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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The farmers restoring Hawaii’s ancient food forests that once fed an island | Hawaii | The Guardian Unlike industrial agriculture, diversity is key: there are nine varieties of avocado and coconuts, three native bananas, six sweet potatoes and 27 types of kalo in orange, purple and brown. Some...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    If there was a river near you that wasn't advised to drink raw, just like most rivers on earth, could you build a farm next to a river and have a successful harvest of food and weed? Isn't this how the ancient sumerians and ancient Egyptians grew their crops and poppy plants?
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    ‘I don’t know how we’ll survive’: the farmers facing ruin in America’s ‘forever chemicals’ crisis | Maine | The Guardian disaster struck in December. The couple learned the farm’s previous owner had decades earlier used PFAS-tainted sewage sludge, or “biosolids”, as fertilizer on Songbird’s...
  4. Food and water
    You ever go to Reddit and read some of the kids posts? What a mess. Will we have enuf young farmers coming up to feed America?
  5. Off Topic Lounge
    https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/scientists-propose-tax-on-meat-and-livestock-to-help-avert-future-pandemics Yeah you read that right. I understand their argument but taxes will not slow the demand. Never let a crisis go to waste.:rolleyes: And I don't like the new smilies.
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    You want to grow plenty of potatoes but limited in space?
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    http://www.startribune.com/for-tech-weary-midwest-farmers-40-year-old-tractors-now-a-hot-commodity/566737082/ farmers are buying older tractors easier maintenance much cheaper to fix/maintain/run than newer stuff (tractors, like cars, getting computerized.) quote; “There’s an affinity factor...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    What is a prepsteader? It is someone who combines prepping and homesteading. However, the complete answer is a little more complicated. To see the whole picture we need to go back to at least the 1970s, or maybe the early 1980s. What we consider prepping today was everyday life during the...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Potatoes were supposed to be planted two weeks ago, but the garden area is one step from being a marsh. If I were to put the tractor in the field, it would probably get stuck. If I were to use the tiller, I would be tilling mud. Here in southeast Texas, we have barely gone 3 or 4 days without...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Let's hear some tips for changing tractor implements. The sway bars, one side is adjustable, the other side is not. Well, not really adjustable, just it can be adjusted to level the implements. I connect the side that is not adjustable first. Pull the tractor forward or backward until the...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is genetic diversity in your seed stockpile a consideration? I know a lot of people here save their seeds, and that is great. However, wouldn't using the same cross pollinated seeds over and over create a genetic bottle neck? To prevent this, I try to buy my seeds from various sources. In...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This is not a hog that lives in the bushes. It is a tractor mounted piece of farm equipment used for cutting brush and grass. This is how farmers keep their fields cut. Safety first. the shaft that sticks out of the rear of the tractor is what powers the blades of the bush hog, this is...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have been experimenting with growing some Beauregard sweet potatoes, this summer. They came in slips and I was wondering, what is to stop me from just plucking off a part of the vine and starting new slips? Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm sure I can get the vine to grow, but...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In the latter part of 2016 I started clearing old fence lines, pulling up old fence, cutting trees, clearing brush... to make way for a new fence. I have not worked on the fence line for a over a month. There are a couple of reasons for the negligent, we have been getting a lot of rain and I...
  15. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Article was written for people who have no experience around a farm. http://www.alloutdoor.com/2017/05/05/preppers-resources-around-rural-farm/ Topics covered: Seeds Farm equipment Fruit trees Livestock Water
  16. Wisconsin
    I was wondering about Wisconsin livestock laws. I came across this form: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/PremisesRegistrationApp.pdf Somebody told me that if we own livestock, that you must register with the state with the types of animals, numbers of each, etc. Can somebody please shed some...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Article I put together on AllOutdoor about farm tractor attachments. Brush hog Disk Middle buster Row maker Grapple Bucket Auger Check out the article in the above link and let me know what you think.
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have goats and sheep, or one or the other? What is good to plant for them? I would like something that I do not have to plant every year. I am looking at getting short haired sheep. Pasture will be around seven acres. There is a lot of underbrush on the area right now. Lots of...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of years I have been wanting to fence in a few acres for goats, sheep and maybe a couple of cattle. The fence is just going to be barbed wire. Sections of telephone poles for corner post. I decided to start the project. I picked one corner where the fence is going and...
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