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problems in broilers
Regarding joint problems in broilers: We have found that
proper mineral supplementation (we use kelp and Live Earth)
makes all the difference on our farm, even when we have less-than-perfect
weather for the broilers. We are in far northern Michigan,
so we occasionally have to keep birds in less-than-ideal conditions.
Deep bedding with hay or straw (even outside) helps also.
To add my response to the question about feeding seedlings
organically: Grow seedlings in sterile mix to first true leaves,
transplant into mix with added compost (best made with 2-year-old,
vegetable-only compost), use Kelp and herbal teas to nourish.
Go easy on the fish (mostly for heavy feeders only).
a new farmer
Reading Kristen Kimball's farming story reminded me of mine.
I didn't go looking for a farming career either. After meeting
my future husband, Oleh, on an overseas trip, realizing that
various members of our respective families had known each
other for years and that we had unknowingly spent our childhood
summers just two miles from each other, I was introduced to
Oleh's "weekend farm". The small backyard plot began
to grow larger each year, the barn grew to bursting with equipment
purchases, weekend getaways from Manhattan's suburbs became
workdays, and before I knew it I was driving around with a
trunk load of beautiful veggies hoping to sell them just because
they were gorgeous and yummy and organic and we had grown
them ourselves. Now, all these years later, having finally
moved to the farm, we're enjoying our fulltime farming lives,
having our kids around us, the freedom of working for ourselves,
and the knowledge that we're providing folks with a basic
need. Despite the hard work, and the ups and downs, it's a
good life for us. Our lives reflect the seasons of nature
as we gear up now for the coming spring and life outdoors
Nadia and Oleh
Re: “Sleepless in Saskatchewan” from a recent
classified ad. I just wanted New Farm and “Sleepless”
to know that we are circulating her SOS around the province
of Saskatchewan and beyond. We are very interested to know
if she ever finds her man....please let us know! Thanks.
Okay, Elaine, but if this story ever makes it to the big screen,
we hope that New Farm gets its props.
for Santiago Atitlan
Re: “The widows of Santiago Atitlan”, I visited
this area back in 1962 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.
I am saddened to see that you report Americans are still donating
money for food to these beautiful people. Although generous
and well meant, it does nothing to maintain their Mayan pride
and self respect. The money might be better spent to introduce
the micro-loans made to women to help them buy the materials
for weaving and establishing their own businesses. Every one
of them in the picture was better dressed than the average
gringo tourista. The micro-loans are made to cooperative organizations
and with this system they might have a chance to purchase
small amounts of land and become land owners again, raising
their own food.