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Kevin Fogle, Urban Farm

Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Garden

A cheap way to protect your crops
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:34 PM

Some great tips and ways to help protect your garden from squirrels and other urban garden pests.

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/blogs/garden-in-front/cheap-way-to-keep-squirrels-out-of-garden.aspx

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Phil Williams

How to Control Deer Damage on Fruit and Nut Trees

Protective measures to consider
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:42 AM

If you are planning a food forest, an orchard, or just a few fruit trees, it is a good idea to observe your site for evidence of deer. My wife & I live in a semi-rural area just outside of a small town. We have farms and single family homes around us. I really didn’t think much about the deer when I originally planted (50) fruit and nut trees out in my pasture. I knew they could be a problem, but I thought with the busy road and my neighbors around me, they would not be interested. I couldn’t have been more wrong about that! » Read more

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Hundreds of Unwanted Backyard Chickens Are Ending Up at Animal Shelters

Have a plan in place for proper management of your flock
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:15 PM

An interesting article about the increase of backyard chickens being housed at animal shelters and rescue groups.  Its a good idea to have a plan in place and the community connections to help manage your flock for both the short term and long term aspects of raising chickens. Do you know what you will do with your chickens once they stop laying?

http://grist.org/list/hundreds-of-unwanted-backyard-chickens-are-ending-up-at-animal-shelters/

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Beyond the Defensible Space

Fire safety and the structure of your home
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 7:02 PM

[NOTE: In light of the tragic loss of life of the brave firefighters in Arizona and for all the men and women firefighters who work to protect lives and property, we all need to make extra efforts to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfires and home fires.  Our work both inside and out of our homes will not only create defensible spaces, but, just as importantly, will assist those who risk their lives to stay out of harms way. This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

Following on the heels of 2012’s record-breaking droughts, heat waves, and fire storms, this year’s fires season is off to an earlier and more deadly/damaging start in several of the western states. If current scientific predictions of global warming prove anywhere near correct, then we can expect that devastating wildfires will become the new normal in the coming years, reaching a broader spectrum of geographical zones that previously escaped such conflagrations. Whether you are a homeowner wishing to improve the fire resistance of your current dwelling or are planning to build a new home, beyond creating a “defensible space” around your home there are a number of other actions you can take to improve the chances that your home will survive a local wildfire. These guidelines are typically applied to homes located in areas where long periods of dry weather are common, such as many of the western states. However, due to changing times, people in many areas where the threat of wildfires was previously a non-issue are now finding it to be a growing concern. » Read more

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Home Fire-Safe Checklist

Be Fire-Safe and create a defensible space
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:29 PM

[NOTE: This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

Fire Statistics

The following statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are for fires in the USA in 2009:

  • There were 3,010 civilian deaths from fire, 2,565 of which occurred in the home.
  • There were 260 civilian deaths from motor vehicle fires.
  • Only 105 civilian fire deaths occurred in non-residential structures.
  • US fire departments responded to an estimated 1,348,500 fires resulting in an estimated $12,531,000,000 in property losses and 17,050 civilian injuries.

In general, fires cause more loss of life and property in America than all natural disasters combined! Every year, fires are responsible for more loss of life, limb, and property in the USA than either hurricane Katrina or the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11!  Statistically speaking, the easiest and most cost effective way to reduce the chances that you, your home, or your family might suffer great loss in a future event, is to improve the fire safety of your home, and the fire awareness of your loved ones. » Read more

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Photo by Jerry McCrea / The Star-Ledger

Clean Up Safely After a Disaster

Protect yourself and your family by following these tips
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 3:55 PM

Learn about the dangers and procedures for safely cleaning up after major disasters and hurricanes.  Be aware of structural damage to properties, exposure to chemical and biological hazards, gas leaks and fumes from clean up equipment, and use extreme caution and safety practices with saws and tools.  You survived the storm, survive the clean up process also.

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.asp

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Photo by Rhoda Peacher

How to Make a Scarecrow from Farm Materials

Protect your garden and livestock with a strawman
Friday, September 28, 2012, 1:54 PM

Use a scarecrow to help ward off birds and other garden pests.  Might even be a good way to help protect your chicken flock or other small animals.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/how-to-make-scarecrow.aspx