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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-2051- The Future of Housing and Intentional Communities

Since TSP announced the original Permaethos Model, Rob Kish has been working to make it a reality- with a few twists. He is a Manufacturing Engineer Technician for a medical equipment manufacturer and uses Permaculture troubleshooting methodology in an industry dominated by lean manufacturing to reduce costs and labor.

He joins us today to discuss my original vision for PermaEthos, a vision that never was achieved and frankly never attempted.

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1400 Gallon Timber Frame Tank Aquatic System Build

This project was a long time coming, I transformed a platform we had built for a water catchment tank into a 1400ish gallon fish tank using a EDPM liner.

The system currently has 4 ebb and flow beds but this is not true aquaponics but rather an aquatic system using a aquaponics component as a bio filtration system.

The body of this is built with 4×4 pressure treated lumber designed for ground contact.  The first layer is 4 inches below grade and held into the limestone with 12 inch hot dipped galvanized spikes, which were aided in penetration by hammer drilling into the limestone layer.  The other layers are each attached with 20, 6-inch galvanized spikes per course (5 per piece of lumber).  Translation it isn’t going anyway.

Plans now include creating a floating plant island to prevent floating plants from being pummeled by the overflows and aeration wand.    Adding cinder block towers and benches for emergent vegetation and of course adding a lot more fish.  We also need to do some plain old landscaping around the area to make things look better now that the heavy part of the project is done.

Episode-2027- Twelve Overlooked Vegetables for the Garden

Purple Tomatillo – An Overlooked Garden All Star

In the spring and early summer talk a walk in the garden section of any big store or even typical smaller plant nurseries.  Mostly you see peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and a few other veggies and herbs.

There are so many other options though and many are tougher than our stand alone favorites.  Fore instance so many people love growing tomatoes but in many areas they are plagued by early and late blight.  You can usually get a decent yield and then you hit a wall, well why not grow tomatillos instead.  They make fantastic salsa, are great grilled and are pretty much immune to most disease and pests.

Today we walk though 12 such options for your garden and in most of the country there is still time to get these guys up and running for your fall planting.

Join Us Today To Discuss these 12 Overlooked Garden Edibles…

  • Tomatillos
  • Sweet Potato
  • Egg Plant
  • Arugula
  • Swiss Chard
  • Amaranth
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Orach
  • Ground Cherry
  • Lambs Quarters
  • Purslane
  • Nasturtium

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Episode-2023- Charlie Mohr on Hole Nesting Bees for Pollination

The Summer Leaf Cutter Bee, A Bee You Can Raise this Year on Your Property

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Charlie Mohr is part of a Washington State business called Crown Bees that opened their doors in 2008. Their mission is to provide more food for the world using hole-nesting gentle bees.

Crown Bees supplies native bees, products, and great education through an online website and hundreds of nurseries across the US and Canada.

One of their key features is that they care about what they sell. They send out a monthly BeeMail newsletter telling their readers exactly what to do and expect each month for raising hole-nesting bees.

Today we discuss how you can raise hole nesting bees on  your property to improve bio diversity and pollination with as little as 45 minutes to one hour of work per year, yes YEAR on your own property.

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Episode-2001- Carlos Villamar on Aquaponics and the Chinese Solar Greenhouse

Carlos Villamar joins us to discuss DIY Aquaponics using the Chinese solar greenhouse and black soldier fly composter and auto fish feeder.

The greenhouse system, including a solar greenhouse insulated on north, east and west sides and with glazing on a south side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing a fish tank along with grow beds coupled to the fish tank.

The grow beds each including a geyser pump powered by an air pump to pump water from the fish tank to the grow bed and aerate water of the fish tank, and a bell siphon to drain the water from the grow bed back into the fish tank.

By trade Carlos is a attorney specializing in the practice of Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and computer and internet law along with being an avid permaculturalist.

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New YouTube Videos 4-25-17

We have added four new videos to the YouTube channel.  They cover some stuff with the ducks, clipping goose wings and naturalized vegetables on Nine Mile Farm.

First on Season Three – Episode Sixteen – Little Ducks Have Joined the Big Ducks on the Homestead Scene we start at the gate, the gate to the holding area that is as the big ducks and little ducks have been fully integrated.  We then travel a bit around the property and finish up with a little look at things in the aviary.

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Then on Season Three – Episode Seventeen – The Young Ducks Have Settled into the Routine  we visit the young ducks and the old timers at bath time.  It is getting to a point where we can’t call them babies any longer.

We also take a look at how they are working the land and laying a lot of the tall grass flat, controlling the undergrowth but keeping the ground covered.

We stop by the mulberry trees for a late breakfast of both black and white berries.

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Then in this follow up video to Episode Seventeen of The Duck Chronicles we find the mystery plant was just scarlet Nantes carrot that has gone naturalized on my property.

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This final one was actually recorded in the fall of 2014 and got lost, I found it doing some clean up on my PC today and rendered it out for youtube.  It is us rustling up the geese and clipping their wings.

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Episode-1986- Perennial Vegetables for your Homestead

“Bloody Dock” – A Beautiful and Edible Perennial Most People Have Never Heard Of

Today we are going to turn our focus on food production in our own back yards.  The plants I will describe here are wonderful for growing in just about any environment.  And even though they are perennials most will do find in containers and wicking beds, etc.  Indeed a few are custom made for such applications though normally not grown that way.

Perennials are wonderful because they either come back on their own every year or they require very minimal effort to assure their return each year.  Many are even considered weeds or a nuisance by the unknowing.  Yep a plant that requires minimal work, self propagates and is good to eat we have come to see as a weed.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • How we define perennial vs how we should define it as growers
  • Twelve Plants you should be growing for trouble free food production
    1. Bloody Dock (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    2. Ostrich Fern (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    3. Scarlet Runner Beans (True Perennial to Zone 6 with heavy mulch) – Source
    4. Sorrel (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    5. Jerusalem Artichoke (Behaves Like a Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    6. Lambs Quarters (Behaves Like a Perennial to Zone 4 and possibly Zone 3) – Source
    7. Day Lilies (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    8. Good King Henry (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    9. Egyptian Onions (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    10. Horse Radish (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    11. New Zealand Spinach (True Perennial to Zone 7 or Zone 6) – Source
    12. Lovage (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source

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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-1977- Meat Rabbit Management with Tiffany VanderBie

Happy Rabbits at Vanderbie Farms

Tiffany is an owner/operator of VanderBie Farms with her husband Jesse. They have been raising meat rabbits (among goats, chickens, quail, and bees) on their farm for about 3 years now.  They take pride in their work and always strive to produce the best that they can.

Today Tiffany joins us to discuss how they manage their rabbitry.  Why they got into rabbits in the fist place.  Selecting animal for breeding, processing meat animals and deciding when to cull or pass on breeders.

We also discuss some awesome recipes for cooking rabbit meat.  We also talk about some new plans that Tiffany has for her homestead along with the importance of moving slowly when starting out and fully nailing down one form of livestock before adding another.

Today We Answer Questions Like…

  • How Tiffany’s rabbitry is set up
  • How to choose your rabbits (either buying or keepers)
  • The way to cull and process your rabbits
  • How to properly breed rabbits
  • How long gestation, kindling, and weaning take
  • How to market rabbits for sale
  • Some good recipes for rabbit meat
  • How to keep track of the rabbits? (Records, tattoos, etc.)

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