Laura Jean Wilde

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We are actively restoring thirteen acres of SouthWestern Ontario to edible food forest. We will not likely see the end result in our Lifetime but still want to share it with any and all interested people.
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Jim Warburton wrote:I clicked the link given and was asked if I was a US resident. Choose no and was told the content is only available to US residents. So went with yes and was also taken to pay pal and asked to pay $20. I left without paying.

Same here

paul wheaton wrote:I was reading something recently suggesting a clothes dryer from real goods.  I looked .... it looked really lame and really expensive. 

I've been using a clothes drying rack indoors and outdoors for a few years now that I got from ikea.  A quick search shows that they appear to not sell it anymore. 

Looking around a bit, this looks like the closest thing: 


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This is the clothes drying rack (called a laundry lift) I got. It has three rods and pulleys to pull it up to the ceiling where the heat is. It is in the kitchen off to the side of the woodstove. One washer load fits easily
4 years ago

Heritage Farm wrote:The human is adapted to a very wide range of diets. I don't think any diet is superior, however, the Western diet is by far and away a bad diet. Chemicals, empty carbohydrates, sugars, high-fat meats, GMOs, etc etc.

I believe part of the diet confusion is the assumption that all humans have the same dietary requirements.  I speculate that the very wide variations n diet are based on evolutionary adaptation base on environment. An extreme example being the Inuit (almost exclusive carnivore and healthy)and the Asian/Indian (almost exclusively vegan and healthy) adaptations which evolved with the peoples. As an Indigenous person I have tried vegetarian adaptation and could not maintain health. Switching to keto/paleo and 'Shazam!' Excess weight literally falls off, sugar metabolism normalized, overall health improves. Energy and cognitive functions return to normal.  
I think we need to acknowledge that although politically incorrect to say, our ethnicity needs to be the starting point of our diet choices.
4 years ago
Ketogenic and paleo are the natural omnivore diet. We are experimenting with local substitutes.  Specifically, cat tail 'root' and nuts.
4 years ago
My husband is diabetic.  So we both started a ketogenic diet to try to control it. Within a week, he was off insulin and has stabilized.  As a side effect, I noticed that eating no starches and only minimal natural sugars that my teeth no longer felt "fuzzy". Another friend doing keto for a different reason confirmed this. I would speculate that the lack of "food for sugar bugs(bacteria causing gum disease)"  is the reason for this, further supporting the reversal of decay and dis-ease in the mouth.
4 years ago
Perfect timing folks
Me, I'm sitting in my kitchen with the flu feeling overwhelmed and uninspired,  until I start reading what other folks are achieving and up against.
2018 we had big plans... erect a quansit a summer kitchen...bring the wood cookstove into the house... fence the perimeter...
Got the quanset hut up. 🤣
Purchased three little mangalitsa piglets and have orchestrated feeding them with local restaurant and grocery store scraps. So far do good.
Right now as we speak I am being outsmarted by a mink who is slowly decimating my chickens and I seem helpless to stop it. 😥
I am starting plans to use no till covercropping and chop and drop to selectively improve the hardpan clay I've been fighting with since we started in 2006. Huglebeds and sheetmulching have not been as effective as we'd hoped.
Plans for 2019 include summer kitchen and rootcellar. And starting a pastured pork/chicken/goat intensive rotational grazing system between our established nut trees.
And fence our perimeter with tight page wire and high tensile electric to deter coyote coywolf pressure.
Wish my luck😊
4 years ago
We have working jacks  on our permaculture farm and occasionally have litters. Is there any interest among Ontario permies in these good working bloodlines?
4 years ago
I didn't get a teply from my first message but the offer still stands.
A tour of our permaculture farm and

We have puppies:-)
If you'd consider Canada. We should talk...
We are seeking an intern (or couple or family) willing to make a long term commitment with an eye on succession.
We are a middle-aged couple developing 13 acres of organic permaculture in Southwestern Ontario. It's unlikely any of our children will take it over so we're looking for like minded young'uns to learn the ropes and take this to the next generation. Land poor and sustainable living passionate people are our target applicants. There is unlimited potential here for the right person/people.
4 years ago
"About 9 month back we added to our property 2 baby goats that we were going to start our herd from.  We installed an in ground electric fence to separate the dogs from the area the goats and chickens had.  We knew that they would not get along, and we needed to keep the separate.  The goats and chickens have their own fenced in acre. Everything seemed to be ok until last week we were on vacation and got a call from our friend who was watching the animals for us that she came home to find the dogs in the fenced in area for the goats, and the goats were dead.  We are both heartbroken that the dogs would do that, and we are at a loss of what to do.  We want to continue to follow our passion and keep goats on the property but don't know if that is possible with the dogs at this point."

I  have 13acres of organic permaculture  and 8 working Jack Russell Terriers, two rescued Jacks two rescued german shepherds and a rescued blue healer cross.
I'd like to tell you there is a simple answer but there is not.
It can be resolved but it may take more time, energy,  and money than you( or most of us) are willing to spend.
My solution to this very real problem is threefold.
1 I purchased a sizable amount of freestanding construction panels and this is where convicted stock killers spend their unsupervised time.
2 I use remote trainers on these dogs when they are out with me or discretely supervised ( to nip in the bud so to speak) any interest in the at risk stock other than clear obvious avoidance.
3 I start training the working dogs from birth to accept the current livestock (barn cats include) as 'belong here'  It also helps to directly and deliberately 'teach' them what they can kill by taking them rat/vole/possum/coon/groundhog/squirrel hunting regularly to satisfy their terrier instinct.

Having said that, I have been working with my own bloodlines for 10 years and still get some that are genetically untrainable for free run farm work.
These are sold or alternatively kept confined for the safety of the stock.
A professional dog behaviorist might be able to help but I expect it would be a very large undertaking.
Kenneling the dogs would be kindest and safest for all. In my opinion

4 years ago