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Christopher Shepherd

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My wife,son and I working on a little farm.
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The ammo seems to be much more reliable than the 22s I have.  I have only had one misfire since 2003.  The misfire I assumed was from me leaving it in my pocket and my wife washed it.  I am still using ammo from 2004 because I bought a case of ammo back then.  Its so accurate I don't need to shoot much.  Pigeons don't get away and sometimes it takes 2 with one shot.  They got to be real close to each other though.
2 weeks ago
I prefer the 17 HMR for our farm.  It is strong enough to take a varmint at 100 yards.  It is accurate enough to take a sparrow at 100 yards.  It is cheap to use.  I can get ammo at most stores including my local grocery store.  The bullet is designed to disintegrate when it hits something.  It is only a 17 gr bullet "copper, plastic and lead", so if shot in the air it is not dangerous when returning to earth at terminal velocity.  The tiny amount of lead is less pollution compared to a 22 or shotgun.
2 weeks ago
This is funny this came up today.  I usually compost all our waist except I put the feathers on the area we want to grow the sweet corn next year.  The neighborhood dogs take lucky rabbits feet home and I start getting calls.  I had just texted the township before reading this so I am kind of already in a mood.  I texted them " Please remind the neighborhood that we are butchering turkeys this Saturday.  They will need to call the township, epa, and fda on me after trespassing onto my property.  They wont tell me who keeps calling on me.  I told them the next time to tell the caller I will file a harassment suit on them if they don't leave me alone.  I have been called on for years.  The epa and fda are nice people to work with and I have no problems or violations.
3 weeks ago
Some good news on the corn that got blown down.  I am glad we use our own line of corn, because it is resilient.  The stocks that got blew over bent back up and still produced corn.  I have many 10” ears that are almost on the ground.  We learned that the rows north to south are much better than east to west.  We won the county fair for tallest corn and biggest ear again.  It quit raining a month ago and the corn is almost dry enough to pick.  The peppers were extremely good this year.  My son has sold around 5 bushels.  The green beans are still going strong and making him money every week too.
3 weeks ago
I put rhubarb at the end of a raspberry plot and they keep coming up through the rhubarb.  They act like a weed around our rhubarb choking it out.  I have found only shade gets rid of raspberries at our farm.
2 months ago
When my son was about 5 we were driving around Chicago and he says to me “dad does that sign say International airport?”   I say yes, and about 5 minutes later he asks “where is the John Deere airport?”
2 months ago
So I watered a friends garden why he was on vacation and he wanted to pay me.  I didn’t want paid and ended up with a gift card to go to the outback steak house.  9 months later my wife and I get a free date night and head out.  My wife was looking over the menu and said she was going to order chicken.  I said absolutely not, we have 20 chickens in the freezer and we are at a steak house!  She replied she likes our grass feed steaks much better and we have a freezer full of them too.  A wow moment when we realized we eat better from our farm than the best commercial steak house society can provide.  The beer was good (local brewery) , the steak was ok, and the vegetables were all crispy and tasted the same.  I guess if we want to go on a diet we will go there again.
2 months ago

To me it doesn’t matter if I believe one side or the other.  If I want the next generation to have a better ecology, I need to change what I am doing.  I need to do better.

I fully understand the side of engineers be dismissed though.  These equations are easily solved with the typical 1 or 2 variables. Last winter a design was brought to me and I ran the calculations on it.  It was over 300,000 psi stress.  The best material I could find would yield at 130,000 psi stress.  The owner said build it anyway.  Well on Saturday night around 8 I get a call asking why did it break?  It was a stressful situation to be in!  I am glad that money doesn’t change physics.

There are so many variables with the global temperature calculations it’s just like permaculture. It is not solvable by 1 person or 1 calculation. From my studies there is no way to put real numbers on it. They are the best that science can do at this moment.  That doesn’t mean it is true or false.  I can observe vast changes in my personal ecology though. From permies I can use the input from so many people around the globe with totally different values and goals that it gives me a much better picture.  

I used to ask questions like this.  1CH4 becomes 1CO2 and 2H2O.  If it take 100 years to absorb the CO2 into the ecology, how long does it take to absorb the H2O?  Being a ENTP I am always ready for a good discussion. I enjoy discussing the frequencies and how they react of different materials in the air. This just goes above most people’s heads and then they get really mad, so I accomplished nothing.

I want to accomplish the most I can, so I practice not asking them type of questions anymore.  After reading thousands of permie’s responses it has helped me a better positive communicator.  This, I am grateful for!
3 months ago
Here in Ohio I have had 11-1/2 inches of rain in 3-1/2 weeks.  We had a strait line wind the other night that did this corn damage. My trees are not quite tall enough to slow the wind down yet.  I've been raising this line of corn for 13 years.  I think I may need to pick my seed from shorter stocks with more air roots with this kind of weather.  Its a good thing we harvest by hand.  I can't imagine what it would look like if I could have planted in April like we used to when I was a kid.  This was planted the last week of May in the mud.  We are getting asked by a few new market customers for more peppers and tomatoes because, their plants wilted from drowning.  Tough year here for sure.
3 months ago
Hi, I will be in Wyoming in a couple of weeks for a 2 week vacation.  I love Wyoming and vacation there whenever I can.  Where do you find sainfoin seed?  Is it common at the feed mills?  I think it would be a great addition to our green chop here in Ohio.
3 months ago