Faye Streiff

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since Oct 08, 2015
Organic/biodynamic farmer, Naturopath, herbalist, writer. 
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Matt Todd wrote:I've paid $59 for a Redfree apple (free shipping) because I'm stubborn and really wanted that specific apple tree for it's genetics and flowing time compatibility with my Enterprise apple.

I have some mature Redfree apple trees and the flavor is amazing.  I think you will be glad you made that choice.  
1 month ago
Years ago I had a brown recluse bite on my temple.  It originally made a clear blister, then tissue began necrotizing and the bite area sank into a crater with a red “bullseye” surrounding it.  You can also get a secondary staph infection from bites.  When I finally realized what was happening, I knew I had to act fast because Brown Recluse venom is very poisonous and congests the liver as well as causing a lot of tissue damage.  I’ve seen people end up getting amputations from those bites.  I took milk thistle to help support the liver, lots of Vitamin C every hour while awake to help neutralize the poison.  I put a drawing black salve on the bite, washed it off after 12 hours and then used a goldenseal ointment.  Within a week it was healed.  I did get a little nauseated and feverish the first day or two.  I don’t recommend treatment to anyone, this worked for me but might not for you.  See your physician.  Don’t waste time waiting to see if something works.  
1 month ago

Hester Winterbourne wrote:My understanding is that privet is highly toxic to goats.

Privet is toxic to all animals, but my goats always ate it with no apparent harmful effects.  I think it is in the quantity they eat.  They had plenty of other forage, so never ate much of it.  

I lost a goat once I had tethered on a hill.  The phone rang inside the house and I ran in to get it.  Saw her out the window fall down the hill and being on a leash, could not catch herself.  She choked to death and I cried for days.  Unless I can be there with them and the ground is level, I won’t do it.  

Steve Tennant wrote:My asparagus, raspberries, and fruit trees are beginning to pop out and bloom. But so are the weeds around them. I have a pretty large garden. What can I safely spray on these fruits and vegetables that will kill the weeds, but not the good stuff?

We always spray compost tea with extra calcium/phosphorus in it to boost the plants we are growing and the weeds don’t like it, or most of them don’t.  I also put a heavy mulch on the asparagus and raspberries and that keeps out grass and such.  If any weeds come through they are in soft soil from the mulch and easy to pull out, so we pull and drop on top of the other mulch.  Weeds make incredible soil once rotted.  They pull up minerals from deep taproots usually.  
1 month ago
Goats need a good legume or a legume mixed hay in their diet to make sure they get enough calcium and protein, especially for any milking does.  Need more information about the condition of the kids before they died.  Did they have runny stool, any fever?  Were they gaining weight and eating plenty of hay?  Kids can’t take much grain and adult animals not much more.  Grain is not natural for goats in a concentrated form.  Best if they get a little seed/grain attached to hay so they get the fiber with it.  Too much grain impairs their digestion.  Sounds like you are already feeding mineral and that is important.  I always gave a loose mineral free choice, kelp free choice in another mineral feeder and baking soda which they used for self medication when they did get too much acid in their diet (such as grain).  If your babies got weak and died quickly they may have had some illness or not getting enough milk/hay to get their caloric needs met.  They need more carbs in winter and if they get it, will stay warmer.  Hay should always be available no matter how much fresh forage they get.  In summer it is easier because even greater ragweed and Sunchokes tops are high in minerals and protein, about equal to alfalfa.  You can dry those for hay too.  

Kids tend to get worms easier than adults and they can weaken and die quickly from that.  A parasite load can cause does to dry off quickly too, as they don’t have enough energy left to produce milk.  If you would check inner eyelids to see if they are light pink, it is a good indicator if they are getting anemic from intestinal parasites.  You can give them garlic and lots of other herbs as wormer, or Ivermectin or other things if you are going the commercial poison chemical route.  Molly’s herbals is a good herbal wormer for goats.  
Our dog Balew, trying to help.    Pre wash assistance?  When I realized he was standing there after he nudged my elbow, we realized he has to be trained to stay out of the kitchen.  Working well so far after one day.  He is new to our farm and this was his second day here.  He is eager to obey as soon as he understands what we want.  
1 month ago
Most weeds grow where there is insufficient available calcium in the soil, or sometimes calcium and phosphorus.
1 month ago
As well as doing the herbs for breathing issues, with mullein being foremost, keep in mind peppermint (smelling the oil) can open sinuses and dilate bronchial.   If you are dehydrated the lungs can’t absorb oxygen, so use a pinch of salt on the tip of the tongue and then drink a glass of tepid water.  What has worked really well for me in strengthening the lungs is to do the deep breathing exercises so you are stretching and using all the lung capacity you have and emptying it well.  Keep doing that several times a day, and it sure helps.  Make sure you do it in clean, pure air, not somewhere there are traffic fumes or other noxious odors/chemicals or excessive pollen.  
1 month ago
When I think of all the tools I’ve laid down in the garden or pasture when we were working on projects, never to be found until a year or so later when they were rusted and useless....all because of a lack of pockets.  My Grandmother used to wear an apron in the garden, with big pockets in it, and if the pockets were not enough I’ve seen her gather up the entire apron and fill it full of fruit or veggies.  Way overdue to bring back pockets for women, especially us homesteaders.  
1 month ago

Libbie Hawker wrote:When I was still living in Seattle, I went to a fancy new vegan restaurant and eagerly ate a dish featuring sunchokes. Delicious! So tasty! And the next day, I felt like Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, slowly inflating to perfect roundness. I've never been so horrendously bloated in my life. No more sunchokes for me! Darn.

With any food that produces flatulence, eat a little ginger with that meal.  It helps tremendously.
1 month ago