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Episode-2088- Lessons and Planning from the first 3/4s of 2017

The Timber Frame Pond – AKA “Miyagi Pond” is the Nine Mile Farm Home Run of 2017

Here are Nine Mile Farm we have pretty much settled into our selected systems on a lot of things at this point almost 5 years into the journey.  Our ducks run on a clock work like system, feeding, paddock shifting, egg collection, etc are all quite fine tuned at this point.

The trees require very little maintenance and most of our desired infrastructure is now installed.  Still we are constantly trying and testing out new things.  This year we have found some really great gems of knowledge and we have also come up with some quite refined plans for our future.

A lot of the new stuff is going to be built in winter, because here in north Texas that is the most pleasant time of year for construction work and out door projects.  Today I am going to do an old school sort of “chat with Jack” episode on what has worked well this year and where we are taking that knowledge to in the future.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • The aviary and aquaponics system has become a great asset in need of tweaking
  • The timber frame pond (Miyagi) is the most trouble free aquatic system I’ve built
  • Thai water spinach is an amazing and delicious plant
  • Peppers do fantastic at 60% shade here in Texas anyway
  • Tomato blight continues to be the bane of my existence
  • Elevated ponds and gardens are the way forward due to the ducks
  • Our in ground pond is pretty much a disaster, we may have to nuke it
  • Bluegill and other sunfish are about the most trouble free and economically viable protein here in Texas
  • Bullheads do not seem to be a good aquaponics option
  • A Steven Harris Battery Bank and a cooler make a great live well
  • Plans for this winter
    • Build a bigger, better Miyagi
    • Grow out koi for the Miyagi’s
    • Develop a large wicking bed system that is 100% duck proof
    • Design a planting plan for the new and old systems
    • Meat chicken run in 2018, no new ducks this time
    • Take another go at the orchard that failed
    • Duck Free Zones and an Outdoor Kitchen
    • Look to simplify systems and automate everything
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2066- Joel Salatin with War Stories from the Local Food Front

Joel Salatin and his family own Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featured in the iconic foodie book Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning film FOOD INC., the farm’s moniker is “healing the land one bite at a time.” A prolific author (12 books to date) and speaker, he promotes local food systems, freedom of food choice, and farming systems that build the commons.

Joel joins us today to discuss his book, “Everything I Want to do Is Illegal” and what he calls, “War Stories from the Local Food Front”, also one of his books.

We will discuss what Joel’s farm produces and how he produces it.  The biggest impediment to the success of small farms and how to balance concerns about food safety with common sense.  What is missing in food choice for consumers today, the issue of “food sovereignty” and more.

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Episode-1982- John Suscovich on Pastured Poultry

John Suscovich is a farmer by passion and profession. A jack of all trades, John has found a niche that scratches every itch with perennial plants and rotational livestock.

He is an operating member of The Food Cycle, LLC which runs Camps Road Farm, Kent Falls Brewing Company, and Neversink Spirits. John is also the Founder and Creative Director of Farm Marketing Solutions, LLC. FMS seeks to educate and inspire the next generation of farmers.

His passions are feeding people, spending time with family, and taking long walks through the pasture.

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Episode-1696- Rob Kaiser on NRCS High Tunnel Grants

robRob Kaiser is the founder and owner of Deliberate Living Systems, LLC.  Rob holds an Applied Science degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where his studies focused on Landscape Contracting & Construction and Nursery Management.

He completed an internship in Colorado, and remained there for several years, working for two different tree farm operations. During this time, he was very involved in outdoor recreation and was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club.

During his twenties, Rob transitioned into residential and commercial landscape design, installation and maintenance. He gained experience working and living in Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina. While In Ohio, Rob began studying Landscape Design at Cleveland State in 2004 while employed at Cahoon Nursery. After moving to Western North Carolina, Rob earned the title of Certified Plant Professional. He actively hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains and ran his first 10k Trail Run at the Bent Creek Classic in 2005.

At the age of 30, Rob shifted towards career growth and development and began working in the field of forestry consulting. His work began with Geographic Information System (GIS) based Utility Vegetation Management, and led to include Urban Forest Inventories, Wildfire Mitigation Grant Compliance Inspections and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Storm Debris Monitoring program operations. Rob traveled all over the United States and gained experience working in a variety of biomes and ecosystems.

He currently resides in Medina County, near Litchfield. Today, he applies his extensive experience in the green industry several different ways. Rob works as a Nursery Sales Representative, Market Gardener, Permaculture Designer and Consultant, Author and Community Organizer. His goal is to work with others to share the knowledge and skills needed to live a healthy, positive and beneficial life.

Rob joins us today to talk about his recent experience in procuring a grant for the purchase and installation of a High Tunnel via the NRCS, his venture into market farming and other NRCS programs that can help new farmers get off the ground.

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Episode-1526- Luke Callahan on Building a Micro Greens Business

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke’s mission is to help you become a successful entrepreneur. He understands that local, value driven businesses are the foundation of resilient communities. In order to create more successful businesses, we need more entrepreneurs like yourself. And, more importantly, we need you to succeed. Luke, is committed to helping you succeed.

Luke is the founder of Nightlight Farms, a purveyor of Microgreens in Portland, Oregon. His hands-on experience of growing and selling Microgreens at local farmer’s markets and restaurants has provided Luke with the knowledge and expertise involved in building a successful business. This success lead Luke to write the book “The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.”

Luke is also the co-founder of SeedWise.com – The marketplace for non-GMO seeds and plants. The mission of SeedWise is to facilitate the exchange of seeds and plants in order to increase our cultivated genetic biodiversity.

To learn more about Luke, check out localbusinessplans.com

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Episode-1493- Adventures in Raising Ducks

Duck's Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

A Duck’s Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

Our duck activities have garnered a lot of requests for a full show on just ducks.  So today I will do my best.  I have been reluctant to do so for a few reasons.  The first is ducks are a new thing to me. I  grew up caring at least at times for chickens and geese.  I know their requirements well.

While I observed lots of semi wild muscovies in Florida, I was not responsible for their care other than feeding them surplus fishing bait.  As of right now my direct experience in duck husbandry is about 8 months long.  This spring we purchased our little ducks, we lost some but now we have 25 happy adults.  I have had good results but credit the ducks more than myself with that.

Leading me to the second reason, there just isn’t much to it unless you go out of your way to create work for yourself.  Rain and cold can kill a chicken, it makes a duck happy.  Ducks travel in groups, if you get one headed the right direction, pretty much everyone follows.  They forage, they eat, they poop, they quack and they lay eggs.  Unless you are breeding show quality birds or something there isn’t a lot to it.  At least that is how it feels at times.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why the duck is much easier to care for than a chicken
    • Loves cold
    • Loves rain
    • Easy to fence
    • Light on land
    • Herding is possible
    • Hunts as a pack
    • Cool manure
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • The not so great side of ducks
    • Messy
    • Single minded stubborness
    • Noisy
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • Duck breeds I am working with
    • Cayugas
    • Hybrid Layers
    • Rouens
    • Runners (various)
    • Khaki Campbell
    • Swedish (may be?)
    • Muscovy
  • Best All Around Breeds (my opinion based on research)
    • Meat – Pekins or Grimaud Hybrid Pekin – Jumbo Pekin
    • Eggs – Hybrid 300 Layers (gold or white)
    • Self Propagating Dual Purpose – Muscovy
    • Dual Purpose – Buff (aka Buff Orpington)
  • Duck eggs and why they rock
    • Ducks are born with 1500 ovum vs. the 1000 of a chicken
    • Ducks are good layers for 3-4 seasons
    • 6x the Vitamin D, 2x the Vitamin A, of chickens
    • 2x the cholesterol in duck eggs vs chicken eggs (good cholesterol)
    • Higher fat and energy content (good fat)
    • Thick, viscus yolks (beautiful over easy/medium)
    • Better for baking if that is your thing
    • Less likely to break yolks, or accidentally crack one
  • The basics of raising and managing ducks
    • “Experts say space the same as chickens
    • 4 sf per duck in “coop” 10 sf per duck in “yard”
    • Ducks don’t “perch” except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • Fencing can be 3 feet high except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • I don’t use laying boxes because the ducks don’t seem to care
    • Generally most eggs are laid by 730ish am
    • Provide water, they shit it up FAST
    • A ducks personality tends to be the sum of its flock personality
  • Hatching young ducks
    • If you can get a mom to do it, let her do it
    • Incubation is the same as chickens, it just takes longer
    • Store eggs for up to 10 days, then start all of them together
    • Day 1-25 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 26-28 98.5 no turning
    • Day 1-33 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 33-35 98.5 no turning (muscovy)
  • Brooding young ducks
    • Expect to brood for 3-5 weeks depending on season
    • Provide heat on one end of brooder
    • Spend a lot of time with them if you want them “tame”
    • Feed them chick starter
    • They can go into a “tractor” in good weather as early as 2 weeks
    • Do not introduce them to the main flock until they are at least 60% grown
    • Develop a drain system for water
    • No “bathing water” until 2 weeks
    • They MUST be able to dunk their heads in water
    • Some will die, accept it
  • Final thoughts
    • If you incubate get a good incubator
    • Beware of “Tractor Supply Disease”
    • eFowl and Metzer are great places to order
    • Just do it, it isn’t hard

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fuyuBob Wells Plant of the Week – Fuyu Persimmon – The Fuyu Persimmon tree is highly adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10.

They are medium size, flat shape, still crunchy when ripe, non-astringent.  This means “bletting” isn’t required.

Cool or hot climate. Hardy, attractive tree, practically pest free. It ripens in the fall and is Self-fruitful.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.

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Episode-1460- The Effective Marketing of a Permaculture Farm with Stefan Sobkowiak

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s Steven returns to TSP to discuss the multidimensional harvest of a permaculture farm or orchard and how to effectively market the production profitably.

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Episode-1121- Darby Simpson on Pastured Poultry and Pork and Grass Fed Beef

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

Darby Simpson is the owner of Simpson Family Farm, a 7th generation family farm (1828-present) and a lifelong Indiana resident Darby grew up not realy learning anything about farming, became a mechanical engineer.

He worked in the engineering field from 1994-2010. Began small scale pastured based meat farming (Joel Salatin style) in 2007. Grew the business while continuing to work off farm full time. In 2010 like many Americans he lost his job due to the recession and took the farm full time. The farm now provides his family with a full time income.

Today he joins us to discuss some follow up on his first interview.  We will first go deeply into pastured poultry and discuss some of the new options for broilers that are superior for pasturing to the Cornish crosses.  We will discuss the difference between raising birds for homestead use vs. for market and why you should start small either way.

We will also discus pastured pork, grass fed beef and the views both Darby and I share on the future of farming.  The importance of supporting you local farmers, the opportunity in local and healthy foods and more.

We will also discuss Darby’s new business in consulting with people starting out with small scale farming or homesteading.  His new website is at DarbySimpson.com and remember he provides a discount to MSM Members as well.

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Episode-832- Darby Simpson on Full Time “Beyound Organic” Farming

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

A Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm

Darby Simpson is the owner of Simpson Family Farm, a 7th generation family farm (1828-present) and a lifelong Indiana resident Darby grew up not realy learning anything about farming, became a mechanical engineer.

He worked in the engineering field from 1994-2010.  Began small scale pastured based meat farming (Joel Salatin style) in 2007.  Grew the business while continuing to work off farm full time. In 2010 like many Americans he lost his job due to the recession and took the farm full time.  The farm now provides his family with a full time income.

Darby’s family began homeschooling in 2011, and his family is now together everyday.   In his words.

“We have a blessed life.  I feel like Neo in the Matrix: I’ve unplugged from what society told me my life was supposed to look like – public school, college, cubical, fast food lifestyle.”

Today he joins us to discuss small scale, beyond organic production of pastured based meats & eggs (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, eggs) for the homesteader or for someone looking to begin their own business (full or part time).

 

Episode-647- 12 Methods of Individual Food Production

Today I think we need to really begin to think about individual food production.  I 100% meant what I said yesterday about fearing future food shortages and as a result skyrocketing food prices.  America was once a “nation of farmers”, yet I think that statement gets misunderstood.

In our nation of farmer, yes, there were many true farmers in the way we generally think of the word.  Families who farmed more than 100 acres and literally earned their living from their land.  Yet at the same time countless men were tradesman and professionals as a primary source of income but still maintained a “farm” from a few to a few dozen acres.

These farms fed their families and raised additional income by selling surplus.  They also preserved much of the harvest to deal with winter shortages and other hard times.  Somewhere along the way the time clock and next promotion began to bury the small farms in the new reality of suburbia.  Yet even in the initial stages of suburbia the spirit lived on for a while.   Today we must continue to rekindle our roots as producers of food.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What became of our “nation of farmers”
  • Methods of individual food production
    1. Conventional gardening
    2. Guerrilla gardening
    3. Foraging
    4. Hunting
    5. Fishing
    6. Trapping
    7. Plant and forget
    8. Small Livestock
    9. Permaculture
    10. Aquaponics
    11. Container Gardening
    12. Food preservation

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