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4/1/09 10:31 A

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I'm jealous. I'd love to work on an organic farm or some kind of co-op. I went to the only organic farm in our area and asked them about it and they gave me a funny look, like I had 3 noses. My neighbor likes to garden, so I've been picking her brain and asking Debbie here questions. We'll see how things work out... fingers crossed. I want to try to do it all organically too.

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4/1/09 9:58 A

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Ladies, you are making me drool with envy! I live in NH and we still have snow on the ground! We still have a good month or more before frost danger is passed. But, I did find a local organic farmer who wants help getting things going, so I am going to work for her and hopefully learn in the process. She has greenhouses, so she's already started the cool weather crops (spinach, kale,etc.), bulbs (onions and garlic) and seedlings to sell and plant when things warm up. I am so excited. ;-)



 
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4/1/09 8:43 A

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Yeah, it sounds to me like you should be planting now.

We had a frost over the weekend. We covered everything, so we lost only a few plants. I'm hoping it's the last frost, but last year we got a frost on April 28. We're at almost 5,000 feet, so sometimes we get a late frost.

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3/31/09 5:37 P

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Yeah, I think we're done with frost for the year. I could probably plant them now. I live about 90 miles east of San Francisco. It can get really hot in the summer, upper 90's or hotter. Lots of my plants burn if I miss a day of watering.

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3/31/09 1:12 P

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When to plant zucchini depends on where you live. Basically, you just want to wait until the danger of frost is over. We have ours in the ground, but we live in Texas, and we also cover them if it's going to get cold at night.

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3/31/09 10:48 A

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Is now a good time to plant some zucchini? I saw little tomato plants at the store, so I figure they can go in now.

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3/31/09 8:59 A

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Zucchini is a great garden veggie. I've had gardens where nothing produced except the zucchini!

A guinea fowl is sort of like a cross between a turkey and a chicken. They're really funny looking things. Ours are free range, and they eat grasshoppers like crazy. We eat their eggs, and they are really delicious.

What kind of dog do you have? I have a bassett hound that we adopted from the pound.

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3/30/09 7:16 P

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I will give tomatoes another try and maybe zucchini. We eat tons of zucchini. What are guinea fowl? a kind of bird? We have a dog... that's it as far as animals.

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Oh, I forgot to mention that we have 10 guinea fowl, too! They are for grasshopper control and humor.

What happened to your tomatoes? I'd definitely recommend you try again. If you have the space, we've found that cucumbers, beans and zucchini are very easy to grow. Don't plant too many cucumber or zucchini plants, though, or you'll be overrun! You'll find yourself sneaking zucs into unattended cars, leaving them on doorsteps, or sneaking them into the produce section at the grocery store!

I am an accountant at a small university. It's a boring job in a very pleasant environment. The best part is that I get to take classes for free. Right now I'm taking a folklore class.

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3/30/09 12:16 P

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Sounds lovely. But it also sounds like a lot of work. I live in suburbia in California, so we can't have chickens, although I think that would be fun. I tried for the first time to grow a few vegies last year, but failed miserably. Mostly tomatoes, which I thought were fool proof. Well, I'm giving basil and english thyme a try and, knowing me, I'll give tomatoes another shot. Any tips? What's your real job?

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Oh, I'll have to check that out on Utube!

I live on 7 acres in the grasslands of West Texas. It's not really so much a farm as a wanna-be homestead. We have a huge organic garden and grow most of our own veggies plus we sell at the farmers market. We've also planted an orchard, so in a few years, we'll have tons of fruit. Our next project is chickens, as soon as the coop is finished. We're also building a papercrete house. I have a "real" job, and my husband stays at home and works on all these projects.

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Hi Debbie,
So, I checked out The Future of Food on utube and there are a bunch of videos. There's a video of an interview with the author. Haven't finished it yet, but looks interesting and thought you might like to check it out too.

I took a peek at your photos and it looks like you live on a farm - very pretty. Do you grow your own food?

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I just recently finished reading "The Future of Food." I'm sorry I can't remember the author's name. It's a very interesting book about the political, environmental and health aspects of our industrial food system.

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3/29/09 10:50 P

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Thanks for the great advice. Making sure I eat something healthy every few hours sounds good. Then I won't hit rock bottom and go nuts.

What have you all been reading or listening to lately, as far as diet and health? I'm in the middle of Eat for Health, by Dr Joel Fuhrman. It's an audio book so I listen to it while I walk. It's an expansion of his Eat to Live book and a really good read, or listen in my case. I also finished watching a dvd, Processed People, last week. A great video with lots and lots of special features. Thought provoking.

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Cat has great advice. One thing I have found is that if I include some protein in my mid-afternoon snack, I feel much more satisified. I like hummus, nuts or string cheese, along with some fruit or raw veggies.

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3/28/09 8:26 P

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I find the longer I go w/o refined sugar and prepared foods that the cravings don't happen. Plus, I do w/o grains, except for millet, brown rice and quinoa (and not much of those), so I don't get the spikes and lows in my blood sugar.

I also try to eat something small every three to four hours to keep the blood sugar levels consistent. About 10 raw almonds and a half an apple, some hummus and a few Mary's Gone Crackers with a cup of green or rooibus tea seems to do the trick. I have to avoid gluten so that's a bit more limiting, but really, the longer I do without it, the less of a problem I have avoiding it.

If I really need something more, I blend about a cup of water with a chunk of cucumber, a tomato, a handful of parsley, a chunk of avocado and some green or red pepper. Add a dash of Celtic salt and some organic cayenne pepper for a little kick. It's like energy in a glass for me!

If you feel the need for something "chocolate", have you ever tried cacao beans? Also, I've made my own "trail mix" with organic raw coconut chips (or they're called flakes sometimes); organic, unsweetened dried Bing cherries or blueberries or cranberries; raw pumpkin seeds; raw almonds; raw walnuts or pecans. The fruits and the coconut are enough sweetness for me now; it satisfies the need to crunch and munch. Plus, it's packed with B vitamins, potassium and good fats from the coconut and the nuts.

Hope these ideas help! I feel so much better the better I eat that I almost feel foolish when I stray and have to suffer the consequences now.

Wishing you much success,
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3/28/09 7:44 P

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working on a farm sounds nice. I'm jealous. You would think living in an agricultural part of California there would be an organic farm. No such luck. Enjoy!!

I have a question... any tips on how to handle mid afternoon cravings?

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3/28/09 7:33 P

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Hi!! Welcome to the group. It appears there is a core of active members; someone will always respond if you have questions. I hope you find success in your health journey and don't hesitate to ask and share your experiences along the way.

I had a wonderful day today. I found an organic farm right in my own town! I spoke to the woman who owns it and I plan to work there in exchange for fresh veggies, fruits and even meats (although I don't eat much of it these days). I met her baby lamb that was only hours old and the piglets that had been delivered that day. What a treat! I can't wait to get the dirt under my fingers. emoticon

Welcome!
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3/28/09 2:27 P

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Hi there! welcome. I don't know how active this board is - just joined myself.

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He everyone! I hope this is an active board because I will need alot of support along the way! emoticon

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