northernhomesteader


April 22, 2012, 9:29 am
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Such a well-written post…ha to share!

Two Barn Farm

I had a big rant written but decided to make my Earth Day wish simple…. Let’s all put an end to GMO seeds and food. Here’s what you can do:

1) Urge the FDA to require the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. You have a right to know about the food you eat and what you feed your family. Go to http://justlabelit.org/ and sign the petition.

2) Do not buy seeds from Companies that sell GMO seeds. Which is basically the majority of them. Here are a couple of links to companies not to buy from: http://myfolia.com/groups/250-life-wants-to-be-free/topics/2867-companies-that-sell-monsanto-products/posts and http://www.garden-of-eatin.com/how-to-avoid-monsanto/

3) Buy locally from Organic Farms – Even if they don’t have the ‘Organic’ label but believe in sustainable farming and do not use GMO’s. I buy from the Amish in my area. They aren’t certified by the government but they also don’t use pesticides.

4) Spread the word…

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Happy Groundhog Day 2012!
February 2, 2012, 2:56 pm
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From this patch of poplar, weeds, and rebar....

...to this (yes we marked the trees in red that we are keeping...and they still have the markings...lol)

...to moving the logs into stacks...
So…the million dollar question today is…will the groundhog see his shadow and bring us 6 more weeks of winter…or are we nearly free of Jack Frost’s icy clutches?

Turns out that the answer is…both!

As per the National Post this morning at http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/02/groundhog-day-2012-in-photographs-find-out-if-we-are-in-for-more-winter-or-an-early-spring/ :
“The country’s first two furry forecasters have brought good news to winter-weary Canadians on Groundhog Day: Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie both failed to see their shadows Thursday morning.
The news was less pleasant for our neighbours south of the border, as Punxsutawney Phil — made particularly famous by Bill Murray’s 1993 movie Groundhog Day — did see his shadow in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.”

So, I for one am happy to be in Canada!  Even with how mild our winter has been this year, I am excited to get back out in the yard and start the garden, more fencing, rabbitry creation, possibly greenhouse building, etc.

...and now nicely in 2 large stacks...

This will be our first year putting in a garden, so it should be interesting.  During Spring this time last year…our garden was still scrub brush, rocks, poplar trees, and weeds.  Oh…and also a large and very surprising pile of rebar that the builder left behind from 5 years ago…  After many weekends of Phil and I cutting down trees, bucking up tree branches, stacking trees, and chipping branches…we finally broke down and hired the mulcher to finish the job.  He proceeded to spent a couple of hours finishing what would have taken us weeks….  Wow!  Then the fence went up for the garden, and the bigger fence went up for the chicken moat, and in came the pigs.  Their job was to turn the soil in the Fall and fertilize it all winter long…which they have definitely been doing.  Soon though…it will be time to start the real work once again….

Any tips for vegetable gardening in Northern Alberta?

...and then the mulcher came....and finished in hours what would have taken us weeks...!




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