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CMA Supply in Cincinnati, OH (West Chester area). A hub of construction professionals and a marketplace for a wide variety of materials. We're here Monday through Friday from 7am - 5pm.

Authorized dealer of Butterfield Color, SurfKoat, Mapei, Sika, Tremco, Sonneborn, Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing, Dow Chemical, W.R Grace, and Dayton Superior products as well as Kraft and Marshalltown tools. We ship to the job site and also are available for will-call orders during regular business hours. 

Call us at 513-942-6663 or send me an email at paul.monnin@cmasupply.com if you have any questions on products, availability, etc. 
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Check this out! My 5-word memoir got published on The 5-Word Memoir Project Wordpress page. My memoir?

"Live fearlessly; love boundlessly, endlessly."
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READ MY FIRST ARTICLE FOR "GROW FOOD, NOT LAWNS."

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While the people of the United States become increasingly more dependent on the supermarket and restaurants to feed themselves, Doug Miller of Southeast Ohio is focused on becoming more self-sustaining. Miller was raised on a farm and has been canning food since his youth. The benefits of farming and canning food are not just his own, though. The food grown on Miller's Hocking County farm is for his wife, his family, his friends, and others members of the community. With sweet potatoes, squashes, cucumbers, banana peppers, onions, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other foodstuffs growing in the raised-bed gardens on the family farm, their pantry is always full of organic, naturally grown fruits and vegetables. Miller, who grew up in a farm family, has learned the craft throughout his life and recently began using raised beds. He now advocates their more widespread use. 

“The raised beds are the absolute best way to go because you can grow so many things. In a 4' by 8' bed, we picked probably 25 watermelons...it's unreal,” Miller said.

Miller credits his wife as a primary influence in convincing him to use raised beds. Now he says he will never go back to the ground. For those who do not have the advantages of living on a farm and having acres upon acres of land, this sets an interesting precedent. You don't need a whole lot of land to grow a whole lot of food. With just a couple of a 4'x8' beds and proper planning, anyone can supplement their costs at the supermarket with natural, home-grown produce. 

For information regarding how to build your own raised-bed garden, Sunset magazine put together a nice set of step-by-step instructions. http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/

Popular Mechanics also published a compilation of valuable information about building and installing raised-bed gardens. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/lawn-garden/4308264

So, what does Miller do with all this food?

“We can everything,” Miller proclaimed. “It's super easy, and like I said, stuff that's canned up will last for years. Years.”

Miller is hardly exaggerating in saying that he cans everything. He cans tomatoes, meats, peppers, onions, dill beans, pears, green beans, fruit juices, broths, fruit butters, and pretty much everything else, making for a very colorful pantry. What he does not can, he dehydrates. Dehydrated foods also keep extremely well when stored in resealable platic or vacuum-sealed containers. 

Canning food is an intricate process as there are different methods required to can different foods, but all require either a water bath or pressure canning method. Equipment for these processes can be purchased relatively inexpensively. The benefits of keep a stock of canned and dehydrated foods cannot be understated, as these foods do not require refrigeration or freezing. This can save you a lot of money on your energy bills, of course, but even more importantly, canned foods will not good bad if you lose electricity to your home for an extended period of time. For further information on how to can your own food, along with further information regarding food preservation, you should visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation's website (http://nchfp.uga.edu/). 

On top of this, Miller does not use any artificial pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers to grow his family's food. To control pest populations, Miller allows his chickens to run around the garden and feed, as they will pick bugs off the plants. Miller does warn that chickens may peck away at vegetables along with the bugs, though. If you have more land, you could consider raising guinea fowl. Guinea fowl are nifty birds that eat bugs and weed seeds without eating vegetables or destroying plants, as they do not scratch, and they can be bred and raised to be housed with chickens. Miller uses all-natural compost to fertilize soil along with horse manure and fish emulsion, using a shredder to grind up vines, weeds, and other errant plant matter before adding it to a compost pile, allowing it to break down faster. 

“It's much better to use natural means because then you don't eat it,” Miller says. “All the crap that you see in the stores now is grown with all this junk, and they're even talking about the stuff that's marked organic isn't really organic.” 

Miller's system of raising and storing food is one that serves as an excellent model for those with limited access to organic produce or limited space to farm. With just a few raised beds, one can grow enough food to significantly reduce bills at the grocery, all the while raising, eating, and sharing a higher-quality product, free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. 

Written by Paul Monnin - Grow Food Not Lawns

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As a result of the fact that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will not be included in the first televised Presidential debate on Wednesday, an independent social movement group calling itself Gary Johnson's Army is organizing a Twitter Bomb for Wednesday night. 

Twitter bombs are a conscious effort of a social movement organization to push a topic or cause through coordinated effort to broadcast a predetermined hashtag and do so at such great volume to cause them to heavily trend on Twitter, creating buzz, spreading news, and informing other users.

If you're interested, check out Twitter on Wednesday night during the debate and search #GaryJohnsonForPresident  ! 
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Read my article on Wednesday night's field hockey match vs. Ohio State!
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See my article summarizing the Bobcats' win in their football home opener.
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The defending-MAC-champion field hockey team is home against Ohio State on Wednesday! Go Bobcats!
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Ohio Field Hockey's Taylor Brown (senior) replaced her stick with a hammer on Saturday! 4 goals on Homecoming Saturday? On Senior Day? Get real.
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It was a wild weekend for the Bobcats athletic teams, none more so than the field hockey team. Read my article on the weekend's action!
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The Bobcat volleyball squad put on a show Saturday night. Read my story!
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A word for the wise with regards to the future. 

Bertrand Russell's Message to the Future
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Social change does not need to be dramatic or systemic. Sometimes it is as easy as drying your hands. 
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I am a senior undergraduate student at Ohio University studying Sociology. I write on a freelance basis for the Facebook Social Movement Campaign Grow Food, Not Lawns, and I serve as an independent correspondent for Ohio Sports Zone. I also work for the university as a technician for the Ohio University Department of Environmental Health & Safety. 

I spend most of my personal time writing songs, poetry, short stories, and journaling. I love sports. I love talking about politics. I hope to one day see a world where there is peace between all beings, one in which nature can take its course and humans can live together in a state of unadulterated peace and love.
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