June 30, 2010

Farmers Wanted - No Experience Necessary

Farmers Wanted

Apply via e-mail to ruralrose@msn.com. In your letter, include who you are and what you want for the future, your skills and limitations and what you require in exchange for your services.

On our farm, daily chores could include:
woodworking, carpentry, masonry work,
small engine and automotive mechanics, welding,
taking care of sick and baby animals,

feeding/watering/moving animals (rabbits, goats,
turkeys, chickens, pigs, worms), collecting eggs, goat
milking and help with kidding, hunting, fishing,
harvesting/preserving herbs/mushrooms, fruits and
vegetables, cooking/baking, cleaning, cutting
firewood, selective logging, planting/watering crops,
butchering/cutting/wrapping, smoking meat and sausage
making, collecting/spreading fertilizer,
working with
leather, running a chipper,
starting seeds/propagating, making wine/cheese/tofu,
setting up hydro-power for farm, irrigation projects,
fencing, predator patrol, tree
pruning/grafting, beekeeping, weed pulling, value-added processing, and selling to customers.

Urban Food Rural Food

The Compost Diary

The Spin on Urban Agriculture
By Spring Gillard on June 30, 2010

Please click the link to read this article. I think it is time to start taking food security seriously.

Ruralrose said:

I am so happy to see an opening for dialogue on this subject. I am a farmer who works orchards, grapevines, raised bed vegetable gardens, and acres of widcrafted herbs, berries, mushrooms and flowers.

Maturity is the key to food production. The 40 year old vines produce hundreds of pounds of organic green seedless grapes without our effort. We make more jelly, juice, wine, and raisins than we can use. We give them away and feed them to our free range poultry and still there are so many they rot in piles under the vine. It is the same for apples, plums, pears, berries and tomatoes. I have started many trees like olives and exotic fruit like paw paw too since we have the rooms to grow them.

Unlike fruit production, vegetable production is hard work. For this reason we only grow the vegetables we are going to eat. Workers are available but it is risky to invest in perishables without a reliable market.

It is isolated here and everyone who wants fresh food grows their own, leaving no market for sales. Hawking at the farmer's market puts me in competition with my neighbor, dividing the small consumer dollar even further. Many farmers are in the same boat.

Any ideas?


June 06, 2010

Geologists Rockhounds -What is this rock?

Can anyone help me identify this rock I found today.

Butterfly Drinking Deeply


The best time to get rid of unwanted plants is while the left side of the moon is lit. At this time most plants are concentrating on their flowers and seeds, weeds that normally won't budge when pulled, come out easily. Seed heads allow to mature now will surely drop their seed during the next moon phase. It is also the time to prune to discourage growth. How can I use this to my advantage?

Well let's look at the lowly comfrey plant. It is a perennial who self sows readily, although valueable in it's own right can quickly overtake a garden space. You are best to catch the little seedlings before they develop much of a root. Once established they are very hard to get rid of.
I cut my flowers off 3 times a year.

They are a wonderful plant for attracting bees to the garden. Comfrey is used as a medicinal herb. It also speeds up decomposition in the compost. I use it to mulch, or smother, weeds around other plants too.