Wrote the "Western North Carolina Farm & Garden Calendar"|
known as the "Survival Farm & Garden Book" that is good for all
eastern states in USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6 or 7.
You may want to read
why I wrote the Calendar.
We need sustainable homestead farming for these hard economic times.
I am not an expert in any one particular field of farming or gardening.
If you need general ideas and a jumpstart on your survival and self-sufficient
farming then I can help you.
I have good ideas about which plants are good to grow when food prices are
high. I know how to store fruits and vegetables so you can eat all year long.
I know plants that will grow even when temperatures go down to 0 degrees.
Animals for Good Food and Fun|
I have experience
raising chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits, homing pigeons, pigs, cats and
dogs. I currently own goats, chickens, ducks, and cats. One time I helped
a doe goat give birth when the baby was having trouble coming out.
People usually start first with chickens. I incubate eggs with an incubator.
And I let my hens incubate eggs and brood chicks.
You can have healthy
ducks even if you don't have a pond. I use a children's wading pool for them.
Live in Western North Carolina in the Mountains|
I have lived
in rural western North Carolina for 9 years. Before that I lived in suburbia.
I understand the changes that need to be made to go from suburban living
to rural living with your own farm or homestead.
I can offer ideas on
what to do first. How to arrange your priority list to get your farm and garden
going the best possible way. What to buy. What not to buy. Who to hire to help
you if you need it.
Farm & Garden Information to Save You Time & Trouble|
you already have a farm or large garden, I can give some unusual but very helpful
ideas about plants to add that you may never have thought of. How to harvest grain
if you want to do it by hand. Inexpensive ways to store food over the winter.
How to easily milk a goat with a simple manual pump.
I know general garden
pests and have some basic advice. But I am not an expert in that area. I know
general animal care but am not a veterinarian. I can help you by giving general
ideas based on my own experiences.
the Good Life|
a great way to live. And great for kids.
The photo to the left is my greenhouse in the
winter. You can do the same with a greeenhouse or cold frame. I have ideas for
that. Some food can be grown all year. I can help with ideas for setting up or
improving one for you.
Rural Living: Doing What You Love|
I heat my home with firewood in a woodstove. It's a lot more satisfying than heating
I love living in the country. Many people find this to be the happiest times
of their life. Working with plants and animals. Enjoying nature all around
Farming and gardening connect you
to life. You understand the cycles of nature. You get good exercise. You have
good food to eat. And good country friends.
|| At the
Farm in Summer
This photo is Nancy in her flower garden.
Beautiful in the Autumn
Beautiful in the Winter|