Wednesday, November 14, 2007
http://www.growfish.com.au/content.asp?contentid=595here is a link to all the lucious imported poisions in fish .. you know, fish we are supposed to eat more of for the benefits? here is a list of the products that china continues to send us... who needs Al Queda... we will harm ourselves by the products we buy . Not to mention what we will allow our kids to ingest... lead... GHB when does it end?When do we stand up and STOP buying the things we dont read the labels of !!!We shop at Wally world because its cheap not because its safe... well how bout if you stood up for your children, for our future, for our rights as consumers to demand a safe product by not buying one that IS NOT safe.put your money where your future is !!! rewad the label , buy us only fish ... and shop around for US made toys this holiday season lets say to china ... they cannot convert us to communism by increasing our national debt.if you need more information or impetus then herehttp://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2007/06/28/safety_woes_widen_for_chinas_goods/
here is a link to all the lucious imported poisions in fish .. you know, fish we are supposed to eat more of for the benefits?
here is a list of the products that china continues to send us... who needs Al Queda... we will harm ourselves by the products we buy . Not to mention what we will allow our kids to ingest... lead... GHB when does it end?
When do we stand up and STOP buying the things we dont read the labels of !!!
We shop at Wally world because its cheap not because its safe... well how bout if you stood up for your children, for our future, for our rights as consumers to demand a safe product by not buying one that IS NOT safe.
put your money where your future is !!! rewad the label , buy us only fish ... and shop around for US made toys this holiday season lets say to china ... they cannot convert us to communism by increasing our national debt.
if you need more information or impetus then here
Monday, October 29, 2007
I will be teaching a Christmas ornament class in my town of Richlands THIS saturday. Class begins at 10 am. imagine my suprise when I was told at saff I had a class this sat that I had comepletely forgotten about I told the inquiring person ... class begins at 10 am ...then I went and asked Linda... "do I have a class this saturday?"
In any case, goats are in my sheep yard and seriously need haircuts, I slept this morning until 11 am ... oh my, and have to fix those things husbands may not always pay close attention to.
to look at the photos of puppets etc , they are here they may just be older posts .
so look through... ask questions whatever you want and Ill try to answer !
Monday, September 17, 2007
... for some reason the photo is not as bright as the yarn really came out but you get the general idea... I think I will spin up some more corriedale and card some long peices of angora bunny wool in, for the cuffs... make them super duper frilly and soft.
I will post how they turn out and here is hoping the picture comes out better then than now.
now while the yarn dries in my dehydrator lol Im off to work on more needlefelting for Saff.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
there were also several other outstanding articles on raw milk and more.
and someone has asked, do farmers blog?
I think the answer is yes, if they have the time. Nowadays they may be getting more time since urban expansion and sprawl are cutting deeply into the ag community. old farms that used to be corn are now new developments. Im thinking the only solution to this issue will end up being families who get 50-100 acres, and homestead, or create an environment where they can eat what they grow etc. but with the NAIS they wont be shipping animals or dairy off their land...
Thursday, May 31, 2007
We, the masses say what goes into the things we buy, make your dollar matter...
buy very local produce, this is the time of year. and freeze it in a very energy efficent deep freezer, it is better than the 3000 miles some of our food travels to get to us . there are EASY cost effective ways to be middle class and green !!! matter of fact, im thinking of a new blog... maybe not tied to the farm, but on being green and poor ...
not poor exactly... but middle class, and the definition of that has changes too. anyway
look for the new blog site , Ill post
the name here soon.
in the meantime,
here is an article on what palm oil is doing.
please go there and let them know what all will be losty if nais is imposed ! thanks Melissa
Sunday, May 20, 2007
and it shows many of my sculptures and puppets. DO feel free to comment ! I have been making more things and will be working on a new puppet this summer as well as a sculpture that I have in my head. My garden is growing great , my lambs all look fantastic and many of my 08 fleeces have been reserved. If your interested in an 08 fleece please do e-mail and I can tell you which I still have avaliable. firstname.lastname@example.org thanks ! Melissa
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
I also will be taking my 5 yo , who is calling it a sheep carnival. We will see how much he likes it
I will also take my camera and be sure to get plenty of photos for everyone.
I know I will be carrying wool to zellingers for priocessing and checking out sheepman supply for jackets for the sheep, but more than fleece shopping I will see, because it totally will depend on money lol.
anyway I hopwe to see lots and lots of ppl and things, we missed last year so this year should be great !
Monday, April 23, 2007
I am happy to say I finished the lynx/bobcat .. sculpture over the weekendand she will be winging her way into the care of someone in charge of submissions for MDS&W sometime today.
I also hope to get a couple of the sheep sheared that I will then carry to Zellingers woolen mill, to have processed into rovings that I will offer at SAFF.
Linda and I are discussing other fiber gatherings that we may wish to attend and naturally would like to stay close to the east coast for now.. so if anyone knows of any , that are just starting up or are planning to become an annual event please lety me know ! but for now , farm catching up to do !
Thursday, April 12, 2007
First of all this photo is my "Strider" a 3yo percheron colt.
He is 17.3 HH and about 2200 lbs.. he is large but very sweet and goofy. I truly am enjoying owning this coldblood. This coming from a serious lover of arabians. Perhaps it is my age and knowledge that Im not unbreakable ..
In any case as corn prices have continued to increase , and according to my feed store will keep going up,
I have had to come up with alternative feed regimines.
rather than a basic "complete" pelleted 12% protien feed, I am now feeding, for example if the horse normally ate 5lb complete pelleted feed, I measure out in the same scoop, (not by weight)that I used to measure out the pellets, 4 scoops of dry beet pulp.
1 qt container, is my measuring device.. and I give 4 of those,
and then I also give 1 qt of alfalfa cubes. = the 5 origional lbs of feed, I soak this for about an hour... alfalfa cubes and beet pulp may cause choke in horses..
to help raise the protien lvl for those younger horses, I give 1/4 C soybean meal, and for the baby babies, I give 1/2 C rice bran too... because the beet pulp is a great base, but low in fat percentage , it is also only about a 6% protien.
the percherons are better off on less protien but my arab cross mare needs a little more, so she gets a little soy as well...
I personally chose to also add source, for the miocronutrients, and believe it or not still come out quite a bit less expensive in the long run ..
I do add horse mineral salts to the program too
I have incorporated this feed program for my sheep and goats as well with tweaking to meet specific protien needs, for example my rams do not get alfalfa cubes, but do get cottonseed meal for a boost in protien. cottonseed meal in stead of soy because soyhas some estrogenic compounds, and I do not want this to cause breeding complications.
my lactating ewes, get more alfalfa cubes than ewes that didnt lamb... as well as more soy bean meal and cottonseed meal.
I hope to have a feed that meets the nutritional needs of each species without breaking the bank . I believe as prices continue to grow, and NAIS gets pushed harder and harder small farmers will either need cost effective feeding alternatives or they will sell out .
IF you do try this feed alternative please use common sense , and watch the weight and condition of your animal closely.
I am not an equine nutritionist , but I have fed and owned horses for 30 years.
I am using a method I am trying out based in logic not in any proven scientific studies.
I would like to know your own results if you too try this regimine. and I will keep you posted on the overall health and condition of all of my animals on this feed program.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
then in between the rows, they actually look more likr ditches than rows ... I toss in wool from the underbelly of my sheep and armpits etc... check at a feed store, many sheep producers dont even use their wool, belly wool is trash even to ppl who do raise sheep for fiber, and meat sheep, the wool is too coarse for spinners to want.. but makes great weed block...
toss wool and more chaff or old hay from winter over top of that...
depending on your own weed issues you may need to repeat this later in the season..
I put half a calcium tablet in the ground with my green peppers, and that really seems to work great... and I grow things like marigolds, and other flowers near my veggies to attract bees, but also to deterr some other bugs .. I pluck the praying mantis off my mimosa trees and transplant them to the garden...
and do learn to look for friendly bugs like assassin bugs for your gardens too..
I always allow a big garden spider to stay,
and am very careful when I use insecticidal soaps near any beneficial insects..
my broccoli, spinich, and lettuce are coming along well... cabbage looks good too..
I need to get a few more chickens... they love cabbage worms,
or maybe I should get guineas, I hear they wont mess with the plants but eat the insects up
I'll have to look into it.
Currently (today) I decided to make my kids easter baskets rather than
buy a plastic toss it away disposable one...
I will crochet or knit a basket then wash it or "full" it ...
to make the basket...
as soon as I have some completed, I will post pictures.
but until then here is a photo of the bunny I needlefelted for one basket
but sorry to say the kids dont see them as much of a suprise since I make them .
more tomorrow.. im glad I didnt plant anything more fragile yet as we are supposed to have a very late frost this coming weekend.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Well we will need to sell chance, a beautiful personable colt that came here last summer with a flesh injury to his rump. the people who had him said someone had to take him or they would shoot him, Im putting up a b4 and a current photo of him, he is currently
10 months old, leads, loads, ties, bathes, clips, ponys, and has been sacked out to tarps, kiddie pools balls and more... He is a very nice mover , with excellent hunter/jumper potential. I am asking a super reasonable price for him because I cannot afford to feed 5 horses indefinatly lol, and because he needs to be cut (gelded) , and the new owner would incurr that expence.
I am asking $650 for him ..
so if anyone is shopping for a colt or knows of anyone who may be, ... here is a great one..
We have also been shearing this month.
im posting a photo of this , for those fiber artists who dont own sheep of their own, Here is Rogue, a yearling corriedale ewe lamb, who had a covered fleece.
I started shearing at the legs, because the fleece needs to come off in a single peice, the skirted wool is the fiber on the lower legs, belly and under the neck. The head is also thrown aside because if a sheep is dirty it is on their heads.
the metal thing is called a blocking stand, and many sheep are not shorn standing up . I have her on this blocking stand because she is too large for me to shear in the traditional manner of setting her on her rump . By the time I get one of my ewes on their rump they still are so tasll their heads touch me about my sternum area , much too long bodied for me to shear this way efficently. What is scarier, is rogue is not even one of my bigger ewes.
We had a rain day today, good for the pastures, and once the ewes begin to dry out some more, I will get more photos.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I have put in most of my compost and am trying a no-till garden, that composte wise is in layers , and from all I have read is called "lasagne" gardening
First I made basic raised areas in my normal garden , I put manure heavy with hay sdown first then manure/shavings and on top of that , actual dark composted materials.. I then covered it with a black rubber roof.
I will post pictures as spring gets more into swing and the plants go in..
here is a little no bake recipe for a great cheesecake that I made up.
I hope you enjoy it and it is awesome with fresh strawberries.
you will need
grahm cracker crust
2 bars cream cheese,
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 box vanilla pudding.
a small container whipped cream.
1tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/3 c sugar
soften cream cheese mix in yogurt, sour cream , sugar, vanilla,lemon juice.mix well with hand mixer until creamy...
add in 1 box vanilla pudding.. fold in 1 container whipped cream. add fruit if desired.
pour into grahm cracker crust... chill and serve.
hope you love it !
be sure to let me know if you do want more of my homemade recipes...
and remember we love cheese.
so most of our recipes have lots of it in there.
we currently have added 3 new white angora babies to the farm and they are playing king of the mountian. as I can catch them I will surely get more pictuires of them as well.
please pass our blog on to any and all ppl that you think may be interested in it !
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
March the 10th there will be an all day needlefelting class for making an easter bunny, it will be palm sized, and plan on the class taking all day. It will be held at the Tail spinner starting at 10 am . please pre-register for the class! www.tail-spinner.com/
There will be a 3 day spinning class at the Tail Spinner starting March 23rd. on one of those days , students will come out to the farm to watch us shear a few of the sheep. From there they will scour the wool and get it ready for preperation for spinning.
We are still lambing and just had anopther little girl born a few minutes ago . I do still have several lambs for sale and you can contact us thru e-mail . As always all the puppets and hand sculpted items are for sale thru the tail spinner web site.
The SANTA ornaments. I am not selling them at this moment, but will have enough wool dyed to begin selling them again in July. IF you are going to need more than 10 of them please order them WELL in advance. and remember, I sell them for 10$ each . I do not care what you sell them for as long as I am paid upon reciept of the santas. WE are working on a new christmas ornament .. keep checking back for news on newest sculptures!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
It has been requested that I supply photos of my newest Cashgora kids..
they were born on Sunday, and arent they lovely? I think they are great My son has chosen the name for the little girl, and he wants to call her Shadow. the billys name is still in the works
But I'll let everyone know what we decide on.
Friday, February 09, 2007
This lynx is is in the "creation " stage.. he is not finished.
at this point the form for his body is there,the color applications of fur and details especially coloring like "markings" down to details like toe nails, and whiskers will come shortly.
I will be finding a y shaped branch to cut and mount this statue to.
This is what I hope to submit to MDS&W fiber artist competetion.
Friday, January 26, 2007
catch them both on fire. watch the expression of your new wool convert.
As of now Im creating a full body sculpture for competition at MDS&W and Im very excited about how it is turning out. as it gets closer to completion I will certianly post photos.
I am also working on a small bunny sculpture. as we approach easter, we will see what I can create ... I will soon post pictures of the newest bundles and also of the latest creations :) thanks Melissa