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Old 12-04-2014, 12:12 PM
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Default Howdy from upstate NY

Good morning everyone.
Been on a few other homesteading/prepper like sites, but slowly over the past year or so, seems like they are getting taken over by the extremest groups:
The ultra-left conservative young Progressive Republicans.
The SUV driving, McMansion owning, 45-minute hunger striking environmentalist soccer moms.
The militant black beret, Che Guevara tee and vintage army jacket wearing, inverted cigarette smoking poet pacifists.
The couch potato stricken, Rambo-wannabe survivalist.
And the always scary fundamental, orthodox, Jehovah atheists . . . dont answer that door!

Maybe not so much, but you get the general idea.

After a borderline mid-life crisis, ok, more like latter-30-ish career change, the wife and I were afforded the opportunity to buy a old, run down, neglected farm in a rural area where we can raised our four, 4-legged, furry faced children.
I grew up at the edge where suburbia meets rural. I have seen a goat once at the state fair. I have never touched a chicken. I grew a few kitchen herbs one summer.
After 3 years, I have six goats, raised 50 chickens, slaughter most of the roos, and kept a few hens for eggs, raised three pigs from 6-weeks of age, through the summer into the fall, slaughter and butchered them using nothing but a few books as a guide. Raised bed gardens, even barley. Corn was a bust, dunno why.
Looking for information, inspiration, insight, infection, inflation . . . wait, strike those last two.
Mostly an exchange of ideas in a constructive, civil and helpful way.
The good laugh is always welcome.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:41 PM
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Welcome from Texas.
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Welcome from NJ. Looking forward to sharing your journey.
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Thank you both TxAnne, and CountryMom22.
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Welcome, Monolith! Interesting intro....Have you considered counseling?
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Welcome, Monolith! Interesting intro....Have you considered counseling?
Counseling?
I talk to my goats about the inner child in me, trying to get out.
Does that count?
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Welcome!

My corn didn't do well this year. It was cold and wet, too dry, too wet, too cold, repeat repeat repeat. Lots of high nitrogen chicken manure went into that corn. I had high hopes. Next year!
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:29 PM
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Welcome!

My corn didn't do well this year. It was cold and wet, too dry, too wet, too cold, repeat repeat repeat. Lots of high nitrogen chicken manure went into that corn. I had high hopes. Next year!
May I ask what kind of corn you tried?
I planted a open-pollinated, organic called Double Standard from Johnny's Select Seeds.
I was not the only one in my area with growing corn issues. Both my neighbors corn did not do well at all.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:10 PM
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May I ask what kind of corn you tried?
I planted a open-pollinated, organic called Double Standard from Johnny's Select Seeds.
I was not the only one in my area with growing corn issues. Both my neighbors corn did not do well at all.
I grew Painted Mountain and Spring Treat, and both did equally poor. I get 99% of my seeds from Fedco. I think I'm going to bunch them up in raised beds next year. A neighbor had beautiful plants and corn. The soil stayed warm and well drained.
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Sounds like you have the right attitude to me!
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Sounds like you certainly have some experience with goats and chickens now. Welcome from Northeast Washington.
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Sounds like you certainly have some experience with goats and chickens now. Welcome from Northeast Washington.
Thank you Midgard.

At first I was somewhat apprehensive about the goats. Now, after treating them like I treat my dogs, they follow me anywhere.
I read of a number of people complaining or even swearing goats are terrible and to get rid of them as soon as possible. With the proper fencing, access to water, and good pasture, they practically take care of themselves.
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