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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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Episode-1976- Why I Switched to Aquaponics

A Simple Flood and Drain Bed Made With a 14 Gallon Mixing Tray

Right out of the gate “switched” may not be the best word here, but it certainly applies to my growing of annual vegetables.  It may have been a better title to have said, “Why I Changed My Mind About Aquaponics.  Today I want to take a new look at aquaponics and try to demystify it a bit so that it is a bit more approachable at the small end of the scale to anyone.

The reality though is until recently I always looked at aquaponics this way, “what a great thing, for other people to do”.  I wasn’t opposed to it, I just had my own ways and well they worked.  Well until I moved to this limestone ledge we call a farm.

I met a good friend named David and he told me how much food they were producing on their small property and together we designed the systems I now run on my property.  Today I will talk about them and give you some simple ways to get started for a few hundred dollars with 100% off the shelf prices.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • What is aquaponics in a nut shell
  • The three main grow beds and what they are best for
    • Ebb and Flow (aka flood and drain)
    • Deep Water Raft
    • Wicking Beds
  • Additional components
    • Choosing a Pump
    • What makes a bulkhead a good bulkhead
    • The basics of a bell siphon
  • A simple flood and drain system and a few options on building it
    • 100 Gallon Stock Tank with 4 Ebb and Flow Beds $310.00
    • 150 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $460.00
    • 3 x 100 Gallon Stock Tanks with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $560.00
    • 300 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $570.00
    • Add $90.00 to the above prices for the larger pump
    • Incorporating deep water or wicking into these designs
  • The value of shade cloth or eastern sun and western shade
  • Some additional ideas and thoughts
    • Adding a duck weed biofilter bed
    • How to make an “aquarium siphon”
    • Protecting your pump with a bucket or a bag
    • When IBCs make a lot of sense
    • Lava Rock, Expanded Shale and Expanded Clay Pebbles
    • Plant propagation with ebb and flow
    • Replanting produce with ebb and flow
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

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Episode-1943- Peter Allen Off Grid Living and Regenerative Farming

Peter and His Kiddo Living the Dream On Farm!

Peter brings his ecological background to his farming practice. He spent a decade at UW-Madison, teaching courses in ecology and complex systems theory, and researching the history and functioning of midwestern ecosystems.

He realized the critical role that animals play in the creation and maintenance of functional ecosystems. He also realized that in order to achieve broad-scale ecological restoration, it must be an economical viable pursuit. He therefore became determined to work with livestock toward ecological regeneration, and Mastodon Valley Farm was born.

Now he spends his days observing and interacting with an increasing diversity of plants and animals working in concert towards the abundant production of food, medicine, fiber, lumber, and energy. He continues to teach through our on-farm courses and consults with other landowners interested in implementing regenerative techniques on their own sites.

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Episode-1942- Edible Ornamentals – Growing Food in Plain Site Even in an HOA

So today I stopped by the TSP Zello channel to say hello and ask for topic suggestions.  There were some great ones but most required me to spend a few days to put together, this one though I can get ready for in about an hour, so it is our topic of the day.

I also like this topic because this is a common problem I hear about from many people.  I want to grow food, I really think my front yard is best but I live in an HOA and the blue hairs will get me, etc.  Additionally growing food in a front yard even without an HOA may be something people want to keep a bit unadvertised for a variety of reasons.

Also while I will discuss some specific plants to grow today I will spend a lot of time on technique.  In general what people (okay idiots) object with front yard gardens isn’t the specific plants, because they don’t know know a beet plant from a hosta in the first place, they object to the pattern, people identify patterns.

In fact the entire sickness of the HOA mentality is an obsession with uniformity of pattern.  A McMansion is supposed to look a certain way, cars should be in garages, grass should be mowed and edged, etc.  Drive up and down any HOA style neighborhood and you will see a modern Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, 5 or six houses repeted over and over with some variances of color.  Mail boxes lined up a certain way, etc.  This sickness once understood becomes our weapon of choice.

Join Me Today To Discuss….

  • Understanding HPOS (HOA Pattern Obsession Syndrome)
  • Know the rules, percentage of grass, number of trees, height restrictions, etc.
  • Switch to an organic program for lawn maintenance -see links for this below
  • Measure your working area and deign in islands and edges within the rules
  • Install irrigation to all locations, drip is best if you can do so
  • Do use things like landscape fabric and mulches, (natural)
  • Look at what your neighbors do, mimic the patterns
  • Plant non edibles with your edibles
  • Use dwarf or semi dwarf trees, shrubs and bushes
  • Definitely grow annuals though out the season with succession planting
  • Give away some easy to grow “pretty plants” like Rainbow Chard
  • Build retaining walls for deeper fills of soil
  • Utilize edges, as this is expected by people with HPOS
  • Utilize large containers
    • Some Great Annuals to Grow in this System
      • Herbs especially purple basil
      • Rainbow Chard
      • Red Beets – for the tops
      • Sweet Potato – as a ground cover
      • Calendula
      • Nasturtium
      • Ornamental Hot Peppers
      • Various lettuces
      • Scarlet Runner Beans
      • Kale
    • Perennials
      • Dwarf Pomegranite
      • Dwarf Peach
      • Blueberries
      • Feijoa
      • Figs
      • Chives
      • Day Lilies
      • Roses
      • Nanking or Hanson’s Cherry
      • Dwarf Mulberry – keep it pruned below bird usage
  • Remember in the end, the key is stay in the rules and stay in the pattern
  • Oh, get the hell out of that HOA ASAP

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Episode-1896- Dan Ohmann on Raising Sheep

Learn More at GrassFedHomestead.com

Learn More at GrassFedHomestead.com

Dan left his successful career in law enforcement and relocated his family from Atlanta to the Inland Northwest to pursue their dream of homesteading. Dan practices a primal lifestyle and uses permaculture principles and techniques to develop his new 10 acre homestead from scratch.

His primary motivation in pursuing this lifestyle is to provide his family with the healthiest, high-quality, nutrient-dense, food while doing so in a sustainable, regenerative manner that enhances their resiliency and adds value to the community.

Dan has taken Geoff Lawton’s online PDC, the PermaEthos PDC, and several other workshops under the sustainable agriculture umbrella. Dan is putting this knowledge to work raising sheep for meat and a small flock of chickens and ducks.

Dan also taught himself video production skills and has worked on Justin Rhodes’ “Permaculture Chickens” film (promotional editing) and his new “10 Hour Homestead” Course as well as filming and editing content for Gary Collins of the Primal Power Method. Dan is currently producing a daily YouTube “vlog” – The Grass-fed Homestead – documenting the establishment of the homestead.

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