Sunday was a busy day! It ended up that the folks filming ‘Escape from Suburbia‘ didn’t show as expected. It was for the better, since we had our hands full with another film crew from USC taping the documentary ‘Ready or Not‘ ( premiers sometime in May). Even though it was a long and exhausting day (10 1/2 hours), the USC folks made everyone feel at ease and they were a very pleasant group of folks to be around.
We did get a call from Greg Greene, director of the End of Suburbia, who said that even though they were unable to make it to the homestead they hope to send another guy out within the next few months.
While being interviewed for Ready or Not‘, the director asked a few tough questions. For example: How would we go about protecting our place/food, would we consider guns? Conscious city folks who have gardens (even one fruit tree) or are a part of a community garden will have to grapple with this issue.
This thought is always in the back, in the corners of one’s conscience. It’s scary to think about it, but one can’t be overcome or paralyzed by fear. We have to still continue to do what we have to do, learning new skills, conserving, and hope, however optimistic this may be, for the best transition possible. Yeah, I know, this sounds a bit fairytale-ish – but possible. My grandfather used to say, “Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.” We are hoping for the best, but have to consider preparing for the worst (by inspiring others, showing alternatives and continuing our journey of self-sufficiency).
Another was, what if bird flu was detected in our area, what would we do with our chickens and ducks? Another tough and difficult question and there are many angles to consider. We are against government interference, like with New Castle and hoof and mouth disease, which kills even healthy animals that could be naturally resistant to such an epidemic. If you had a flock or herd of animals and among those that were infected and died, a few survive. That’s the one you want to breed since it proved to be resistant to such an outbreak. Otherwise, with the mass killing, you never get the chance to select the strongest that survived to breed the next generation, giving you stronger and healthier stock/flocks. There’s much debate on this subject, and I barely even scratched the surface on this issue.
Also there were other issues to consider that the film will touch on, like stock piling supplies. It’s great principle to think about no matter what the situation (earthquakes, flu pandemic, whatever) The Mormons stockpile one year’s worth of supply for the entire family.
Storing food is an important part of becoming self reliant. Help your family become self- reliant by beginning or improving your own storage. read more
Having supplies (herbal first aid kits, herbal medicines, food and water) would be something that we would need to do and we’ll definitely add this project to our “to do” list.
These subjects are definitely worth an in-depth post.
Moving on from doom and gloom subjects…
The rain over the last few days has really given the plants a tremendous boost and, hopefully, there is more rainfall on the way. Everything is much greener.
On Sunday, even with all the commotion, we did get a bit of work done. Tomatoes and cucumbers were planted in seed trays and more green veggies were transplanted into raised beds. And the guys even did a bit of roofing on the garden shed.
Nasturtiums are blooming, thanks to the recent rains! Our clients will be trilled to hear, since in the busy season, they order upwards of 100 plus boxes (50 count each) a week from us.
Today, we had to harvest the rest of the blood oranges from the tree since the orange trees were starting to bloom again. The harvest weighed in over 100lbs! Would anyone like some blood oranges? I may have to send out an email to see if anyone wants these gourmet treats.
Guavas are ripening and we harvested a few pounds. Tropical treats in February! I know. Sorry. There are some of you folks who are snow bound. But the high cost of living here are our “taxes” for having such good weather. There is a price to pay.
The backyard is still under-construction as we juggle on the projects that we have on our plates. But, it’s slowly transforming into a totally different garden. No more concrete (25′ x 20′ ft slab – gone), no more containers (only a few left). This will definitely help with the water situation.
Monday night was the pick up for the local co-op from Azure Standard. If you shop wisely, there are some great deals on bulk items. Our favorites buys are 1 gal of raw honey for $18 and organic chicken feed that’s only $15 for 50 lbs (can’t get any organic feed anywhere around here this cheap). We also pick up a few bulk staples like organic flour, rice and dried beans every other month or so. While waiting for the truck to be unloaded, I got to talking with a friend and customer of ours who talked about the benefits of raw cheese and looking for a local place which supplies goat’s milk. We would like to go back to eating raw cheese and goat’s milk. We kids grew up on raw goat’s milk we don’t have a goat (right now) and their milk is the best substitute for our occasional diary cravings (besides, of course, soy).
Raw goat milk, though sometimes a bit harder to find for the consumer, is the better choice for the health conscious human, than typical pasteurized cow milk, readily available at every grocery store in the country. Pasteurization… kills desirable and undesirable bacteria or organisms.
Another process that cow milk must go through before retail is homogenization. Homogenization is the process in which fat globules are broken into a smaller form to keep it suspended within the milk. This process eliminates the natural separation of the cream rising to the top. Goat milk is naturally homogenized. It does not have to go through the homogenization process. It doesn’t separate naturally. The outcome of naturally homogenized milk allows greater ease of digestibility. Digestion of goat milk is faster because the fat globules are much smaller than in cow milk. read more
We like to get goats again, perhaps dwarfs, sometime in the future. Goats are so cute, don’t you think? Besides, giving meat, milk and even mohair, these critters may be useful in the future for alternative transportation . Wouldn’t it be neat to see folks running around on goat carts?