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    • Thu, Sep 10, 2020 - 09:57am

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      karen is a farmer

      karen is a farmer

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      Advice from seasoned homesteaders

    For me, as a speech pathologist, working in the public school  a few miles from my farm serves as a good way to have the cash flow.  I have 2 1/2 months free in the summer to do the bulk of my gardening.  It gets crazy busy in the spring and fall, but I haven’t figured out any other ways to make a living and keeping a homestead.  Public schools are in rural areas and always need some sort of help!

    • Thu, Aug 27, 2020 - 07:00pm

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      karen is a farmer

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      Reply To: Advice from seasoned homesteaders

    Great advice! I remember when I was first beginning this path I read Bill Mollison‘s introduction to Perma culture. I read Ruth Stout’s  mulching methods,  A One Straw Revolution,  the Square Foot Gardner, countless issues of Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening all the way back through the 70s, which was chock-full of inventive ideas.  I’ve always been a gardener  though my whole life so I think developing a relationship with plants no matter what size of area that you live is just crucial.. Because I didn’t really study my land thoroughly for a year prior to planting I did make some early mistakes that have turned out OK in the long run but also I focused on putting in plants that would take the longest to get going like asparagus, grape vines, fruit trees..

     

     

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