• Soybeans

    Q. Thanks ! I had another quick question. You mentioned before that you feed them all soybeans. Can you buy them dried, soak them overnight and feed the animals or do you cook them as well? A. Yep, they really love soybeans and it gives them that protein they need to lay eggs. I buy […]

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  • Interested in helping out

    Q. Dear Jules, I first came across information about your homestead at the Earth Day festival in Santa Monica and was thoroughly delighted to explore your website. It seems clear to me that we absolutely must attain a great degree of self-sufficiency and independence from consumer culture before we can create an alternative world together. […]

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  • Khaki Campbells ducks in LA

    Q. I am looking a obtaining some Khaki Campbells like you, where can you buy them here in the LA area. A. First, I know you are having car troubles as we are and I don’t know if you’d ever go up San Jose way for a trip or anything, but there’s a well known […]

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  • Making biodiesel

    Q. Greetings from Tropical Ho Chi Minh City!! My name is Soren Kirchner and I am a Professor in Vietnam. My students and I are interested in setting up a Coop but we need to learn the following: 1) What equipment do we need to be able to produce 500 gallons a day of Bio […]

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  • James Hand Washer

    Q. First let me say that I enjoy your site and visit often to see what you are all up to next. I have wanted the washing machine that you purchased from Lehman’s. I have saved pennies for some time now, designated for the purchase of the washer. I read that you were a bit […]

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  • Gourds

    Q. I was wondering if gourds have to be planted in direct sunlight or if they will grow in the shade as well? Also how long before my plant produces gourds? Cari- Oklahoma A. Gourds should be planted in the sun and they usually are ready to harvest in 3-4 months.

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  • Biodiesel test batch “recipe”

    Q. Do you have a recipe to make a liter test batch of biodiesel. A. The “recipe” that we use to make 1 liter of biodiesel is as follows: 220ml metanol mixed with 4 grams of red devil lye for virgin oil Plus add results of titration – for us, usually an additional .5 – […]

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  • Biodiesel test batch “recipe”

    Q. Do you have a recipe to make a liter test batch of biodiesel. A. The “recipe” that we use to make 1 liter of biodiesel is as follows: 220ml metanol mixed with 4 grams of red devil lye for virgin oil Plus add results of titration – for us, usually an additional .5 – […]

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  • Andean tubers

    Q. I just came across your website and haven’t begun to explore it yet. However, it looks as though you are much further along the same path I am on. I wondered if you can supply – or know where I can get hold of – Andean tubers and other alternative Andean vegetables? I am […]

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  • Looking for composter / barrel source

    Q. I’m looking to build a composter for our backyard. I am an avid hobbyist-welder, so I figured to build a contraption to allow easy turning of the compost by essentially putting a container on a spit and putting a big handle or geared crank on it for turning. However, now I’m left wondering where […]

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