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Scott Hardy

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Icelandic poppies and irises.
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Brenna Pappert

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love the fact that he's trying to save farm land. he's looking for votes to qualify for a grant if you are interested in helping him out in expanding.
 
Some people may already know that for two years now, going on three, I have had my own roadside stand for selling vegetables I raise in an innovative permaculture system. What you may not have known is the methods I developed (adapted from the awesome work of many of you here as well as others in organic agriculture) were specifically designed to be scaleable to any size garden or farm. I now have an awesome opportunity to grow this to the next level in size, maybe with a generous grant from Chase to buy the farming equipment needed for a larger scale. There are a few abandoned farms directly adjacent to my market garden. One of them has traded a lease for me restoring the productivity of his farm and soil health. But it is about 40 acres and all is in terrible shape, incredibly poor soil and erosion and scrub. Completely unfit for agriculture and slowly deteriorating away. I know permaculture can regenerate this land and have already started on 1/2 acre. It will take a lot of money for equipment and hard work to get most that 40 acres productive again, but for sure permaculture methods are the way to go. The farm is too far gone to even try conventional methods. Long ago "farmed out" and due to Oklahoma weather patterns (flood or drought with little in between) it has actually deteriorated even worse since going fallow. 

I am excited to say I worked most of yesterday applying for a Chase small business grant. 

The next step in the process is to obtain 250 votes from people who would like to see my tiny farm grow to the next level. If I am accepted, I will use the grant money to purchase the labor saving equipment required to reach a moderate scale. This will allow me to prove the organic permaculture methods I am using to restore soil health work at scale. I also should be able to integrate carefully controlled modern animal husbandry in a Savory type Holistic managed planned grazing rotation with my veggies. (similar to Joel Salatin but concentrating on market vegetables)

Once I get 250 votes (it's free to vote so please help), then my application goes to the final step, the review process. 

The grant is for $100,000! That will allow me all the farm equipment I need to really get this truck farm operating in high gear! (all no till) I already have the landowner that is leasing me the land in exchange for clearing and regenerating soil health on board! So this could potentially be a huge break! I could potentially jump to 20 acres and even get the greenhouse I need all in 1 year! Any of you guys that feel what I am doing is interesting or important, please help out with a vote! 

Thanks in advance! 

Vote on the link below! It's easy and free!: Vote ! 

PS. If I should happen to get this grant and get this abandoned farm back into production, I intend to sink the profits from the farm into buying another adjacent abandoned farm of 58 acres. Maybe even a third abandoned farm also adjacent with 20 acres and an abandoned old concrete block building that was once a vegetable stand decades ago! Then I will start up an apprenticeship program to teach new young novice farmers the principles of permaculture and how to start their own farms from the bottom up. This will be just one more link in the growing conversion of agriculture worldwide! Thanks again.
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Steve Chamley

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Short growing seasons and a lack of space make it hard to grow our own vegetables. A product called CropBox produces an acre's worth of crops in a temperature controlled shipping container. Forget Greenhouses – Meet the CropBox Shipping Container 
http://www.royalwolf.co.nz/blog/forget-greenhouses-meet-the-cropbox-shipping-container/ #farming #vegetables #farmingtips
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Deitra Brunner

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Cecily Hedman

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Strawberries and cream for dessert tonight! I also found this guy enjoying the berries.
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Enjoy.....
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Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and grapes
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+Ashwin Senjaliya its not commercial here. I don't see a lot of them. 
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One Acre Farm

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Ten top homesteading blogs, compiled by Homestead Mania. #homesteading #backyardfarming  
Top 10 Homesteading Blogs Since I started blogging a few months ago I’ve discovered a world of beautiful blogs.  I've also discovered that a homestead can be 1/15 of an acre or 100 acres; homestead...
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A homestead is where you hang your hat.
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Deitra Brunner

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Program Status: Open Application Deadline: Paper Application Postmark: July 7, 2015 | Electronic via Grants.gov: July 2, 2015. Notice of Solicitation of Application (pdf) | Posted: May 8, 2015. Printable Version. What does this program do? The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into ...
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Cecily Hedman

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May Garden Totals and Salmon Pitas with Avocado Butter and Spinach
Chioggia Beets Up here in the PNW, May is the month when we start to feel like all the work that we did in the garden in March and April will actually pay off. We get to pick a nice variety, albeit small amounts, of produce and our summer fruits and veggies...
Chioggia Beets Up here in the PNW, May is the month when we start to feel like all the work that we did in the garden in March and April will actually pay off. We get to pick a nice variety, albeit small amounts, of produce a...
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I could... 😊 but I turn my chickens into the garden after I harvest my summer crop. I think my best choice will be to build some raised beds close to the house for salad greens. 
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Cecily Hedman

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Found some friends in the garden today!
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+Ashwin Senjaliya wow scary! Fortunately this guy is harmless. We have no poisonous snakes or insects where I live.
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Backyard Farming is a community of food growing, garden making, chicken raising, bee keeping enthusiasts who want to see a return to a healthier, more sustainable and locally-focused way of living. #homesteading #gardening #chickens #livestock #prepping #self-sufficiency Share, discuss, and learn but remain respectful along the way. Group Founded by Angela England of Untrained Housewife - Author of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) - and Getting Prepared - http://bit.ly/GettingPrepared
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Janet Cassidy

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Wet soils? There's help for that!
Most of our property is flat with heavy clay soils. As a result, our garden is wet, poorly drained, and we occasionally lose crops to standing water. The Chief Gardener began serving as a board member on the Delaware County (...
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Bob Hobbs

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Good info how to grow ficus. And we all love having ficus around us, right :)?
 
Detailed guide how to grow and care for your ficus.

#ficus   #growing   #gardening   

Lots of information on Buddhism as well, hope you people enjoy it :)

Lots of love, Poppy
Any office or home feel a bit empty and incomplete without a ficus, a couple of ficus or a small ficus forest. It’s just doesn’t feel the same. It has become such an enduring and indispensable part of our indoor space that we have taken it for granted.
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Michael Dahl

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Every year, a garden provides "learning opportunities."
I’ve had ample lettuce , spinach, arugula , and orach for over two weeks every day and likely a couple weeks to go before the heat makes them all -- except for the orach --  go to seed..  How...
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we learned from ours that pumpkins spread over a wide area and potatoes "walk".
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Miguel Puig

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I try to grow as much food as i can every year and share it with friends and family. There is nothing like digging your hands into the earth. Of watching your hard work grow. If that makes me Defiant than so be it. I will be the most Defiant person on the planet. 
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they may take our lives, but they cannot take our POTATOES!!!!
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Looks like the pears are coming along nicely. 
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The promise of a good harvest.
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Michael Dahl

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Take a walk in your neighborhood and take account of all the unused and misused space where food could be growing to feed someone who needs it.  Report back.
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+Audra Russell corrected.  Thanks for the FYI.  And, even better response!
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(NEW VIDEO) Quick Tip For Your Next Late Frost - Save Your Seedlings from Freezing in Late Spring Frost Using HOT WATER

http://tinyurl.com/pwul3ey
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Crazy year again! We had frost warning on Friday night.
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Cecily Hedman

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Peas are here!
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+Four Wind Farm brrr, that's colder than our night time lows! I know how you feel though. I'm jealous of everyone who is getting ripe tomatoes!
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