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Forum: Preteens and Teens   10-29-2010, 06:31 PM
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Views: 1,137
Posted By farmer mama
Have you checked out the book Queen Bees and...

Have you checked out the book Queen Bees and Wannabees? My daughter (11) and I read this book and the book Odd Girl Out recently when she was having trouble with a group of girls in a class (she is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-15-2010, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By farmer mama
I recently picked up a bunch of books from our...

I recently picked up a bunch of books from our library for my 11 year old daughter. We've always been really open about menstruation, but I figured she may want to read some books in case she had...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-26-2010, 12:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,331
Posted By farmer mama
I also like the Jotul woodstoves. This...

I also like the Jotul woodstoves. This (http://www.jotul.com/en-us/wwwjotulus/Main-menu/Products/Wood/Wood-stoves/Jotul-F-602-CB/) is the one we have. It is very small but heats really well. It is...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-05-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By farmer mama
Congratulations! Buff Orpingtons are one of my...

Congratulations! Buff Orpingtons are one of my favorite breeds!
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   07-27-2010, 01:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 822
Posted By farmer mama
We did a simple 5 gallon bucket where you would...

We did a simple 5 gallon bucket where you would put sawdust in after you used it. When full, we put it through a series of compost tumblers and then in a large compost bin lined with strawbales. We...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   07-27-2010, 12:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 566
Posted By farmer mama
I think any living situation is manageable, once...

I think any living situation is manageable, once you get into a routine. We had oil lamps and a hand pump on our well, and it was fine. I washed my laundry and the kids (not in that order) in a big...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   07-03-2010, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By farmer mama
To keep things clean I brush my goats first...

To keep things clean I brush my goats first (especially their bellies), then I clean my goats' udders and teats with warm, soapy water and dry them. I also squirt three times from each side on the...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   03-15-2010, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By farmer mama
Check out http://backwoodssolar.com/ They are a...

Check out http://backwoodssolar.com/ They are a great company and are really good about talking over the phone to answer questions and trouble shoot. We are 100% solar and we have a propane...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   03-15-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,034
Posted By farmer mama
Ooo, I love all the blogs on here. It is so...

Ooo, I love all the blogs on here. It is so inspiring to see what everyone is doing. I especially enjoy Farmama's blog. She has such great photos! Here's my blog http://folkwaysfarm.blogspot.com/
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-29-2009, 02:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 625
Posted By farmer mama
Yea! How cool to have that many established...

Yea! How cool to have that many established trees. I just picked boxes and boxes of apples and here's what I am doing: dried apples- I use a homemade solar drier but the plug in ones or even...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-15-2009, 02:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,446
Posted By farmer mama
I love hearing everyone's stories! Such a cool...

I love hearing everyone's stories! Such a cool thread!

We bought our 11 acres 4 years ago. We built a strawbale, off grid, active and passive solar house, completely by ourselves (with a few...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-15-2009, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By farmer mama
Sheesh, you're such a hippie. Hope your back...

Sheesh, you're such a hippie. Hope your back feels better soon.
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-13-2009, 12:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By farmer mama
Aubrey!http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smi...

Aubrey!http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif: I wonder if we've chatted on the same threads here before! I almost never post here due to lack of time to actually participate, but...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   08-08-2009, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By farmer mama
I don't have a computer at home (haven't dug the...

I don't have a computer at home (haven't dug the internet lines yet) so I am not on MDC much anymore, but I did want to send a link to our homesteading blog if anyone is interested. We have started...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   03-13-2009, 11:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By farmer mama
LOL. I love the fiasco farm site but you are...

LOL. I love the fiasco farm site but you are right about the kidding. Although it is funny because at my last kidding, my third timer who always just had her babies alone with no problem, really did...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   03-07-2009, 12:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By farmer mama
My goats prefer brush to pasture, like a pp...

My goats prefer brush to pasture, like a pp poster said; they only need a small amount of pasture if you bring in their feed. I freshen my does once a year although I think some goat mamas here have...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   01-26-2009, 11:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By farmer mama
I think it is feasible. In the book The Woodland...

I think it is feasible. In the book The Woodland House, Ben Law has his strawbales butted up against a stick framed wall with a moisture barrier and then milled siding. It isn't a retrofit though. I...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   01-26-2009, 11:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By farmer mama
I've done the newborn with farm chores. I...

I've done the newborn with farm chores. I haven't had surgery in there to mix things up, but I would make sure you had a good sling or wrap, and I just strapped my newborn to me while I milked and...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   01-24-2009, 07:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,128
Posted By farmer mama
Just to second every one else, I did a wrap or...

Just to second every one else, I did a wrap or sling with a very young baby, but as soon as ds had enough head control so I could put him on my back I used a babyhawk (like a mei tei). With all the...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   12-30-2008, 01:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,602
Posted By farmer mama
I LOVE Sharon Astyk's blog! So many good ideas....

I LOVE Sharon Astyk's blog! So many good ideas. It is funny to look at my post from so long ago. We have followed through on just about all our plans ( no biodesiel truck though), our strawbale...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   12-25-2008, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By farmer mama
Learning to trim hooves was pretty hard for me...

Learning to trim hooves was pretty hard for me as well. You definitely need hoof trimmers! www.fiascofarm.com (http://www.fiascofarm.com) has a great page about how to trim hooves. It is really...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   12-25-2008, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By farmer mama
Definitely more libertarian than Mother Earth...

Definitely more libertarian than Mother Earth News and lots of gun articles as well, so be prepared if that isn't your thing. I love Jackie Clays articles, she is very experienced. I think MEN is...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   12-25-2008, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,107
Posted By farmer mama
I wash all our laundry with a washboard. I love...

I wash all our laundry with a washboard. I love the glass ones from Lehman's but the metal ones work well and are inexpensive. For hand washing laundry I find that long soaking times help, and I...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   12-13-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,361
Posted By farmer mama
I like the website www.sharonastyk.com...

I like the website www.sharonastyk.com (http://www.sharonastyk.com) She writes a lot about food storage, the economy, climate change, and peak oil. If the other stuff isn't your cup of tea you can...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   11-10-2008, 10:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By farmer mama
For the basics I like Storey's Basic Country...

For the basics I like Storey's Basic Country Skills and The Encyclopedia of country living. Barnyard to Backyard is a good, general farm animal book. For all the individual farm animals I like...
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