You know, the void? The place where phones dont ring, facebook does not exist, and cable television is a fantasy. Yep, thats where I am, where I have been. And I am trying to decide if it liberating, isolating, or somewhere inbetween.
My I-Phone died a horrid, grey screen of "I hate you" death. Not a big deal until you realize that you text way more than you thought and NOone uses a flip phone anymore or the WOULDNT text like mad. Then, facebook decided I am not a real person.....no I am a business posing as a real person. So they delete my account. Well, thats alright. I was thinking of deleting it anyway.
Now the silence has set in. No thats not true, I still hear the goats bleat, the chickens boking, and the children alternating between fun shrieks and angry howls. I hear the birds at 6 in the morning. The owl that lives in the neighborhood who whoo's at dusk. The cars driving by, some not so slowly.
I suppose this technological silence has left me with clarity. With a sense of the world as I saw it years ago. You know, before the cell phones, and internet at highspeed.
The void....perhaps its really that I left the void and have found middle earth in all its glory again. Now, back to the corn cob jelly
Our lamancha doe, Frosting. had her first kid today. A beautiful doeling who was promptly named Cupcake. Both mom and daughter are doing well, and we will update with photos soon.
Thanks to everyone who helped us turn our urban farmstead dream into a reality. We now have dairy, meat, and produce grown right in our 1/3 acre backyard.
The following is a message from the kickstarter page
"I want your help to fund printed copies so that we can get Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don't have computers or who wouldn't otherwise see it. The expensive part of printing books is the initial set-up; the cost of each additional copy is fairly low. The more books you buy, the more I can donate or sell at a massive discount to organizations that support low-income families on SNAP (the modern name for Food Stamps)."
You may not know, but we have been on the SNAP program and the WIC program. I have a passion for creating meals based on the staples WIC offers supplemented with whole fruits, grains, and vegetables that can be supplemented with cash and/or SNAP. I have a passion for hands on small group classes on how to use these staples, and supplemental ingredients. I am thrilled to have found someone who has the same passion and taken it a step further.
Please consider supporting Leanne Brown and her campaign to help everyone have access to her book and its amazing meal ideas.
I think I may see how much of our own garden produce I can incorporate into the meals. I also am considering cooking through her recipes...but with gluten free grains, to compare the cost difference of cooking for those with allergies on a limited income.
Help support Leanne and her dream of good food on the cheap.
We have been researching alternative ways to feed our dairy goats. We are hoping for 1 gallon a day from our first feshener, Frosting, who is due mid June To keep our ladies in plenty of milk and in good condition we must up our feed ration. This is traditionally done through the use grain formulas milled for dairy goats. You can find organic and conventional feeds already bagged and ready to feed. To afford arganic feeds we choose to mix and sprout our own feed. Here is our experiment.
We mix 2 parts oats, 2 parts peas to 1 part black oil sunflower seeds. This ends up being 216lbs of dry feed for .53 cents a lb. Then I sprout it which doubles its weight, reduces our seed cost to .26cents a lb, increases the nutritional content, and the goats LOVE it. Each goat in milk gets 1.5lbs of sprouted seed per milking, for a seed cost of .80cents per day, per goat in milk. We top this mix with a tablespoon of Sea Kelp, a tablespoon of goat mineral, and 1/4lb of organic alfalfa pellets per milking. The organic alfalfa pellets costs us .13 cents per milking session.
I have not included the price of the kelp and mineral into the daily cost because....I have not figured out the weight My scale does not measure such a minute amount. The seed and organic alfalfa pellets cost 1.04 per day to feed our dairy goats, keep them healthy, and hopefully in plenty of milk. This only ends up being a 10cents a lb savings on organic feed for us. Perhaps purchasing organic goat grain would be easier but for now, we enjoy this. The other bennefit is that I can feed this seed ration to all my animals, chickens, rabbits, and goats.
** ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE ALSO FED KITCHEN SCRAPS, GARDEN TRIMMINGS, AND FORAGED FOODS THAT ARE SAFE FOR THEIR SPECIE. PLEASE USE YOUR OWN JUDEMENT WHEN DECIDING TO FEED LIVESTOCK ALTERNATIVELY. I AM NOT A VET OR ANIMAL DIETICIAN. I AM BASING MY FEEDS OFF WHAT HISTORY AND MY OWN RESEARCH HAS LED ME TO FEEL IS CORRECT. I MONITOR THE CONDITION OF ALL MY ANIMALS ON A REGULAR BASIS.**
Pearl S. Buck, bringing us great fiber, nice hindquarter, and virility. Cannot wait to use him on our does!
It poured. The rain came down and made us wish for sun and warmer days. Our wishes were answered and the last days have been delighfully sunny. Blueberries have been planted, dirt dug, coops cleaned, and my skin is a little less full. I love the spring and its promise of life returning!