider the consultant. They can come in help, and return with the knowledge when needed again.

Consultants have resources you may not. This could be in the form of knowledge, but also software, tools, documentation, or access to documentation. It could be a 3D printer, CAD software, access to a government database of information, or maps and charts. The consultant needs this information regularly, and your need may be a onetime event. This resource could be too costly to invest in the particular resource or resources and the project doesn’t move forward.

Consultants can save you money. Having the knowledge from a good consultant can sometimes save you double or more if you didn’t hire them. Between the knowledge, connections, and resources a consultant may be worth the time and money investing in.

Recently I evaluated the costs of hiring a consultant vs. doing the project on my own. While I have researched and understand what I want to accomplish, I wanted the opinion and advice of someone who has done this before, and done it for a living. They had made connections I didn’t even begin to know where to start, They knew the ins and outs about regulations that would have taken me hours to try and go through. They had firsthand knowledge of what product NOT to buy because of failure rates. While I could have discovered all this on my own, there is a cost associated with my own time. If I considered my own hourly rate the consultant will have saved me 5-6 times what I will spend.

Herb Blurb – Aloe Vera, a wonder plant.

Aloe has many uses beyond the treatment of sunburn. Aloe is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Some people are not aware that you can eat aloe and use it’s juices. Aloe is also loaded with between 18-20 amino acids and contains sterols such as HCL cholesterol which lowers fats in the blood. Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. Because it is a gelatinous plant, it can help remove wastes from the body as it moves through the digestion tract. It is a known vulnerary, (meaning it helps heal wounds) and is great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even to bug bites. Aloe acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. Aloe is a Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral. Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation. Improving your digestion, and detoxifying your will have a secondary effect in promoting weight loss.

We now have several plants available for sale. $5 per plant. Use the contact us page for details.

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For sale/Barter

We have updated site to include a product list which is growing and as more items are added we will update the lists. We will also be selling herbs, produce and eggs in the near future. Stay tuned.

We are also going to start a barter list with existing customer and new customers as a way to get services and items you want with spending cash directly.

Planting Barrel V 2.0

So I took the time and redesigned what was a strawberry barrel and no came up with a planting barrel. You can put so much more than just strawberries in them. If you are limited on space, you just want to maximize space, or wanting a new way to display your flowering plants this could work. And bonus it has a built in composter/fertilizer in the center. In 2′ garden space there is not 60 different planting sites.

All of the steps are available for sale.

I started with a 55 gal white food grade barrel with the top cut off. These are available for $20

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Next I drilled drainage holes in the bottom. Also available for $20 and can be used for a potato barrel. You could probably get 3-4 layers of potatoes in one barrel, around 30-60 lbs of potatoes.

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Next pilot holes along the outside edge for cutting the holes.

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Using a jigsaw  I cut approximately 9″ lines between the holes but not connecting them.

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Using a blowtorch I softened the plastic and inserted empty wine bottles to hold the shape until the plastic cools. Do this in a well ventilated area, and make sure the caps are off the bottles. Learned that one hard way. If the bottles heat up and the cork/lids are still on they can explode from the pressure.

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You have to keep the row above filled with bottles while forming the second one down. As you heat the plastic the upper pockets will start to close.

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Here is the completed barrel with composted in the center and filled with compost/mulch mix ready to be planted. I plan on making this into a salad/herb garden, with varieties of lettuce, cooking herbs, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes. I will publish and post once the plants start to develop.

These are available for $70 empty,

$80 full of compost/mix,

$90 with composter and prepopulated with worms.

$120 filled with strawberries and all of the above

$150 filled with salad and cooking herb mix.

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These are made to order and some plants may not be available. Allow 2-3 days from order to availability. There may be an increased price based on plants requested. Delivery is also available and there may be a fee based on distance from SR 135 and Stop 11.

To order or ask questions use the contact us page or the consulting page.