All of my first hens were/are barred rocks, they started producing at about 6 months, which is what I expected. That being said they don't like heat, so production falls off during heat waves. And they do take a healthy month or two off during molting. I don't mind that but I understand if others do.
I can green beans, never had them turn to mush. They are not crisp but they are intact. My favorite way to serve them is with boursin cheese but any soft cheese would work like goat cheese or cream cheese. I just mix them together and microwave, easy peasy.
I freeze a lot of green beans as well, we like these a lot.
I tried the leather britches thing, didn't like those. It takes forever to get them rehydrated, not worth it for me.
I cooked the meat overnight on Thursday. It took a lot longer to get a bed of coals than I had been told. The instructions said two hours, it took 4 1/2 hours. I cooked the meat for 14 hours. It turned out amazing. I tossed it with a board sauce that I use for taco meats to keep it moist and flavorful when reheating. It was a huge success, no leftovers.
Whether or not your economic activity is profitable depends largely on your government tax structure. It's looks like you are in Peru, I would think that the tax structure varies from the US. Personally I avoid taxable income, I prefer side jobs, barter, etc. Given that, I don't like to get into details online. I prefer to look at economic success as what works for you as opposed to a dollar yearly income. To my mind if you are valuing things in a traditional capitalist mindset, you might be in the wrong place, but that's just me. It seems that others here feel differently, maybe their advice would suit you better. Best wishes.
I had a baby that wouldn't take a bottle as did a friend. We nursed each others children when needed. I thought that it would be weird, but it wasn't. A baby was hungry and needed feeding. It felt completely natural. My grandson wouldn't take a bottle, even if it was breast milk. I fed him food until his mother came home. He was over 6 months at this point though. Sometimes I would dribble water into his mouth if necessary.
That being said, I've always heard that goats milk or ewes milk was much better for babies than cows milk, and the less processed the better.
My cousin has purchased farmland in Vermont via some kind of deal for future farmers. It's lovely because they probably wouldn't have been able to otherwise, previously they had just leased. There are options available for those who look.
Jeff - I completely agree with you. As I think I've mentioned elsewhere, most permies singles ads seem to be people who have land and want another to join them. It's like the opposite of a gold digger. Or it's people who aren't currently living a permies lifestyle but have some idyllic view of it. It's lovely when that works out but seems improbable. For me, I put myself out there just in case it works out, but I'm fine either way.
I classify beet greens, chard and spinach as mild and tender. Typically I steam them lightly, then toss with butter. Whereas kale, brassica greens and collards I classify as bitter and tough. They get braised for about 1/2 hour with some fat, liquid and acid.
While I have no problem with land that has been burned, to my mind the American south and especially the SW is going to become largely uninhapitable. Where I live in the PNW, previously burned land won't burn again in the near future, making it prime real estate. Others may disagree but such is life.
Catie - I lived in an area with a strict HOA. It wasn't strict when we moved there, but new people got involved and cracked down on things and added new restrictions including no fruit trees in the front yard. Thankfully they couldn't make you remove existing fruit trees. I hid all kinds of edibles in my front yard, lots of herbs, 4 fruit trees, sorrel. Most people had no idea that it was food. Many people in the area had fruit trees that they didn't harvest from at all and appreciated strangers "cleaning up" the fruit. So glad to have left there, no one should be forbidden to grow food.
It seems like it would be good to get an idea of what people are looking for in a permies cookbook? Personally, I would be inclined to provide recipes that are primarily derived from the homestead but could include industrial food as a minor component. For example, flour is an acceptable ingredient but not store bought crackers. I'm just throwing out ideas here.
Some of my favorite flavor combinations for broccoli and cauliflower are with cheese sauce, either cheddar cheese sauce or parmesan. Some family favorites are broccoli cheddar soup which could easily be converted to a casserole by combining the base with potatoes, rice or pasta and baking it, topped with more cheese. Carrots are a staple with that.
I like cauliflower with ham and swiss. You could sweat celery and onion off until soft, add cauliflower, ham, swiss and milk/cream thicken with cornstarch/flour and again mix with potatoes, rice or pasta and bake.
Jenny - I'm dealing with the same. It snowed yesterday, virtually unheard of here. When we had snow in April, it had been 80 years since it had last snowed in April here. I'm waiting to hear how long it's been since it's snowed in May. Tonight is supposed to be freezing, but it supposed to be the last of it. Last year we were already in fire season by this time. Everything is so unpredictable and I suspect that's going to be the new norm. At least I have a greenhouse. Good luck to everyone.
Our ground is 1/3 rock. The pit was dug, lined on the bottom with bricks, sides lined with concrete blocks. The hole was quite a bit larger than what we ended up needing, so we back filled the sides with the dug up rock, and then filled with decomposed granite. It should hold in the heat quite well. We will soak the area with water the day before starting the fire. I'm following the method suggested by a local. Wrapping the primal cuts in foil, then wet newspaper, then more foil. It will cook overnight for 12-14 hours.
Half of it will be just shredded for tacos, the other half will be for birria, a stew. My future in-laws are from Jalisco where the dish hails from.
The millet thing is unfortunate. Not something that I would ever want to eat, not even my chickens like it. I have been stocking up on flours, so if nothing else I can bake my own bread, and dried pasta. I get bored with food very easily. It's annoying. If I didn't have a choice, I'm sure that I'd get over it but I'm not at that point yet.
Property taxes in the US vary hugely from state to state and at least in Oregon from property zoning. In California you have to make major changes to your property for your tax basis to change. In Oregon, property is taxed regardless of having a structure on it. I don't actually know if or when they reassess here. We've been here three years with no reassessment even though the housing market has shot through the roof.
I agree that mortgage debt can be fine unless you overleverage yourself. I have no debt, but I also have no taxable income.
To my mind, like with many things, it is complicated.
I have not even considered a tractor because I don't think I would use it very often. I find maintenance on these things to be a nuisance. I have a utility ATV and it's almost more trouble than it's worth. It's out of commission more often than not. My new neighbor has some equipment that I might borrow at some time but usually I hire out that kind of work. I do have 80 acres but it's mostly all forested.
I have a push behind mower, small chainsaw and weed whacker that all use a 40v rechargeable battery that I like.
Love my immersion blender as well. Great for mayonnaise. I also love my salad shooter, perfect for grating large amount of vegetables for ferments.
For building, I love my mitre saw. So much easier to do alone.
At one of the restaurants that I worked we made fresh shelled cranberry beans every year in the summer. Honestly I didn't feel like they tasted much different but they cook up quickly. I always eat fava beans fresh, although I know that in the middle east they also eat them dried. I did fresh chickpeas last year, not really impressed, a lot of work.
For the Scarlet Runners or other green beans that have gotten larger and tougher than I like. I blanch and freeze them for use as soup beans. They hold up much better in soup than tender green beans.
In today's climate, I would suggest that local politics if you're rural aren't going to matter so much, in the US at least. Don't expect them to help but they aren't organized enough to really be a threat. Society is breaking down. Don't rely on current climate conditions, especially in Europe, if the gulf stream changes you are screwed. And you are too far north to really grow enough crops. Things are going to get bad, I don't know what else to say.
Jt Lamb - Sounds great. If I were 30 years younger and had a partner I would have loved that. But I was able to buy my 80 acres with all the systems and structures without a mortgage. And honestly, I needed to get rid of that money for my future.
I definitely don't think there is one right answer for everyone. I just know what worked for me, and I love that you found what worked for you. Enjoy.
D Nikolls - I agree context is important. One of our family friends owned a property in a very exclusive California area with a relatively small house. He used to joke that his property was worth $1.5 million with the house or $2 million without, and he was right. Demolition isn't free.
Thinking more about this, I feel like a different breakdown than harvests would be good. I typically work off recipe types that I can substitute seasonal ingredients on, i.e. a standard quiche recipe with seasonal add-in ideas. And understanding what ingredients offer to a recipe, like bitter greens are contributing this, so these are the possibly options. But in a gravy, coffee, beer or something similar contributes that bitter flavor, most people don't want greens in their gravy. I will continue to think about the best way to organize these ideas, but I welcome others input. Sometimes I make too many connections and could use some editing.
I would think that you could freeze it snipped into a mason jar like I do with chives. When you want to use it, it doesn't even need defrosting, just sprinkle on your food for the last few minutes. But making a garlic parmesan butter spread for garlic bread is also a good use, that's what I do with most of my garlic scapes.
Ben - I think that was the point I was trying to make. If you are patient and lucky, you can come upon amazing deals. Our property is off-grid, when we bought it, it was extremely difficult to secure a loan. There were multiple offers that were accepted but they couldn't come through with a loan. So when we came through with cash, it secured it. We bought our property 3 years ago, and it's almost doubled in value since then, wild right.
Joshua - I have learned a lot as well about our invasive species but they don't seem to be as much of a problem as I thought they were. As we've stopped mowing and disturbing the soil so much, they have really stopped being so prevalent. I encourage some weeds that can outcompete the ones we don't like.
We have lots of feral cats. They are great for reducing the rodent populations. When they are young, they can fit in the ground squirrel holes and take them out that way. We don't really have rats, just ground squirrels and field mice. The rabbits around here don't come around much but they are about the size of the cats, so I don't expect that the cats would be good at killing them.
I really like Speed Queen. They are used in laundromats. No bells or whistles, just solid dependability. Personally because we use our greywater I don't worry so much about water usage. In my experience, low water machines run for a very long time. We are off-grid so not a good option. I don't want a 75 minute wash cycle.
I bought a property with existing structures. My daughter had just had a baby and needed something move in ready. She got the big house that was in good shape. My house needs a lot of work, but it's livable. Our systems were set-up, off-grid solar, well, septic. Even with all of that we still have so much work to do. I would never buy raw land at my age. It would just be too long until I was happy with things. We've been here 3 years and it's just now starting to feel like home, nice garden, landscaping, adding animals etc. If I had to build everything from scratch I can't imagine that any of this would be done. We have 80 acres and are never planning on selling. I'm not a mover.
One of my kids works at a local farm store, so they were doing an Arbor Day tree give away. They brought me home a White Kousa Dogwood. I'm glad for it. I love dogwoods and it will fit nicely in my food forest/ornamental garden.
I was left with many such piles. I burn in areas where it's appropriate and chip in others. I probably have about 100 such piles on my property and they are highly flammable shrubs, the trees are more easily dealt with. I was very worried about them when I first moved here, but I can only do what I can do. Every year I do more, that's all I can do.
For things coming up from the ground I've used two options. Where I live now I covered the ground of my entire raised bed garden area with hardware cloth, works great. When I lived back in the suburbs I would boil water with garlic, hot chiles and castor oil and pour that down the holes. It took a couple months but whatever creatures I had coming up went away.
For rabbits and squirrels cages/fencing are your best bet in my experience.