Author Topic: Jen's 13 in 13  (Read 2094 times)

Offline zackandjen2004

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Jen's 13 in 13
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:10:15 AM »
Alternative Energy — Planned  In 2013 I will learn to operate our generator by myself.
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Blade Sharpening — Planned   In 2013 I will learn how to sharpen all my kitchen knives and chicken processing knives without machines or gadgets.
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Sprouting — Planned    In 2013 I will sprout barley and wheat grains for my chickens, accomplishing at least one week of daily soaking/rinsing/watering/harvesting.
Progress: Jan 12 :   
I have watched this video several time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlNU7NKiwF0  EXCELLENT VIDEO  Spouting corn will be important, because this is what I have the most of.  Just put 3# of corn to soak.  Will change the water a couple of times today.
Checked out http://pacapride.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/barley-fodder-sprouting-trials-continued-new-flood-and-drain-tray-system-installed/  and saw these trays: http://store.amhydro.com/13-in-x-40-in-Black-Multi-Purpose-Growing-Tray-p/91021.htm 

Plant Identification — Planned  In 2013 I will purchase and study the book Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification - Thomas J. Elpel. Jan. 12--book purchased through Amazon
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Mushroom Cultivation — Planned  In 2013 I will grow a bed of King Stropharia mushrooms using this technique: http://www.mushroommountain.com/_files/pdf/Wood%20Chip%20and%20Compost%20Bed%20Preparation.pdf
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Canning — Planned   In 2013 I will become proficient at using my pressure canners. First, I will can WITH an experienced canner a couple of times. The goal is to be comfortable with pressure canning on my own, without help. I especially want to learn to can meat.
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Beekeeping — Planned     In 2013 I will complete this course: NC State Apiculture Program, Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) in its online format.
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Permaculture Design — Planned   In 2013, I will install a swale.
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Sports — Planned   In 2013 I will learn to swim continually for 30 minutes.
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Building Community — Planned   In 2013 I will assist in leading and developing our local farmer organization. I'm already started!
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Curing/Smoking meats — Planned    In 2013 I will make my own bacon.
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Beer Making — Planned   In 2013 I will make the beer from the kit I got for my birthday in 2012!
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Fire Making — Planned   In 2013 I will learn to start a fire with a flint/steel.

Offline quartzridgeranch

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Re: Jen's 13 in 13
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013, 09:27:12 PM »
If you need any help planning your fodder system I am more than willing to answer any questions! We have been feeding fodder to our animals for a bit now and it has cut our feed bills and our animals look great!

Teresa

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Re: Jen's 13 in 13
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013, 08:04:10 AM »
As a starter for sprouting, you can get some $1 shoe box storage tubs.  I drill holes in them, find a way to stack them, and water a few times each day. 

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Re: Jen's 13 in 13
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 07:57:27 AM »
Hello, I am just starting to look into building my fodder system for my chickens. I noticed that there are different varieties available. Is one variety better than the other for chicken fodder or are they pretty much the same?
Thanks.
Tully

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Re: Jen's 13 in 13
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 08:27:27 AM »
Good luck Jen

RE: Improving your swimming -

Way back when when I was at Georgia Tech, a required course for ALL students was a PE called "Drownproofing".  It had been developed for the Navy by Tech's swim coach back in wwii and was added to the curriculum at that time (It was discontinued in the mid 80s)

IMHO it is the best water/swimming related instruction I have ever received. I was on swim teams for 6 years into junior high school and was a strong swimmer BUT this taught me much more as far as "preparedness" and survival skills.   

(When I was in my 30s I won a bet with friends while spending the weekend at a lake house that I could stay floating in the lake in clothes including shoes for as long as they could stay on the dock drinking beer without relieving themselves.  The last gave up after almost 2 hours. )

An alumni put up this page some time back and it covers the basics.

http://www.drownproofing.com/