J Davis

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Wild lettuce makes a nice tea and is adaptogens.

Other tea ideas include pine needles, violet, mellow, juniper needles and berries.

I like to throw some pot herbs into my soups regularly: plantain, curly dock, various lettuce, thistle, dandelion, etc for a wide spectrum mineral and nutrition uptick.
4 days ago
I had a Nubian that was very selective eater.

I was disappointed as I was hoping for a nocious weed eater. Maybe if I had let him get hungry hungry. But he was a wimp in a thunderstorm.

But, all that said, escape landscape plants like boxwood, privet, winter creeper etc..

I can imagine a scenario where municipalities would pay to lease goats to wipe those pesky plants out if you had non discriminatory weed eating goats.
1 week ago

Lee Gee wrote:Ok, everybody come up with one suggestion on where to use sweet/spicy pickle powder.

Mine suggestion is sprinkle a little on top of deviled eggs.

Sprinkle a little on potato salad/cole slaw.

Add a little to a dip for crudites.

I think this is a great invention you stepped in!

Eta -on plain potato chips.

You had me at potato chips!
1 week ago

Chris Kott wrote:Hey guys. I'm just going to jump in here and mention that while discussing people's religious affiliations in an intentional community setting is probably kosher here (sorry, couldn't resist), getting into the minutiae of belief is relegated to the religion and spirituality forum in the Cider Press. Let's not cause the moderators any headaches, shall we?

I am most definitely unorthodox, but my cousin married a woman whose family follows the Greek Orthodox tradition. It was wild seeing a naked vertical full-immersion baptism.

How many distinct Orthodox sects are there, and to what extent are they similar, or how do they differ beyond the language used? I have known some Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox believers. They are all Byzantine Right, right? Or am I getting it confused?


Apologies. I didnt even notice the context was intentional community. I tend to hit recent and just focus on post title. Will be more attentive to forum / subforum. Thanks

Myron Platte wrote:

J Davis wrote:

Myron Platte wrote:     Also, anyone else live in Russia?

Not exactly, but not terribly dissimilar. In ussa though.

    My guesses are Uniate, Oriental (Coptic), or reunification schismatic.

Convergence, aka, origin rediscovery from a non label perspective.

Fredy Perlman wrote:The idea of a cookbook for homesteading is challenging. When you are establishing a homestead, you may not have a proper space to cook in and store food. Few ingredients will be available because your food systems are still coming online. Yet what you eat must be exceptionally nourishing, as you are putting in up to 12 hours a day of hard labor 7 days a week.

This would be different from a cookbook for an established homestead. One thing the two book styles would have in common is the presumption that grocery stores are far, a pain, expensive, or all 3.

In a Perfect world, those who are establishing Homesteads could live off food from other area homesteads and farms, building community, until their own systems can support them. This is not what I'm experiencing.

All this without even considering the main point of cookbooks: tasty food!

What are your favorite cookbooks for The Good Life you're growing...or have?

The Mormon canneries (no, I am not) sell bulk supplies and cookbooks. Cheap staples plus good fat plus foraged greens is darn good nutrition and super cheap.
1 week ago
I started as a suburban prepper and then began the transition to homesteader.

I surmised that when supplies run out, i would need to replenish them. Genius observation, right?

So we packed up and moved to a rural location within driving distance of a mid sized town (read that as has a target and a mall) for the sake of spousal sanity.

Then began the skill building and experimentation phase. Putting in ponds, swales, hugel, optimizing foraging, learning to dehydrate, canning, butcher, etc.

This site has been a very useful community for archives and advice.

What challenge will we face that our forebears did not?

I suppose there is nothing new under the sun. But maybe we will have all the fun stuff at once..

By way of example, China is currently dealing with pandemic, martial law, supply chain collapse, and now a plague of locusts.

My approach is to homestead as a sanity relief valve. When my world seems out of control, I add value to something on my land that is within my control.

Essentially, I have adjusted my expectations as to how much influence I have on the outcome. Ie, not much.

Example 2: Australia just had massive wildfires, which in an instant can wipe out prepping supplies and homestead.

If its futile, at least its cathartic and virtuous.
1 week ago

Myron Platte wrote:     Also, anyone else live in Russia?

Not exactly, but not terribly dissimilar. In ussa though.
Great honest answers.

If you have community, trusted neighbors, its doable.

If not, then two beaters = one reliable car.
1 week ago