January 19 2017 - Stealing Hay for Building Deep Bed Compost

Change of management style. We should have not put a floor in the coop!

We keep learning and that means previous management decisions are now invalid. Wish we could remove the coop floor but no way. Eventually the coop will become a brooder house but for now the deep bed moves to the coop run. Deep bed composting promises to provide a simple method for creating valuable compost.

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January 16, 2017 - Our Library includes Elliot Coleman, Robert Lustig and more

We have always had a library. Here we showcase our choices for our most used books related to REAL Food, Exercise and Fitness, Homesteading, and Emotional Health.
We include "Market Gardening" by Jean-Martin Fortier  "The Schwarzbein Principle" by Diane Schwarzbein , "The Great Cholesterol Myth" Dr Jonny Bowden PHD and Dr Stephen Sinatra, "Fat Chance" by Dr Robert Lustig, Melissa Kelley of Primo Restuarant, Kristen Kimball who wrote "The Dirty Life" and owns Essex Farm with husband Mark, plus "Voices From My Heart" by our very own Rhenda Wilson.

January 12, 2017 - Slow Cooked Chicken, Exercise, Deep Bed Composting Atitlan Organics

 How Rhenda slow cooked our chicken, the before and after. Sorry we cannot offer a taste unless you want to drop by. We take you to the our gym, Steelhead Fitness, for a quick workout. We also show you the deep bedding for compost in our Rhodie house. We have used deep bedding for a long time but after seeing how Atitlan Organics  is able to create lots of compost we are stepping up our deep bedding game.
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January 11, 2017 - How Justin Rhodes Influences our Heartiness Approach Business

 Quick tour of Heartiness Homestead. Small but useful and peaceful. Introduction to our chicken operation and garden. An outline of our Heartiness Approach video lessons.
Justin Rhodes, the apron-wearing, permaculture chicken-ninja master, Abundant Permaculture, 100 Days Growing Your Own Food, the Great American Farm Tour, and his open-book example of how to use sharing one's story and daily vloging to get an audience and earn a living. Heartiness Approach and our video course to get healthy and stay healthy. Voices From My Heart, helping seniors be up when their world is down.

January 10, 2017 - Make Ahead Meals and a Fantabulus Breakfast

Rhenda explains how to make ahead for meals and how to prepare a great breakfast. We are still learning how to make videos. So much to learn. But the info is great.

Harvesting Neighbors

marketToday we went grocery shopping. We needed ground beef and it is important for us to know the source of our food. We went to Carol of Sweet Home Chestnut Farm. She raises her own grassfed cows so we knew we could trust the source. We had met Carol at the Sweet Home Farmer's Market during the summer and she had told us we could come to her home and buy meat once the market closed. Today we finally got there. What a treat it was! We met her huge horses, saw her beautiful view and home. We talked and talked. Country neighbors are the best harvest of any season. Today we are in the middle of a hard winter for Oregon and we stood outside in the chill and talked about life in such an enjoyable way. When we lived on our homestead in Beryl, Utah we harvested bucketfuls of friends. It did not matter if they were 20 miles away; if they were in the valley, they were neighbors. We found ourselves in their yard, or they in ours to purchase or give food; to share a potluck meal; to converse. It is the best kind of friends. I had forgotten how special that time was until today. Country folk who grow, and live on the land are neighbors because they share a bond. Thank you Carol for reminding me of that. We look forward to many more moments of harvesting neighbors. 

January 9, 2017 - Looking the the snow for tracks

With snow on the ground this was a rare opportunity for me to see what tracks are on our property. I needed to warm up for my exercise routine and walking is a way to do that. Synergy at it's best, warm up, see what has been here, and get video for the vlog.

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