How can we live by creating a sustainable biodiverse world, instead of by consuming and destroying the one we have?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Juicing Apples, Cherries and Red Currant from our own garden

Early apples have started falling on the ground which motivated us to start collecting them to make some juice;
After washing the apples we crushed them ...
then pressed them ...
apple juice mmmm :)
finished product
Lynton collecting fresh cherries ...
thanks to our honeybees the cherry tree harvest is huge
Kristine and Jelena harvesting Red Currants ...
We placed freezer bags into empty milk boxes and after a day the bags can be taken out and stacked like bricks in the freezer. This way they take up less space in the freezer.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Study finds Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say

I feel heartbroken today :( I went to a near by store to buy an organic weed killer for around our home and they said that they had none but they do have something very good called Round Up! I was immediately agitated and replied how dare they try selling me this bee killer Glyphosate which on top can cause cancer! They just looked at me and said "but no one wants the organic stuff". I told her that I used to be a salesman, a damn good one too, and that I could sell what ever to my customer if I believed in the product. "How can you sell organic herbicide if you have none on the shelves??!! This simply means you don't care! " I replied.
I aslo said that I am a beekeeper and homesteader and I can not imagine exposing my chicken and Ducks as well as bees and other insect life to this poison! 
And while I was leaving I saw a woman with a child buying a bottle of Round Up even though she heard me talk :( How sad, how sad, how sad .... :(

Organic weed killing alternative to such poisons is white vinegar which can be obtained in any food store. Simply spray a few time a week over the weeds and they will stop growing.

For those of you interested HERE IS A LINK to the fact that Round Up is 125 times more toxic than regulators say! Our politicians are utterly ignorant to allow Glyphosate to be used!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First incubation attempt total disaster

Chicks usually hatch after 21 days of incubation but it is not unusual for the chicks to do so after 22, 23 or even 24 days so when nothing hatched after 21 day I still waited ... waited until day 24 and decided to open one egg and see what is going on. I first candled the eggs to see if there are movements in the eggs, but saw none. Opening one after another it was clear that somewhere along the line the chicks died premature since the egg yolk is still very much visible. I can't pinpoint what the issue was; bacterial infection maybe? I don't know. They sure developed very nice and then something happened which killed them. Mystery.
I started this incubation with 14 eggs of which 7 weren't fertilized. 1 was a quitter in the early days and 7 were growing well ... it seemed at that time. Sad really ... Not sure what to do if Im to incubate once again ... since I dont know what the issue was how do I fix it?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Cock Fight

Cocks fight when they first meet
As you know I have acquired a new cock for my Dansih Landrace Hens and had to remove the Hamburger cock by separating the large chicken coop into two partitions. Today they have faced one another for the very first time and of course they were not happy to see each other ;) They are separated with a wire fence with small holes so they dont hurt each other. I thought they will be jumping at each other but they did only display for a while and then calmed down :) I hope it stays like this otherwise I will have to build a totally separate coop for the Hamburger Hens.
The hens seem to be very content with the new cock :) He is also very gentle with the small chicks.
The "Old Danish Leghorn" hens are a very calm race and very beautiful :)
One of the ducks started laying on the eggs :) maybe we will get a few ducklings in a month :))

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Supporting local small-scale farmer

My wife and I decided to fill our freezer with beef. One local friend found us a small-scale farmer who keeps free-range cows so we made a deal and yesterday we got the meat :) The feeling of getting meat this way is profound! I felt glad and was filled with appreciation for that animal. I can only imagine that for example Native Americans would feel the same after killing the Buffalo and cutting it into pieces for the tribe to feed on.
Such meat has no E-numbers
When you buy food in a supermarket you dont get any feeling at all except the monetary perception of how much does it cost. One takes it, pays for it and goes home to eat it not knowing where it came from, how it was killed, what it was fed with, how it lived, how long it was transported ... We actually saw the fields with cows this one comes from and it was only 6 km away from our farm.
Supermarket meat packed, treated with E-numbers and color enhancers, transported
long distances, over priced, etc ... 

New farm member - Old Danish Leghorn Cockerel

I have 6 Old Danish Leghorn chicken but had no male for them. Now, thanks to facebook, I have found a lady who had one extra male, whom I've got for free :) I love local folk! The hens seem very calm around him and since he is 3 years old he sure knows how to give them space and make them feel secure around him. I was at first worried that he might attack the 2 young chicks since they are not his but he doesn't seem to have issues with them. I wish him all the best on our farm and may he have many offspring of this Old Dansih Leghorn race :) His previous owner told me that it takes 14 days for the hens to use up all the sperm from the previous Cock. So I will wait at least 15 days before starting to collect their eggs for the incubator.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Candling eggs Day 7

It has been 7 days since I started incubating these 14 eggs and today I candled the eggs. 8 eggs are fertilised and are growing well and 6 eggs are not fertilized at all so I removed them. Out of the 8 fertile eggs all are alive. I can tell that because there are many veins visible like a net. I cold not see any blood ring which would mean a "quitter"
Non-fertilized egg is totally see through, no blood veins
Fertilized eggs have many blood veins