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Old 02-02-2008, 03:27 AM
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Just wondering how many KY folks were out here. If you live in KY I'd love to here about you and what you've got going on, on your homestead (gardening, animals, etc.).

We are in the process of selling our house. We have land that we will be building a house on hopefully later this year. We love organic gardening and intend to grow more herbs this year as we are learning more about using them. My wife and I both grew up on big farms and long to get back to that way of life (with out the chemicals! LOL!). Please respond, I'd love to here from some other KY families.
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:13 PM
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Fellow Kentuckian here. Were over near Lexington in the Bluegrass region. We're currently still in the dreaming/planning stage of our homestead. Right now we are just looking at property, and trying to save up and decide where to go or rather if we should stay in the KY/So IN area. I grew up on a farm for the better part of my early years so I can relate. Seems like ever since I left, I've been trying to get back to the country. Unfortunately the farm my grandparents started is mostly rented out since my dad can't really make a living at it. We are also into Organic farming and are hoping to start up a garden in the spring. (can't really do much else cause were in a crummy subdivision aka purgatory on earth) Were also looking into natural building techniques for when we are ready to build.

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Old 02-02-2008, 05:33 PM
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It's good to here from you spoonbread. Wish you the best on all your plans. Are there codes and restrictions where you live that keep you from doing more or is it more the limited amount of land? Just curious. I am constantly amazed at what a guy in Pasadena Cal. is able to do on his 1/5 of an acre. Check out www.pathtofreedom.com if you haven't already seen it. Pretty amazing. Anyway good luck with the garden.

It's about time to start some seeds indoors. Got my seed order in the mail today. Can't wait to get started. by the way, We live in the south-central part of KY. We don't have the mountain or ocean views but we don't have to deal with mountain lions or bears and the weather is great. Not many storms, minimal snow, and most of the time plenty of rain (not so last year - but we still had a great garden). Anyway, it's home and we love it!
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:58 PM
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we are in the mammuth cave area.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:30 PM
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homesteadingnKy-
Well It's a little bit of all of the above. Our space is limited and we are renting so that cut down on what we can have/do. I don't think the neighbors would be too keen on it if we kept chickens or goats. lol. I went to that site and it really is amazing what they have done. I also really liked the stuff in their store.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:02 AM
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Rabbits are an often overlooked homestead animal. Have you considered them? They are a great addition to the garden. The rabbit droppings are an excellent fertilizer. The rabbits are very quite and don't smell (as long as you don't let the droppings pile up to much), some people eat them and they say they are the healthiest meat you can eat. So far our rabbits are just pets and organic fertilize producers. The girls also love them. They are easy to care for with minimal needs. We currantly have 8. I'd recommend anyone serious about organic gardening at least consider them. Just a thought.

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:06 AM
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we are in the mammuth cave area.

Wow Bookwormom, Your not far from us at all I'd say, we're fairly close to there ourselves. I've seen some of your post but haven't put it all together yet, what do you folks do on your homestead? What's your main areas of interest? I injoy seeing what others are doing and it's always fun to listen to (well, read I mean) someone tell what they're passionate about or injoy doing the most.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:10 AM
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I'd like to say hi to Kevin and Tammy (they're KY folk). I know they browse through this site ocassionally. If you have time stop in and say hello. How's the cabin coming along? See ya soon. ;D

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:18 AM
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Glad to see you all from our beautiful state of KY!
I live N/W, in Henderson County.
We are leasing 15 acres but looking at 17 and a house just across the road.
We have 14 chickens, 2 horses and hopefully soon a dairy cow.
I also am into oganic and now heirloom veggies.
I sell my eggs in town at a store called Earth Magic.
My newest Herb is fever few, though, I'm into finding the ones that grow wild.
I found wild chammomile last year and man that stuff is potent!!!
It grows right in my gravel road!! LOL!
Guess I need it, huh?
I found it by accident, was mowing and got this great aroma of chammomile and looked down.....after a few passes, took a few to regester, lol! and there it was! Everywhere!
I learned asparagus last year and am looking forward to finding it and harvesting it this year. Seems every year I learn maybe jsut one or two new wild herbs, but I guess learning them slowly, deeply makes them a main stay in my "files".
Well, we're having fun, though when summer comes so does the work, and now I'm getting ready to go full time after 4 years of part time.....it was nice while it lasted, but the economy is affecting us.
Too, with this hopefully new purchase of GOOD land, I'll need to help pay for it.

Good to see you neighbors!!!

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Old 02-03-2008, 01:30 PM
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Sounds really cool. We are just really starting to learn herbs. I can't wait to grow more this year. I too have feverfew, as well as; Genovese Basil, Elecampane, Greek Mullein, Broad Leaf Sage, Peppermint, Oregano, Catnip, Dill, Cilantro, Echinacea,Yarrow, Lavender, and Lemon Basil. These are all new seeds that I order and just received this past week.

We have several really good books on herbs but would welcome any helpful advice. As I said, we read alot about them but we're new to growing them (except for basil which I've been growing for several years with my tomatoes.

We'll be getting chickens later this year. It's been a while since I've had chickens so I can't wait to get started with them. Hope to get some bee equipment this year and maybe get started with them in spring of next year (really looking forward to that but I want to learn a little more about them first).

Good to here from ya! Hope the land purchase works out well for you! Drop in anytime.

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Old 02-04-2008, 09:27 PM
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Yup, oregano, cilantro, it really takes over a place and one of my favs and packed in vitamins is plain ole parsley! Imagine!

Thanks for the wish on the land purchase....we went over with an offer last night and were only 25,000 off his asking of 225,000....HOWEVER, hubby and I are only buying 17 acres and the house for 85 and the farmer we lease from buying the rest of farm land.
I'm going to try white sage this year for use in ceremonies, though my culinary sage takes over too!
I grow bamboo (sp?)......it's really cool but also takes over.
I gather Yaroow on road sides.....it's great for high blood pressure, along with corn husks.
I'd love to have me an old timer in my back pocket to teach me about tree barks in medicinal uses....sigh.....
You know, I was out today cleaning the coop and the troff and noticed the fever few is STILL GREEN!!!!! How wild is that!!??
I have a local bee keeper very close and so use her honey.....they are really nice people and LOVE their bees.
They had a really good crop this year, by the way.
When people love their bees the honey tastes better, I guess like my eggs, I love my chickens, and I guess you can taste it...lol.

OH! about the house deal......he said no to 200,000 but before we left he said he'd think about it. At auction the house only brought in 50, 000 and the whole thing only brought 150,000......he refused to sell at those prices. I think he should jump on the 200, dont you?
lol......yup!

Take care!

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Old 02-06-2008, 11:27 PM
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Just checking in on my KY neighbors. Is everyone ok? I certainly hope so but if anyone is in need of anything please let us know.

Homesteading Dad n KY
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:55 PM
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looks like we finally got some snow here. Imagin that. And the night before I actually need to go somewhere. Looks like my Colorado driving skills will have some use back here after all. Hope everyone is well and warm.
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Old 02-17-2008, 06:38 AM
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Hey glad to find this forum.
I just moved back home to Mayslick Ky. In Mason Co. I have missed the state and my family.
I have been a BWH fan for a while but I never knew there was a site.
I would very much like to be involved in any local events that is going on in the state so please shoot me a message if you would.
I am on my parents farm now and looking forward to Spring!
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:13 PM
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Hello cbob7, welcome to our front porch. Prop up your feet and sit a spell. I think you're really going to enjoy this site. There are many experienced "seasoned" homesteaders with tons of wisdom to draw on. Iron sharpens iron, so feel free to share your own experiences and wisdom as well. I live in south-central Ky. Can't place Mason county. Which part of the state is it in? I'd have to look it up. Anyway, welcome neighbor. Let us know if we can help you in any way.

Have a blessed day,
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:18 PM
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Mayslick is near Maysville which used to be called Limestone. Its the old stomping ground of Simon Kenton and D Boone. Along the Bluegrass and tobacco country.

Just got back from spending 2.5 years in Alaska. It was great but like I said it is good to be back home to be with family.

I enjoy reading all the post here. It makes me feel that I am not alone in the thoughts that I have concerning all of the uncertainty in the world we are living in now. With all of the wild thoughts going thru my mind now I keep coming to the conclusion that you need your neighbor and your community.
There are not too many people who share my view of the world around here (that I am aware of) so if there are any get togethers please let me know.
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Old 02-18-2008, 01:13 AM
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To be honest I'm not aware of a "get together" of like-minded folks in this area. That is certainly one benifit of this web site. We can get together and share ideas, questions, and experiences frequently. However, it's not the same as meeting face to face to fellowship and learn together. You have given me something to chew on. I think it would be great to have at least an annual get together here in KY (family friendly of course).

Perhaps, if we had enough willing homesteads to host the event, we could move the event around each year so that each year it's closer to a different area of KY. This would allow everyone to have the bennifit of truly learning from each other and seeing what each homestead is doing. Or we could meet in a common area and just fellowship and share ideas together and perhaps have a guest speaker share something pertaining to homesteading. Just rambling out loud. Anyway, it sounds good to me.

This past spring we went to the 1880's homeplace @ LBL for a seminar on organic gardening and growing herbs. A really cool couple, the Berryhill's, were doing the seminar. I so enjoyed just talking and sharing with them, picking their brain, seeing what they had been doing on their homestead (they had pictures), sampling their products, and just their enthusiasm and passion for what they were doing was so much like my own. It was worth the 2 hour trip to get there! This spring we are suppose to go to their place and see first hand what they are doing. I can't wait to see them again. Something like that with other like minded neighbors would be really cool!

So what do you say? Any KY folks interested? If so we could kick some ideas around.

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:24 AM
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Well its good to see that there are other Kentuckians in the high-tech world, as we are mostly considered backward here in eastern Kentucky. I really don't mind being called a 'Hillbillie". I'm only about 1 hr east of Lexington in the hills. We are very fortunate to still own and live on the family farm that has been in my family for 4 generations. I have worked a public job in EMS for the past 14 years and am off due to an injury to my back and right arm, so hopefully I will be able to have a bigger garden this year, and chickens to butcher. Before I work the job we raised almost everything we used. We may have at the time spent 50 bucks a month at the grocery store. That was in 1989 to 1993, with 2 young boys at home. I want to do that again, and with God's blessing I will be able. When I stayed home I would raise 2 or 3 hogs to butcher, 200 plus chickens for the freezer and to can, plus a huge garden, deer meat.Also raised pheasants and ducks to butcher. Guess we had it made and didnt even know it . Then somewhere along the line I thought I needed a real job.lol First mistake, now I have a second chance.
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:54 AM
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Welcome sbemt, Glad to have you. Sounds like you've got the experience to make it happen. We all do what we have to do to get by. Sometimes that may mean having to work off the homestead for a while. Man's got to fund the dream some how!

So you are an EMT? I was a first responder a volunteer FD for a while years ago. Thought for a long time that I wanted to be a Paramedic on a full-time FD. 24 on and 48 off just wouldn't have worked for me though. But most the guys I work with are on the FD and some on EMS.

Anyway, I now know what I want to be when I grow up! LOL!! ;D

Always good to swap howdies with KY folk! Enjoy the site and drop back by and say howdie next time your in the neighborhood.

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Old 02-24-2008, 08:54 AM
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Morning!
Doing good here.
I have a question....
I'm looking for a Jersey calf to buy, here in KY...but seems people who are into milk, the one thing they wont let go of is their Jersey calves. hum.....
I live N/W KY near In and IL.
I ordered my chicks!
Got 25 layers and 30 fryers.
My mouth just drops when I hear people doing 200 or #'s like that!
Woo! that's alot of chicken!
I'm so very excited about getting into milking and the raw milk.
I just ordered a book......
"Nurishing Traditions: The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats", by Sally Fallon.
I hear it's a great read as long as you keep what you need and leave the rest.....like many books.
We've been having to get through ice storms, one after the other here.
We lost power for two days and one night...was interesting to live off the grid....but we managed fine, I for *some reason have kept things that we would need if we were off the grid......I only wish we had had a fire place! Man, it got cold!
You all take it easy!

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