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In today's video, I share my thoughts on vegan organic and veganic gardening!

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Does garden soil need to rest? I share my thoughts on this topic in today’s video.

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Freezing temperatures don't stop us from harvesting nutritious fresh produce from our garden.

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Freezing temperatures don't stop us from harvesting nutritious fresh produce from our garden. Please join me as I gather today's harvest in mid-December.
 
 
 

 
 
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I ride down with Bob to the grain elevator on the Mississippi River to where all of our crops go

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Dawn to Dusk - Finishing Soybean Harvest

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We bring home an 8370R from Sloan's to try out!

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We wean the calves off their mothers

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Normal Guy Quits JOB to Farm (pastured chickens)

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I was so sick of my job as an accountant I was like I'm out of here I'm gonna make this chicken thing work one way or another but I got to get out of this cubicle this is horrible so I just left I moved in my why me my wife and my one-year-old son moved in with the in-laws for a period of time there was nine of us living in a 1,700 square foot house every single night my name is Paul grieve I'm one of the cofounders of primal pastures in the CEO at pasture bird how did this compare to your very first burger I mean you didn't know anything about raising chickens we did we didn't know a thing we read some Joel Salatin and we ended up putting a little hover brooder inside of a garage and we started with like 50 chicks so we wasn't anything special at all okay it was absolute chaos like mayhem we had HBO Showtime Animal Planet National jigger to come fill the documentary because it's like this madhouse of chaos at all times but you know that's what we had to do like we had to just cut back fall expenses rack up credit cards like the whole as entrepreneurs story I mean this is the same thing that happens in a lot of industries so for us and for me especially my soul [Applause] all right so in April 2012 I was finishing my time as an officer in the Marine Corps and had some health problems I had arthritis everything from my ankles my knees my back couldn't breathe through my nose low energy and at 22 years old I couldn't really figure out what my problem was I didn't know what's going on so my whole family went on this real food adventure we started learning about how food actually affects the way that you feel and your health and your vitality and everything so we started eating a paleo diet and we started feeling so much better like two weeks in felt like a kid again I could breathe through my nose I had all this extra energy it could move everything was totally different and my family had same experience so my father-in-law lost a hundred pounds my brothers both lost a bunch of weight and felt way better so is it is the hover brute or something that you bought no or don't we met you slept together we slapped it together but you've got a heat heat lamp yep you got a cardboard box it was actually made out of wood okay and we put some wood chips down and how'd you learn to do that much man I think it was a I think that was a Joel Salatin recommendation paltry profits so you went off the pasture poultry traffic that was the Bible for us for the first year so have you talked to Joel Salatin it's been pretty cool yeah every time I meet him we're a little farther along in the process I don't know if we produce the same amount or maybe a little more than him yeah at some point we're gonna be like they're gonna get more chickens and that's gonna do this be surreal well he served up the pastured poultry deal on a silver platter for us and we're just picking up where he's kind of leaving it we started really trying to buy good food for our family that's how this whole thing started from that experience we started learning more about grass-fed and free-range and cage-free and all this sort of idealistic meats and doing the research we learned that a lot of those things are full of it they're they're BS so we got really bummed out about the meat labeling industry and while we were looking at this thing we really just said we can't find what we want in the grocery store and that bothered us quite a bit so Paul how many problems did you have at those first you said 50 yeah it went fairly well to be honest we didn't have problems until a year in when we started getting massive predator losses so really probably six to nine months in we lost like 1300 chickens and 135 lambs and like we almost went out of business it was super bad it was horrible actually we started adding livestock Guardian dogs about a year in and that was the best decision we ever made I mean it single-handedly saved the business really yeah I mean have you lost since then zero we were asked a single animal to a predator since we added livestock - four years ago we may have lost chickens to our livestock Guardian dogs but we haven't lost it we have plastic as to predators so there they are right now there it is you're saying here this is one of them yeah well that's one of the pups is that a good one I couldn't tell you pretty good I guess good dog these are all the females up here so we run the females all together we went to brought all males last year otherwise a puppy City so yeah 13 14 left our Guardian dogs on 148 close right now so do you have the original dog here yeah Duke down on the lower pastor he's her who's her original guy okay and his brother JJ's in the middle and grandma is Jane the big long-haired Great Pyrenees original yeah so yes that's one of the originals yeah again special place in your heart for her this is Jane yeah well she's one of the she's one of the ones that actually has a name so she's gotta be somewhat special but uh yeah she was our first female she's grandma dog - a lot of these dogs at home and she's very she's a very important dog for us maybe she's brown doe I don't think they're actually that mad let's just do instinct latest park stuff away so they don't really fight that much with the Predators but they will intimidate the bar can they keep them away okay she doesn't like anybody coming up by her fence line barking go get it we don't do any training but you see all these female they're watching their grandma bark off these dogs so they're gonna learn what do you feed them they do get a couple like a grain but we try to give them as much raw food as we can so you can get if we have chick chickens the diet on the pasture or whatever just natural causes though those birds they get animal organ meats pork organ me to get beef organ meats but the raw thing we love we just don't have enough of it to feed them pure raw in April of 2012 we ordered 50 chicks and the way that that story goes we're sitting around joking as a family ha ha wouldn't it be funny to get some chickens and put them in the backyard my brother Rob but sitting there in the little circle of guys that was talking he walks away and he comes back like 10 minutes later and he goes oh hey I just ordered 50 chicks are gonna be here in two weeks and we're like you did what you know I we've never raised anything before we'd never had an agriculture background never really studied this stuff and so we got the birds put up a little brooder we put the birds outside on pasture we raised him without any vaccines or drugs or antibiotics and we gave them certified organic soy free food and I mean we didn't know what we were doing at all probably most farmers would have said you can't raise chickens outside they're gonna die they're gonna get sick this and that but we didn't know any better so we just raised him the way we want to eat them and to feed our family so this right here was your pasture poultry pen 2.0 exactly this 2.0 so we started with a normal wood Mountain pen with a pole rope on it and all that stuff we broke our back on that for a couple years and then we said let's put wheels on this thing let's make it out of metal especially since we irrigate they get wet all the time this was pretty well for us you can see how they cave in though don't build it with a flat roof you want to build it with a pitch roof so the water comes in it gets pretty heavy in there yeah like a net over the metal is much better yeah it's more expensive to build it I think we had almost a thousand bucks in each one of these but to me we can drive up we could push them with a Kubota Gator instead of having to pull them and it just saves your back is much better this way better this was a thousand bucks how long does it take to pay for it so well it depends what program you're running in it but if you figure you're making five bucks a bird and you can run you got 80 Birds in each one if you definitely paying for itself in less than a year oh sweet well you guys want to help me push this thing real quick all right let's do it we're gonna push really hard I don't know if we're gonna be able to do it or not city amenities every day these all move every single day we use a little Kubota Gator to push them forward okay okay 65 man Christmas morning these things are moving ready one two three go oh yeah and then all this feed that was spilled behind will have the pigs come through and clean that up so I'm just winging ways to you is that what the pigs are for and all even for something out there cleanup program and baking program I mean yeah they're uh they'll come through I clean up all this feed just for you guys or for the you show the bacon - oh yeah we sell the pork definitely once it's ready but this is a chicken farm that we use lives other livestock for other reasons bugs not drugs so we believe that chickens should have a natural diet grass bug seeds and worms moving over fresh pasture they don't need the drugs so it I've never used vaccines or antibiotics or drugs or you know feed additives or any of that stuff you don't need to those first 50 chicks back in 2012 there was a thing called Facebook that was really popular so we put those first 50 chicks we said uh if anybody wants a few of these you know here's a link you can put a deposit down and reserve one or two and we thought what will offset the cost of raising these for our family so two weeks go by the birds are like this big now and all 50 had been deposits collected paid in full like they were done it was a done deal which was so crazy to us because my family was all mad at me for selling all the chicken they thought they were gonna be eaten now Paul look at him come running to you Betty why they come and run into you well they used to get fed before they got here they don't get fed anymore but really yeah well they don't really what do they eat they eat the grass there's a Kunekune e grazing Pig this is the best backyard they don't like the electric fence much either so is the bass backyard taking a pig for backyard operation there will graze 100% grass they'll eat one veggie they don't root they won't destroy your pastures in these fields I think if you want y'all never mind they are if any of them know you tried to get in the big circle right now by the time we harvested the birds and harvesting was literally like an iphone here with YouTube on how to chicken processing from Joel Salatin in the bird like right here hanging in the tree so that's how we first started out but we harvested the birds we had a waiting list of like a hundred and ten families that all wanted you know real local pasture raised chicken and the next month we did a hundred Birds then a few months later we did 200 and then we did 400 and we did a thousand this is the original Paul King joke how are you King four oh he's just for you guys are just baby young Kings out here you guys are just five years old yeah this is just a little puppy come on now Paul this is just five years five years later man no way we're gonna go see what it looks like five years later and this is just gonna be a glimpse y'all yeah this is the smaller chicken farm but there's thirty chicken tractors and one of the big range coops and down in this field we have about 3,500 birds any given time and oh geez booting it friendly and this is important for us down in the desert as we do irrigated pastures down here so okay that will keep us on green grass year round we do 52 weeks out of the year we're producing birds which does help us because we don't have to lay people off and take time off we can really just keep it going it's good and bad a nine is five operation here yeah for sure it does help with wholesale and our other company pasture bird benefits from being able to do you know twelve months out of the year production so here you go this looks like it's just been moved recently you see the flies which are annoying but they help us break down the manure really really fast so they're gonna basically take it help us break it down yeah this just got moved to fresh pasture you can see we have pressurized water into this coop which is super nice so we're not tending water filling up water all the time that's just pressurized right into the coop on a loser and you look so you went from just a wooden pasture poaching pan meadow meadow pasture poultry pens to now this yes I mean you gotta hold them there well this will hold 500 and the freedom Rangers and now then these chickens look like you're almost ready to graduate they're ready to go yeah there in about eleventh grade here this is 500 Birds the first instinct people always say oh that's not very much room for 500 but we gotta remember is a square foot and a half for every bird that's moved every single day for 77 days so you really have over 100 square feet over the course of their life yeah we want to concentrate that manure and know exactly where it went down and get them off of that manure every single day yeah so that's what keeps us off the drug that's why we say bugs not drugs or and you watch them you know you see about 5% of them may be eating the feed ninety five percent are just out foraging green seeing fresh air sunshine this coop works really well for our environment out here and look they're acting like chickens yeah what do you know they're fighting they're walking around they're scratching they don't need to be dabiq they don't need to be be talon eyes they don't need to be vaccinated or antibiotic that I need drug or additives in the feed it's just really a truly a natural chicken a real program and it comes through in the flavor the health of the bird too so so we think the daily move is really important so they're actually on green grass every single day yeah if we left these guys for two or three days this would be a mud bath in here and there'd be no grass left all the bog all the good stuff about this would be gone so to us it's really important to be moving them all the time this is a really good set up to for range so we get some heavy rains through here in the winter time and this allows them to get out of the way if it's really wet in here they can get up and perch we can throw some straw and this system works really well for stuff like that too we hooked this up on misters 2 we don't need them right now it's not hot enough but if it goes over 100 this is useful because it'll bring the core temp it up of the entire thing got about 20 degrees just from running some water in here on mystery that works real well - is this made for this purpose or did you touch them it's just a normal greenhouse it's a high it's a high tunnel or whatever they call it but it's put on skids and it's kind of manufactured out with the roll-up sides I'll show you the side with quickly it's somebody else did that or you had the custom that we customized a little bit but it's mostly it comes like this ok this is really nice - so in the summer we're never gonna drop this but with small chicks in the winter it's a real easy way to really close down the coop just like night just like what is the importance of nice really but maybe more expensive equipment but it makes the process smoother we've always stood like are you gonna treat this as a hobby or give me a business if it's a business buy the right equipment do it the right way that's kind of how we approach it so it's better on the labor it's better on us it's definitely more efficient with results in way less mortality faster grow outs there's a better process overall so we're always looking at ways to invest in better equipment with it really come on boys there you go there you go come on these guys are big these guys are about ten weeks old right now so one more week and nobody ready to go started adding in sheep and we started adding in hogs and we found a partner farm to do some beef stuff with and you know now five years later we've got like twenty thousand chickens out on pasture or we're doing hundreds of orders every week with home delivery and it's just been like this what the heck just happened to take a step back and look at it now we would have never thought that it would be here if you told me I'd be farming six years ago coming out of the Marine Corps I would have laughed it would be like there's no way I don't know farming I've never done farming there's just no chance that would happen so what started as a hobby became a business and really became a passion for regenerative agriculture and now we're here today who knows where we'll be in five years but it's been a pretty fun ride for sure so these are non petroleum-based lawn mowing crew we use these to just graze off the fields in front of the chickens the chickens don't like the real tall grass so we try to get it down you know six to eight inches before the birds come through and then we do sell the pasture raised lamb - there's not a it's not a huge herd but we do sell whatever is produced out here cool program Dorper sheep really heat tolerant it's a meat breed so we're not shearing for they're not meant for wool or anything like that nice and the Lambs are just born right out here no assistance no barn year-round we keep a male in with them it's really really simple natural program yeah and has it beat out a petroleum lower at this point yeah don't have to sit on a track I don't think we even know we don't even own a tractor so there's a baby in there we should go we should go check that out you want to go see the baby mr. Brown come on let's go see the baby solar-powered electric fence charger works awesome Southern California where we got Sun 350 days a year yeah this just runs to a ground rod premier wall and electric fencing and that's what allows us to hurt them up and move them around every day nice this must be your mascot that's Mabel that's we got her for dairy but we haven't really done any dairy production yet so she's just the mascot they trampled her for now they were born two days ago little brothers over here you just let them do their own thing we don't touch him never been touched though there's no vaccine no antibiotic is just born here in the field we come out for chores and so cool there's lambs on the ground and that's yeah I mean that's all there is to it and when they're your mowers all that's just bonus it's just cream on the top exactly Simon baby's harvesting lamb yep the Dorper is a good breed it's a twin like 50% of the time and so they definitely reproduce pretty quick it's a really good meat lamb it's not good for wool at all but it's a good meat lamb especially for a warm climate I was a full-time CPA which is a pretty demanding job it was 80 90 hours a week commuting both ways you know still had my wife and have we had our baby and so it was like really busy and then my brother was a high school teacher too so he had a full-time job and that's what allowed us to start the farm I mean we had that off-farm income we didn't have to take a dollar of salary off the farm for like the first three years that's what really would allowed us to keep reinvesting every dollar that we made off and selling those chickens we put it back into the business and we kept growing it and growing it growing it it didn't have it didn't have the burden to pay us a living wage for a long time for us and for me especially my soul was just dying slowly in a cubicle I had to do something else I love this regenerative livestock agriculture and grass farming so there was no option I had to give try Paul this is where your are now and this is your finish good this is what it looks like when it arrives the customer yes so we've started doing this home delivery system we're just trying to make clean food really you know convenient for people because we found that farmers markets and trying to do all the stuff is difficult for working families sometimes so we're really working hard to put stuff on people's doorstep you know I'm glad you're shipping I know at first you hesitated to do that yeah because you want people to buy local and that's great but not everybody I've been traveling and there are many many food deserts all over they're not local all over the place and just because you have a farmers market doesn't mean it's real food that's there sometimes sure that's what caused us to start doing it too that's true we want to bring food to the people they can decide if they want to buy something local or not that's where we would love that but if you don't have it locally or if you want to buy from us where you know what's going on that's why we exist so yeah let's take a look at this box yes sir this is what we ordered yep let's see what Rebecca got so you can order anything from you then you don't it's not just like oh here's what you get this week no no we got this honey and we got some chicken thigh yeah yeah we love some chicken thighs anywhere that's so easy to make so healthy so all this is organic everything's a button you got bone broth and you got a whole bird oh man and you got this is a pork sausage so eat something where you getting your beef from beef all comes down to central California a little family farm of your workers but they're really awesome pasture for the ground oh this looks great man you got you got insulation here so much to what seven different states ship to seven states but pretty soon we'll be going everything west of Mississippi's we have your eyes on okay cool good job man good packaging so if somebody wants to know more about you or they want to order their own package where do they go this all the stuff is primal pastures calm so don't go on there check it out we've got all the car we've got subscription packages but everything in there certified organic soy free GMO free now pasture raised and pasture finished room and animals so it's all species-appropriate stuff it's the best that yeah I mean it's the best that you can get so it's the good stuff sake bugs not drugs hugs not drugs hey you sound great I tell your story [Music] [Applause] [Music] you [Applause] view all
 


 
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I was so sick of my job as an accountant I was like I'm out of here I'm gonna make this chicken thing work one way or another but I got to get out of this cubicle this is horrible so I just left I moved in my why me my wife and my one-year-old son moved in with the in-laws for a period of time there was nine of us living in a 1,700 square foot house every single night my name is Paul grieve I'm one of the cofounders of primal pastures in the CEO at pasture bird how did this compare to your very first burger I mean you didn't know anything about raising chickens we did we didn't know a thing we read some Joel Salatin and we ended up putting a little hover brooder inside of a garage and we started with like 50 chicks so we wasn't anything special at all okay it was absolute chaos like mayhem we had HBO Showtime Animal Planet National jigger to come fill the documentary because it's like this madhouse of chaos at all times but you know that's what we had to do like we had to just cut back fall expenses rack up credit cards like the whole as entrepreneurs story I mean this is the same thing that happens in a lot of industries so for us and for me especially my soul [Applause] all right so in April 2012 I was finishing my time as an officer in the Marine Corps and had some health problems I had arthritis everything from my ankles my knees my back couldn't breathe through my nose low energy and at 22 years old I couldn't really figure out what my problem was I didn't know what's going on so my whole family went on this real food adventure we started learning about how food actually affects the way that you feel and your health and your vitality and everything so we started eating a paleo diet and we started feeling so much better like two weeks in felt like a kid again I could breathe through my nose I had all this extra energy it could move everything was totally different and my family had same experience so my father-in-law lost a hundred pounds my brothers both lost a bunch of weight and felt way better so is it is the hover brute or something that you bought no or don't we met you slept together we slapped it together but you've got a heat heat lamp yep you got a cardboard box it was actually made out of wood okay and we put some wood chips down and how'd you learn to do that much man I think it was a I think that was a Joel Salatin recommendation paltry profits so you went off the pasture poultry traffic that was the Bible for us for the first year so have you talked to Joel Salatin it's been pretty cool yeah every time I meet him we're a little farther along in the process I don't know if we produce the same amount or maybe a little more than him yeah at some point we're gonna be like they're gonna get more chickens and that's gonna do this be surreal well he served up the pastured poultry deal on a silver platter for us and we're just picking up where he's kind of leaving it we started really trying to buy good food for our family that's how this whole thing started from that experience we started learning more about grass-fed and free-range and cage-free and all this sort of idealistic meats and doing the research we learned that a lot of those things are full of it they're they're BS so we got really bummed out about the meat labeling industry and while we were looking at this thing we really just said we can't find what we want in the grocery store and that bothered us quite a bit so Paul how many problems did you have at those first you said 50 yeah it went fairly well to be honest we didn't have problems until a year in when we started getting massive predator losses so really probably six to nine months in we lost like 1300 chickens and 135 lambs and like we almost went out of business it was super bad it was horrible actually we started adding livestock Guardian dogs about a year in and that was the best decision we ever made I mean it single-handedly saved the business really yeah I mean have you lost since then zero we were asked a single animal to a predator since we added livestock - four years ago we may have lost chickens to our livestock Guardian dogs but we haven't lost it we have plastic as to predators so there they are right now there it is you're saying here this is one of them yeah well that's one of the pups is that a good one I couldn't tell you pretty good I guess good dog these are all the females up here so we run the females all together we went to brought all males last year otherwise a puppy City so yeah 13 14 left our Guardian dogs on 148 close right now so do you have the original dog here yeah Duke down on the lower pastor he's her who's her original guy okay and his brother JJ's in the middle and grandma is Jane the big long-haired Great Pyrenees original yeah so yes that's one of the originals yeah again special place in your heart for her this is Jane yeah well she's one of the she's one of the ones that actually has a name so she's gotta be somewhat special but uh yeah she was our first female she's grandma dog - a lot of these dogs at home and she's very she's a very important dog for us maybe she's brown doe I don't think they're actually that mad let's just do instinct latest park stuff away so they don't really fight that much with the Predators but they will intimidate the bar can they keep them away okay she doesn't like anybody coming up by her fence line barking go get it we don't do any training but you see all these female they're watching their grandma bark off these dogs so they're gonna learn what do you feed them they do get a couple like a grain but we try to give them as much raw food as we can so you can get if we have chick chickens the diet on the pasture or whatever just natural causes though those birds they get animal organ meats pork organ me to get beef organ meats but the raw thing we love we just don't have enough of it to feed them pure raw in April of 2012 we ordered 50 chicks and the way that that story goes we're sitting around joking as a family ha ha wouldn't it be funny to get some chickens and put them in the backyard my brother Rob but sitting there in the little circle of guys that was talking he walks away and he comes back like 10 minutes later and he goes oh hey I just ordered 50 chicks are gonna be here in two weeks and we're like you did what you know I we've never raised anything before we'd never had an agriculture background never really studied this stuff and so we got the birds put up a little brooder we put the birds outside on pasture we raised him without any vaccines or drugs or antibiotics and we gave them certified organic soy free food and I mean we didn't know what we were doing at all probably most farmers would have said you can't raise chickens outside they're gonna die they're gonna get sick this and that but we didn't know any better so we just raised him the way we want to eat them and to feed our family so this right here was your pasture poultry pen 2.0 exactly this 2.0 so we started with a normal wood Mountain pen with a pole rope on it and all that stuff we broke our back on that for a couple years and then we said let's put wheels on this thing let's make it out of metal especially since we irrigate they get wet all the time this was pretty well for us you can see how they cave in though don't build it with a flat roof you want to build it with a pitch roof so the water comes in it gets pretty heavy in there yeah like a net over the metal is much better yeah it's more expensive to build it I think we had almost a thousand bucks in each one of these but to me we can drive up we could push them with a Kubota Gator instead of having to pull them and it just saves your back is much better this way better this was a thousand bucks how long does it take to pay for it so well it depends what program you're running in it but if you figure you're making five bucks a bird and you can run you got 80 Birds in each one if you definitely paying for itself in less than a year oh sweet well you guys want to help me push this thing real quick all right let's do it we're gonna push really hard I don't know if we're gonna be able to do it or not city amenities every day these all move every single day we use a little Kubota Gator to push them forward okay okay 65 man Christmas morning these things are moving ready one two three go oh yeah and then all this feed that was spilled behind will have the pigs come through and clean that up so I'm just winging ways to you is that what the pigs are for and all even for something out there cleanup program and baking program I mean yeah they're uh they'll come through I clean up all this feed just for you guys or for the you show the bacon - oh yeah we sell the pork definitely once it's ready but this is a chicken farm that we use lives other livestock for other reasons bugs not drugs so we believe that chickens should have a natural diet grass bug seeds and worms moving over fresh pasture they don't need the drugs so it I've never used vaccines or antibiotics or drugs or you know feed additives or any of that stuff you don't need to those first 50 chicks back in 2012 there was a thing called Facebook that was really popular so we put those first 50 chicks we said uh if anybody wants a few of these you know here's a link you can put a deposit down and reserve one or two and we thought what will offset the cost of raising these for our family so two weeks go by the birds are like this big now and all 50 had been deposits collected paid in full like they were done it was a done deal which was so crazy to us because my family was all mad at me for selling all the chicken they thought they were gonna be eaten now Paul look at him come running to you Betty why they come and run into you well they used to get fed before they got here they don't get fed anymore but really yeah well they don't really what do they eat they eat the grass there's a Kunekune e grazing Pig this is the best backyard they don't like the electric fence much either so is the bass backyard taking a pig for backyard operation there will graze 100% grass they'll eat one veggie they don't root they won't destroy your pastures in these fields I think if you want y'all never mind they are if any of them know you tried to get in the big circle right now by the time we harvested the birds and harvesting was literally like an iphone here with YouTube on how to chicken processing from Joel Salatin in the bird like right here hanging in the tree so that's how we first started out but we harvested the birds we had a waiting list of like a hundred and ten families that all wanted you know real local pasture raised chicken and the next month we did a hundred Birds then a few months later we did 200 and then we did 400 and we did a thousand this is the original Paul King joke how are you King four oh he's just for you guys are just baby young Kings out here you guys are just five years old yeah this is just a little puppy come on now Paul this is just five years five years later man no way we're gonna go see what it looks like five years later and this is just gonna be a glimpse y'all yeah this is the smaller chicken farm but there's thirty chicken tractors and one of the big range coops and down in this field we have about 3,500 birds any given time and oh geez booting it friendly and this is important for us down in the desert as we do irrigated pastures down here so okay that will keep us on green grass year round we do 52 weeks out of the year we're producing birds which does help us because we don't have to lay people off and take time off we can really just keep it going it's good and bad a nine is five operation here yeah for sure it does help with wholesale and our other company pasture bird benefits from being able to do you know twelve months out of the year production so here you go this looks like it's just been moved recently you see the flies which are annoying but they help us break down the manure really really fast so they're gonna basically take it help us break it down yeah this just got moved to fresh pasture you can see we have pressurized water into this coop which is super nice so we're not tending water filling up water all the time that's just pressurized right into the coop on a loser and you look so you went from just a wooden pasture poaching pan meadow meadow pasture poultry pens to now this yes I mean you gotta hold them there well this will hold 500 and the freedom Rangers and now then these chickens look like you're almost ready to graduate they're ready to go yeah there in about eleventh grade here this is 500 Birds the first instinct people always say oh that's not very much room for 500 but we gotta remember is a square foot and a half for every bird that's moved every single day for 77 days so you really have over 100 square feet over the course of their life yeah we want to concentrate that manure and know exactly where it went down and get them off of that manure every single day yeah so that's what keeps us off the drug that's why we say bugs not drugs or and you watch them you know you see about 5% of them may be eating the feed ninety five percent are just out foraging green seeing fresh air sunshine this coop works really well for our environment out here and look they're acting like chickens yeah what do you know they're fighting they're walking around they're scratching they don't need to be dabiq they don't need to be be talon eyes they don't need to be vaccinated or antibiotic that I need drug or additives in the feed it's just really a truly a natural chicken a real program and it comes through in the flavor the health of the bird too so so we think the daily move is really important so they're actually on green grass every single day yeah if we left these guys for two or three days this would be a mud bath in here and there'd be no grass left all the bog all the good stuff about this would be gone so to us it's really important to be moving them all the time this is a really good set up to for range so we get some heavy rains through here in the winter time and this allows them to get out of the way if it's really wet in here they can get up and perch we can throw some straw and this system works really well for stuff like that too we hooked this up on misters 2 we don't need them right now it's not hot enough but if it goes over 100 this is useful because it'll bring the core temp it up of the entire thing got about 20 degrees just from running some water in here on mystery that works real well - is this made for this purpose or did you touch them it's just a normal greenhouse it's a high it's a high tunnel or whatever they call it but it's put on skids and it's kind of manufactured out with the roll-up sides I'll show you the side with quickly it's somebody else did that or you had the custom that we customized a little bit but it's mostly it comes like this ok this is really nice - so in the summer we're never gonna drop this but with small chicks in the winter it's a real easy way to really close down the coop just like night just like what is the importance of nice really but maybe more expensive equipment but it makes the process smoother we've always stood like are you gonna treat this as a hobby or give me a business if it's a business buy the right equipment do it the right way that's kind of how we approach it so it's better on the labor it's better on us it's definitely more efficient with results in way less mortality faster grow outs there's a better process overall so we're always looking at ways to invest in better equipment with it really come on boys there you go there you go come on these guys are big these guys are about ten weeks old right now so one more week and nobody ready to go started adding in sheep and we started adding in hogs and we found a partner farm to do some beef stuff with and you know now five years later we've got like twenty thousand chickens out on pasture or we're doing hundreds of orders every week with home delivery and it's just been like this what the heck just happened to take a step back and look at it now we would have never thought that it would be here if you told me I'd be farming six years ago coming out of the Marine Corps I would have laughed it would be like there's no way I don't know farming I've never done farming there's just no chance that would happen so what started as a hobby became a business and really became a passion for regenerative agriculture and now we're here today who knows where we'll be in five years but it's been a pretty fun ride for sure so these are non petroleum-based lawn mowing crew we use these to just graze off the fields in front of the chickens the chickens don't like the real tall grass so we try to get it down you know six to eight inches before the birds come through and then we do sell the pasture raised lamb - there's not a it's not a huge herd but we do sell whatever is produced out here cool program Dorper sheep really heat tolerant it's a meat breed so we're not shearing for they're not meant for wool or anything like that nice and the Lambs are just born right out here no assistance no barn year-round we keep a male in with them it's really really simple natural program yeah and has it beat out a petroleum lower at this point yeah don't have to sit on a track I don't think we even know we don't even own a tractor so there's a baby in there we should go we should go check that out you want to go see the baby mr. Brown come on let's go see the baby solar-powered electric fence charger works awesome Southern California where we got Sun 350 days a year yeah this just runs to a ground rod premier wall and electric fencing and that's what allows us to hurt them up and move them around every day nice this must be your mascot that's Mabel that's we got her for dairy but we haven't really done any dairy production yet so she's just the mascot they trampled her for now they were born two days ago little brothers over here you just let them do their own thing we don't touch him never been touched though there's no vaccine no antibiotic is just born here in the field we come out for chores and so cool there's lambs on the ground and that's yeah I mean that's all there is to it and when they're your mowers all that's just bonus it's just cream on the top exactly Simon baby's harvesting lamb yep the Dorper is a good breed it's a twin like 50% of the time and so they definitely reproduce pretty quick it's a really good meat lamb it's not good for wool at all but it's a good meat lamb especially for a warm climate I was a full-time CPA which is a pretty demanding job it was 80 90 hours a week commuting both ways you know still had my wife and have we had our baby and so it was like really busy and then my brother was a high school teacher too so he had a full-time job and that's what allowed us to start the farm I mean we had that off-farm income we didn't have to take a dollar of salary off the farm for like the first three years that's what really would allowed us to keep reinvesting every dollar that we made off and selling those chickens we put it back into the business and we kept growing it and growing it growing it it didn't have it didn't have the burden to pay us a living wage for a long time for us and for me especially my soul was just dying slowly in a cubicle I had to do something else I love this regenerative livestock agriculture and grass farming so there was no option I had to give try Paul this is where your are now and this is your finish good this is what it looks like when it arrives the customer yes so we've started doing this home delivery system we're just trying to make clean food really you know convenient for people because we found that farmers markets and trying to do all the stuff is difficult for working families sometimes so we're really working hard to put stuff on people's doorstep you know I'm glad you're shipping I know at first you hesitated to do that yeah because you want people to buy local and that's great but not everybody I've been traveling and there are many many food deserts all over they're not local all over the place and just because you have a farmers market doesn't mean it's real food that's there sometimes sure that's what caused us to start doing it too that's true we want to bring food to the people they can decide if they want to buy something local or not that's where we would love that but if you don't have it locally or if you want to buy from us where you know what's going on that's why we exist so yeah let's take a look at this box yes sir this is what we ordered yep let's see what Rebecca got so you can order anything from you then you don't it's not just like oh here's what you get this week no no we got this honey and we got some chicken thigh yeah yeah we love some chicken thighs anywhere that's so easy to make so healthy so all this is organic everything's a button you got bone broth and you got a whole bird oh man and you got this is a pork sausage so eat something where you getting your beef from beef all comes down to central California a little family farm of your workers but they're really awesome pasture for the ground oh this looks great man you got you got insulation here so much to what seven different states ship to seven states but pretty soon we'll be going everything west of Mississippi's we have your eyes on okay cool good job man good packaging so if somebody wants to know more about you or they want to order their own package where do they go this all the stuff is primal pastures calm so don't go on there check it out we've got all the car we've got subscription packages but everything in there certified organic soy free GMO free now pasture raised and pasture finished room and animals so it's all species-appropriate stuff it's the best that yeah I mean it's the best that you can get so it's the good stuff sake bugs not drugs hugs not drugs hey you sound great I tell your story [Music] [Applause] [Music] you [Applause]

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Reap show us what’s up with their backyard milk goats in the Arizona desert.

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there you go Arizona alright here we go Grand Canyon State now it has to be perfect ice can you believe it you gots been to Arizona but under the dude I love the Hawaii shirt I love the Hawaii dress I love the Hawaiian t-shirt you guys are doing great and a good spirit I'm feeling pretty good look at this place we're getting there guys we're getting there fall cleaning is coming along okay you guys ready to have breakfast over here you guys and your kids want milk this is like it's really mild so it's not like regular goat's milk that you find yeah is it that time you in charge of milking this morning yeah you don't help the medicine go down okay good okay I see you're coming to do business you got your filing cabinet okay we always see the filing there you are Josh she's big this old happy huh oh yeah - jinx enough this morning know what motivates you to do this for the first time they got us do it they told us we'd go to Disneyland it we just kept doing it yeah it sounds like you and Ethan need to go on strike yes make a sign refuse the milk Disneyland or but okay despite not giving a retreat I see how you treat your workers kind of like your parents today we're gonna take you to Disneyland and then you're not feeling that poor note it's not do you guys know the basics of nothing squeezing the teat and stuff I don't have ma'am this backbone doesn't have as much grip but you could still get some out of it if you tried keep going keep going at that one there you go cows they kind of they kind of pull down a little bit and kind of kind of pinch it out but with goats because the teats are sure you really pinch the teat first and then do the rest of the squeezing so you're kind of blocking off the milk and then squeezing it out is it time is it time to go strain that that's it right into your jar technically you can drink that right now yeah and you know where this is weird like at the end of our milking cycle you know we're pretty low on milk right now normally we're producing you know at least a half gallon a day Didion yes how does it feel to have a garden and goats in your backyard do all your friends have gardens and farms in their backyard no what do they think of you I don't really honestly they probably just become cool because kind of like a Mary Poppins type of character yes okay you're the Mary Poppins in your good friend circle yes thank you oh he's serious he's broke out to Wilbur what are you gonna do that Wilbur Kevin we are gonna get some good oil Wow I'd say so you alternate these goats between these two pins yeah this this maneuver is a little bit more broken down yeah are you gonna are you going to strain that out you browsing for them now huh well they love you so this playground for you or for them so all the other goats are fat and don't like to move much doing it oh there she is now oh here you go does she go down the slide that's for you yeah oh that's for Kevin yeah Kevin this slide is for you Kevin what's this the pomelo tree oh I would have never guessed that it's like a sweet grapefruit it's really really good all right so we're gonna try to plant some Einhorn wheat cool so you guys know what iron core is and that's kind of like an ancient we it's supposed to be I don't really eat gluten but my family does and it's supposed to be an easier to digest yeah so I thought what the heck cool let's try to grow it because I'm all about experimenting tiny stuff you see this guy yeah this one's the active one if they break really easy then then you're in good shape and it's a real farmer right there sifting through the manure you're getting it your SEP you're getting the dry stuff you're keeping the dry stuff Kevin do your friends think you're nuts my friends I don't really have any friends come on good Kevin some somebody give Kevin a like here let's give Kevin some friends guys I play bad ran them off guys I played basketball with don't really know what he doesn't talk about it at basketball camp huh you go play b-ball yeah cool what do they like to talk about boring stuff like we're boo you don't even know what real life is they don't like to talk about sifting through your goat manure no to squeeze it to see if it's dry and ready for the gardener now that I like to talk about that straight-up say that dirt and manure together because she doesn't trust us there's been a couple of times when we left this open and the goats have gotten in now we know why Disneyland got taken away now we know why Disneyland the truth is coming out you're still paying for that aren't you Oh even eat that says yeah who knows how long how long have you guys been having a garden and goats I think we made it like 1 or 2 years after we got here around just like seven or eight years can you remember not having no no again I can't remember coming out here and not having a garden ok do you do do your friends have a garden I have like one or two friends who have garden but not really what do those two friends that do you have a garden have a goat they have like rabbit two things but not so what did they think about you in your gardening goat in your backyard they're always like wow you have goats and stuff I used to have goats but now I don't because I don't like them nice okay so you're all right they get you yeah what's your favorite thing about having gardening goats or just all the experience I get from it what kind of experience oh I just I get to say oh I have a garden and I hope coats and you think you'll have a garden and go when you pretty high chance that I will [Music] and all my research at which I've done none I think we just throw them in the dirt don't know from what I understand it's pretty easy to sprout so we're going to we're not gonna like stick our finger in and do holes we're just gonna kind of spread it across and this is your first time okay and then let's let's sprinkle it and then I'll kind of cover it with that dirt that I pulled back we're gonna see how it sprouts we're gonna just try it out here you can study and research all day you know you can just go out a little bit there you go a tiny little Hannah [Music] what about your friends duh now did they think you're crazy well my family definitely thought I was crazy because I was not raised with goats or chickens or anything but you know you find your little tribe wherever you live you find you your group of crazy bull which will meet tomorrow yeah the crazy people grown their food in the desert here yeah but there's something really fun about just doing it even despite the failures it's it's really enjoyable come on you're talking about failures but I'm looking around and seeing nothing but success beautiful garden yeah that's beautiful kids working working every morning to try to eat some of our plan come on now it's a glass half empty or half full come on no it's fun and we do have some we do have success too but I think it's like embracing not being afraid of familiar that's a big part of it [Music] Jahna blogging where's this vlog at this is wiedemann reap on youtube didn't l Wolford okay you guys want more of her check that out hey kids was it good to get your hands dirty again come on now was it good to get your hands dirty again okay good if you guys are interested in more do-it-yourself type of stuff with goats like what you need how to get it going where do you get the ghost that type of stuff we talked more with denilla about that and i put it in my member area I might do it yourself about its member area and right now you can try that for just a dollar you can try it for a week for a dollar I think we're on like 50 videos or something like that and then you can be done or you can continue on and opt-in monthly so check that out I'll leave the link to that down in the description tomorrow we're gonna explore this more we're gonna get more of the Nell story we're gonna talk about what you can do in the desert on one acre it's absolutely amazing this one acre farm in suburbia we're gonna tell that story we also got a meet-up it should be a lot of fun


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there you go Arizona alright here we go Grand Canyon State now it has to be perfect ice can you believe it you gots been to Arizona but under the dude I love the Hawaii shirt I love the Hawaii dress I love the Hawaiian t-shirt you guys are doing great and a good spirit I'm feeling pretty good look at this place we're getting there guys we're getting there fall cleaning is coming along okay you guys ready to have breakfast over here you guys and your kids want milk this is like it's really mild so it's not like regular goat's milk that you find yeah is it that time you in charge of milking this morning yeah you don't help the medicine go down okay good okay I see you're coming to do business you got your filing cabinet okay we always see the filing there you are Josh she's big this old happy huh oh yeah - jinx enough this morning know what motivates you to do this for the first time they got us do it they told us we'd go to Disneyland it we just kept doing it yeah it sounds like you and Ethan need to go on strike yes make a sign refuse the milk Disneyland or but okay despite not giving a retreat I see how you treat your workers kind of like your parents today we're gonna take you to Disneyland and then you're not feeling that poor note it's not do you guys know the basics of nothing squeezing the teat and stuff I don't have ma'am this backbone doesn't have as much grip but you could still get some out of it if you tried keep going keep going at that one there you go cows they kind of they kind of pull down a little bit and kind of kind of pinch it out but with goats because the teats are sure you really pinch the teat first and then do the rest of the squeezing so you're kind of blocking off the milk and then squeezing it out is it time is it time to go strain that that's it right into your jar technically you can drink that right now yeah and you know where this is weird like at the end of our milking cycle you know we're pretty low on milk right now normally we're producing you know at least a half gallon a day Didion yes how does it feel to have a garden and goats in your backyard do all your friends have gardens and farms in their backyard no what do they think of you I don't really honestly they probably just become cool because kind of like a Mary Poppins type of character yes okay you're the Mary Poppins in your good friend circle yes thank you oh he's serious he's broke out to Wilbur what are you gonna do that Wilbur Kevin we are gonna get some good oil Wow I'd say so you alternate these goats between these two pins yeah this this maneuver is a little bit more broken down yeah are you gonna are you going to strain that out you browsing for them now huh well they love you so this playground for you or for them so all the other goats are fat and don't like to move much doing it oh there she is now oh here you go does she go down the slide that's for you yeah oh that's for Kevin yeah Kevin this slide is for you Kevin what's this the pomelo tree oh I would have never guessed that it's like a sweet grapefruit it's really really good all right so we're gonna try to plant some Einhorn wheat cool so you guys know what iron core is and that's kind of like an ancient we it's supposed to be I don't really eat gluten but my family does and it's supposed to be an easier to digest yeah so I thought what the heck cool let's try to grow it because I'm all about experimenting tiny stuff you see this guy yeah this one's the active one if they break really easy then then you're in good shape and it's a real farmer right there sifting through the manure you're getting it your SEP you're getting the dry stuff you're keeping the dry stuff Kevin do your friends think you're nuts my friends I don't really have any friends come on good Kevin some somebody give Kevin a like here let's give Kevin some friends guys I play bad ran them off guys I played basketball with don't really know what he doesn't talk about it at basketball camp huh you go play b-ball yeah cool what do they like to talk about boring stuff like we're boo you don't even know what real life is they don't like to talk about sifting through your goat manure no to squeeze it to see if it's dry and ready for the gardener now that I like to talk about that straight-up say that dirt and manure together because she doesn't trust us there's been a couple of times when we left this open and the goats have gotten in now we know why Disneyland got taken away now we know why Disneyland the truth is coming out you're still paying for that aren't you Oh even eat that says yeah who knows how long how long have you guys been having a garden and goats I think we made it like 1 or 2 years after we got here around just like seven or eight years can you remember not having no no again I can't remember coming out here and not having a garden ok do you do do your friends have a garden I have like one or two friends who have garden but not really what do those two friends that do you have a garden have a goat they have like rabbit two things but not so what did they think about you in your gardening goat in your backyard they're always like wow you have goats and stuff I used to have goats but now I don't because I don't like them nice okay so you're all right they get you yeah what's your favorite thing about having gardening goats or just all the experience I get from it what kind of experience oh I just I get to say oh I have a garden and I hope coats and you think you'll have a garden and go when you pretty high chance that I will [Music] and all my research at which I've done none I think we just throw them in the dirt don't know from what I understand it's pretty easy to sprout so we're going to we're not gonna like stick our finger in and do holes we're just gonna kind of spread it across and this is your first time okay and then let's let's sprinkle it and then I'll kind of cover it with that dirt that I pulled back we're gonna see how it sprouts we're gonna just try it out here you can study and research all day you know you can just go out a little bit there you go a tiny little Hannah [Music] what about your friends duh now did they think you're crazy well my family definitely thought I was crazy because I was not raised with goats or chickens or anything but you know you find your little tribe wherever you live you find you your group of crazy bull which will meet tomorrow yeah the crazy people grown their food in the desert here yeah but there's something really fun about just doing it even despite the failures it's it's really enjoyable come on you're talking about failures but I'm looking around and seeing nothing but success beautiful garden yeah that's beautiful kids working working every morning to try to eat some of our plan come on now it's a glass half empty or half full come on no it's fun and we do have some we do have success too but I think it's like embracing not being afraid of familiar that's a big part of it [Music] Jahna blogging where's this vlog at this is wiedemann reap on youtube didn't l Wolford okay you guys want more of her check that out hey kids was it good to get your hands dirty again come on now was it good to get your hands dirty again okay good if you guys are interested in more do-it-yourself type of stuff with goats like what you need how to get it going where do you get the ghost that type of stuff we talked more with denilla about that and i put it in my member area I might do it yourself about its member area and right now you can try that for just a dollar you can try it for a week for a dollar I think we're on like 50 videos or something like that and then you can be done or you can continue on and opt-in monthly so check that out I'll leave the link to that down in the description tomorrow we're gonna explore this more we're gonna get more of the Nell story we're gonna talk about what you can do in the desert on one acre it's absolutely amazing this one acre farm in suburbia we're gonna tell that story we also got a meet-up it should be a lot of fun


 
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DaNelle, of Weed Em and Reap shows what’s possible on just ONE acre in the middle of suburbia Arizona. Goats, sheep, gardens and a budding food forest.

Justin Rhodes posted the article • 0 comments • 277 views • 2017-10-31 16:39 • came from similar tags

 
 

 
 
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we were driving through Phoenix Arizona on our great American Farm to her it's like so many cities in America full of traffic huge lots of people little area and then we get to the sort of that outside of Phoenix didn't we pull into the neighborhood were to go to and feature on this tour and I'm looking around and thinking hey this looks really nice I'm totally surprised she's allowed to have goats chickens basically a micro farm here in this very nice neighborhood and then I saw four cows fuck this must be the coolest neighborhood in the world and then we got two dead now [Music] what we're trying to do here on an acre is everything you would do on a big scale just miniaturized so we knew that we had this front yard space in suburbia you'll have big front yards that are just have inedible plants and maybe even rock here in the desert but we wanted as many trees in the front yard as we could so this is kind of a couple years of work here for us we still earned and still growing but we've got I think in the front yards got 20 fruit trees and then we've got 10 more in the back but yeah it's pretty exciting stuff to kind of change your front yard into more of a food forest about 10 years ago I was dealing with a bunch of health problems and then my son Ethan we found out he had asthma and so we felt like a wreck you know we just weren't we weren't really living our life's potential and so we got into eating healthier that was kind of the the first starting point towards hey maybe we should grow our own food let's just go let's go to the garden it's exciting because like there's something I mean you can just put an animal in your yard and there's some fulfillment from that but being able to like grow your own food that's huge you know that's like that's like the ultimate man put a seed in the ground actually grow something edible that's pretty cool all right so this is really fun because this is our this is this year's new adventure we actually watched your video with the JM Fortier Market Garden and I've already I've also I've kind of always known about the whole wood ship back to eatin method but I people don't really do that here because we have really invasive grass so a lot of people hate to plant and ground because it'll just become covered with grass so I thought hey let's just combine both of those methods and it's so far done really great so I think as we keep going though you know you know how doesn't gardening soil will just keep getting better so yeah it's been really fun to try this out we knew we were gonna garden in this area so we put the goats chickens everything in here for a good six months let him just kill the Bermuda you don't kill the grass and stomp it down poop on it and all that stuff so they really prepped it for us we just had to come in and build the rows we started to look around our area you know here in Arizona where could we find a place that would be affordable that could you know we could grow our own food and so we searched and searched and we found the perfect piece of junk house but it was on an acre and it had mature gorgeous trees and we thought like this is it we're gonna we're gonna do this so we moved here and we started with the whole few chickens and a goat and then I learned you have to have to go throats one go just cries and screams old times and we just slowly started getting deeper and deeper into growing our own food and so now what are these restraining cunts doing in the middle of Suburbia don't tell me you're processing your own chickens here usually every other year will raise a bunch of chickens and then put them up in our freezer and so these are these are killing cones here for when we need to put you our chickens it's a it's interesting to do it in suburbia people don't expect you to be doing that but the neighbors peeking over the fence yeah oh yeah gonna say no they don't set I think people are pretty down-to-earth here they they come from families that used to farm so but it's just a generational gap they haven't really done it themselves it's been awesome I mean now we have you know goats that we milk and we raise our own meat and we raise our own we have our own eggs and then we have fruits and vegetables and this yesterday we tried to plant our first grain all right well welcome to our pasture no this is um since our whole area is an acre this is about a half acre and it is enough least we know it's enough to raise two Lambs every year the goats get kind of supplemented so we're not sure if they would really totally survive on this but it's it's perfect amount for us for a family for but it's not without its struggles we one of the biggest challenges of growing here is the heat so while we can grow year-round part of that year is pretty tough so there's a few things that we do here if you're gardening here in Arizona you know that you're doing a deep mulch system you have to so people have got anywhere from six inches to a foot of mulch over their gardens to help retain moisture another trick is we use a lot of coconut coir to help retain moisture in our if we're doing any kind of above-ground beds but then we'll also string up these shade cloths over our garden to just help help us be able to grow anything during July and August here so that's kind of a struggle and there are other little struggles here and there especially growing on a small area you know we live in town so we have some restrictions you know we can't have more than you know 50 chickens or more than eight goats stuff like that now we've not seen this on a tour a big concrete ditch going through somebody's yard what's up with that yeah so this is arizona's irrigation system and the Hohokam Indians actually built this years ago and then the people that settled this area I just kind of continued with it so what this does is it brings water it's just a full gravity system reading the water from the lake down to all the homes that's it yeah and we just let the water in when it's our time come through it's a few hours this whole place will be flooded all right irrigation son oh man I was gonna come in and swim in it at the edge get cooler Oh oh my gosh oh good in the shade you know you guys used to play in this irrigation every two weeks now you're too old oh so sad and then he sticks it in there and so then we stop it this stops it from going in our yard but then lets it continue on so now he's gonna lift this up go away it goes all the way down yay so that's it we've got the whole backyard like this we want lots of shade here shade is everything here in Arizona and so when we built this area we actually to take a tree down which was a big bummer for us because it's just it's something like 20 degrees cooler you know under shade so we instead planets and new trees but of course the goats are going to destroy them so we made this little pallet wall around it works pretty good all right so we usually don't have predators here but there are some hawks that will get our chickens early in the morning or maybe an owl so we do lock them up at night and then every morning hey Jess come on we just love the little goats we think they're perfect for a small setting like this we love the mills we love their personalities so so this is primarily our just our pride and joy we love them because they're really good stock really good registration and breed and and lines and so we're excited about the potential with them we are phasing out our Nubian and so we're just we're just excited we love these little mini milkers so the best and we have one do actually this little one this fat one in the back she's due in a couple of weeks here you see we have this shade because the Sun will come in right here and during the summer it's just brutal but yeah just our little area that we bring our goats up and milk and it's just kind of perfect cuz it's like middle ground you know we walked just steps from our backyard get the milk left the mountain the pasture it's perfect these are my tropical trees now this has been really fun because we live in the desert and you would think that we couldn't grow tropical trees here but you actually can we have avocados mangos and bananas right now and then we'll probably add more we have a loquat that's a little bit subtropical but yeah it's it's cool it's it's interesting because as you start to get into like planting trees you'll notice that there are different microclimates within your climate so this area back here where we have these gorgeous huge 30 year old shade trees combined with the irrigation that comes through creates sort of this it's like really really cool spot like temperature-wise very very cool and so it's perfect for growing these kind of trees here and they thrive so it's kind of fun to be doing that here in the desert in the future what we want to do is just do things better and become more of a master at gardening and the next big adventure we're going to do is we're hoping to build a natural pond on our property so that we can raise our own fish as well so the goal is to just round it all out and have every little bit of what you'd find on a big farm right here in the city so the the rumor is the the legend is that a cowboy was traveling from Mexico and he dropped an avocado pit and the avocado for some reason grew on its own without any nurturing and it's a massive 100 year old you know 50 foot high avocado tree in the middle of the desert and so people go to like tour it and look at it and stuff and so they allowed people to take cuttings they allow Sheamus to take cuttings and he started dispersing them to people in the valley and so now there are lots of people here growing what they call the Arizona avocado view all
 
 


 
 
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we were driving through Phoenix Arizona on our great American Farm to her it's like so many cities in America full of traffic huge lots of people little area and then we get to the sort of that outside of Phoenix didn't we pull into the neighborhood were to go to and feature on this tour and I'm looking around and thinking hey this looks really nice I'm totally surprised she's allowed to have goats chickens basically a micro farm here in this very nice neighborhood and then I saw four cows fuck this must be the coolest neighborhood in the world and then we got two dead now [Music] what we're trying to do here on an acre is everything you would do on a big scale just miniaturized so we knew that we had this front yard space in suburbia you'll have big front yards that are just have inedible plants and maybe even rock here in the desert but we wanted as many trees in the front yard as we could so this is kind of a couple years of work here for us we still earned and still growing but we've got I think in the front yards got 20 fruit trees and then we've got 10 more in the back but yeah it's pretty exciting stuff to kind of change your front yard into more of a food forest about 10 years ago I was dealing with a bunch of health problems and then my son Ethan we found out he had asthma and so we felt like a wreck you know we just weren't we weren't really living our life's potential and so we got into eating healthier that was kind of the the first starting point towards hey maybe we should grow our own food let's just go let's go to the garden it's exciting because like there's something I mean you can just put an animal in your yard and there's some fulfillment from that but being able to like grow your own food that's huge you know that's like that's like the ultimate man put a seed in the ground actually grow something edible that's pretty cool all right so this is really fun because this is our this is this year's new adventure we actually watched your video with the JM Fortier Market Garden and I've already I've also I've kind of always known about the whole wood ship back to eatin method but I people don't really do that here because we have really invasive grass so a lot of people hate to plant and ground because it'll just become covered with grass so I thought hey let's just combine both of those methods and it's so far done really great so I think as we keep going though you know you know how doesn't gardening soil will just keep getting better so yeah it's been really fun to try this out we knew we were gonna garden in this area so we put the goats chickens everything in here for a good six months let him just kill the Bermuda you don't kill the grass and stomp it down poop on it and all that stuff so they really prepped it for us we just had to come in and build the rows we started to look around our area you know here in Arizona where could we find a place that would be affordable that could you know we could grow our own food and so we searched and searched and we found the perfect piece of junk house but it was on an acre and it had mature gorgeous trees and we thought like this is it we're gonna we're gonna do this so we moved here and we started with the whole few chickens and a goat and then I learned you have to have to go throats one go just cries and screams old times and we just slowly started getting deeper and deeper into growing our own food and so now what are these restraining cunts doing in the middle of Suburbia don't tell me you're processing your own chickens here usually every other year will raise a bunch of chickens and then put them up in our freezer and so these are these are killing cones here for when we need to put you our chickens it's a it's interesting to do it in suburbia people don't expect you to be doing that but the neighbors peeking over the fence yeah oh yeah gonna say no they don't set I think people are pretty down-to-earth here they they come from families that used to farm so but it's just a generational gap they haven't really done it themselves it's been awesome I mean now we have you know goats that we milk and we raise our own meat and we raise our own we have our own eggs and then we have fruits and vegetables and this yesterday we tried to plant our first grain all right well welcome to our pasture no this is um since our whole area is an acre this is about a half acre and it is enough least we know it's enough to raise two Lambs every year the goats get kind of supplemented so we're not sure if they would really totally survive on this but it's it's perfect amount for us for a family for but it's not without its struggles we one of the biggest challenges of growing here is the heat so while we can grow year-round part of that year is pretty tough so there's a few things that we do here if you're gardening here in Arizona you know that you're doing a deep mulch system you have to so people have got anywhere from six inches to a foot of mulch over their gardens to help retain moisture another trick is we use a lot of coconut coir to help retain moisture in our if we're doing any kind of above-ground beds but then we'll also string up these shade cloths over our garden to just help help us be able to grow anything during July and August here so that's kind of a struggle and there are other little struggles here and there especially growing on a small area you know we live in town so we have some restrictions you know we can't have more than you know 50 chickens or more than eight goats stuff like that now we've not seen this on a tour a big concrete ditch going through somebody's yard what's up with that yeah so this is arizona's irrigation system and the Hohokam Indians actually built this years ago and then the people that settled this area I just kind of continued with it so what this does is it brings water it's just a full gravity system reading the water from the lake down to all the homes that's it yeah and we just let the water in when it's our time come through it's a few hours this whole place will be flooded all right irrigation son oh man I was gonna come in and swim in it at the edge get cooler Oh oh my gosh oh good in the shade you know you guys used to play in this irrigation every two weeks now you're too old oh so sad and then he sticks it in there and so then we stop it this stops it from going in our yard but then lets it continue on so now he's gonna lift this up go away it goes all the way down yay so that's it we've got the whole backyard like this we want lots of shade here shade is everything here in Arizona and so when we built this area we actually to take a tree down which was a big bummer for us because it's just it's something like 20 degrees cooler you know under shade so we instead planets and new trees but of course the goats are going to destroy them so we made this little pallet wall around it works pretty good all right so we usually don't have predators here but there are some hawks that will get our chickens early in the morning or maybe an owl so we do lock them up at night and then every morning hey Jess come on we just love the little goats we think they're perfect for a small setting like this we love the mills we love their personalities so so this is primarily our just our pride and joy we love them because they're really good stock really good registration and breed and and lines and so we're excited about the potential with them we are phasing out our Nubian and so we're just we're just excited we love these little mini milkers so the best and we have one do actually this little one this fat one in the back she's due in a couple of weeks here you see we have this shade because the Sun will come in right here and during the summer it's just brutal but yeah just our little area that we bring our goats up and milk and it's just kind of perfect cuz it's like middle ground you know we walked just steps from our backyard get the milk left the mountain the pasture it's perfect these are my tropical trees now this has been really fun because we live in the desert and you would think that we couldn't grow tropical trees here but you actually can we have avocados mangos and bananas right now and then we'll probably add more we have a loquat that's a little bit subtropical but yeah it's it's cool it's it's interesting because as you start to get into like planting trees you'll notice that there are different microclimates within your climate so this area back here where we have these gorgeous huge 30 year old shade trees combined with the irrigation that comes through creates sort of this it's like really really cool spot like temperature-wise very very cool and so it's perfect for growing these kind of trees here and they thrive so it's kind of fun to be doing that here in the desert in the future what we want to do is just do things better and become more of a master at gardening and the next big adventure we're going to do is we're hoping to build a natural pond on our property so that we can raise our own fish as well so the goal is to just round it all out and have every little bit of what you'd find on a big farm right here in the city so the the rumor is the the legend is that a cowboy was traveling from Mexico and he dropped an avocado pit and the avocado for some reason grew on its own without any nurturing and it's a massive 100 year old you know 50 foot high avocado tree in the middle of the desert and so people go to like tour it and look at it and stuff and so they allowed people to take cuttings they allow Sheamus to take cuttings and he started dispersing them to people in the valley and so now there are lots of people here growing what they call the Arizona avocado

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How to transforms your Swimming Pool Into GARDEN Paradise

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How to clip the Turkeys Wings

Justin Rhodes posted the article • 0 comments • 177 views • 2017-10-07 03:27 • came from similar tags

 

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these turkeys keep getting out of the ring so we're going to have to clip their wings mr. brown let's water our plants this morning come on I'll let you do it just come over here that's okay we got the water over here buddy see there it is let me put this cap on it hey good morning Lily let's do this second stage of fall crop around here there there different voice but let's just make sure they stay that way just lightly push it okay buddy see slightly push it can you do that do it easy good job look this is one of his favorite things to do play with the feed hey mr. brown you gonna let me take that to the turkeys I figured that might be a task okay I gotta take it to turkeys okay why right okay all right sit down there you go all right here we go let's just go like this that's one way to do it buddy just take a run I figured you're only two once right and boy do I wish I could ride in a bucket every once in a while and be carried around you go reports them out okay putting their thing good boy there you go good there you go get some more good good yay good job buddy the kid loves playing some grain good thing you don't want to ride in this one that's always fun now to the chickens did y'all catch anything this morning why not we did catch a fish but it got away okay maybe next time had a real productive work day today most exciting thing that happened today at work was video two came out in our three-part series it's called chickens do most of my garden and three simple stages it's good got a ton of comments on there we're like almost 160 comments and that's one cool thing about it you got on there comment I will answer your question within a day or two so hope you join I'll leave a link in the description gotta make dinner mom's not feeling well with the weaning thing just real sensitive doing the best you can to recover so I'm going to make them a dinner this is her request and it looks awesome chicken parmesan pasta skillet from the cookie rookie calm and for my dinner it's going to be a little different tonight it's going to be a warm up to a diet I'm starting tomorrow I've been having a lot of inflammation lately we think it's due to my Lyme disease we've been talking to one of you guys actually helping us out a natural doctor we beautiful ones been on the phone for hours we think I'm a fast oxidizer so we're experimenting with a high-protein diet no dairy of course no grains that type of thing so tonight I'm warming up I'm gonna have a buffalo buffalo burger and with avocado lettuce and what else we got for me to throw in on top of that ham cheese what okay and carrots and currants carrots oh and just a avocado so the buffalo burger avocado and carrots hey Jenna we go get me a couple handfuls of basil yeah thanks buddy ha behind me get some basil so I'm going to get some got it here you go the chicken mill is done and looking delicious and the buffalo burger looking amazing with the avocado on top surrounded by lettuce and some colorful carrot this is hilarious the turkeys are out Lily is out chasing them trying to chase them back in barefoot and all what's just getting i1 back in okay mr. brown let's go help get those turkeys in you I'm going those shoes no let's go barefoot buddy I need you guys to come help me Obama and Michelle are out and all the t-birds okay guys let's go catch a Baumann Michelle okay here she is right there there they both are oh boy see that's why we got to keep them in see that one down there yeah it is isn't it yeah she's getting all up in our garden all right catch her catch again sir we guy in this you guys stay in there honey you'll be hurt she kind of looks like her Obama done jumped the fence but we're gonna catch him clip his wings so stops us hey man you're a pretty rooster hey you want to see him mr. Brown oh you want him around in a dump truck hey stay put big guy y'all moving soon you ready to be moved I'll do it on that roof Google address it we're hauling leather chess yeah all right what can y'all come help me catch the turkeys you guys go unplug the fence and heard the turkeys this way hey these turkeys getting out of every night around 6 o'clock it's like clockwork then jumping over that pin and we got to put an end to it so we're gonna have to clip their wings didn't really want to do this but gonna have to I'm gonna see if I can do it and then daylight so you guys can see the process if I can't really catch them really easy I might have to come back here at night when they're perched they obviously it's like the routine now you know you jump out and we heard you back in can you hold him for a little bit he's gonna uh he's not letting me set him down and I've got to crawl in there and get turkeys cuz this guy won't do it how they'll feel they'll film things what's the matter yeah it's a little concentrated right here because this is where they perch that's what you're smelling turkey squat okay I got one out where these guys are getting strong yeah Wow look at that said a wings yeah here these guys are strong and look at these beautiful feathers here is this bunch of turkey squat in there we're gonna move it forward because I'm just trudging all up in it no way it'd be cleaner be on this nice clean grass that won't be so nasty no they don't mind mr. Dayton these guys are huge oh thank those how can you guys miss feathers just saw what you can do with all those feathers like him is collecting them yeah they are beautiful you want to go to the house Gideon's feeling like he wants to go cut also go get you some cuddles yeah yeah we did it yay and you got a nice pile of feathers right here yeah you what can't you help us carry them to our room alright guys pick them up just put them in your shirt like just sized in looks like a victim of Obama Michelle right here classic why we want to keep you guys in boy this is looking room terrible nighttime snack think we'll keep these hey mr. brown I see you decided not to go in I see you decided to pick our green tomatoes instead hey thanks for picking the acorn squash Jonah go ahead and put it inside yeah pick it and then throw the plant in the chickens oh cool a double look at that hey mom I guess you decided to stay out a little bit well mr. Brown got sidetracked and so I said okay you'll take it we'll just pick some things I know you love especially on email I do this is like the absolute best time to be outside feel so good and I'm happy my milk is decreasing some so it's easier to move about hey what do you see coming down the road there's something flashing you like to see that he's look Thanks look the watermelon party mom you guys know what's up partying in the yard slamming some watermelon I don't like being without a note okay go for it how he's loving that


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these turkeys keep getting out of the ring so we're going to have to clip their wings mr. brown let's water our plants this morning come on I'll let you do it just come over here that's okay we got the water over here buddy see there it is let me put this cap on it hey good morning Lily let's do this second stage of fall crop around here there there different voice but let's just make sure they stay that way just lightly push it okay buddy see slightly push it can you do that do it easy good job look this is one of his favorite things to do play with the feed hey mr. brown you gonna let me take that to the turkeys I figured that might be a task okay I gotta take it to turkeys okay why right okay all right sit down there you go all right here we go let's just go like this that's one way to do it buddy just take a run I figured you're only two once right and boy do I wish I could ride in a bucket every once in a while and be carried around you go reports them out okay putting their thing good boy there you go good there you go get some more good good yay good job buddy the kid loves playing some grain good thing you don't want to ride in this one that's always fun now to the chickens did y'all catch anything this morning why not we did catch a fish but it got away okay maybe next time had a real productive work day today most exciting thing that happened today at work was video two came out in our three-part series it's called chickens do most of my garden and three simple stages it's good got a ton of comments on there we're like almost 160 comments and that's one cool thing about it you got on there comment I will answer your question within a day or two so hope you join I'll leave a link in the description gotta make dinner mom's not feeling well with the weaning thing just real sensitive doing the best you can to recover so I'm going to make them a dinner this is her request and it looks awesome chicken parmesan pasta skillet from the cookie rookie calm and for my dinner it's going to be a little different tonight it's going to be a warm up to a diet I'm starting tomorrow I've been having a lot of inflammation lately we think it's due to my Lyme disease we've been talking to one of you guys actually helping us out a natural doctor we beautiful ones been on the phone for hours we think I'm a fast oxidizer so we're experimenting with a high-protein diet no dairy of course no grains that type of thing so tonight I'm warming up I'm gonna have a buffalo buffalo burger and with avocado lettuce and what else we got for me to throw in on top of that ham cheese what okay and carrots and currants carrots oh and just a avocado so the buffalo burger avocado and carrots hey Jenna we go get me a couple handfuls of basil yeah thanks buddy ha behind me get some basil so I'm going to get some got it here you go the chicken mill is done and looking delicious and the buffalo burger looking amazing with the avocado on top surrounded by lettuce and some colorful carrot this is hilarious the turkeys are out Lily is out chasing them trying to chase them back in barefoot and all what's just getting i1 back in okay mr. brown let's go help get those turkeys in you I'm going those shoes no let's go barefoot buddy I need you guys to come help me Obama and Michelle are out and all the t-birds okay guys let's go catch a Baumann Michelle okay here she is right there there they both are oh boy see that's why we got to keep them in see that one down there yeah it is isn't it yeah she's getting all up in our garden all right catch her catch again sir we guy in this you guys stay in there honey you'll be hurt she kind of looks like her Obama done jumped the fence but we're gonna catch him clip his wings so stops us hey man you're a pretty rooster hey you want to see him mr. Brown oh you want him around in a dump truck hey stay put big guy y'all moving soon you ready to be moved I'll do it on that roof Google address it we're hauling leather chess yeah all right what can y'all come help me catch the turkeys you guys go unplug the fence and heard the turkeys this way hey these turkeys getting out of every night around 6 o'clock it's like clockwork then jumping over that pin and we got to put an end to it so we're gonna have to clip their wings didn't really want to do this but gonna have to I'm gonna see if I can do it and then daylight so you guys can see the process if I can't really catch them really easy I might have to come back here at night when they're perched they obviously it's like the routine now you know you jump out and we heard you back in can you hold him for a little bit he's gonna uh he's not letting me set him down and I've got to crawl in there and get turkeys cuz this guy won't do it how they'll feel they'll film things what's the matter yeah it's a little concentrated right here because this is where they perch that's what you're smelling turkey squat okay I got one out where these guys are getting strong yeah Wow look at that said a wings yeah here these guys are strong and look at these beautiful feathers here is this bunch of turkey squat in there we're gonna move it forward because I'm just trudging all up in it no way it'd be cleaner be on this nice clean grass that won't be so nasty no they don't mind mr. Dayton these guys are huge oh thank those how can you guys miss feathers just saw what you can do with all those feathers like him is collecting them yeah they are beautiful you want to go to the house Gideon's feeling like he wants to go cut also go get you some cuddles yeah yeah we did it yay and you got a nice pile of feathers right here yeah you what can't you help us carry them to our room alright guys pick them up just put them in your shirt like just sized in looks like a victim of Obama Michelle right here classic why we want to keep you guys in boy this is looking room terrible nighttime snack think we'll keep these hey mr. brown I see you decided not to go in I see you decided to pick our green tomatoes instead hey thanks for picking the acorn squash Jonah go ahead and put it inside yeah pick it and then throw the plant in the chickens oh cool a double look at that hey mom I guess you decided to stay out a little bit well mr. Brown got sidetracked and so I said okay you'll take it we'll just pick some things I know you love especially on email I do this is like the absolute best time to be outside feel so good and I'm happy my milk is decreasing some so it's easier to move about hey what do you see coming down the road there's something flashing you like to see that he's look Thanks look the watermelon party mom you guys know what's up partying in the yard slamming some watermelon I don't like being without a note okay go for it how he's loving that


 
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Best Nursery to Buy Perennial Vegetables & Fruit Trees in South Florid

fourcowfarm posted the article • 1 comments • 159 views • 2017-09-23 03:30 • came from similar tags

 

 
 
 
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All right this is John Kohler, with growingyourgreens.com, today I have another exciting episode for you. And the last episode, if you guys watched it, it was on echo here in Fort Myers. And this this episode is also on echo. The previous episode is episode you guys want to watch to learn about the mission of echo, and what they're doing to help feed the world, literally. They're teaching people how to feed themselves, which is I think you know, hats off to them, because you know it's better to teach a person how to fish than to feed him a fish which is the Chinese proverb. I would say it's better to teach them how to grow their greens then you just feed them the Greens or give them the greens. But anyway, today what we're going to do in this episode, is actually covered the echo nursery. Echo is a nonprofit so any money you spend here, at the nursery, the money that is generated is actually going to fund the programs to teach people how to grow food you know. It's not like some greedy corporation or a big box store, that are going to use your money probably for bad in the world. They're going to use your money for good for the world, so for that reason I would encourage you guys to come to the eco nursery. But there's other reasons that I'm going to share with you guys in a little bit. So anyways this is the visitor center at Eco, this is the parking lot that you will want to enter to visit the nursery as well as go on the tour that I showed you guys in the Last episode as well as a bookstore. So, we're going to go ahead and head in and let you guys know their hours real quick. Their hours here are posted on the sign, they're open for Monday through Friday from a nine am to five pm and Saturday from nine am to four P.M. and if you do come here for the nursery I also encourage you guys strongly to come here on one of the tour days, right. I don't want you guys to come in the nursery to pick up the plants. I want you guys to go on the tour and then come pick up the plants, right. Trust me, the tour is going to be the best money you guys ever spend to be sure. Be sure to check my other video for how to get a discount on the tour. Anyways let's go ahead down the boardwalk, and take you guys into the nursery. So, now we're in the parking lot and we're going to head down a little boardwalk here in the nursery and one of the things they've really done here in the nursery grounds and around the buildings here, is they've actually landscaped with some of the plants they offer at the nursery. Now there's nurseries not the nursery are going to want to come to you if you want you know decorative or ornamental plants, right. No, no, no, what they do is they sell only edible plants here and plants that have a useful purpose for people like me and you, right. I could eat something that comes off all these plants here and so in the landscaping they have you know examples of what could be grown here you know. Here they have the perennial peanut grass that I showed in the last episode as well as some of ginger. And they've got like you know bananas, all along the border, and they've got like a really cool persimmon tree over there, all kinds of stuff. But here's the thing, you guys don't want to pick or eat the fruit. You know, these are for teaching purposes not for you to come and rabbit. If you guys want the fruit that they grow here, there's a way to do that, that I’ll share with you guys in just a little bit. But here is the nursery. There they have all different kinds of tropical fruit trees and edible perennial vegetables as well as just the standard annual vegetables, different kinds of edible shrubs and all this kind of stuff right. And here's the thing if you guys live anywhere in South Florida, I don't care if you're in Miami or you know Homestead Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, you're here in Fort Myers, down in you know up in Sarasota, or down in Naples, this is the nursery you guys want to come to, cause they have the widest selection of the edible plants that you're not going to find anywhere else you know. Some of the plants that they sell here that I'm going to highlight in this episode, are ones they actually grow here and varieties that they've actually brought in this country from different countries because they do missionary work all over the world, so they brought in some of the best varieties to offer you with some rare characteristics that I’ll point out in this episode. So, I always want to encourage you guys to read the signs right. We're used to like not looking at the signs, but check this out, right: they get a sign here it says a Christmas blowout sale in here in December, but avocados forty percent off, citrus forty percent off, strawberries forty percent off, Dragon Fruit twenty five percent off, passion fruit twenty five percent off, bananas twenty five percent off. Now I will say this right, the pricing at this nursery is fair pricing. It's the pricing that you would get at most nurseries but here's the difference: the difference is once again if this is a nonprofit, all the profits they make from the nursery is going to go fund their organizations that they can teach people to grow their food. Also, you know all the plants here, are going to grow well in this area. The other thing is that you're not going to get high pressure sales, none of the people that work here on any kind of commission, they don't get paid extra if You buy something, if you don't buy something right. But they are very helpful and going to help you select the right plant, the right fruit tree you know for your specific needs. And I’ve talked to the guy that runs the nursery here, he's an amazing dude. Man, he knows a lot of stuff. He's one of my viewers, he gardens and grows his own stuff. He has personal experience growing and with the plants here he knows a lot of stuff and he's here to help you guys out and this is especially important if you guys are new you get good proper direction. If you go to like a big box store you know those minimum wage guys, they don't know about like growing fruit trees here in South Florida, they're going to have these you know these trees that may not grow well in this area. But everything here is going to do really well because some of it actually just grows across the street, that you will want to see on the tour. So one of the first trees I want to introduce you guys to that actually they grow here on site. These are all grafted on site from mature trees, that are producing. That's very important. And this is one of their avocados and here's the thing about avocados you know, you might go to the store and buy avocados and you're in Florida anyway you might have Florida avocados and California avocados. Or you'll have the big ones that are kind of more watery or the hoss that are kind of more buttery and rich right. And for a lot of you guys you guys may like the ones from California but me living in California my whole life, I’ve always gotten the Haas avocados. And that's only one variety of avocado, there's so many different varieties of avocados in the world. If you lived here, you guys can grow many different kinds of avocados. Here I believe they might have almost a dozen different varieties and here's a thing about avocados right. You could have avocados all year long by having different varieties, because this variety, the bog den, might grow and produce a certain time of the year. Another variety might produce a different time of the year and right now, you know this, this tree which is like six feet tall, it's a listed at fifty-five dollars but right now it's forty percent off so that means you can get this tree here for thirty-three bucks. It's an amazing investment so you guys will never have to buy avocados again. Then of course you're going to want to buy a couple other ones so that you could have avocados for the full year. And you know people working here could direct you, guide you, so that you guys get the right varieties. You know of course when buying fruit trees, I would encourage you guys always to buy the one in the largest pot. This is in a seven gallon. And you know those are going to produce sooner rather than later, especially a lot of the growth you want to also look and make sure one's that are looking healthy. I mean I'm looking at the avocados here and they all looked really great to me. I wish I lived here to buy some of these avocados. You know aside from the fruit trees that they offer you know, even more valuable than the fruit trees to me are the perennial Edible vegetables. These are the plans that you can just grow and plant once, it's going to grow and it's going to give you guys food year round. One time investment and you know there are significantly cheaper than buying a fruit tree and in my opinion more valuable. So, let's take a look at some of these guys next. So, now I want to introduce you guys to some of the perennial vegetables that are the best deals here that actually they start from cuttings and then they sell them at the lowest prices I’ve seen. Check it out, man. I mean you might go to your local big box store and get a little four-inch pot, for like five bucks a gallon. This gallon and many one gallons here of the edible perennial greens are only six bucks. If I lived here, I'd like to come here and like clean them out, and plant my whole garden out, because these are nice established plants. It's another thing, you know instead of just a little baby plant, I mean this thing like pushing two feet tall, lots of growth on it, it’s making a lot of flower buds. This is actually known as the Roselle they also have the false Roselle, also known as a cranberry hibiscus here. Another really good one this will grow year round you know. Maybe in some towns when it's colder, it might not look so great but it's always going to come back for you unless there's a hard frost. These plants kind of taste little bit sourly. You know you would add that to salads, a few leaves if you want to make a salad out of one of these greens, you're going to want to use this one. This is just known as the edible hibiscus here, its also called this belle and these ones actually have a much nicer flavor. There's no lemony flavor, its just really mild kind of like lettuce. You could harvest a bunch of these leaves, you know make the base of your salad. Once again you know really amazing price six-fifty for this guy. Moving down once again, my favorite leafy green in the world, that I would grow a bunch of. This is [00:09:23.10] you should grow a nice good Kotok hedge, with a Kotok, all these greens are edible as well as a little top shoots that are tender. I like to eat those instead of asparagus especially in the tropics. And once again you know this is a six-dollar plant. This is like you know two feet high. I've been to places on the other coast you know, to [00:09:48.06] but it's like four times the price of this, so save your money, drive over here, load up you're going to get a lot more plants and get a lot more variety because they have things here you're not going to Find anywhere else, in a really good shape. And the cool thing is about all these plants here, these plants were produced by the interns that are basically getting education on the job. You know they're producing these plants, they're selling them, and the people that are potting these up are learning how to do this so when they go to other countries they'll be able to do this reliably and teach others how to do it as well. So, that's a that's a mission worth supporting in my opinion. Let's go ahead and continue on to actually a unique plant that you're probably not going to find anywhere else. That actually this is the probably the one plant that I'm going to personally take home myself. I don't know if I have a lot of room in my baggage but this definitely warrants it because I’ve never seen this anywhere. So, what we're looking at here are some special garlic chives, that this is special variety that they actually have exclusively are growing themselves over on their farm here at Eco. And this is basically garlic chives that don't go to seed. So, these will not spread out, these are these are only propagated by root divisions. So, you know if you're scared of a garlic going to seed, and then sometimes when it goes to seed, it’s not as productive, this one is just going to produce the leaves, so you could have luscious amounts of leaves all year long. And once again, you know amazing price: six dollars for this nice, big, oversized one-gallon pot. So, another plant I like, that I would be definitely growing here in the area is this guy. This is known as the Thai pepper leaves and basically you could harvest these leaves and eat them. It kind of like gives you like a pepper flavor, and actually this is related to the black pepper plant that they actually also had earlier. But it looks like it got sold. That makes the little you know peppercorns that we're used to eating. This leaf, just add a few leaves of this to your salad it will actually spice it up. And, you know I mean every flavoring in a plant are different Plant phyto-chemical and phyto-nutrients that are healthy for us. I don't know what kind of research has been done on this, but many of the plants here you'll find there's really reliable research and data from other countries, how they have been used traditionally you know to help keep people healthy and to help ward off disease, if it arrives. So the next two leafy Greens are ones you guys must have and if you actually walk around their little book store, they have a little demonstration area around the little pond, that has these two growing in really nice beautiful patches, that I could only wish that I visited. You know food forest had nice patches of these two growing, which looks like copious amounts of edible greens year round. What this is one of my favorites they call this the Chinese spinach, or [00:12:34.25] I would call this the longevity spinach, that's what it's also known for, but you know once again, these are really, really good deals. Six dollars. The roots are popping out of the plant. This guy's ready to be planted. They have two kinds - one with like a reddish stem, and one with a standard green stem. So I think I might even take this one with the purple stem home. They taste the same. But yeah, I like the purple stem and the purple veining on the leaves a little bit. But yeah this is another really mild leafy green that has a lot of data behind it to show its beneficial health benefits. Once again, six dollars, nice large one gallons. You know I mean I’ve paid six dollars or even ten dollars for like in California for like one in a little red Dixie cup, or one of those beer drinking cups, whatever they're called. Now the other one you're going to want to pick up for sure is this guy, this is the Okinawan spinach, and they call it Janeiro bicolor. And look at this I mean this is just more ornamental, but once again these are fully edible. And here's one of the plants here. I think once again this is a six dollars’ plant, one gallon. Look how big it is. Now I grew the other Janeiro bicolor in my garden, that grows pretty good. And I get some good growth in season. But for some reason the Okinawan spinach group really slow for me. And for me I started with a plant smaller than this, they cost me more than this, and by the end of the season they weren't even this big. I mean these guys are already rooted out here in the bottom too. But yeah these guys are easily started from cuttings. But yeah, why do cuttings, when for six bucks you can have a nice huge plant, that you actually start harvesting off of today and start making your own cuttings to divide and multiply them into more. And I think they call this the cholesterol lowering plant. I have a video where I talk about that, you know. I don't think the answer to high cholesterol is the cholesterol lowering plant. I think that the answer to high cholesterol is to stop eating the foods that are making your cholesterol high, like foods with cholesterol. And that's the food that have a mother, that being said you know I like to include the Okinawan spinach in my diet regularly, especially due to the purple pigment and color as well as the other you know properties and nutrition in the plant that will help keep me and help regulate my blood sugar so it's normal. So, this is a cool one, right. This is one that you're not going to find anywhere else and in all my travels I actually haven't seen it. This is a Toro plant, or Taro plant. And this is not grown for the edible roots, like most Taros are grown for. This is known as the taro tied vegetable, Colo cassia gigantia. And this one is actually grown for the edible stems right here. You can eat them raw. Most Taro - the Taro does need to be cooked but you can eat the stems raw so that's very interesting to me and I hear they taste like a really strong flavored celery. And these plants there are twelve fifty for a nice two-gallon size. And they have two left at this time and between the two I would get this one, because this one actually has one nice plant in [00:15:46.09]. It looks like it has two little smaller plants in the pot, so you're getting actually three for the price of one. So, they have so many different fruit trees here at the eco nursery and it's hard for me just to pick out a few, to share with you guys today because I could be here and go over the Montero, the Peanut butter fruit tree, and the black sapote, the white sapote, the Cambial, you know all kinds of crazy stuff. But I want to really highlight some of the ones that I personally like, hoping that you'll grow them because I know if you'd grow them and taste them you're probably going to like them too, and these are ones that grow really easily. So, this one is known as a strawberry tree or Muntingi Calibra. And basically, I had this at the local food forest and to me this like, it had an amazing incredible flavor, and they grow these here at Eco, and these guys once again they're pushing over six feet tall. These will get really large actually, and they're thirty dollars and really delicious fruits. I mean I think in Hawaii I ate this fruit and they called it the Captain Crunch berry fruit. Because it literally when you eat it, it has a explosive flavor in your mouth that tastes like starbursts but like it's just so complex, you just gotta try it. I mean there's a little small berries also they're highly pigmented, So that's also good for your antioxidants. Let's see here I mean I don't know what other fruit trees i should [00:17:10.20]. Maybe I'm going to cover one more. It's a mulberry, that's pretty rare. It's a green mulberry, that the birds aren't going to want to eat because they're going to think it's not ripe yet. So this is the special green mulberry, that I haven't seen before. And the tree's a little bit smaller here, it's a thirty dollar tree right now. But these make nice, long, green mulberries that turn green, and then they kind of turn a little bit lighter green, and then they're ready to eat. And I heard they taste kind of like, they don't taste like a traditional white or purple mulberry, they taste more like honeydew melon-ish. I haven't tasted them yet. One of these days I hope to taste them. There's also Mulberry trees that they could probably get in here that have edible leaves, so then your mulberry tree could have more than one use, you can eat the leaves on it, you don't want to strip the leaves off if you don't have a lot of leaves on there, because they won't be able to make the fruit. And then you could also have edible fruit. And then also of course. There's like ever Berry mulberries, they're going to produce you know more regularly than some varieties, produce annually. So, if you guys saw the last episode at Eco, they had a really nice area with the perennial peanut grass, which actually can be hard to find, actually. It's rare that I actually see perennial peanut grass for sale. This is a nice size, a two-gallon pot, twelve dollars and the perennial peanut grass is started from cutting. So literally, you just have to buy one plant, start this, you could do cuttings off it, then you could actually just you know do cuttings in areas of your yard and you could basically have a perennial peanut grass which is a they say is nitrogen fixing, also makes a great ground cover to you know out compete weeds and whatnot. It's a lot better than having the standard grass and twelve dollars for a nice plant that you could make more cuttings and plants from. And also this is a source for that which can be rare. I mean I’ve seen it in Hawaii, but I think is the first time I’ve seen it anywhere in the continental United States for sale. So, another thing I want you guys to pick up when you guys come to the eco nursery here, are the papayas here. They have some very special varieties of papayas. I mean these are just the red Mordovia papayas which you know I wouldn't necessarily recommend. They have some other really cool variety that might be out of right now, but they have some really sweet varieties that you guys got to try now. The thing about papaya you've got to be concerned about is, there are genetically modified papayas out there. They're using non genetically modified seeds here, that's the only one they grow here, number one. And number two, you know they grow these seeds themselves. They started all these seeds and now these are nice little healthy trees, so let's see here. Here's the one that I like at present time. This is a known as the Red Lady papaya. Look at this. This is a really nice stout, healthy plant in a little one gallon pot. It's eight dollars and twenty-five cents. You know you could buy like four of these or you could buy one of the thirty dollar trees. I think you'd have a much better value to buy you know four of these, or five of these, instead of one thirty dollar tree. And here's why - the papayas will fruit for you year round. So, the other trees will only produce once a year, right. We want to eat now. We want to have food from our gardens now. And especially you know, you can't just go down and buy some these special varieties of papayas like the Red Lady. Its one of my favorite varieties of papayas. Deep rich, red flesh and really sweet, although they have other varieties hopefully with some funky Thai names that they don't have in stock right now, which I'm been told is even sweeter. Which are the ones I would buy in addition to the Red Lady. And if you don't know what to get, get one of each, right. Grow them all and then maybe you'll like a different one than I would like, right. But I really like the red ones myself and one day when I have a property in the tropics, I'll definitely be growing this variety as well as other papayas, because it's one of my favorite foods. So, the other tree that I would encourage you guys to get is you know a starch based tuber tree, and this is known as the Cassava CMC forty. And these are in two or three gallon pots for only ten bucks. If you want to worry about getting the best value for your dollar, and produce in the most amount of caloric dense food for your dollar, this ten dollars is going to produce in mounds and mounds of food for you. Because not only is this tree right here for ten dollars fairly large, it's also growing the tubers as I speak inside the pot, that you going to plant in the ground and maybe in like ten months or so you could actually dig them up and have a carbohydrate rich tubers, which is a stable crop for many people around the world. In America we're just not familiar with it. But in addition you're growing all the top growth right. The amazing thing about this plant is once you're done, you harvest the tubers, you could take the top growth, all the wood here you do into cuttings with a few nodes, you stick them in the ground, and now you multiply the amount of tubers you guys are going to grow next season. So this never ends, as long as you keep this system going. One plant could provide you with literally tons and tons of food. Just ten bucks. And the other thing special about the cassava here, unlike other cassavas is you know they grow cassava here and they help farmers all around the world grow cassava. They've done trials here at the farm and this variety grew the largest yields than any other variety that they've tested. So the next area I want to show you guys really quick are some of the premium herbs that are going to do well in this climate. You know they sell different kinds of herbs and many of them will do pretty well. I like you know of course the garlic chives, of course the Cuban oregano here, a nice succulent plant with a regular like flavors. It will be great to use to flavor up your [00:22:51.14] or whatever like that, and these plants are only six-fifty and this plant is going to be around for a long time. They're really tolerant plants and really nice plants. And check it out, man. I've never seen these guys go to flower before. It's actually quite impressive. Well, they smell really nice too. The other one that you will want to get to if you're a basal lover like me and my girlfriend, is this guy. This is known as the African tree basal. This is not like the standard kind of basal that will go to flower, set seeds and all this stuff, this is you know I think this is a more sterile variety that doesn't produce seeds and will just basically - once it goes to seed, just clip it off, it'll just keeps growing and growing for you. Now it does have a stronger flavor than regular basal, but I like it because it's a lot easier to take care of. And this one gallon, is only five dollars and thirty-five cents. So, some of the last perennial edible greens I want to show you guys today, that are most important to get, number one the cranberry hibiscus. This along with the Roselle, they're kind of brother and sister. This one has the red leaves, really nice. They kind of taste pretty similar. I like that a lot. You can eat that one raw in salads and what not. And then if you want to cook your greens, do not eat these raw, they are poisonous. This is the Tchiowa plant and once again six-fifty for one gallon plant. This is a nice tree all these leaves picked and eaten. You know if you're cooking up and Steaming your greens, you could just plant one of these or two these in your yard and have steam greens every night. You wouldn't have to buy greens again at the grocery store. And that's why I'm bringing you guys this episode, right. Here they have the perennial greens. This is very important. I know a lot of you guys might have moved to South Florida from like Wisconsin or Maine or Chicago or New York, wherever you guys are from, right. And you grow annuals every year. It would snow every year. Then you would have to replant your garden. These plants are perennials. That means you just buy it. Once you've planted it, it grows like a tree, grows like a shrub, it grows year round. It's like your lawn you know, if you're up north. Your lawn you don't have to replant every year. It comes back every year. This is going to continue to grow provided you don't get, you know hard freeze. Some of these will handle light freezes, some don't like frost at all. But you could always do you know take cuttings of these, if you are impending a frost or cover them, put Christmas tree lights on them, if you are going to get a frost, because usually frost down here aren't too bad. So these plants make the most sense to grow, because they're going to feed you and your family longer, and these are the same very plants that the eco teaches people in foreign countries, across the world to grow, because they're easy and they continue to produce whether that's for sustenance farming for the family or producing you know for the farmer to sell at markets. Alright, next is another tree you will want to get, and that's the Maringa. One of the most nutritious trees in the entire plant kingdom. You can eat all the leaves on there, they're all edible. You know if you come here our price start out with even a four-inch pot, or a one gallon. Don't bother to get the ones that are taller. You know these guys grow very fast and actually you probably have to top them at a certain point because they're going to get too tall for you guys to harvest them. Now if you don't want to buy the plants which are really a good price, you could actually get the seeds inside the store. And I think that's what I want to do for you guys next, is actually head into the store and share with you guys some of the good books and some of the seeds from Eco that you guys can source here, as well as Actually some of the fertilizers. And actually if you come on the right day, you could actually buy some fruits and vegetables here. So I'd encourage you guys to come on a Friday or Saturday, when they have their little fruit stand open. Alright so over here they have a selection of different fertilizers here. Some standard and some organic, but I really want to point out here for you guys that are fans of mine, is they're selling Azthamite here. Now, this azthamite is the cheapest price I've seen in Florida. Thirty nine ninety-five for forty-four pounds, so that's less than a dollar a pound. If you order it online it's usually a dollar a pound or so. So, this is less than a dollar a pound. You can come here pick it up locally. The Azthemite, what it is, it's the trace minerals that's what it stands for. A to Z of minerals. And I want to encourage you guys to add the trace minerals to your garden. You know these are not often talked about in organic gardening classes or even Master Gardeners courses. They're not privy to the information of how beneficial the trace minerals are not only to the plants, not only to us when we eat the plants that have absorbed the trace minerals, but more importantly to the micro-biome, the bacteria, the microbes, the earthworms, the Whole Foods, to a web need proper ratios of minerals to fully thrive. And I have seen in my own gardens you know getting higher yields, healthier plants that taste better, by using the Azthemite as many of my viewers have also. But the problem is if you go into most nurseries ask them for Azthemite, they're going to look at you like you're from the moon, because most nurseries don't know what that is. They're going to say oh you want iron-ite, no it's not the same. That's iron. This is you know up to seventy different trace minerals in there. Now, luckily today they have their market garden which happens only on Fridays and Saturdays. So I'd encourage you guys to come here because you're going to get to try some of the fruits that they grow here on site that are not available otherwise, because you're not supposed to be picking stuff and eating them. But of course you can come here and you know buy the fruit and vegetables to take home. They've got coolers here full of kale and Swiss chard, that's a really good price. And I mean check this out if you guys are juicers, you guys want to come this is seventy-five cents for all this kale. There are collard greens. This is important if you guys don't grow your own stuff. Of course, if you grow your own stuff, eat your own stuff but nonetheless I'm traveling right now, so the Greens are amazing price and I’ve got some stuff myself. All different kinds of greens here today and this is going to vary on the season of course. I think earlier they also had some Maringa leaves that you could buy but it's silly to buy unless you're a visitor to town. And because that's something easy to grow. They got papayas, pomelos, Green bell peppers, they've got a tropical pumpkin, Tahitian butternut - actually this one looks really good to me - choate squash, Meyer lemons, persimmons, Hall avocado. Check this guy out - they got the wax jumbo fruit, they got a bunch of okra, they got the green beans, they got combola or star fruit, they got bitter gourds, which are actually - ones actually ripe and going to seed right now I'd like to eat the fruit around the seed myself. And they've got this one is really cool. I think the sign fell down but this is like a Cayenne pepper that's actually like a sweet pepper so it's not hot. That's quite impressive maybe I’ll try one now for you guys on the camera and then I’ll buy it. Wow. This is really good actually it has a nice fruity flavor, but there's like no heat. And then I think we're going to save the seeds and try to Plant them. And yes they've got Asian green eggplant, large purple eggplant. More different kinds of eggplant. Monroe avocados, some hot peppers, some sweet yellow peppers, some Roselle buds. And they also have some herbs and what not over here. So, yeah amazing little farmer's market, they got going on Friday and Saturday. So, come to sample some of the fruits that you can't eat otherwise. So, now we're going to go ahead and head into the bookstore right quick, and share with you guys some of the seeds that you guys, if you guys don't live in this area, you guys could actually order online. They have available on their website econet.org. And here they have some of the special varieties that are more heat tolerant - the Lago spinach, Ethiopian kale, that's the one that I recommend you guys grow, that I showed you guys a bit earlier in the episode, the cranberry hibiscus, if you're not able to buy the plants. You could get the seed packet for four dollars, but in my opinion you know instead of buying the seed packet if you're local by the plant, it's two dollars more and you can instantly harvest them instead of having to germinate them and wait. Plus the plant will produce its own seeds for later, that you guys could use. Carrot seeds, let's see which ones do I really like. [00:30:53.28] of course I can't forget them. Maringa seeds right here. Pigeon pea, really good nitrogen fixing crop - the pigeon peas also edible. And New Zealand spinach, Melber spinach both the red and the green variety, and the Roselle - I definitely like a lot - on the seminal pumpkins. The pumpkin you guys need to grow if you guys are here in South Florida. So besides the seeds they have here that's from Eco they have you know seed saver seeds, which are some really cool varieties, but also they have a really nice bookstore. This is probably one of the best bookstores that I’ve seen, if you're into growing food. Because they have books that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including some of their books that they publish themselves. They have a nice little area for kids, because we want to get kids educated about growing food. Let's see, I think some of the books I like are right over here. They were got a really good book on offer at the eco put out. It's literally a textbook in natural farming, and they've got a cartoon natural farming to basically break down the concepts of Korean natural farming, IMOS and make it really simple for you guys with like a simple illustrations, That even a kid could understand. Nice large print, there's a subsection on using human urine. Here's the techniques on rainwater harvesting, gardening with less water. I think the books that I really like especially here in the tropics, is this book it's like an encyclopedia. Julie F. Morton, fruits of warm climates. As well as they have all these little books put out by eco agroforestry and in Central African home garden and this is a manual for tree gardening in the human tropics that would apply to this area and actually some of the people that actually worked for eco doing the missionary work wrote this book so they actually have the skills to know what it takes to do this and that's what they did. Another good book that I want to get one of these days is edible leaves of the tropics. And this explains all the different tropical leaves that are edible including nice pictures and talks all about them. I mean i've only shared a small fraction of them with you guys today, but there's so many more. And if you guys live in a tropical location you will want to get this book to educate yourselves and then source you know some of the plants or seeds so you guys you grow them yourself. Let's see they have a little small area with different you know irrigation and they have a whole section of Neem. I want to point this out really fast. This is the Neem powder that I use. I use this Neem and tooth powder especially after I eat any kind of citrus or pineapple because it has some baking soda in there to kind of nullify the acids. Also I like the neem in there that helps kill the bacteria. Let's see moving on yeah I mean there's just so many different books here. I could be here all day, so I encourage you guys to browse and you know pick up some of the books and take them home with you. Of course if you want to learn more about Maringa they got, you know a couple different books on Maringa that you could learn a lot of information about. The really good perennial vegetable book. Of course I always recommend Jeff Lowenfeld's Books. Teeming with nutrients, in tune with microbes, this is like the basis of my gardening style. You know because it's not about like growing the vegetables, or growing the fruit trees. It's about building your soil and these books really get into depth and make it in an easy to digest way, you know how to build your soil up the best way possible to have the best growth. Of course you know I do encourage everybody to do the humanure, and this is the humanure handbook, this is the Bible for doing the humanure. Let's see, also like sandor katz art of fermentation. If you want to ferment anything, it's in this book. I mean just walking around the bookstore they've selected some really choice books to offer people, so I'm glad about that. Let's see I think you know over on this side you know lots more just gardening books, edible gardening. Yeah I mean I think that's pretty much it. Oh yeah this Florida's best fruiting plants, so another one you guys want to get if you're into growing like fruiting plants and fruit trees. I mean there's so much resource available here in the bookstore to learn from. And also you know if you're somebody doing the missionary work or in two different aid projects they have an online community that you could join through Echo as well as the library where they have all the documentation and information, all the information they've been collecting over the years you know to share with people so they can continue the mission of you know teaching people to grow their food. So my time at Eco nursery today and Eco has come to an end. The only plant I'm taken home is this special garlic chives, it doesn't go to flower. It's a really amazing plant, a really good price too. I mean i've had definitely a fun time here at Eco going on the tour. Be sure to check my other video on the tour. I'll post a link down below if you haven't seen it. I'll post also links down below to when I visit the eco nursery I don't know like back in two thousand and nine it was way different then. I think it's definitely improved since whenII’ve been here. Also be sure to check the link down below to econet.org. If you're not in the local area are going to visit the nursery could order at least some of the seeds that they offer on line. Of course, they will not ship out the plants you guys got to come here to buy them. I guess that's pretty much it. If you guys enjoy this episode and want me to come back to eco nursery and do more videos to grow more the different plants here, because I only covered like this much, because they have so many different things that I could talk about today. Please be sure to give me a thumbs up to let me know. Also be sure to click the Subscribe button right down below, to be noted my new upcoming episodes are coming out about every three to four days on this You Tube channel. I'm still here in South Florida for a few more days. I'm going to have a really good videos and content that's going to help you guys out if you guys are here anywhere in South Florida. 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All right this is John Kohler, with growingyourgreens.com, today I have another exciting episode for you. And the last episode, if you guys watched it, it was on echo here in Fort Myers. And this this episode is also on echo. The previous episode is episode you guys want to watch to learn about the mission of echo, and what they're doing to help feed the world, literally. They're teaching people how to feed themselves, which is I think you know, hats off to them, because you know it's better to teach a person how to fish than to feed him a fish which is the Chinese proverb. I would say it's better to teach them how to grow their greens then you just feed them the Greens or give them the greens. But anyway, today what we're going to do in this episode, is actually covered the echo nursery. Echo is a nonprofit so any money you spend here, at the nursery, the money that is generated is actually going to fund the programs to teach people how to grow food you know. It's not like some greedy corporation or a big box store, that are going to use your money probably for bad in the world. They're going to use your money for good for the world, so for that reason I would encourage you guys to come to the eco nursery. But there's other reasons that I'm going to share with you guys in a little bit. So anyways this is the visitor center at Eco, this is the parking lot that you will want to enter to visit the nursery as well as go on the tour that I showed you guys in the Last episode as well as a bookstore. So, we're going to go ahead and head in and let you guys know their hours real quick. Their hours here are posted on the sign, they're open for Monday through Friday from a nine am to five pm and Saturday from nine am to four P.M. and if you do come here for the nursery I also encourage you guys strongly to come here on one of the tour days, right. I don't want you guys to come in the nursery to pick up the plants. I want you guys to go on the tour and then come pick up the plants, right. Trust me, the tour is going to be the best money you guys ever spend to be sure. Be sure to check my other video for how to get a discount on the tour. Anyways let's go ahead down the boardwalk, and take you guys into the nursery. So, now we're in the parking lot and we're going to head down a little boardwalk here in the nursery and one of the things they've really done here in the nursery grounds and around the buildings here, is they've actually landscaped with some of the plants they offer at the nursery. Now there's nurseries not the nursery are going to want to come to you if you want you know decorative or ornamental plants, right. No, no, no, what they do is they sell only edible plants here and plants that have a useful purpose for people like me and you, right. I could eat something that comes off all these plants here and so in the landscaping they have you know examples of what could be grown here you know. Here they have the perennial peanut grass that I showed in the last episode as well as some of ginger. And they've got like you know bananas, all along the border, and they've got like a really cool persimmon tree over there, all kinds of stuff. But here's the thing, you guys don't want to pick or eat the fruit. You know, these are for teaching purposes not for you to come and rabbit. If you guys want the fruit that they grow here, there's a way to do that, that I’ll share with you guys in just a little bit. But here is the nursery. There they have all different kinds of tropical fruit trees and edible perennial vegetables as well as just the standard annual vegetables, different kinds of edible shrubs and all this kind of stuff right. And here's the thing if you guys live anywhere in South Florida, I don't care if you're in Miami or you know Homestead Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, you're here in Fort Myers, down in you know up in Sarasota, or down in Naples, this is the nursery you guys want to come to, cause they have the widest selection of the edible plants that you're not going to find anywhere else you know. Some of the plants that they sell here that I'm going to highlight in this episode, are ones they actually grow here and varieties that they've actually brought in this country from different countries because they do missionary work all over the world, so they brought in some of the best varieties to offer you with some rare characteristics that I’ll point out in this episode. So, I always want to encourage you guys to read the signs right. We're used to like not looking at the signs, but check this out, right: they get a sign here it says a Christmas blowout sale in here in December, but avocados forty percent off, citrus forty percent off, strawberries forty percent off, Dragon Fruit twenty five percent off, passion fruit twenty five percent off, bananas twenty five percent off. Now I will say this right, the pricing at this nursery is fair pricing. It's the pricing that you would get at most nurseries but here's the difference: the difference is once again if this is a nonprofit, all the profits they make from the nursery is going to go fund their organizations that they can teach people to grow their food. Also, you know all the plants here, are going to grow well in this area. The other thing is that you're not going to get high pressure sales, none of the people that work here on any kind of commission, they don't get paid extra if You buy something, if you don't buy something right. But they are very helpful and going to help you select the right plant, the right fruit tree you know for your specific needs. And I’ve talked to the guy that runs the nursery here, he's an amazing dude. Man, he knows a lot of stuff. He's one of my viewers, he gardens and grows his own stuff. He has personal experience growing and with the plants here he knows a lot of stuff and he's here to help you guys out and this is especially important if you guys are new you get good proper direction. If you go to like a big box store you know those minimum wage guys, they don't know about like growing fruit trees here in South Florida, they're going to have these you know these trees that may not grow well in this area. But everything here is going to do really well because some of it actually just grows across the street, that you will want to see on the tour. So one of the first trees I want to introduce you guys to that actually they grow here on site. These are all grafted on site from mature trees, that are producing. That's very important. And this is one of their avocados and here's the thing about avocados you know, you might go to the store and buy avocados and you're in Florida anyway you might have Florida avocados and California avocados. Or you'll have the big ones that are kind of more watery or the hoss that are kind of more buttery and rich right. And for a lot of you guys you guys may like the ones from California but me living in California my whole life, I’ve always gotten the Haas avocados. And that's only one variety of avocado, there's so many different varieties of avocados in the world. If you lived here, you guys can grow many different kinds of avocados. Here I believe they might have almost a dozen different varieties and here's a thing about avocados right. You could have avocados all year long by having different varieties, because this variety, the bog den, might grow and produce a certain time of the year. Another variety might produce a different time of the year and right now, you know this, this tree which is like six feet tall, it's a listed at fifty-five dollars but right now it's forty percent off so that means you can get this tree here for thirty-three bucks. It's an amazing investment so you guys will never have to buy avocados again. Then of course you're going to want to buy a couple other ones so that you could have avocados for the full year. And you know people working here could direct you, guide you, so that you guys get the right varieties. You know of course when buying fruit trees, I would encourage you guys always to buy the one in the largest pot. This is in a seven gallon. And you know those are going to produce sooner rather than later, especially a lot of the growth you want to also look and make sure one's that are looking healthy. I mean I'm looking at the avocados here and they all looked really great to me. I wish I lived here to buy some of these avocados. You know aside from the fruit trees that they offer you know, even more valuable than the fruit trees to me are the perennial Edible vegetables. These are the plans that you can just grow and plant once, it's going to grow and it's going to give you guys food year round. One time investment and you know there are significantly cheaper than buying a fruit tree and in my opinion more valuable. So, let's take a look at some of these guys next. So, now I want to introduce you guys to some of the perennial vegetables that are the best deals here that actually they start from cuttings and then they sell them at the lowest prices I’ve seen. Check it out, man. I mean you might go to your local big box store and get a little four-inch pot, for like five bucks a gallon. This gallon and many one gallons here of the edible perennial greens are only six bucks. If I lived here, I'd like to come here and like clean them out, and plant my whole garden out, because these are nice established plants. It's another thing, you know instead of just a little baby plant, I mean this thing like pushing two feet tall, lots of growth on it, it’s making a lot of flower buds. This is actually known as the Roselle they also have the false Roselle, also known as a cranberry hibiscus here. Another really good one this will grow year round you know. Maybe in some towns when it's colder, it might not look so great but it's always going to come back for you unless there's a hard frost. These plants kind of taste little bit sourly. You know you would add that to salads, a few leaves if you want to make a salad out of one of these greens, you're going to want to use this one. This is just known as the edible hibiscus here, its also called this belle and these ones actually have a much nicer flavor. There's no lemony flavor, its just really mild kind of like lettuce. You could harvest a bunch of these leaves, you know make the base of your salad. Once again you know really amazing price six-fifty for this guy. Moving down once again, my favorite leafy green in the world, that I would grow a bunch of. This is [00:09:23.10] you should grow a nice good Kotok hedge, with a Kotok, all these greens are edible as well as a little top shoots that are tender. I like to eat those instead of asparagus especially in the tropics. And once again you know this is a six-dollar plant. This is like you know two feet high. I've been to places on the other coast you know, to [00:09:48.06] but it's like four times the price of this, so save your money, drive over here, load up you're going to get a lot more plants and get a lot more variety because they have things here you're not going to Find anywhere else, in a really good shape. And the cool thing is about all these plants here, these plants were produced by the interns that are basically getting education on the job. You know they're producing these plants, they're selling them, and the people that are potting these up are learning how to do this so when they go to other countries they'll be able to do this reliably and teach others how to do it as well. So, that's a that's a mission worth supporting in my opinion. Let's go ahead and continue on to actually a unique plant that you're probably not going to find anywhere else. That actually this is the probably the one plant that I'm going to personally take home myself. I don't know if I have a lot of room in my baggage but this definitely warrants it because I’ve never seen this anywhere. So, what we're looking at here are some special garlic chives, that this is special variety that they actually have exclusively are growing themselves over on their farm here at Eco. And this is basically garlic chives that don't go to seed. So, these will not spread out, these are these are only propagated by root divisions. So, you know if you're scared of a garlic going to seed, and then sometimes when it goes to seed, it’s not as productive, this one is just going to produce the leaves, so you could have luscious amounts of leaves all year long. And once again, you know amazing price: six dollars for this nice, big, oversized one-gallon pot. So, another plant I like, that I would be definitely growing here in the area is this guy. This is known as the Thai pepper leaves and basically you could harvest these leaves and eat them. It kind of like gives you like a pepper flavor, and actually this is related to the black pepper plant that they actually also had earlier. But it looks like it got sold. That makes the little you know peppercorns that we're used to eating. This leaf, just add a few leaves of this to your salad it will actually spice it up. And, you know I mean every flavoring in a plant are different Plant phyto-chemical and phyto-nutrients that are healthy for us. I don't know what kind of research has been done on this, but many of the plants here you'll find there's really reliable research and data from other countries, how they have been used traditionally you know to help keep people healthy and to help ward off disease, if it arrives. So the next two leafy Greens are ones you guys must have and if you actually walk around their little book store, they have a little demonstration area around the little pond, that has these two growing in really nice beautiful patches, that I could only wish that I visited. You know food forest had nice patches of these two growing, which looks like copious amounts of edible greens year round. What this is one of my favorites they call this the Chinese spinach, or [00:12:34.25] I would call this the longevity spinach, that's what it's also known for, but you know once again, these are really, really good deals. Six dollars. The roots are popping out of the plant. This guy's ready to be planted. They have two kinds - one with like a reddish stem, and one with a standard green stem. So I think I might even take this one with the purple stem home. They taste the same. But yeah, I like the purple stem and the purple veining on the leaves a little bit. But yeah this is another really mild leafy green that has a lot of data behind it to show its beneficial health benefits. Once again, six dollars, nice large one gallons. You know I mean I’ve paid six dollars or even ten dollars for like in California for like one in a little red Dixie cup, or one of those beer drinking cups, whatever they're called. Now the other one you're going to want to pick up for sure is this guy, this is the Okinawan spinach, and they call it Janeiro bicolor. And look at this I mean this is just more ornamental, but once again these are fully edible. And here's one of the plants here. I think once again this is a six dollars’ plant, one gallon. Look how big it is. Now I grew the other Janeiro bicolor in my garden, that grows pretty good. And I get some good growth in season. But for some reason the Okinawan spinach group really slow for me. And for me I started with a plant smaller than this, they cost me more than this, and by the end of the season they weren't even this big. I mean these guys are already rooted out here in the bottom too. But yeah these guys are easily started from cuttings. But yeah, why do cuttings, when for six bucks you can have a nice huge plant, that you actually start harvesting off of today and start making your own cuttings to divide and multiply them into more. And I think they call this the cholesterol lowering plant. I have a video where I talk about that, you know. I don't think the answer to high cholesterol is the cholesterol lowering plant. I think that the answer to high cholesterol is to stop eating the foods that are making your cholesterol high, like foods with cholesterol. And that's the food that have a mother, that being said you know I like to include the Okinawan spinach in my diet regularly, especially due to the purple pigment and color as well as the other you know properties and nutrition in the plant that will help keep me and help regulate my blood sugar so it's normal. So, this is a cool one, right. This is one that you're not going to find anywhere else and in all my travels I actually haven't seen it. This is a Toro plant, or Taro plant. And this is not grown for the edible roots, like most Taros are grown for. This is known as the taro tied vegetable, Colo cassia gigantia. And this one is actually grown for the edible stems right here. You can eat them raw. Most Taro - the Taro does need to be cooked but you can eat the stems raw so that's very interesting to me and I hear they taste like a really strong flavored celery. And these plants there are twelve fifty for a nice two-gallon size. And they have two left at this time and between the two I would get this one, because this one actually has one nice plant in [00:15:46.09]. It looks like it has two little smaller plants in the pot, so you're getting actually three for the price of one. So, they have so many different fruit trees here at the eco nursery and it's hard for me just to pick out a few, to share with you guys today because I could be here and go over the Montero, the Peanut butter fruit tree, and the black sapote, the white sapote, the Cambial, you know all kinds of crazy stuff. But I want to really highlight some of the ones that I personally like, hoping that you'll grow them because I know if you'd grow them and taste them you're probably going to like them too, and these are ones that grow really easily. So, this one is known as a strawberry tree or Muntingi Calibra. And basically, I had this at the local food forest and to me this like, it had an amazing incredible flavor, and they grow these here at Eco, and these guys once again they're pushing over six feet tall. These will get really large actually, and they're thirty dollars and really delicious fruits. I mean I think in Hawaii I ate this fruit and they called it the Captain Crunch berry fruit. Because it literally when you eat it, it has a explosive flavor in your mouth that tastes like starbursts but like it's just so complex, you just gotta try it. I mean there's a little small berries also they're highly pigmented, So that's also good for your antioxidants. Let's see here I mean I don't know what other fruit trees i should [00:17:10.20]. Maybe I'm going to cover one more. It's a mulberry, that's pretty rare. It's a green mulberry, that the birds aren't going to want to eat because they're going to think it's not ripe yet. So this is the special green mulberry, that I haven't seen before. And the tree's a little bit smaller here, it's a thirty dollar tree right now. But these make nice, long, green mulberries that turn green, and then they kind of turn a little bit lighter green, and then they're ready to eat. And I heard they taste kind of like, they don't taste like a traditional white or purple mulberry, they taste more like honeydew melon-ish. I haven't tasted them yet. One of these days I hope to taste them. There's also Mulberry trees that they could probably get in here that have edible leaves, so then your mulberry tree could have more than one use, you can eat the leaves on it, you don't want to strip the leaves off if you don't have a lot of leaves on there, because they won't be able to make the fruit. And then you could also have edible fruit. And then also of course. There's like ever Berry mulberries, they're going to produce you know more regularly than some varieties, produce annually. So, if you guys saw the last episode at Eco, they had a really nice area with the perennial peanut grass, which actually can be hard to find, actually. It's rare that I actually see perennial peanut grass for sale. This is a nice size, a two-gallon pot, twelve dollars and the perennial peanut grass is started from cutting. So literally, you just have to buy one plant, start this, you could do cuttings off it, then you could actually just you know do cuttings in areas of your yard and you could basically have a perennial peanut grass which is a they say is nitrogen fixing, also makes a great ground cover to you know out compete weeds and whatnot. It's a lot better than having the standard grass and twelve dollars for a nice plant that you could make more cuttings and plants from. And also this is a source for that which can be rare. I mean I’ve seen it in Hawaii, but I think is the first time I’ve seen it anywhere in the continental United States for sale. So, another thing I want you guys to pick up when you guys come to the eco nursery here, are the papayas here. They have some very special varieties of papayas. I mean these are just the red Mordovia papayas which you know I wouldn't necessarily recommend. They have some other really cool variety that might be out of right now, but they have some really sweet varieties that you guys got to try now. The thing about papaya you've got to be concerned about is, there are genetically modified papayas out there. They're using non genetically modified seeds here, that's the only one they grow here, number one. And number two, you know they grow these seeds themselves. They started all these seeds and now these are nice little healthy trees, so let's see here. Here's the one that I like at present time. This is a known as the Red Lady papaya. Look at this. This is a really nice stout, healthy plant in a little one gallon pot. It's eight dollars and twenty-five cents. You know you could buy like four of these or you could buy one of the thirty dollar trees. I think you'd have a much better value to buy you know four of these, or five of these, instead of one thirty dollar tree. And here's why - the papayas will fruit for you year round. So, the other trees will only produce once a year, right. We want to eat now. We want to have food from our gardens now. And especially you know, you can't just go down and buy some these special varieties of papayas like the Red Lady. Its one of my favorite varieties of papayas. Deep rich, red flesh and really sweet, although they have other varieties hopefully with some funky Thai names that they don't have in stock right now, which I'm been told is even sweeter. Which are the ones I would buy in addition to the Red Lady. And if you don't know what to get, get one of each, right. Grow them all and then maybe you'll like a different one than I would like, right. But I really like the red ones myself and one day when I have a property in the tropics, I'll definitely be growing this variety as well as other papayas, because it's one of my favorite foods. So, the other tree that I would encourage you guys to get is you know a starch based tuber tree, and this is known as the Cassava CMC forty. And these are in two or three gallon pots for only ten bucks. If you want to worry about getting the best value for your dollar, and produce in the most amount of caloric dense food for your dollar, this ten dollars is going to produce in mounds and mounds of food for you. Because not only is this tree right here for ten dollars fairly large, it's also growing the tubers as I speak inside the pot, that you going to plant in the ground and maybe in like ten months or so you could actually dig them up and have a carbohydrate rich tubers, which is a stable crop for many people around the world. In America we're just not familiar with it. But in addition you're growing all the top growth right. The amazing thing about this plant is once you're done, you harvest the tubers, you could take the top growth, all the wood here you do into cuttings with a few nodes, you stick them in the ground, and now you multiply the amount of tubers you guys are going to grow next season. So this never ends, as long as you keep this system going. One plant could provide you with literally tons and tons of food. Just ten bucks. And the other thing special about the cassava here, unlike other cassavas is you know they grow cassava here and they help farmers all around the world grow cassava. They've done trials here at the farm and this variety grew the largest yields than any other variety that they've tested. So the next area I want to show you guys really quick are some of the premium herbs that are going to do well in this climate. You know they sell different kinds of herbs and many of them will do pretty well. I like you know of course the garlic chives, of course the Cuban oregano here, a nice succulent plant with a regular like flavors. It will be great to use to flavor up your [00:22:51.14] or whatever like that, and these plants are only six-fifty and this plant is going to be around for a long time. They're really tolerant plants and really nice plants. And check it out, man. I've never seen these guys go to flower before. It's actually quite impressive. Well, they smell really nice too. The other one that you will want to get to if you're a basal lover like me and my girlfriend, is this guy. This is known as the African tree basal. This is not like the standard kind of basal that will go to flower, set seeds and all this stuff, this is you know I think this is a more sterile variety that doesn't produce seeds and will just basically - once it goes to seed, just clip it off, it'll just keeps growing and growing for you. Now it does have a stronger flavor than regular basal, but I like it because it's a lot easier to take care of. And this one gallon, is only five dollars and thirty-five cents. So, some of the last perennial edible greens I want to show you guys today, that are most important to get, number one the cranberry hibiscus. This along with the Roselle, they're kind of brother and sister. This one has the red leaves, really nice. They kind of taste pretty similar. I like that a lot. You can eat that one raw in salads and what not. And then if you want to cook your greens, do not eat these raw, they are poisonous. This is the Tchiowa plant and once again six-fifty for one gallon plant. This is a nice tree all these leaves picked and eaten. You know if you're cooking up and Steaming your greens, you could just plant one of these or two these in your yard and have steam greens every night. You wouldn't have to buy greens again at the grocery store. And that's why I'm bringing you guys this episode, right. Here they have the perennial greens. This is very important. I know a lot of you guys might have moved to South Florida from like Wisconsin or Maine or Chicago or New York, wherever you guys are from, right. And you grow annuals every year. It would snow every year. Then you would have to replant your garden. These plants are perennials. That means you just buy it. Once you've planted it, it grows like a tree, grows like a shrub, it grows year round. It's like your lawn you know, if you're up north. Your lawn you don't have to replant every year. It comes back every year. This is going to continue to grow provided you don't get, you know hard freeze. Some of these will handle light freezes, some don't like frost at all. But you could always do you know take cuttings of these, if you are impending a frost or cover them, put Christmas tree lights on them, if you are going to get a frost, because usually frost down here aren't too bad. So these plants make the most sense to grow, because they're going to feed you and your family longer, and these are the same very plants that the eco teaches people in foreign countries, across the world to grow, because they're easy and they continue to produce whether that's for sustenance farming for the family or producing you know for the farmer to sell at markets. Alright, next is another tree you will want to get, and that's the Maringa. One of the most nutritious trees in the entire plant kingdom. You can eat all the leaves on there, they're all edible. You know if you come here our price start out with even a four-inch pot, or a one gallon. Don't bother to get the ones that are taller. You know these guys grow very fast and actually you probably have to top them at a certain point because they're going to get too tall for you guys to harvest them. Now if you don't want to buy the plants which are really a good price, you could actually get the seeds inside the store. And I think that's what I want to do for you guys next, is actually head into the store and share with you guys some of the good books and some of the seeds from Eco that you guys can source here, as well as Actually some of the fertilizers. And actually if you come on the right day, you could actually buy some fruits and vegetables here. So I'd encourage you guys to come on a Friday or Saturday, when they have their little fruit stand open. Alright so over here they have a selection of different fertilizers here. Some standard and some organic, but I really want to point out here for you guys that are fans of mine, is they're selling Azthamite here. Now, this azthamite is the cheapest price I've seen in Florida. Thirty nine ninety-five for forty-four pounds, so that's less than a dollar a pound. If you order it online it's usually a dollar a pound or so. So, this is less than a dollar a pound. You can come here pick it up locally. The Azthemite, what it is, it's the trace minerals that's what it stands for. A to Z of minerals. And I want to encourage you guys to add the trace minerals to your garden. You know these are not often talked about in organic gardening classes or even Master Gardeners courses. They're not privy to the information of how beneficial the trace minerals are not only to the plants, not only to us when we eat the plants that have absorbed the trace minerals, but more importantly to the micro-biome, the bacteria, the microbes, the earthworms, the Whole Foods, to a web need proper ratios of minerals to fully thrive. And I have seen in my own gardens you know getting higher yields, healthier plants that taste better, by using the Azthemite as many of my viewers have also. But the problem is if you go into most nurseries ask them for Azthemite, they're going to look at you like you're from the moon, because most nurseries don't know what that is. They're going to say oh you want iron-ite, no it's not the same. That's iron. This is you know up to seventy different trace minerals in there. Now, luckily today they have their market garden which happens only on Fridays and Saturdays. So I'd encourage you guys to come here because you're going to get to try some of the fruits that they grow here on site that are not available otherwise, because you're not supposed to be picking stuff and eating them. But of course you can come here and you know buy the fruit and vegetables to take home. They've got coolers here full of kale and Swiss chard, that's a really good price. And I mean check this out if you guys are juicers, you guys want to come this is seventy-five cents for all this kale. There are collard greens. This is important if you guys don't grow your own stuff. Of course, if you grow your own stuff, eat your own stuff but nonetheless I'm traveling right now, so the Greens are amazing price and I’ve got some stuff myself. All different kinds of greens here today and this is going to vary on the season of course. I think earlier they also had some Maringa leaves that you could buy but it's silly to buy unless you're a visitor to town. And because that's something easy to grow. They got papayas, pomelos, Green bell peppers, they've got a tropical pumpkin, Tahitian butternut - actually this one looks really good to me - choate squash, Meyer lemons, persimmons, Hall avocado. Check this guy out - they got the wax jumbo fruit, they got a bunch of okra, they got the green beans, they got combola or star fruit, they got bitter gourds, which are actually - ones actually ripe and going to seed right now I'd like to eat the fruit around the seed myself. And they've got this one is really cool. I think the sign fell down but this is like a Cayenne pepper that's actually like a sweet pepper so it's not hot. That's quite impressive maybe I’ll try one now for you guys on the camera and then I’ll buy it. Wow. This is really good actually it has a nice fruity flavor, but there's like no heat. And then I think we're going to save the seeds and try to Plant them. And yes they've got Asian green eggplant, large purple eggplant. More different kinds of eggplant. Monroe avocados, some hot peppers, some sweet yellow peppers, some Roselle buds. And they also have some herbs and what not over here. So, yeah amazing little farmer's market, they got going on Friday and Saturday. So, come to sample some of the fruits that you can't eat otherwise. So, now we're going to go ahead and head into the bookstore right quick, and share with you guys some of the seeds that you guys, if you guys don't live in this area, you guys could actually order online. They have available on their website econet.org. And here they have some of the special varieties that are more heat tolerant - the Lago spinach, Ethiopian kale, that's the one that I recommend you guys grow, that I showed you guys a bit earlier in the episode, the cranberry hibiscus, if you're not able to buy the plants. You could get the seed packet for four dollars, but in my opinion you know instead of buying the seed packet if you're local by the plant, it's two dollars more and you can instantly harvest them instead of having to germinate them and wait. Plus the plant will produce its own seeds for later, that you guys could use. Carrot seeds, let's see which ones do I really like. [00:30:53.28] of course I can't forget them. Maringa seeds right here. Pigeon pea, really good nitrogen fixing crop - the pigeon peas also edible. And New Zealand spinach, Melber spinach both the red and the green variety, and the Roselle - I definitely like a lot - on the seminal pumpkins. The pumpkin you guys need to grow if you guys are here in South Florida. So besides the seeds they have here that's from Eco they have you know seed saver seeds, which are some really cool varieties, but also they have a really nice bookstore. This is probably one of the best bookstores that I’ve seen, if you're into growing food. Because they have books that you won't be able to find anywhere else, including some of their books that they publish themselves. They have a nice little area for kids, because we want to get kids educated about growing food. Let's see, I think some of the books I like are right over here. They were got a really good book on offer at the eco put out. It's literally a textbook in natural farming, and they've got a cartoon natural farming to basically break down the concepts of Korean natural farming, IMOS and make it really simple for you guys with like a simple illustrations, That even a kid could understand. Nice large print, there's a subsection on using human urine. Here's the techniques on rainwater harvesting, gardening with less water. I think the books that I really like especially here in the tropics, is this book it's like an encyclopedia. Julie F. Morton, fruits of warm climates. As well as they have all these little books put out by eco agroforestry and in Central African home garden and this is a manual for tree gardening in the human tropics that would apply to this area and actually some of the people that actually worked for eco doing the missionary work wrote this book so they actually have the skills to know what it takes to do this and that's what they did. Another good book that I want to get one of these days is edible leaves of the tropics. And this explains all the different tropical leaves that are edible including nice pictures and talks all about them. I mean i've only shared a small fraction of them with you guys today, but there's so many more. And if you guys live in a tropical location you will want to get this book to educate yourselves and then source you know some of the plants or seeds so you guys you grow them yourself. Let's see they have a little small area with different you know irrigation and they have a whole section of Neem. I want to point this out really fast. This is the Neem powder that I use. I use this Neem and tooth powder especially after I eat any kind of citrus or pineapple because it has some baking soda in there to kind of nullify the acids. Also I like the neem in there that helps kill the bacteria. Let's see moving on yeah I mean there's just so many different books here. I could be here all day, so I encourage you guys to browse and you know pick up some of the books and take them home with you. Of course if you want to learn more about Maringa they got, you know a couple different books on Maringa that you could learn a lot of information about. The really good perennial vegetable book. Of course I always recommend Jeff Lowenfeld's Books. Teeming with nutrients, in tune with microbes, this is like the basis of my gardening style. You know because it's not about like growing the vegetables, or growing the fruit trees. It's about building your soil and these books really get into depth and make it in an easy to digest way, you know how to build your soil up the best way possible to have the best growth. Of course you know I do encourage everybody to do the humanure, and this is the humanure handbook, this is the Bible for doing the humanure. Let's see, also like sandor katz art of fermentation. If you want to ferment anything, it's in this book. I mean just walking around the bookstore they've selected some really choice books to offer people, so I'm glad about that. Let's see I think you know over on this side you know lots more just gardening books, edible gardening. Yeah I mean I think that's pretty much it. Oh yeah this Florida's best fruiting plants, so another one you guys want to get if you're into growing like fruiting plants and fruit trees. I mean there's so much resource available here in the bookstore to learn from. And also you know if you're somebody doing the missionary work or in two different aid projects they have an online community that you could join through Echo as well as the library where they have all the documentation and information, all the information they've been collecting over the years you know to share with people so they can continue the mission of you know teaching people to grow their food. So my time at Eco nursery today and Eco has come to an end. The only plant I'm taken home is this special garlic chives, it doesn't go to flower. It's a really amazing plant, a really good price too. I mean i've had definitely a fun time here at Eco going on the tour. Be sure to check my other video on the tour. I'll post a link down below if you haven't seen it. I'll post also links down below to when I visit the eco nursery I don't know like back in two thousand and nine it was way different then. I think it's definitely improved since whenII’ve been here. Also be sure to check the link down below to econet.org. If you're not in the local area are going to visit the nursery could order at least some of the seeds that they offer on line. Of course, they will not ship out the plants you guys got to come here to buy them. I guess that's pretty much it. If you guys enjoy this episode and want me to come back to eco nursery and do more videos to grow more the different plants here, because I only covered like this much, because they have so many different things that I could talk about today. Please be sure to give me a thumbs up to let me know. Also be sure to click the Subscribe button right down below, to be noted my new upcoming episodes are coming out about every three to four days on this You Tube channel. I'm still here in South Florida for a few more days. I'm going to have a really good videos and content that's going to help you guys out if you guys are here anywhere in South Florida. 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How to set up the large aquarium, aquascape it and plant it.

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Today, we're scaping the 375 Gallon Aquarium We don't have a lot of time to talk if you guys watch last Sunday's video It's the same day and we got a lot to do and get done So I'm just going to jump right into it But if you didn't watch the Sunday video make sure you do because it's going to explain an awful lot about what we have going on here as mentioned though I'm starting off with The scape going from this side all the way down right now I have to build a little area to plant some val into I Don't need anything specific here. I'm not even really grabbing at Pacific pieces, so there's no thought process going into this I just need something to hold all this back that looks natural nice Rocks here do the trick And that's pretty much what I'm looking to do. Which is the natural barrier You'll see in a minute what I'm looking at to accomplish here but I need something that can hold a lot of the substrates behind it and Because the zal is actually pretty deep-rooted so most of this is going to be covered And then I'm going to cover it in another silve in another substrate, so let's go ahead and do that now. I Should do it now. I want a Ever so lightly Er of this gravel over top of it I? Do like the a da soil I do not like the look of it there This will actually be easier to plant the eval in anyway Feel like I'm making a cake Yeah, so that would that looks definitely a lot better than just the soil A few of the little rocks making it look a lot natural as well plus. It gives me a couple of inches You know upwards of like three or so inches of soil back here in the back of the tank elevates the vowel a little bit more so we get that effect where it's you know coming across the top of the tank but Yeah, I think it looks good like this We're just getting started though now. We can move on to the stand I'll probably end up using a boat. What are these 40 pounds this 50 pound bags I might use I know I'm going to use at least a hundred pounds I might end up using even more but we're going to see Now this is a fine sand so we don't want to use a tremendous amount I'm looking for a half inch to an inch in most cases however up here It will slope down a little bit But that's just for aesthetics too thick of a too deep of a sand bag can eventually cause some problems And we certainly don't want that. This is an aerobic issues maintenance things so I'm not a very delicate aquascape as you can tell I'm Literally, just dumping everything out of the bag. I don't care we can smooth it out later. I Don't even know how that's going to turn out You know so that's kind of the look I'm looking for with the substrates very simple very flat I want the focus to be on the fish and the wood structure With using a light substrate that's also going to reflect a lot of light And make the fish look a little bit better, especially the type. I'm getting but now we're at a time the plants are arriving at the airport about twenty minutes takes you 25 minutes to get there, so Let's go get them Plants are here Alright. I'll show you what I got. So the first one is called Spiky Moss. Now. This is like A Fancy Java Moss, basically But it's going to grow a little bit lower and kind of hug the branches a little bit better I've got 40 portions of this, but we're going to be able to cover a lot of that wood and in these portions There's a considerable amount here. I Also, got some Vallisneria now This is five portions. I've got 30 portions of this however each portion Has about 10 or 12 individual plants, so in total we have about 350 plants, so we'll be able to cover that root that back area really nicely We're going to get a almost a finished effect right away with that set It's also about 10 or 12 inches long so once it's planted in the tank It's also going to look pretty good but it still has a ways to grow but we're going to plant in a minute because now we got to move on to the Hard scape however, it is getting late, so I don't know how much I'm going to be able to get done tonight I hope I'm able to get all of it Plants are here alright. I'll show you what I got So the first one is called Spiky Moss. Now. This is like a Fancy Java Moss, basically But it's going to grow a little bit lower and kind of hug the branches a little bit better I've got 40 portions of this so we're going to be able to cover a lot of that wood and in these portions There's a considerable amount here I Also, got some vallisneria now. This is five portions. I've got 30 portions of this however each portion Has about ten or twelve individual plants, so in total we have about 350 plants, so we'll be able to cover that route that back area really nicely We're going to get a almost a finished effect right away with that said it's also about ten or twelve inches long So once it's planted in the tank. It's also going to look pretty good, but it still has a ways to grow But we're going to plant in a minute because now we got to move on to the hardscape however It is getting late, so I don't know how much I'm going to be able to get done tonight I hope I'm able to get all of it so there's a ton of wood here and I got to keep telling myself that less is more I always try to add in all of my supplies because I don't like to waste things however Having extra. Just means better selection, so wish me luck. I really only have a couple of shots at this I feel like it's getting late. I've got to get this planted It's already got the substrate in I don't want to mess it up too much, so one thing I do want to note is at the back all of that Vallisneria is going to cover the entire area in the back I want the wood to look like it is you know fell down and it's coming out of that bow so I'll put some of the bases into the Vowel a little bit, but not a whole lot, and then I want it to kind of trail off into the Tank and I need to use all relatively big pieces with large branches just so I can easily attach that moss to it, so Let's see what happens really nice pieces though Call it done. You know these put diseases What are so nice that? It's only going to take a few to really really make this pop And I do want the fish to be able to swim above it. So I don't want it piled up too high Let's see what happens no, I think I'm going to push the wall the logs and the branches Back some more. I'm not gonna use this piece at all. I don't like it Looks better in a smaller tank yeah, I want these up here more And even something like that a that by itself doesn't look so bad There to look like a reptile queer. Hell, I think I'm going to stay away from a lot of the pieces that have big curves in them like this and Try to use branches that are all kind of similar like these are curvy, but they don't go in an entire loop so this one's out of the question, too I Also kind of want them to be like same color and whatnot so they match well I like that All right, so this is kind of exactly what I was looking to do If we could look in the back what I was cutting was making sure the back wasn't You know going into the valve too much I do want to kind of to have the appearance with all those big sheets coming out From it, and I think it captivated that you know it's always difficult to give a proper perspective on camera, but I really like it I'm not sure if this is you know the proper way to scape or maybe the wood should have been positioned a little bit differently But you know I really like it It's going to be really fun to scape the ones that grows in and I see hundreds of rainbow fish swimming throughout this you know Clearly I still need to Stock it and you know when you think about it when there's 200 fish in here They are going to need some space so we had to keep it really simple I also want this tank to be next to no maintenance Yeah, I think we can put a little bit of water in here now and start planting oh Last night went pretty late. It's the next day tons of energy time to actually plant the tank I'm not really looking forward to this because there's about 400 individual plants that We need to install into the aquarium however I think that this is going to give us a really good Impact right away instead of needing to wait a tremendous amount of time for the plants to grow so I'm pretty excited about that we're going to start off with the moss and Attaching them to the wood with some sewing thread just tying it on the branches This is why I wanted this wood because it's really easy to tie the moss on the portions are Actually quite large and like I said I've got about 40 of these and this is going to cover a tremendous amount of wood Downside is going to take a tremendous amount of time First I'll have to moisten the wood. I'm just going to wet it down a little bit so the Ma sticks to it a little easier as I'm Continuously escaping and just to make sure that none of it dries out because this will be taking a while every once in a while Give it a little squirt of some water one for you and one for me We're just going to go ahead and get all the branches slightly dampened again This is just going to allow the moss to kind of stick to it as we're scaping but as I'm doing this I'll also notice some things I might want to change about the positioning of the wood and Whatnot but right now all? I'm kind of looking for is for it to look kind of like one large piece and so far You know I think it does. I think it looks really good in fact. I'm quite surprised and pleased of how all this turned out With that said I should admit that like You know I noticed a lot of people compared their skates and and what they do to everybody else. Oh I'll admit that you know while I can appreciate what other people do when it comes to my own aquariums I largely don't care what anybody else is doing because at the end of the day. This is my aquarium I'm the one that has to enjoy it and I got to make it visually pleasing to myself but there's a bit of a Catch-22 you see there's also a lot of people that watch my videos and Draw from you know inspiration, so for me it benefits me in two ways one I get to make some really simple escapes That I enjoy and are easy to make but you guys can also emulate them if you'd like to you know And that's the entire point of this scape is to use some some plants that are commonly available use a really low maintenance scape and So forth that you guys can actually do maybe you want to do something a little bit more intricate Maybe a little bit more complicated, but again. This is a three hundred and Seventy-five gallon aquarium You know this is a lot more difficult escapes that say like a thirty or forty gallon tank where you use a lot smaller supplies and Whatnot but I don't know I'm Pleased with it. I'd love to know what you guys think as always so it would've did something different especially I'm always open to those types of ideas. I will say that. I believe that I'm going to be adding some Rocks to this scape. I think that's like one of the things that is kind of missing And I'll probably do that here eventually maybe I'll have this done The rocks in I'll probably have to add the rocks in in a few days once I go Find the ones I want to use, but just some rocks Over on the edges here. Maybe they come out a little bit Maybe a few over here or something like that something very simple now. I'm not going to make you guys watch this entire Planting this is going to take me a couple of hours, so I'll most likely have to skip a lot of this but I'm going to give you guys a basic idea and run-through of What I have planned here Great thing about this stuff. Is that you can break it up and you? Spread it out amongst a ton of branches here, but you can see what I'm going to do here. Go ahead and cover this branch as much as I can Spread this motto pretty well just like that and then that's when I take The sewing thread you don't have to take it off the spool, but what I like to do here is if you can Tie a little bit of a knot on one end, and I'm using some very thin black thread This is going to eventually dissolve in the aquarium But starting it off with a little bit of a knot, there's just going to ensure that It doesn't go anywhere Now the more thread you use technically the better Once we get water in this this moss is going to loosen up And it's going to want to Detach from the wood We need to give it an opportunity to you know really seat itself on this wood And I find that using as much much as you can is going to speed that process up so I like to ravel it up and You know each thread might be separated by maybe a half inch to an inch something like that but Again the more the better. It's very simple. It's just very time consuming once you get back to the other end we're not So that took about four hours and in the meantime I've just been keeping the moss wet with a little bit of water spraying it on all the moss is tied on with Almost an entire spool of thread I ended up using 36 of the portions I don't want to over do it and I think it looks really good now And I think you guys can get a much better idea of what I'm looking to accomplish here But I got to say in person this looks absolutely incredible, and I can't wait until we have over 200 Rainbow fish swimming through this tank. I hope you guys enjoy it. It's definitely Probably a little difficult for you guys to imagine what I was looking to accomplish here But we're well on our way to getting to where I want to be now of course all of this moss is going to grow In slowly over the next couple of months and all of that sewing thread that we use will slowly dissolve in the tank Leaving behind the moss attaching to the wood now of course we've got this big empty space in the back to plant all of that val So the next thing we need to do is plant the ballast area in the back and hopefully we have enough to cover the entire Back portion, I will be filling the tank up slightly just so that the val is Slightly standing up so I can get a better idea of distribution Well the vallisneria is in as you can see One thing we should note here. Is that this is really going to fill in and of course grow to the top of the aquarium? However something else you'll notice is now that the tank is actually has some water in it And I've run into a couple of problems clearly. It's a little bit foggy right now but the the wood started to slightly Float not by a tremendous amount but enough to the point where I had to add in some rocks just to slightly weigh them down and these are positioned to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as purposeful and holding the wood down I'm not happy with the way the rocks look But I will be changing them once the the wood is fully sunk We should only take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It's you know when it comes to Manzanita It's not a would but you know floats for a very long time. It's a pretty dense wood that doesn't have a lot of oxygen Trapped in it which causes wood to float, but I'm really happy with this tank Obviously, it's going to look a lot better once we get it the clarity fixed However right now. I think it looks really really good, and it's exactly what I was looking for again clearly This is going to look a lot different Once we get the water clear and everything up and running This is the second time I filled the tank and it's now Tuesday morning So I'm not going to have enough time to get this clear for you guys get everything up and running I'm going to spend the day doing that and on Thursday Hopefully if everything goes well, we'll circle back, and we'll take another look at this tank, but for right now I mean, it's it's difficult to judge how this is going to look long term of course once the tank clears up you'll get a much better idea and Once we're able to actually position the rocks and a more Favorable you know position of course is going to look a lot better as well Which is picture with me for a second over you know two hundred? Rainbow fish swimming through this you know I think this was a really really good scape to go with it's going to be extremely low maintenance I'm not worried about the moss taking over the wood I Want it to I want it to just go nuts and here? I don't care if this becomes a forest of Moss That's exactly what I want, and you know the valve a career that's only going to propagate so far It's not going to or I'm sorry. It's only going to send out runners. Which is that's how it propagates itself out How it duplicates is? you know each one of these plants is going to send out a runner and it continues to grow and this is only going to Probably get as far as these rocks where the barrier is perhaps a few will make it to the sand, but highly unlikely So I think that again this will be very low-maintenance based on what I'm looking to do with it However again, I'm just really excited about this skate really happy with the end result I'm really pleased with you know using a lot less wood than I had planned or that I had in there originally we only have maybe five or six big pieces Maybe one two three yeah five five or six pieces in there and I think it looks really good again though like things like this like these rocks here way down there little corners of the wood that's clearly got to go and Over here, you know weighing down a little bit bigger thicker pieces. That's got to go you know I'll probably Leave the rocks in there to a certain extent but I don't want them piled up on top of the wood like that I would rather have them Cascade down potentially You know be more natural-looking, but all of these plants actually came from Jeff at one fish two fish Dartmouth You guys have seen that store tour recently he's made me buying plants a lot easier to do he now has a website where you could just order the plants online and You can pick them up in the store, or he'll ship anywhere in Canada so if you guys are looking for plants that You know are coming from a trusted source good quality go ahead and check out his website link will be in the description below You can get the plants at exactly where I get mine from But yeah, as you can see my office area over to the right here I'm going to be able to see right through the tank and Ideally is what I'm going to aim for is the reason why this is less Wide-open space here is because this is where I'm going to feed the rainbows while they will enjoy the scape and swimming in through all the wood I'm Hoping that they're going to spend a lot of time in the open areas in order to can encourage that this is where I'll be feeding them and fish have a tendency to stick around places that they trust where they know food is going to So that's the plan and hopefully it works out well ultimately though. We've got 200 coming It's just going to look absolutely amazing And that's just the beginning Stalking for this tank mind you this is a three hundred and seventy five gallon tank with a hundred and twenty gallon sump This is the four hundred and ninety five gallon system lots of plant filtration water changes and a huge Capable sump we can truly. Go you know I'll go nuts with this with the stalking, but I got to admit you know. This is a pretty big tank I never really felt like it was a big tank Clearly because I've got a two thousand sitting over here, and I've always had really big fish but with that said you know you don't realize how big a tank is until you have to escape it properly and You know you start considering? Normal type of fish like average type fish that could go in the aquarium and you Realize like wow I can put a whole lot a little fish in the tank and now I Understand why you guys are always saying you know with my big tanks? oh You should do this and you know plant it or make it a reef or stock it with this type of fish like you guys You know I finally get what you mean But you know I've always been into the bigger fish and our we thought no big tanks or big fish but this is a big tank with little fish and I'm excited to see what it's going to look like and I'm sure many of You guys are as well and if you were and you're not subscribed to this channel yet I highly suggest you do because this coming Tuesday. I'm going to show it up and running everything on the go Arm stories is coming Thursday. It's already Tuesday, and then this Sunday. If everything goes to plan We're going to stock the tank


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Today, we're scaping the 375 Gallon Aquarium We don't have a lot of time to talk if you guys watch last Sunday's video It's the same day and we got a lot to do and get done So I'm just going to jump right into it But if you didn't watch the Sunday video make sure you do because it's going to explain an awful lot about what we have going on here as mentioned though I'm starting off with The scape going from this side all the way down right now I have to build a little area to plant some val into I Don't need anything specific here. I'm not even really grabbing at Pacific pieces, so there's no thought process going into this I just need something to hold all this back that looks natural nice Rocks here do the trick And that's pretty much what I'm looking to do. Which is the natural barrier You'll see in a minute what I'm looking at to accomplish here but I need something that can hold a lot of the substrates behind it and Because the zal is actually pretty deep-rooted so most of this is going to be covered And then I'm going to cover it in another silve in another substrate, so let's go ahead and do that now. I Should do it now. I want a Ever so lightly Er of this gravel over top of it I? Do like the a da soil I do not like the look of it there This will actually be easier to plant the eval in anyway Feel like I'm making a cake Yeah, so that would that looks definitely a lot better than just the soil A few of the little rocks making it look a lot natural as well plus. It gives me a couple of inches You know upwards of like three or so inches of soil back here in the back of the tank elevates the vowel a little bit more so we get that effect where it's you know coming across the top of the tank but Yeah, I think it looks good like this We're just getting started though now. We can move on to the stand I'll probably end up using a boat. What are these 40 pounds this 50 pound bags I might use I know I'm going to use at least a hundred pounds I might end up using even more but we're going to see Now this is a fine sand so we don't want to use a tremendous amount I'm looking for a half inch to an inch in most cases however up here It will slope down a little bit But that's just for aesthetics too thick of a too deep of a sand bag can eventually cause some problems And we certainly don't want that. This is an aerobic issues maintenance things so I'm not a very delicate aquascape as you can tell I'm Literally, just dumping everything out of the bag. I don't care we can smooth it out later. I Don't even know how that's going to turn out You know so that's kind of the look I'm looking for with the substrates very simple very flat I want the focus to be on the fish and the wood structure With using a light substrate that's also going to reflect a lot of light And make the fish look a little bit better, especially the type. I'm getting but now we're at a time the plants are arriving at the airport about twenty minutes takes you 25 minutes to get there, so Let's go get them Plants are here Alright. I'll show you what I got. So the first one is called Spiky Moss. Now. This is like A Fancy Java Moss, basically But it's going to grow a little bit lower and kind of hug the branches a little bit better I've got 40 portions of this, but we're going to be able to cover a lot of that wood and in these portions There's a considerable amount here. I Also, got some Vallisneria now This is five portions. I've got 30 portions of this however each portion Has about 10 or 12 individual plants, so in total we have about 350 plants, so we'll be able to cover that root that back area really nicely We're going to get a almost a finished effect right away with that set It's also about 10 or 12 inches long so once it's planted in the tank It's also going to look pretty good but it still has a ways to grow but we're going to plant in a minute because now we got to move on to the Hard scape however, it is getting late, so I don't know how much I'm going to be able to get done tonight I hope I'm able to get all of it Plants are here alright. I'll show you what I got So the first one is called Spiky Moss. Now. This is like a Fancy Java Moss, basically But it's going to grow a little bit lower and kind of hug the branches a little bit better I've got 40 portions of this so we're going to be able to cover a lot of that wood and in these portions There's a considerable amount here I Also, got some vallisneria now. This is five portions. I've got 30 portions of this however each portion Has about ten or twelve individual plants, so in total we have about 350 plants, so we'll be able to cover that route that back area really nicely We're going to get a almost a finished effect right away with that said it's also about ten or twelve inches long So once it's planted in the tank. It's also going to look pretty good, but it still has a ways to grow But we're going to plant in a minute because now we got to move on to the hardscape however It is getting late, so I don't know how much I'm going to be able to get done tonight I hope I'm able to get all of it so there's a ton of wood here and I got to keep telling myself that less is more I always try to add in all of my supplies because I don't like to waste things however Having extra. Just means better selection, so wish me luck. I really only have a couple of shots at this I feel like it's getting late. I've got to get this planted It's already got the substrate in I don't want to mess it up too much, so one thing I do want to note is at the back all of that Vallisneria is going to cover the entire area in the back I want the wood to look like it is you know fell down and it's coming out of that bow so I'll put some of the bases into the Vowel a little bit, but not a whole lot, and then I want it to kind of trail off into the Tank and I need to use all relatively big pieces with large branches just so I can easily attach that moss to it, so Let's see what happens really nice pieces though Call it done. You know these put diseases What are so nice that? It's only going to take a few to really really make this pop And I do want the fish to be able to swim above it. So I don't want it piled up too high Let's see what happens no, I think I'm going to push the wall the logs and the branches Back some more. I'm not gonna use this piece at all. I don't like it Looks better in a smaller tank yeah, I want these up here more And even something like that a that by itself doesn't look so bad There to look like a reptile queer. Hell, I think I'm going to stay away from a lot of the pieces that have big curves in them like this and Try to use branches that are all kind of similar like these are curvy, but they don't go in an entire loop so this one's out of the question, too I Also kind of want them to be like same color and whatnot so they match well I like that All right, so this is kind of exactly what I was looking to do If we could look in the back what I was cutting was making sure the back wasn't You know going into the valve too much I do want to kind of to have the appearance with all those big sheets coming out From it, and I think it captivated that you know it's always difficult to give a proper perspective on camera, but I really like it I'm not sure if this is you know the proper way to scape or maybe the wood should have been positioned a little bit differently But you know I really like it It's going to be really fun to scape the ones that grows in and I see hundreds of rainbow fish swimming throughout this you know Clearly I still need to Stock it and you know when you think about it when there's 200 fish in here They are going to need some space so we had to keep it really simple I also want this tank to be next to no maintenance Yeah, I think we can put a little bit of water in here now and start planting oh Last night went pretty late. It's the next day tons of energy time to actually plant the tank I'm not really looking forward to this because there's about 400 individual plants that We need to install into the aquarium however I think that this is going to give us a really good Impact right away instead of needing to wait a tremendous amount of time for the plants to grow so I'm pretty excited about that we're going to start off with the moss and Attaching them to the wood with some sewing thread just tying it on the branches This is why I wanted this wood because it's really easy to tie the moss on the portions are Actually quite large and like I said I've got about 40 of these and this is going to cover a tremendous amount of wood Downside is going to take a tremendous amount of time First I'll have to moisten the wood. I'm just going to wet it down a little bit so the Ma sticks to it a little easier as I'm Continuously escaping and just to make sure that none of it dries out because this will be taking a while every once in a while Give it a little squirt of some water one for you and one for me We're just going to go ahead and get all the branches slightly dampened again This is just going to allow the moss to kind of stick to it as we're scaping but as I'm doing this I'll also notice some things I might want to change about the positioning of the wood and Whatnot but right now all? I'm kind of looking for is for it to look kind of like one large piece and so far You know I think it does. I think it looks really good in fact. I'm quite surprised and pleased of how all this turned out With that said I should admit that like You know I noticed a lot of people compared their skates and and what they do to everybody else. Oh I'll admit that you know while I can appreciate what other people do when it comes to my own aquariums I largely don't care what anybody else is doing because at the end of the day. This is my aquarium I'm the one that has to enjoy it and I got to make it visually pleasing to myself but there's a bit of a Catch-22 you see there's also a lot of people that watch my videos and Draw from you know inspiration, so for me it benefits me in two ways one I get to make some really simple escapes That I enjoy and are easy to make but you guys can also emulate them if you'd like to you know And that's the entire point of this scape is to use some some plants that are commonly available use a really low maintenance scape and So forth that you guys can actually do maybe you want to do something a little bit more intricate Maybe a little bit more complicated, but again. This is a three hundred and Seventy-five gallon aquarium You know this is a lot more difficult escapes that say like a thirty or forty gallon tank where you use a lot smaller supplies and Whatnot but I don't know I'm Pleased with it. I'd love to know what you guys think as always so it would've did something different especially I'm always open to those types of ideas. I will say that. I believe that I'm going to be adding some Rocks to this scape. I think that's like one of the things that is kind of missing And I'll probably do that here eventually maybe I'll have this done The rocks in I'll probably have to add the rocks in in a few days once I go Find the ones I want to use, but just some rocks Over on the edges here. Maybe they come out a little bit Maybe a few over here or something like that something very simple now. I'm not going to make you guys watch this entire Planting this is going to take me a couple of hours, so I'll most likely have to skip a lot of this but I'm going to give you guys a basic idea and run-through of What I have planned here Great thing about this stuff. Is that you can break it up and you? Spread it out amongst a ton of branches here, but you can see what I'm going to do here. Go ahead and cover this branch as much as I can Spread this motto pretty well just like that and then that's when I take The sewing thread you don't have to take it off the spool, but what I like to do here is if you can Tie a little bit of a knot on one end, and I'm using some very thin black thread This is going to eventually dissolve in the aquarium But starting it off with a little bit of a knot, there's just going to ensure that It doesn't go anywhere Now the more thread you use technically the better Once we get water in this this moss is going to loosen up And it's going to want to Detach from the wood We need to give it an opportunity to you know really seat itself on this wood And I find that using as much much as you can is going to speed that process up so I like to ravel it up and You know each thread might be separated by maybe a half inch to an inch something like that but Again the more the better. It's very simple. It's just very time consuming once you get back to the other end we're not So that took about four hours and in the meantime I've just been keeping the moss wet with a little bit of water spraying it on all the moss is tied on with Almost an entire spool of thread I ended up using 36 of the portions I don't want to over do it and I think it looks really good now And I think you guys can get a much better idea of what I'm looking to accomplish here But I got to say in person this looks absolutely incredible, and I can't wait until we have over 200 Rainbow fish swimming through this tank. I hope you guys enjoy it. It's definitely Probably a little difficult for you guys to imagine what I was looking to accomplish here But we're well on our way to getting to where I want to be now of course all of this moss is going to grow In slowly over the next couple of months and all of that sewing thread that we use will slowly dissolve in the tank Leaving behind the moss attaching to the wood now of course we've got this big empty space in the back to plant all of that val So the next thing we need to do is plant the ballast area in the back and hopefully we have enough to cover the entire Back portion, I will be filling the tank up slightly just so that the val is Slightly standing up so I can get a better idea of distribution Well the vallisneria is in as you can see One thing we should note here. Is that this is really going to fill in and of course grow to the top of the aquarium? However something else you'll notice is now that the tank is actually has some water in it And I've run into a couple of problems clearly. It's a little bit foggy right now but the the wood started to slightly Float not by a tremendous amount but enough to the point where I had to add in some rocks just to slightly weigh them down and these are positioned to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as purposeful and holding the wood down I'm not happy with the way the rocks look But I will be changing them once the the wood is fully sunk We should only take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It's you know when it comes to Manzanita It's not a would but you know floats for a very long time. It's a pretty dense wood that doesn't have a lot of oxygen Trapped in it which causes wood to float, but I'm really happy with this tank Obviously, it's going to look a lot better once we get it the clarity fixed However right now. I think it looks really really good, and it's exactly what I was looking for again clearly This is going to look a lot different Once we get the water clear and everything up and running This is the second time I filled the tank and it's now Tuesday morning So I'm not going to have enough time to get this clear for you guys get everything up and running I'm going to spend the day doing that and on Thursday Hopefully if everything goes well, we'll circle back, and we'll take another look at this tank, but for right now I mean, it's it's difficult to judge how this is going to look long term of course once the tank clears up you'll get a much better idea and Once we're able to actually position the rocks and a more Favorable you know position of course is going to look a lot better as well Which is picture with me for a second over you know two hundred? Rainbow fish swimming through this you know I think this was a really really good scape to go with it's going to be extremely low maintenance I'm not worried about the moss taking over the wood I Want it to I want it to just go nuts and here? I don't care if this becomes a forest of Moss That's exactly what I want, and you know the valve a career that's only going to propagate so far It's not going to or I'm sorry. It's only going to send out runners. Which is that's how it propagates itself out How it duplicates is? you know each one of these plants is going to send out a runner and it continues to grow and this is only going to Probably get as far as these rocks where the barrier is perhaps a few will make it to the sand, but highly unlikely So I think that again this will be very low-maintenance based on what I'm looking to do with it However again, I'm just really excited about this skate really happy with the end result I'm really pleased with you know using a lot less wood than I had planned or that I had in there originally we only have maybe five or six big pieces Maybe one two three yeah five five or six pieces in there and I think it looks really good again though like things like this like these rocks here way down there little corners of the wood that's clearly got to go and Over here, you know weighing down a little bit bigger thicker pieces. That's got to go you know I'll probably Leave the rocks in there to a certain extent but I don't want them piled up on top of the wood like that I would rather have them Cascade down potentially You know be more natural-looking, but all of these plants actually came from Jeff at one fish two fish Dartmouth You guys have seen that store tour recently he's made me buying plants a lot easier to do he now has a website where you could just order the plants online and You can pick them up in the store, or he'll ship anywhere in Canada so if you guys are looking for plants that You know are coming from a trusted source good quality go ahead and check out his website link will be in the description below You can get the plants at exactly where I get mine from But yeah, as you can see my office area over to the right here I'm going to be able to see right through the tank and Ideally is what I'm going to aim for is the reason why this is less Wide-open space here is because this is where I'm going to feed the rainbows while they will enjoy the scape and swimming in through all the wood I'm Hoping that they're going to spend a lot of time in the open areas in order to can encourage that this is where I'll be feeding them and fish have a tendency to stick around places that they trust where they know food is going to So that's the plan and hopefully it works out well ultimately though. We've got 200 coming It's just going to look absolutely amazing And that's just the beginning Stalking for this tank mind you this is a three hundred and seventy five gallon tank with a hundred and twenty gallon sump This is the four hundred and ninety five gallon system lots of plant filtration water changes and a huge Capable sump we can truly. Go you know I'll go nuts with this with the stalking, but I got to admit you know. This is a pretty big tank I never really felt like it was a big tank Clearly because I've got a two thousand sitting over here, and I've always had really big fish but with that said you know you don't realize how big a tank is until you have to escape it properly and You know you start considering? Normal type of fish like average type fish that could go in the aquarium and you Realize like wow I can put a whole lot a little fish in the tank and now I Understand why you guys are always saying you know with my big tanks? oh You should do this and you know plant it or make it a reef or stock it with this type of fish like you guys You know I finally get what you mean But you know I've always been into the bigger fish and our we thought no big tanks or big fish but this is a big tank with little fish and I'm excited to see what it's going to look like and I'm sure many of You guys are as well and if you were and you're not subscribed to this channel yet I highly suggest you do because this coming Tuesday. I'm going to show it up and running everything on the go Arm stories is coming Thursday. It's already Tuesday, and then this Sunday. If everything goes to plan We're going to stock the tank


 
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How To QUIT Your JOB & Start A Farm - For $600

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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path 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it's a beautiful sight poke this man has quit his corporate job to come home to the farm and work with his family in this video we're going to show you the three steps to do this yourself whoa fuck did this go by how he gets excited as a teenager working with that on the farm time for us to leave the White House on the hill we're scheduled to go to Rome Stokes well a farm that makes round sticks pasture raised pork jerky but we're going to go on a detour on the way over here we happen upon this amazing farm it wasn't in the plan it wasn't on the tour but it turned out absolutely incredible what we had found out about that farm is that they farmed just like Joel Salatin so that was the angle of my story he was going to be the poster child of Joel Salatin finally a poster child for Joel Salatin somebody who's going to do is exactly like he does because why ran Bennett if it works Joel's been doing it for 40 years why do anything different it's a model that works [Music] not long after being there I realized there's more to the story than just systems than just poultry then just pastured poultry pen and chickens following cow one here I totally quit his job to start farming and to you've gotten his entire family on board those boys did you see those boys that's like now I know power of it I think we really figured they're getting the guy look at two smiling burger who gets paid more yeah they were totally excited about farming and they were older boys and they were teenage boys aren't these supposed to be the terrible years yet here these boys were helping is dead we got more of a story to uncover that's for sure before we go we got to say goodbye to our friends White House on the hill everybody say yeah bye thank you guys you've been great hosts it was cool to spend a 4th of July with you thank you so much for coming you have a great we're good lucky YouTube channel thank you for being here thanks for your time we love you guys have you cared [Music] we have arrived we have thought of many more questions many questions unanswered I had a feeling we just scratched the surface with David now we're going to get a little bit deeper and help many many many people who are in the same spot where maybe they want to get out of their job and maybe one day they want to come home with the fame and I would love to see nothing more than you guys do that so let's go get some of those secrets y'all plan anything won't you Oh looks like somebody's got their lawn nice and neat how's it going buddy thanks for having us back thank you for coming I didn't really still mad they didn't get that who's mad families method Eve your family is gone when they coming back tomorrow they're coming back tomorrow we're going to miss some mom comes home tomorrow yeah dad I can tell she's coming home tomorrow yes how are you looking at the remember a little bit yes he's got it all mode good the inspectors coming buddy that's right you can eat the gardens no yeah yeah that's just great that's very totally back and get us caught that guy okay that's a passenger van so how many of them are you there are 12 of us okay my wife and I Kim David I feel like when we were here last that we didn't know where we get into okay and when I came here I knew that you were modeling salads so my story in my head was got that you're the poster child yourselves and finally and I was relieved to see that then when we got here I scratched the surface a little bit and found out what the story really was and it was that one that you were able to quit your job I started working with his family and to that you weren't having to seem like forcefully work with your family but it seemed like everybody was on board yeah so I'm gonna get deeper into that okay do you have like a tasks or a chore or something that needs to be done that maybe we could won't work and talk yeah we can't we've had some fencing to repair okay on the take and does that not take that doesn't take a lot of brain space no okay no so you can talk and work at the same time yes guy if you talk scared infamous probably what you would rather do anyway yeah okay so i mike jones are done kill two birds with one stone yeah let's make garden though we didn't even speak to that but that's part of it i'm sure right like being able to quit your job and be at the farm is being able to grow most your own food yes yeah yes a you know add to meet up yesterday somebody came up to me and said it's because of you we have lands and I'm going to saying that to brag on myself or whatever we were inspiring them but we're going to inspire people just so you know good somebody or somebodies is going to quit their job and start farming with their family because of you why that's great that's great okay so I can't think of anything better than that right like it gives me chills better I mean it's exciting to do it ourselves but you want to complete your joy by sharing that right absolutely okay good look at a smile look at this no yeah you know I want to know your secret how to get these behaviors this is it right next to pop come on kids come on guys let's go okay guys let's go in the pig fences where I get some some wire ripple we use ripples they're fantastic for mending fence yes pulling high sensor wire cool I'm a glutton involved wire we just use you tie pencil the herbal tool no okay we got these from Greg Beauty decide yeah the group wills yeah okay cool okay is that it so we need a little bit of wire some grifoll and some grifoll tool what are you doing man making it's making a penny hockey board for each project okay a hockey Boyle woodworking what I do and I'm not farming cool so far I'd a would record by night let's go let's go get that stick he's nice no shame in them so they're setting up this area for a pig paddock the pigs are in the barn they're going to bring them out here so they got to put up the fence how many strands of wire you're going to put up here just two two strands of wire it's going to be electrifying they're going to kill this up form or should we say plow the pigs ticket to Chile's pick the flowers they're going to plow this up and then plant pumpkins move the pigs on over and looks like they got a lot of work to do over there how did you market yourself so quickly we didn't because people are going to want to know where do I go how do I sell it right we started just doing a couple hundred chickens and selling to friends and family getting feedback from them okay so important to make sure the world progress with good quality well is not what they're really going to cost enough so I need to know what my cost are in before start selling some stuff we didn't start markets and our farmers market until year four we were really really worried about making sure we had enough product we didn't want to go to a farmers market and run out of product yeah there's nothing worse than that we started with drop off the homes and that went really well did you tell your friends and family know this now we now we did a home drop off to a to Lee's Summit Missouri okay how did you so first you call in friends and family you're just looking in your phone and you're just going down the list yep and then now you're going to have this home drop off roof how did you get this customer you know it just through other people telling people about us so friends and family started talking you know telling people about the products they've been getting it from us this is great we're just going to put this joke at work slide this on there it's going to grip that ni there and just pull it tight slide it back in Wow pull aside all right that's not basic marketing here folks selling the chickens and the product of friends and family I mean if you can't sell it to the friends and family you're going to have a hard time selling it anywhere going down the black book and the phone or wherever and then just rely on the word of mouth to get it going and of course there's always markets is there anything you wish you would have added to our time together the other day I mean was there anything after I left I wished I would have said that yeah lots of things no that's a lutely there's there's all kinds of things just seeing the comments like people just have to start somewhere yeah start growing it for yourselves and then for your relatives and your friends and then it's just going to go from there go slow where you are in rural Missouri but you are only an hour from Kansas City we're an hour until you it is worth it it is financially worth it for you to go to the market in Kansas City is that fair absolutely would it be worth it if you were two hours away yeah it was totally worth it we just um just to have it to have to drive a lot further alright let's straighten it up buddy tighten it up what was your life like before farming or go my goal was money toys and what well it was about me what I did with my life hunting fishing very selfish though very selfish life what happened was there a point where that changed you're both named for money and pleasure - something different yeah I mean I just made some mistakes in my life that I look back and man I've got I've got to change who I am and who I serve that's when I looked at farming something to do with my family found Selatan and just we went from there if you were going to quit your job and go into factory farming traditional conventional farming he would go into hops and you were going to do chickens you've got to do $100,000 and hundred thousand dollars of dad's $1.00 of ice okay so you go the fountain model and all of a sudden what was your startup cost 2000 estimate Oh started small so I guess it was $700 starting up far for six to seven hundred dollars are you kidding me and then that being mobile - so literally you could have done that on borrowed land we unplugged our brooder lamps and we we put our chicken tractors on a trailer and haul them over and that was it and you know deep freezers which we already personally had there's more work with the Salatin model you're going to move the animals everyday but you're also going to increase the productivity of your land and the other way tractors and big buildings and infrastructures permanent and very expensive oh we don't have a tractor we borrow a tractor from you to do some work you test anybody yep is it on working son right now how'd you go about to transition then did you save up money or did you keep working you're going to change that Joel Salatin would call it yeah you keep your golden chains while you did this part-time till you knew this was going to go or do you save up money we'll started again so this was so little to get started yeah I mean look except $600 and then as it grew we've never had to go get a loan for things we definitely borrowed friends families money because they were so excited I was doing let's go got it we can move those into a point where you can't do both you know okay you can't do both so you worked on the farm business until you're lying it's growing so much as you get more poultry pens I think it I need to get deck Wiener get thick because the demands there and now the demands there as well as I'm not going to be able to grow my business unless I'm working on my business look out for somebody else okay did you have a safe would you finally quit the gold chain no I think everybody reckon you're going to say yeah okay no so that's it better better for you guys okay now I have to have a savings we had put everything at that point we had put so much in the farm with walk-in freezers and chickens crates and infrastructure building guy redoing barns and such so we're here now we're not usable we had oh gosh the old bruiser that we use them without here there was some point before rats networking it looks like maybe maybe he didn't turn it off one time I hate losing trust me buddy what happened did you turn it on dear old dad huh have you done that before I have honey it is shocking they're all bad news and dad's been watching you watching you I can't believe I grabbed that without first next up we're going to see the Ducks move was your wife on board with this crazy plan all along yes she was okay that's handy well what would you say to somebody if maybe their spouse wasn't whether it's the man or the woman that's not on board yeah it's a tough question I would you know there's a husband-wife house being unity on this you know just the change of life your you know how you spend your money is so important because if this does as it grows you've got to continue to put a lot of money back into it to grow we've got to be on the same page the CII and see the vision for the family what did your parents and your friends and family think did they just think you were nuts I mean you're going to quit chick-fil-a you're going to quit the steady job to be a farmer oh yeah yes I know he doesn't matter if you show them Joel Collins video that's right let them read the book they still think you're crazy are you still crazy in their eyes for you later oh well one their heart loved it all say also love the figures they get there you just wait it out again thank your nuts after they get some of that food that's right all right whoa God wait a motorbike you what are they telling you they're ready to may want new muscles are saying yet they wanted me solve our dream is a salad bar Lily let's get them some salad bar okay wait a minute they're going to get out yes yeah I got another problem no normally I come out here moving by myself so they're used to getting out and you can they get out you wander in the fence I'm you defense and then we just walk them back in they don't go far though say will save our day okay I'm going to take your word for it see guys you think he's going to get them back in a new phone you think they're going to roll all data you can welcome Todd you can or doesn't form or whatever what are some steps people need to take if they want to do this themselves okay you know start small in your backyard right on your food for your family and then go see a go find another farmer in your area that will talk to you I have no problem sharing what we do how we do it yeah we're a market is where we sell there's enough you in the way I think I am come on enough there's enough demand out there for all of us to share so we're very open about what we do and how we've done it go talk to them find one that has some knowledge that you look why one that's doing a good job yeah and see what you can learn from them glean that information off of them and how they can help we've helped two or three farms around here start and their direct competition to me but again I love seeing fathers that are willing what have a desire to to stop leaving their families during the day and starting a farm step number one is to begin growing food because you may not even be doing that first of all you find out what you really like by group by growing different things and then you kind of find something that you think you want and then you can find another farmer I would say that he does that step number two absolutely may be in there you're reading books absolutely hopefully on that step number one you're reading like how to grow you know how to grow more vegetable in that book or fill thousands now that bar beef you know if you're thinking about cattles or something like that like some of this how-to stuff you're starting to grow something then you grow then you're go talk to somebody that is growing what you think you want to do yes now you want to do ya get you'll go in that information for your area how are they growing what's the grass is like cows and chickens were they getting the feet from we are strictly non-gmo we drive two and a half hours to get our feet every other week and then now go to your friends and family start selling to them it'll grow because the demand is there I would say that would be the third step is pretty much you're growing this stuff on the side and you're pretty much working yourself out of that first job you've gotten so busy with it because the demand is growing you've run out of the farmer how to market and things like that we can't come all up right here and it's pretty different space in your area where you are you near the TV are you away from the city what are the different demands and wants of that place those are three really good practices thank you so much David okay what's your name young man I'm Reese okay Reese how does your dad get you excited about going on the farm he doesn't okay well why are you excited to be on the farm just being out here with really God's creation and how cool it is and really when you first come out here you have a package so dad has pretty much just exposed you to this giving you access to this and you run with it now I also think that this is your operations site you make the money off of this yes okay you paid you paid add something for fee yes he helps he pass the food he's put together these infrastructure so go ahead no they bought the docks to see they've gone on to work short yep you can use our land [Laughter] and that's thing that you see nice this is some picked it up forget dragging it you gonna pick that up yeah I did earth Jam right there guys this is the duck feature they usually go to the mulberry tree they're still bull berries on it they're just about done but something they really like the mulberry see when you go open the tree while they're under it take the branch they all fall and go crazy with us they love them where the ducks will come to the mulberry tree and you'll find it up come on guys you go help them heard the duck see how they're going up behind them come on let's go up we get behind them Hey yeah they right there live and you can help [Laughter] [Laughter] okay so thanks I went back with my buddies I'm not back with my buddy [Music] and he found the toys I see you found I see you found your favorite part of America Carter what's going on over here don't be tearing them up now go boy get in I'm done good job good job okay David one more last question buddy yes before we go personally and for everybody here I've got kids I want them to be involved in the farm and the business now but also we may grow up mm-hmm and it seems like you've been able to do that with at least these two and probably some more of the rest what is the big secret well the world shows us something different we raise our children at home our children are around us as parents and as well as our community that we belong to we want them to be adults at a young age that doesn't mean they can't have fun they're out here playing playing basketball enjoying the toys but at a time they're going to have responsibilities there's a time we're going to introduce them to chores on the farm and slowly work with them they're going to want to work with mom and dad mmm now there's attention spans well it's smaller gradually drowsy work on that we're going to give them some responsibilities we're going to find something they like mm-hmm and give them that responsibility is something to joy it's gonna bring it's going to build that character we can build the responsibility discipline in their life and you know my young men at 13 is a young man because yeah he is mature he can go out and he can talk to people we go from children and and we want to be young men and a responsible dedicated to their life have an idea what they want to do they have they have gifts and we're going to encourage in that we're going to mold that and the character is so important their education we teach them to read we teach them math and we allow them to just blossom through that so we're using every minute that we can as parents to mold them into what God wants innovation thank you so much for having us again hopefully we've dug deep with this guy but please encourage you guys if you're in that spot where you just want to get home with the family sustainable farming is a valid opportunity it is and don't make it don't make it hard make it easy fall silence until you figure out and have success then you can convince your office yeah this is simple we're talking about starting part-time $600 investment you can do that yes you can just wrapped up my time with David what a blessing good news now good news his whole family had been in Florida on vacation they were planning on coming tomorrow afternoon so we're going to just miss them but they're going to push through and drive through tonight they'll be here by the time we used to wake up in the morning so we're going to get to see the family this amazing family all together we're definitely going to have to put that in tomorrow's vlog one more thing if you want the nitty gritty on how to quit your job and start farming I created a member video just for that for those you want to geek out really go down that path for you members make sure you check it out and for those of you who aren't members check out the info down in the description see you there [Applause] [Music] [Music]


 
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Learn how to get a step by step video on how Joel raises meat chickens for profit.

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you're working in town got your fledgling family you have to scream or do you want to do this this full time farming chicken thing how do i how do we get there well everybody starts with a context and so the first thing to do is to get out of debt if you're in debt get out of debt so don't quit your day job and then I always encourage people to save up enough that you can live for two years now that doesn't need to be as much as you might think if you're willing to live cheaply while you're getting out of debt and while you're accumulating a little bit of a nest egg start taking that time either get a second job the point is to take all that time that you would spend recreative find people in your church or Civic club your groups that you're involved with start asking around for an acre of land two acres of land okay it doesn't have to be much find a place you don't have to own it don't have to buy it if it's close enough to commute to preferably even to walk to our bicycle to do then you're in good shape if you find a place that you can actually buy it's small you know couple acres go ahead and move live in an RV live in a trailer live in a yurt you know peeling peel live in a yurt yeah they make they make pretty sophisticated yurts these days if you want it you gotta want it okay you know Teresa and I lived seven years up in the attic of the farmhouse we called it our pin out the point is to cut your living expenses down and devote yourself to this dream and once you raise that first batch of chicken and you process them then you're up and running [Music] when that super cool Joel Salatin in his book one of the first ones ever read pastured poultry profit net 25,000 in six months on 20 acres the main idea that book was to talk about how to make a living awesome meat chickens and then eventually expanding into eggs and other things like that but I got to interview him for my first movie a couple summers ago and I said what are the new numbers because that book was like 30 years old he said it is more lucrative than it ever was he can now profit $6 a bird and you can believe one couple can do ten thousand birds in the spring summer and fall that's sixty thousand dollars huh Joel talks about how to do that in this book I recommend that book even if you aren't going to do profitable chicken farming it's a wealth of resource just for knowing how to raise chicks it was my first chicken book but listen I want to tell you something I just secured Joel Salatin for the great American farm tour not only did he say we can come and have access to his farm you said we can follow the interns we can follow him we can come for an energy he's going to give us an interview guys and you know what soon the kick started right now for the documentary for the great American farm tour I'll tell you what anybody to back to the Kickstarter I will submit a survey to you guys and you can submit your own questions that you would want me to ask in an interview with Joel speakin to the Kickstarter which by the way in Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern I just want to make sure you guys know it's like 50% off of what this movie is going to cost when it comes out there's t-shirts and mugs available in there also we're going to do bonuses exclusive kickstarter bonuses one is three exclusive tours of the farms we visit how about we'll make Joe salt in one of those places also we're going to do three exclusive instructional videos these videos are not going up on you too they're just a bonus for Kickstarter backers just but thank you guys for getting in early and believing in this mission three instructional videos so how about we'll dig deep in one of those instructional videos on how you can actually make it happen step by step get the me bird raise them up how to sell them how to run them how to manage them all that how to make a profit on them so that if you want you can quit your golden chain and if that's not your goal that you can just raise your own chicken meat bigger honey you hard-working lady there you go enjoy your tea thank you what's wrong is they never give you enough room Jenna oh one more thing he also invited us to their lunatic farm tour well anybody is invited to that actually so let's have a meet up there we can have we can all go through the lunatic harder to get a Joel Salatin place that'll be fun what I'm trying to say is that I'll film that and how about I just put that one up on the youtubes for everyone to see so guys take advantage of it it's a killer offer it's a good thing you're supporting a wonderful mission we're going to be supporting farms as we go along helping them in our project we're going to be showcasing farms that are ahead of us in certain areas and we're going to learn all kinds of things so it's going to be a great adventure I encourage you to follow along if you get support that kick-started great go do that now before it expires if not just follow the follow our adventure it's going to be fun that's pretty good tea actually one of you guys suggested this recipe a bit of ginger some gelatin to help with the inflammation thank you guys oh of course I'm going to leave the link to the Kickstarter in the description thank you good


 
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you're working in town got your fledgling family you have to scream or do you want to do this this full time farming chicken thing how do i how do we get there well everybody starts with a context and so the first thing to do is to get out of debt if you're in debt get out of debt so don't quit your day job and then I always encourage people to save up enough that you can live for two years now that doesn't need to be as much as you might think if you're willing to live cheaply while you're getting out of debt and while you're accumulating a little bit of a nest egg start taking that time either get a second job the point is to take all that time that you would spend recreative find people in your church or Civic club your groups that you're involved with start asking around for an acre of land two acres of land okay it doesn't have to be much find a place you don't have to own it don't have to buy it if it's close enough to commute to preferably even to walk to our bicycle to do then you're in good shape if you find a place that you can actually buy it's small you know couple acres go ahead and move live in an RV live in a trailer live in a yurt you know peeling peel live in a yurt yeah they make they make pretty sophisticated yurts these days if you want it you gotta want it okay you know Teresa and I lived seven years up in the attic of the farmhouse we called it our pin out the point is to cut your living expenses down and devote yourself to this dream and once you raise that first batch of chicken and you process them then you're up and running [Music] when that super cool Joel Salatin in his book one of the first ones ever read pastured poultry profit net 25,000 in six months on 20 acres the main idea that book was to talk about how to make a living awesome meat chickens and then eventually expanding into eggs and other things like that but I got to interview him for my first movie a couple summers ago and I said what are the new numbers because that book was like 30 years old he said it is more lucrative than it ever was he can now profit $6 a bird and you can believe one couple can do ten thousand birds in the spring summer and fall that's sixty thousand dollars huh Joel talks about how to do that in this book I recommend that book even if you aren't going to do profitable chicken farming it's a wealth of resource just for knowing how to raise chicks it was my first chicken book but listen I want to tell you something I just secured Joel Salatin for the great American farm tour not only did he say we can come and have access to his farm you said we can follow the interns we can follow him we can come for an energy he's going to give us an interview guys and you know what soon the kick started right now for the documentary for the great American farm tour I'll tell you what anybody to back to the Kickstarter I will submit a survey to you guys and you can submit your own questions that you would want me to ask in an interview with Joel speakin to the Kickstarter which by the way in Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern I just want to make sure you guys know it's like 50% off of what this movie is going to cost when it comes out there's t-shirts and mugs available in there also we're going to do bonuses exclusive kickstarter bonuses one is three exclusive tours of the farms we visit how about we'll make Joe salt in one of those places also we're going to do three exclusive instructional videos these videos are not going up on you too they're just a bonus for Kickstarter backers just but thank you guys for getting in early and believing in this mission three instructional videos so how about we'll dig deep in one of those instructional videos on how you can actually make it happen step by step get the me bird raise them up how to sell them how to run them how to manage them all that how to make a profit on them so that if you want you can quit your golden chain and if that's not your goal that you can just raise your own chicken meat bigger honey you hard-working lady there you go enjoy your tea thank you what's wrong is they never give you enough room Jenna oh one more thing he also invited us to their lunatic farm tour well anybody is invited to that actually so let's have a meet up there we can have we can all go through the lunatic harder to get a Joel Salatin place that'll be fun what I'm trying to say is that I'll film that and how about I just put that one up on the youtubes for everyone to see so guys take advantage of it it's a killer offer it's a good thing you're supporting a wonderful mission we're going to be supporting farms as we go along helping them in our project we're going to be showcasing farms that are ahead of us in certain areas and we're going to learn all kinds of things so it's going to be a great adventure I encourage you to follow along if you get support that kick-started great go do that now before it expires if not just follow the follow our adventure it's going to be fun that's pretty good tea actually one of you guys suggested this recipe a bit of ginger some gelatin to help with the inflammation thank you guys oh of course I'm going to leave the link to the Kickstarter in the description thank you good


 
 
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Polyface farms shows how one neighborhood could grow 3,000 pounds of animal protein (chicken and rabbit) out of a three car garage.

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Top Tools of Curtis Stone’s $100K/Year Urban Farm

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so these are some of the specialized tools that we use these are you know you're at curtis stone's house when there's a skyscraper in the background how many stories is that curtis 1515 story skyscraper and there's a garden going right here bees a buzzin you know where you're at i mean do you see any other hey where are the other gardens on this i got i got a few in the back who think you're nuts they love it actually okay yeah yeah we're gonna do a grand tour of curtis stone's the market no no okay about messed up about gotten confused with JME fourth year don't do it don't do it that's the market garden we are busy urban farm I know that's why I'm giving them a hard time let's see what you got buddy great so this is the home base so our farm is has five different locations all within about a mile or two and this is our home base so I live here I own this lot the rest of the Lots I don't own and this is we've got some production here which I'll show you but we also have our post harvest areas here so walk-in coolers we wash veggies here this is where we process a lot of our greens like we have big mechanical salad spinners greens bubbler closer yeah the guys are cleaned up for the day so this is just like dishes basically on this screen we actually dry our salad greens on here okay these are these are like salad spinners basically oh dude this thing is it's apart right now because they've cleaned it for the day but it's a it's a bubbler so it's like it it's like a jacuzzi and we throw about 20 pounds of salad greens in here with water and it just agitates it how this this thing has a pump guy just goes once all these coke right here this goes down on the bottom pump pushes air to here it just and this is how many it's all DIY yeah I called you as to who gave me that idea yeah well that's between mini market gardeners like Jamar 1040a and Eric Schultz and friends of mine we've all kind of collaborated on that kind of stuff there's a harvest from this morning yeah being harvested right now actually these are carrots coming regarded as speak Toby's back they're hard oh you got somebody here oh yeah yeah yeah I got two guys that work with me when you guys work here we work 8:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday okay basically so we don't do farmers markets anymore we used to now we just sell to mostly grocery stores which is a market stream I never thought I'd get into but it's really it's really easy because it's like bring the same stuff each week it's low maintenance and I'm focused on education and building new tools and stuff and you know developing our techniques so I'm more focused on that I want my farm to be really simple and so I don't I do laughs my I don't do any farmers markets I don't do as many restaurants anymore we don't do a CSA Wow we just do like grocery stores and a couple restaurants and that's enough to make a living oh we make a great living I pay these guys really well I don't even take a salary from the farmer anymore because I have done well with my book and other stuff but yeah we I mean our farm does 100 grand a year on a quarter acre everybody makes sure you heard that a hundred grand on a quarter of an acre and there's not a whole lot of terrible crazy infrastructure you didn't like buy all this at once yeah no I didn't I mean I scaled I scaled into it I started my farm on $7000 Wow and I did 22,000 that first year and I just kept recapitalizing into the phone okay now I've got me I've got some fancy greenhouses and stuff but this is all pretty DIY stuff our farm you know our margins over 50% now I don't know what it'll be this year but it's good so yeah what's this this is a washing table so this is like a cylinder Washington caris you know all that water redirects into this tub that we pump that water out I pump it onto the trees around my front yard it's not legal in Canada is it legal yeah we're not as draconian as you guys are in the US okay yeah cuz you're kind of in a desert aren't you I'm in a high desert how much does the rain here two inches a year what yeah it's tough that it look like East Washington no no wait but dig in well now that we're well Vinci yeah we're the Okanagan Valley and we're in the center in a maybe it's somewhere it we're not much wetter than Central Valley California we're pretty good man inches but we using Jim you do use inches if you're my generation if you're my generation or older you use inches because I was a Pierre Trudeau who changed that in 80s I was thinking you were being courteous for the most American audience well I am I spend a lot of time in the US Canada officially okay it's my generation and the older use Imperial what you like better I like metric but I like inches I use inches I use kilometers okay I use kilos but I like inches all right so these are some of the specialized tools that we use these are that's the quick cut greens harvester that's an amazing tool that cuts greens like mowing a lawn basically so it's got a blade that moves and we just walk along and harvest greens and that cut that cut no the rope pushes it into the basket look at the blade no I made really really sure so that's a tool we use almost every day on the farm and we have two of them is that DIY no that's not DIY that's from a company in Nashville Tennessee it's that expensive 500 bucks okay yeah worth day absolutely you use it every day if you're running a commercial farm you need to spend money that's the way it is you you can start DIY which you should but then you got it you got to start getting proper tools because it allows you to scale if somebody's just doing it part-time they're gonna make 22 K a year working on the evenings and the weekends what five tools should they have definitely you're gonna do greens you got to have that tool this is a Jang cedar I would recommend that so if you just wanted like farm in your front yard and do this part-time those two would be pretty critical and then I got another tools wall over here which is all the sort of hand tools the the manual hand tool stirrup hose those are good you can do a lot with hand tools like if you if you're gonna farm on like a sixth or fifth or six of an acre say it's just your front and backyard you don't need a lot of mechanical tools but it's good to have a mechanical harvester and a mechanical planter but you can do all your bed prep with hand tools stirrup hose rakes shovels things like that this is a paper pot transplanter that's a game changer tool for us we we use that everywhere now for bunnies and lettuce that's a paper pot transplanter okay so this this is that thing that that I can plant a bed of lettuce in minutes it would take me an hour by hand I can do it minute so this is the tool you developed no this the top-selling though yeah this is a johnie's in men's elliptic I mean I know everybody think I'm there but it's hilarious wait a minute tractor yeah I found a walk-behind tractor where does somebody get that well it's all preference you know I I had the money and so I like tools I like machinery okay I'm a guy I like I like machines I'm gonna say most guys gonna go straight to the tractor yeah yeah I like the machine you know I don't use it that often but for initial bed prep at the beginning of the season I like it cuz then I can prep a bunch of areas generally we're no-till we don't we don't till a lot but at the beginning of the season sometimes it just makes things really quick what do you do instead of till we do a shallow cultivation so it kind of some people call it no-till so we call low till but we'll cultivate our beds when we're preparing them just by cultivating the top inch okay and then that keeps weed seeds down that keeps soil biology healthier what do you do with the electronic string trimmer just weed whacking grasses yeah this your own this is this is my daughter's garden Oh violets garden we call it okay now hold the hold is she well she's five months okay he'll help but but next year our front yard is all gonna be garden for the family and then those would be like we want her to Stu play with that okay she was allowed to come on heels yeah do whatever you mess it up she are what is she doing here she well we hold her yeah and she grabs things and pulls them azar not totally passive but it's a hybrid pasta solo greenhouse so it operates with a climate battery so you see this here this pumps hot air underneath in the foundation of this yeah and it holds heat all summer long and then that he radiates so at the winter it takes humid air puts it underground and then it comes up on the other side of the greenhouse with less humidity who thought of that uh guy named Jerome forget acai Steve wrote a book about you know this is our climate battery technology that we've been developing over the last thirty years so this is a one of the intakes for bringing the warm moist air into the soil and storing the heat yeah we went to the greenhouse in Colorado yeah yeah yeah he was one of the founders of that idea okay cool this is year round we do micro greens in here year round not we don't do as much stuff in the summer because we have a lot of field crops in the summer but you have enough light here in the winter oh yeah I mean yes and no we get down to less than eight hours of daylight at the winter solstice but microgreens really only need ambient light to grow so they have a longer day cycle they have a longer growth cycle but we still crop out like we still get on oxygen so in the summertime these crops look at this are like eight days from seed to harvest so from planting to harvest eight days but in the winter time it might be two and a half three maybe how is this this is this these will be harvested on Tuesday and what are you gonna do and these are a week old what we eat you know you never have never had a view sell them now I haven't tried to shoot yeah yeah we saw who buys it no of course you got that many you there's that much demand oh yeah 4p greens Wow all these shelves in the winter will be filled Wow yeah that's really good really good Curtis this is uh this is that this is the paper pot transplanter flat so these will unravel and then they plant as a chain into the ground I've got some I can watch here yeah actually the ones out front that's what those were you can see this little paper in the ground what it's a yeah that's my degradable paper yep it's just it's just craft paper it's just like brown non bleached Kraft paper soil blocks eat your heart out pretty much okay pretty much bye-bye soil box yeah honestly nice or I did soil blocks for years I like soil blocks but this is there's no comparison because it normally would take one guy and a trained person one hour to hand transplant 400 plugs into a 50 foot bed Wow with this six minutes so it's a huge labor reduction and it's less bending over that we can put that time into something else more productive and then come around here check this one out this is my neighbor's yard so I don't own that yard there's Toby Toby's from Germany he's harvesting carrots you know this is what essentially our farm does is we use other people's yards and grow veggies on them we give them a share of the crop so they get a basket of veggies each week Wow and then we do all work and turn it into something productive and beautiful how many yards you have like that five others besides this they're happy they love it yeah I've waiting list of anybody canceled on you oh yeah I don't I don't want a garden in my backyard yeah oh yeah I've been doing this for eight years I've gone through over 20 different plots yeah okay yeah we generally we try to get a commitment and like up three years and I really only will work with people now that I really feel are fully on board you know they gotta be keen so how do you go and get this how do you knock on the door well I don't know can I grow you know a senior by start the way I tell people the best way to get into this is just start with one lock somewhere that's visible okay and then people will come to you it's that whole thing you build it they will come so you're or grandma's lot or my literally literally grandma's lot front yard lot make it happen make it beautiful make it productive people will walk by and go hey this is really cool okay depends on where you live right but but we were pretty blessed here people love this idea here what are you doing I'm harvesting some carrots a little bit where are you from I'm from Germany and I've been here for the summer had a great time and yeah learned a lot from Curtis are you gonna do this when you go back home mmm not this so I'm just I'm just 20 but but I definitely want to continue to farm okay start them I want to learn more and more different context different types of farming and market gardening especially okay okay you pulling a few weeds there Curtis yeah I mean ya know I mean we don't really have to do too much weeding here our crops are out of the ground so quick and then something else goes in that they don't really have time to establish see these are the paper chains you can see okay yeah see we just we would have just walked that along what implanted does this is a where's your water oh I see you have to so I water this prop this plot from my house so even these landowners don't have to pay for the water we cover that okay yep and the ones that do we we subsidize their their water bill is water expensive here not really okay definitely not even a quarter of what California is this is our hothouse so we'll do really early tomatoes in here like we had tomatoes in the ground here in February this year they're long gone now it's on rotation so into for a winter so these crops will be all out of here in no more than two weeks and then lettuce will go in here that will take us to Christmas and then we've got some heat here we got a that's a 6000 watt heater my house is entirely solar so all this stuff is powered by the Sun this this greenhouse is Double A or poly so it's got an r5 insulation value and so I can I can push the season pretty hard in this one but the nursery is definitely warmer because it's it's a lot more insulated and it's you know it's a there's a foundation to it what Christmas dinner look like winter spinach turkey probably okay those okay carrots beets over on this side here do you still have that bike oh yeah my still deliveries on that bike why not um well I'm not doing a lot of this stuff right now mark is okay so mark but mark rides it we don't really sell to a lot of downtown restaurants anymore okay but so like we're selling to gross we sell them right there so sometimes I'll bike that order okay so it's a little further it's just cuz our other stores are further away somewhat we take the van this is a day gone by I've got like probably 20,000 kilometers on this Blake the first time I saw you you can maybe help me with what documentary in this was I was a trailer for some documentary there was this really cool guy peddling a lot of produce and herbing to urban situation yeah that was you you remember that probably there's been a few though so I don't know yeah but they always want to feature the bicycle they do and you know what it was a really cool part of my initial branding like I didn't I didn't mean it you that way yeah but it was I branded myself that way and people really me yeah yeah it really got people but you know it's tough man like I was I was at a point where I was spending probably 20 hours a week just on a bike pedaling because the first three years of my farm was entirely pedal-powered we had and these are some of our trails okay you know we had we have these custom-built trailers these even daisy chain behind each other so I got a different arm that goes on this one and I can fall behind that one alright so we did everything that way when we started but I burned out hard it was tiring okay is that it for today Curtis pretty much yeah on Sunday we're gonna go into more depth on exactly how he does this and how you could do it how you could start part-time with a little tiny garden and move up and make over $100,000 a year now he's gonna lay it out for you exactly how to do it but it talked to him earlier it's gonna take one key ingredient what's that you remember hustle okay hustle so this is no easy road but it's a fulfilling absolutely throwing man it's it's the best thing about doing this even in the city is that everybody who walks by my front yard goes wow that is so cool I wish I could do that or older folks walk by and they go I remember when I was a teenager everybody had a garden why do we have these lawns and it's pretty cool man I'm back got some goods for the people let's see how everybody's doing I got I got our good Oh God these are neck rings I believe I said they took our I said they took our apricots but they took our nectarines we replace those and we got submit some colloidal silver and held the berry syrup how you feeling crazy hair don't care I'm feeling great I don't even feel like I was sick good you look great oh I feel a lot better I even like a wild crazy hair look no thanks I'm just hoping to get the kids better wouldn't make me feel a lot better Jose you still staying strong oh here oh don't look too good what about temperatures they out of temperatures you still feeling bad boy you still put on some heat all right well we're gonna go on a hike if everybody gets better but it's kind of looking like they're not gonna get better by tomorrow I might need to take a rest day Oh [Music] okay well hope for the best we'll do what needs to be done to get these guys better
 
 
 
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so these are some of the specialized tools that we use these are you know you're at curtis stone's house when there's a skyscraper in the background how many stories is that curtis 1515 story skyscraper and there's a garden going right here bees a buzzin you know where you're at i mean do you see any other hey where are the other gardens on this i got i got a few in the back who think you're nuts they love it actually okay yeah yeah we're gonna do a grand tour of curtis stone's the market no no okay about messed up about gotten confused with JME fourth year don't do it don't do it that's the market garden we are busy urban farm I know that's why I'm giving them a hard time let's see what you got buddy great so this is the home base so our farm is has five different locations all within about a mile or two and this is our home base so I live here I own this lot the rest of the Lots I don't own and this is we've got some production here which I'll show you but we also have our post harvest areas here so walk-in coolers we wash veggies here this is where we process a lot of our greens like we have big mechanical salad spinners greens bubbler closer yeah the guys are cleaned up for the day so this is just like dishes basically on this screen we actually dry our salad greens on here okay these are these are like salad spinners basically oh dude this thing is it's apart right now because they've cleaned it for the day but it's a it's a bubbler so it's like it it's like a jacuzzi and we throw about 20 pounds of salad greens in here with water and it just agitates it how this this thing has a pump guy just goes once all these coke right here this goes down on the bottom pump pushes air to here it just and this is how many it's all DIY yeah I called you as to who gave me that idea yeah well that's between mini market gardeners like Jamar 1040a and Eric Schultz and friends of mine we've all kind of collaborated on that kind of stuff there's a harvest from this morning yeah being harvested right now actually these are carrots coming regarded as speak Toby's back they're hard oh you got somebody here oh yeah yeah yeah I got two guys that work with me when you guys work here we work 8:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday okay basically so we don't do farmers markets anymore we used to now we just sell to mostly grocery stores which is a market stream I never thought I'd get into but it's really it's really easy because it's like bring the same stuff each week it's low maintenance and I'm focused on education and building new tools and stuff and you know developing our techniques so I'm more focused on that I want my farm to be really simple and so I don't I do laughs my I don't do any farmers markets I don't do as many restaurants anymore we don't do a CSA Wow we just do like grocery stores and a couple restaurants and that's enough to make a living oh we make a great living I pay these guys really well I don't even take a salary from the farmer anymore because I have done well with my book and other stuff but yeah we I mean our farm does 100 grand a year on a quarter acre everybody makes sure you heard that a hundred grand on a quarter of an acre and there's not a whole lot of terrible crazy infrastructure you didn't like buy all this at once yeah no I didn't I mean I scaled I scaled into it I started my farm on $7000 Wow and I did 22,000 that first year and I just kept recapitalizing into the phone okay now I've got me I've got some fancy greenhouses and stuff but this is all pretty DIY stuff our farm you know our margins over 50% now I don't know what it'll be this year but it's good so yeah what's this this is a washing table so this is like a cylinder Washington caris you know all that water redirects into this tub that we pump that water out I pump it onto the trees around my front yard it's not legal in Canada is it legal yeah we're not as draconian as you guys are in the US okay yeah cuz you're kind of in a desert aren't you I'm in a high desert how much does the rain here two inches a year what yeah it's tough that it look like East Washington no no wait but dig in well now that we're well Vinci yeah we're the Okanagan Valley and we're in the center in a maybe it's somewhere it we're not much wetter than Central Valley California we're pretty good man inches but we using Jim you do use inches if you're my generation if you're my generation or older you use inches because I was a Pierre Trudeau who changed that in 80s I was thinking you were being courteous for the most American audience well I am I spend a lot of time in the US Canada officially okay it's my generation and the older use Imperial what you like better I like metric but I like inches I use inches I use kilometers okay I use kilos but I like inches all right so these are some of the specialized tools that we use these are that's the quick cut greens harvester that's an amazing tool that cuts greens like mowing a lawn basically so it's got a blade that moves and we just walk along and harvest greens and that cut that cut no the rope pushes it into the basket look at the blade no I made really really sure so that's a tool we use almost every day on the farm and we have two of them is that DIY no that's not DIY that's from a company in Nashville Tennessee it's that expensive 500 bucks okay yeah worth day absolutely you use it every day if you're running a commercial farm you need to spend money that's the way it is you you can start DIY which you should but then you got it you got to start getting proper tools because it allows you to scale if somebody's just doing it part-time they're gonna make 22 K a year working on the evenings and the weekends what five tools should they have definitely you're gonna do greens you got to have that tool this is a Jang cedar I would recommend that so if you just wanted like farm in your front yard and do this part-time those two would be pretty critical and then I got another tools wall over here which is all the sort of hand tools the the manual hand tool stirrup hose those are good you can do a lot with hand tools like if you if you're gonna farm on like a sixth or fifth or six of an acre say it's just your front and backyard you don't need a lot of mechanical tools but it's good to have a mechanical harvester and a mechanical planter but you can do all your bed prep with hand tools stirrup hose rakes shovels things like that this is a paper pot transplanter that's a game changer tool for us we we use that everywhere now for bunnies and lettuce that's a paper pot transplanter okay so this this is that thing that that I can plant a bed of lettuce in minutes it would take me an hour by hand I can do it minute so this is the tool you developed no this the top-selling though yeah this is a johnie's in men's elliptic I mean I know everybody think I'm there but it's hilarious wait a minute tractor yeah I found a walk-behind tractor where does somebody get that well it's all preference you know I I had the money and so I like tools I like machinery okay I'm a guy I like I like machines I'm gonna say most guys gonna go straight to the tractor yeah yeah I like the machine you know I don't use it that often but for initial bed prep at the beginning of the season I like it cuz then I can prep a bunch of areas generally we're no-till we don't we don't till a lot but at the beginning of the season sometimes it just makes things really quick what do you do instead of till we do a shallow cultivation so it kind of some people call it no-till so we call low till but we'll cultivate our beds when we're preparing them just by cultivating the top inch okay and then that keeps weed seeds down that keeps soil biology healthier what do you do with the electronic string trimmer just weed whacking grasses yeah this your own this is this is my daughter's garden Oh violets garden we call it okay now hold the hold is she well she's five months okay he'll help but but next year our front yard is all gonna be garden for the family and then those would be like we want her to Stu play with that okay she was allowed to come on heels yeah do whatever you mess it up she are what is she doing here she well we hold her yeah and she grabs things and pulls them azar not totally passive but it's a hybrid pasta solo greenhouse so it operates with a climate battery so you see this here this pumps hot air underneath in the foundation of this yeah and it holds heat all summer long and then that he radiates so at the winter it takes humid air puts it underground and then it comes up on the other side of the greenhouse with less humidity who thought of that uh guy named Jerome forget acai Steve wrote a book about you know this is our climate battery technology that we've been developing over the last thirty years so this is a one of the intakes for bringing the warm moist air into the soil and storing the heat yeah we went to the greenhouse in Colorado yeah yeah yeah he was one of the founders of that idea okay cool this is year round we do micro greens in here year round not we don't do as much stuff in the summer because we have a lot of field crops in the summer but you have enough light here in the winter oh yeah I mean yes and no we get down to less than eight hours of daylight at the winter solstice but microgreens really only need ambient light to grow so they have a longer day cycle they have a longer growth cycle but we still crop out like we still get on oxygen so in the summertime these crops look at this are like eight days from seed to harvest so from planting to harvest eight days but in the winter time it might be two and a half three maybe how is this this is this these will be harvested on Tuesday and what are you gonna do and these are a week old what we eat you know you never have never had a view sell them now I haven't tried to shoot yeah yeah we saw who buys it no of course you got that many you there's that much demand oh yeah 4p greens Wow all these shelves in the winter will be filled Wow yeah that's really good really good Curtis this is uh this is that this is the paper pot transplanter flat so these will unravel and then they plant as a chain into the ground I've got some I can watch here yeah actually the ones out front that's what those were you can see this little paper in the ground what it's a yeah that's my degradable paper yep it's just it's just craft paper it's just like brown non bleached Kraft paper soil blocks eat your heart out pretty much okay pretty much bye-bye soil box yeah honestly nice or I did soil blocks for years I like soil blocks but this is there's no comparison because it normally would take one guy and a trained person one hour to hand transplant 400 plugs into a 50 foot bed Wow with this six minutes so it's a huge labor reduction and it's less bending over that we can put that time into something else more productive and then come around here check this one out this is my neighbor's yard so I don't own that yard there's Toby Toby's from Germany he's harvesting carrots you know this is what essentially our farm does is we use other people's yards and grow veggies on them we give them a share of the crop so they get a basket of veggies each week Wow and then we do all work and turn it into something productive and beautiful how many yards you have like that five others besides this they're happy they love it yeah I've waiting list of anybody canceled on you oh yeah I don't I don't want a garden in my backyard yeah oh yeah I've been doing this for eight years I've gone through over 20 different plots yeah okay yeah we generally we try to get a commitment and like up three years and I really only will work with people now that I really feel are fully on board you know they gotta be keen so how do you go and get this how do you knock on the door well I don't know can I grow you know a senior by start the way I tell people the best way to get into this is just start with one lock somewhere that's visible okay and then people will come to you it's that whole thing you build it they will come so you're or grandma's lot or my literally literally grandma's lot front yard lot make it happen make it beautiful make it productive people will walk by and go hey this is really cool okay depends on where you live right but but we were pretty blessed here people love this idea here what are you doing I'm harvesting some carrots a little bit where are you from I'm from Germany and I've been here for the summer had a great time and yeah learned a lot from Curtis are you gonna do this when you go back home mmm not this so I'm just I'm just 20 but but I definitely want to continue to farm okay start them I want to learn more and more different context different types of farming and market gardening especially okay okay you pulling a few weeds there Curtis yeah I mean ya know I mean we don't really have to do too much weeding here our crops are out of the ground so quick and then something else goes in that they don't really have time to establish see these are the paper chains you can see okay yeah see we just we would have just walked that along what implanted does this is a where's your water oh I see you have to so I water this prop this plot from my house so even these landowners don't have to pay for the water we cover that okay yep and the ones that do we we subsidize their their water bill is water expensive here not really okay definitely not even a quarter of what California is this is our hothouse so we'll do really early tomatoes in here like we had tomatoes in the ground here in February this year they're long gone now it's on rotation so into for a winter so these crops will be all out of here in no more than two weeks and then lettuce will go in here that will take us to Christmas and then we've got some heat here we got a that's a 6000 watt heater my house is entirely solar so all this stuff is powered by the Sun this this greenhouse is Double A or poly so it's got an r5 insulation value and so I can I can push the season pretty hard in this one but the nursery is definitely warmer because it's it's a lot more insulated and it's you know it's a there's a foundation to it what Christmas dinner look like winter spinach turkey probably okay those okay carrots beets over on this side here do you still have that bike oh yeah my still deliveries on that bike why not um well I'm not doing a lot of this stuff right now mark is okay so mark but mark rides it we don't really sell to a lot of downtown restaurants anymore okay but so like we're selling to gross we sell them right there so sometimes I'll bike that order okay so it's a little further it's just cuz our other stores are further away somewhat we take the van this is a day gone by I've got like probably 20,000 kilometers on this Blake the first time I saw you you can maybe help me with what documentary in this was I was a trailer for some documentary there was this really cool guy peddling a lot of produce and herbing to urban situation yeah that was you you remember that probably there's been a few though so I don't know yeah but they always want to feature the bicycle they do and you know what it was a really cool part of my initial branding like I didn't I didn't mean it you that way yeah but it was I branded myself that way and people really me yeah yeah it really got people but you know it's tough man like I was I was at a point where I was spending probably 20 hours a week just on a bike pedaling because the first three years of my farm was entirely pedal-powered we had and these are some of our trails okay you know we had we have these custom-built trailers these even daisy chain behind each other so I got a different arm that goes on this one and I can fall behind that one alright so we did everything that way when we started but I burned out hard it was tiring okay is that it for today Curtis pretty much yeah on Sunday we're gonna go into more depth on exactly how he does this and how you could do it how you could start part-time with a little tiny garden and move up and make over $100,000 a year now he's gonna lay it out for you exactly how to do it but it talked to him earlier it's gonna take one key ingredient what's that you remember hustle okay hustle so this is no easy road but it's a fulfilling absolutely throwing man it's it's the best thing about doing this even in the city is that everybody who walks by my front yard goes wow that is so cool I wish I could do that or older folks walk by and they go I remember when I was a teenager everybody had a garden why do we have these lawns and it's pretty cool man I'm back got some goods for the people let's see how everybody's doing I got I got our good Oh God these are neck rings I believe I said they took our I said they took our apricots but they took our nectarines we replace those and we got submit some colloidal silver and held the berry syrup how you feeling crazy hair don't care I'm feeling great I don't even feel like I was sick good you look great oh I feel a lot better I even like a wild crazy hair look no thanks I'm just hoping to get the kids better wouldn't make me feel a lot better Jose you still staying strong oh here oh don't look too good what about temperatures they out of temperatures you still feeling bad boy you still put on some heat all right well we're gonna go on a hike if everybody gets better but it's kind of looking like they're not gonna get better by tomorrow I might need to take a rest day Oh [Music] okay well hope for the best we'll do what needs to be done to get these guys better
 
 
 
 
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Rookie (Alaskan) Farmers: FAILS | WINS

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it's your first year on the farm now your first time first year on the farm your rookie yes yeah you feel like a ready a total rookie I've made too many mistakes today's feature what sila Alaska where life went north a couple of folks moved up here from Oregon fellow youtubers let's see what's going on you're the first stop with your own landing strip congratulations yeah where's your plane I don't have a plane wait a minute I thought I realize I'm supposed to have a plane yes there you go okay you're new Alaska do have a snow you do have a snow plow we do have a snow plow okay check it off the last we don't have a snow machine yet because we got chastised for things you don't say yeah yeah they have a truck so they're just chicken journalist yeah there's a lot of that gear required my name is Mindy and we are in Wasilla Alaska we are from a small town in Oregon where we did urban homesteading and we just decided we wanted some more land to kind of set up a more serious homestead and we thought Alaska sounded like a pretty cool place but we just felt drawn to come to Alaska I don't know it's kind of inexplicable that we both had that that feeling of that pull to come here and our kids are still pretty young so we decided if we were ever going to have an adventure move now would be the time to do it so we failed pretty epically at cucumbers this year epic fail epic fail on that we need to start way earlier next year turning our seeds zucchinis are doing okay but probably could have started those earlier too we don't have any giant produce to show you unfortunately no no any one pound cabbage it has been a very weird summer here this year it's been really rainy and and not a lot of sunshine so I think so you need that wasn't it more fun they say this is a beautiful day rare day in Alaska look at this day and look at that view [Music] what are you gonna do next year I think next year we're gonna focus on root crops do more carrots because they're super sweet hair there's something about the soil here that makes for a really awesome carrot so I think we'll do way more of those more beets and the previous owner said potatoes do really well here so all right Charles show us your plane right yeah we have it drove it you've turned this hanger into a barn Lavar good job eventually we're thinking goats will live in here okay but for this winter we're gonna overwinter the chickens and the ducks keep them out of the elements the Ducks are pretty cold hardy but the chickens especially with their combs okay some issues hey did your parents thank you or nuts oh they're mostly mad because we left them that's hard this everybody fancy doc here we need an upgrade soon those are the sandhill cranes over there hmm and they're huge when they light on the landing strip they're pretty big you can get out on the dog Vinci go ahead Big Daddy right out to the end I heard it I got the camera going more sandhill cranes up there guys the Ducks have made it back we have four Campbell khakis for Swedish blues three buck Cayuga and for chocolate runner they legs they're still pretty young they're just gonna be there a few months old we got on this spring so they haven't laid off and yaks know where our plan is to use them for a if we can ever find the eggs along the shoreline or something they get to come down to the lake all day and come on to plant and then come up to the house and have their duck food yeah they're up at the door at like 7:00 a.m. every single day quacking for breakfast yeah I can hear em quacking from bed you open the door and they all run up and have their breakfast and then they all head down to the lake bon voyage [Music] [Music] we are bowed [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] one more thing before we go you got to see this you got to see this greenhouse attached to this house this is really nice I dream of doing this yeah it's really nice it gets pretty hot in here actually it gets like 90 degrees yeah oh so much warmer there there's like a vent you know when he or 99y comes on and helps and you're able to grow tomatoes well we are trying we need to start earlier next year but we just got one red tomato just yesterday are you still in a hurry been planting schedule is that what's going on here so I'll just start a little bit earlier next year so okay good thanks for be sure to check these guys out life goes north YouTube channel I'll leave the link in the description onward to the next place a rookie market farmer in Alaska actually before we go to the farm how to change plans it's such a clear and beautiful Bay and the locals say that's pretty rare we're gonna go see if we can't see then off the Denali mountain yeah Denali so we're gonna go to the town called will oh well oh well then we'll go to talk to you which is 53 miles away Talkeetna so we're hoping we see it at willow but we're only here once and that is the tallest mountain in North America let's do it hey guys remember the journey is the destination [Music] we came over the hill and there was a range of mountains that were just incredible and beautiful and I kind of had to take a moment and be like is this is it this is it like this is what we came to see Denali so it was it was incredible it it's like inspiring [Applause] [Applause] [Music] what planes in Alaska there there they got everything here we're at our farm check it out Matt one of the viewers met him at the Meetup we've got greenhouses has a house built at all kids what are you guys gonna come on the tour I heard he's got strawberries as big as an apple oh that got him up that got him up yeah we're gonna go on a strawberry hunt here guys the strawberry season is over but he said he still has some fruits but first what's what are you doing with these Tomatoes Matt well we're at killing them actually murdering them you two made a murderer yeah so time to get these out until we get too cold and put in something else are you serious if she harvesting the green tomatoes yes are you gonna make fried green tomatoes no time you're just dreaming okay no do you know about fried green tomatoes oh yeah actually I'm video on okay good and so we're gonna try that here it'll be my first time okay so can you use panko breadcrumbs instead of cornmeal or is it just right I just use cornmeal cause I'm gluten free comes the rest of the period don't you need a properly energized everybody everybody all right there's my wife Jenny hello hey Jimmy is McKenna okay come on jumping jacks just no dance let's see this place yeah come on in now where are you from so originally I'm from Arizona okay so why in the world Alaska oh man I don't know I just wanted to change you know what about it yeah how many years you've been here 15 years yeah yeah yeah they say half the people leave after two yeah that is true what you're committed you don't miss Arizona no I see pictures of back home and it's like I am no thanks okay alright I don't mind the heat but I could I could never live without all the green you know again yeah okay so anyway this is our green house I just like I said we're ripped out a bunch of tomatoes had 300 tomato plants in here this year and we had just a crummy wet season we're cloudy all summer long and so the tomatoes just struggled all summer so yeah just time to rip them out put in something that's going to take the cold a little bit better okay so we got a little few peppers over here we just drill for ourselves and some celery mostly all we do in here is greens spew cucumbers back there these are my raised beds that are heated for the winter time hmm so hot water feel that I turn the hot water side oh wow so these pipes it's just like in floor key too but you'd have in your house yep and they just circulate through there and warm the soil and when it's really cold I'll cover this with another low tunnel another layer of poly mm-hmm and it'll be you know zero degrees outside or ten below and underneath that plastic will be 65 70 degrees so you're this this will survive the winter yes absolutely even without the daylight well I have these and which we're getting ready to start doing that prep work here pretty quick okay who's we my wife and I so Jenni and I we run pretty much this whole farm okay we are you doing full-time yep it's your first year on the farm knowing your first time first year on the farm your rookie yes yeah feel like a ready a total rookie I've made so many mistakes so many mistakes oh you know what I've learned a lot and I know what I'm gonna do next year they're gonna be better than this year and we have it and if we just loved making this transition from a regular construction - now this what do you what was your biggest mistake man probably trying to do too much too quick I think you know we'll see when we go out to the strawberry patch that it is inundated with weeds and which didn't really hurt the production too much but and really what is a weed but but I think just trying to do too much and and too many variety of things you know we tried growing about 40 50 different types of vegetables and next year that's going to shrink down by probably half maybe even more hey you guys ready to go do the strawberries okay I wonder who can find the biggest strawberry out there an Alaskan sized strawberry let's go let's see the strawberry the biggest strawberry you win buddy I think you got the biggest one the reason I planted so many strawberries and I liked I grow strawberries is because I like them I started growing things that I liked because I wanted to not get burned out I wanted to have passion for what I was doing and if I can walk into the greenhouse and pick a bell pepper and eat it while I'm working that's a reward for me yes and same thing with the strawberries and peas and whatever else growing it makes me wonder where's the bacon Yeah right some pigs run it in there right I will someday you will but you got to take one thing at a time yeah look at that perfect look at that look at that one and they taste so good I can't believe how sweetie have you tasted it yeah you got come eat the strawberries Lillie i'ma get something good the best strawberry you've ever had drank your shine yep really you gotta taste these strawberries the best you have ever had the biggest you've ever had - okay let's see you eat what can you get it to market for thee okay eat that mr. Brown is that good I'm good in it and they taste really good okay strawberry Queen oh they're so good Matt what's your favorite part about having this farm I would have to say that my favorite part is having families come out and you know you're talking to the little kids and they got strawberry juice just Ramanujan you know and they just love it [Music] [Music] see is it a big one yeah okay you want to pick it all right all right take a bite on that side [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] okay what do you say guys very nice we're gonna be your new best friend we're back at our Airbnb who's good day don't forget tomorrow we're putting up that special movie on the off-grid homestead in Alaska absolutely beautiful story retired couple why did they come how did they do it where are they in the process why you gonna live off-grid would you do anything different what are the struggles we go into all of that stuff it's really good almost got it done yesterday so I'm gonna finish it out tonight it'll go up next


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it's your first year on the farm now your first time first year on the farm your rookie yes yeah you feel like a ready a total rookie I've made too many mistakes today's feature what sila Alaska where life went north a couple of folks moved up here from Oregon fellow youtubers let's see what's going on you're the first stop with your own landing strip congratulations yeah where's your plane I don't have a plane wait a minute I thought I realize I'm supposed to have a plane yes there you go okay you're new Alaska do have a snow you do have a snow plow we do have a snow plow okay check it off the last we don't have a snow machine yet because we got chastised for things you don't say yeah yeah they have a truck so they're just chicken journalist yeah there's a lot of that gear required my name is Mindy and we are in Wasilla Alaska we are from a small town in Oregon where we did urban homesteading and we just decided we wanted some more land to kind of set up a more serious homestead and we thought Alaska sounded like a pretty cool place but we just felt drawn to come to Alaska I don't know it's kind of inexplicable that we both had that that feeling of that pull to come here and our kids are still pretty young so we decided if we were ever going to have an adventure move now would be the time to do it so we failed pretty epically at cucumbers this year epic fail epic fail on that we need to start way earlier next year turning our seeds zucchinis are doing okay but probably could have started those earlier too we don't have any giant produce to show you unfortunately no no any one pound cabbage it has been a very weird summer here this year it's been really rainy and and not a lot of sunshine so I think so you need that wasn't it more fun they say this is a beautiful day rare day in Alaska look at this day and look at that view [Music] what are you gonna do next year I think next year we're gonna focus on root crops do more carrots because they're super sweet hair there's something about the soil here that makes for a really awesome carrot so I think we'll do way more of those more beets and the previous owner said potatoes do really well here so all right Charles show us your plane right yeah we have it drove it you've turned this hanger into a barn Lavar good job eventually we're thinking goats will live in here okay but for this winter we're gonna overwinter the chickens and the ducks keep them out of the elements the Ducks are pretty cold hardy but the chickens especially with their combs okay some issues hey did your parents thank you or nuts oh they're mostly mad because we left them that's hard this everybody fancy doc here we need an upgrade soon those are the sandhill cranes over there hmm and they're huge when they light on the landing strip they're pretty big you can get out on the dog Vinci go ahead Big Daddy right out to the end I heard it I got the camera going more sandhill cranes up there guys the Ducks have made it back we have four Campbell khakis for Swedish blues three buck Cayuga and for chocolate runner they legs they're still pretty young they're just gonna be there a few months old we got on this spring so they haven't laid off and yaks know where our plan is to use them for a if we can ever find the eggs along the shoreline or something they get to come down to the lake all day and come on to plant and then come up to the house and have their duck food yeah they're up at the door at like 7:00 a.m. every single day quacking for breakfast yeah I can hear em quacking from bed you open the door and they all run up and have their breakfast and then they all head down to the lake bon voyage [Music] [Music] we are bowed [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] one more thing before we go you got to see this you got to see this greenhouse attached to this house this is really nice I dream of doing this yeah it's really nice it gets pretty hot in here actually it gets like 90 degrees yeah oh so much warmer there there's like a vent you know when he or 99y comes on and helps and you're able to grow tomatoes well we are trying we need to start earlier next year but we just got one red tomato just yesterday are you still in a hurry been planting schedule is that what's going on here so I'll just start a little bit earlier next year so okay good thanks for be sure to check these guys out life goes north YouTube channel I'll leave the link in the description onward to the next place a rookie market farmer in Alaska actually before we go to the farm how to change plans it's such a clear and beautiful Bay and the locals say that's pretty rare we're gonna go see if we can't see then off the Denali mountain yeah Denali so we're gonna go to the town called will oh well oh well then we'll go to talk to you which is 53 miles away Talkeetna so we're hoping we see it at willow but we're only here once and that is the tallest mountain in North America let's do it hey guys remember the journey is the destination [Music] we came over the hill and there was a range of mountains that were just incredible and beautiful and I kind of had to take a moment and be like is this is it this is it like this is what we came to see Denali so it was it was incredible it it's like inspiring [Applause] [Applause] [Music] what planes in Alaska there there they got everything here we're at our farm check it out Matt one of the viewers met him at the Meetup we've got greenhouses has a house built at all kids what are you guys gonna come on the tour I heard he's got strawberries as big as an apple oh that got him up that got him up yeah we're gonna go on a strawberry hunt here guys the strawberry season is over but he said he still has some fruits but first what's what are you doing with these Tomatoes Matt well we're at killing them actually murdering them you two made a murderer yeah so time to get these out until we get too cold and put in something else are you serious if she harvesting the green tomatoes yes are you gonna make fried green tomatoes no time you're just dreaming okay no do you know about fried green tomatoes oh yeah actually I'm video on okay good and so we're gonna try that here it'll be my first time okay so can you use panko breadcrumbs instead of cornmeal or is it just right I just use cornmeal cause I'm gluten free comes the rest of the period don't you need a properly energized everybody everybody all right there's my wife Jenny hello hey Jimmy is McKenna okay come on jumping jacks just no dance let's see this place yeah come on in now where are you from so originally I'm from Arizona okay so why in the world Alaska oh man I don't know I just wanted to change you know what about it yeah how many years you've been here 15 years yeah yeah yeah they say half the people leave after two yeah that is true what you're committed you don't miss Arizona no I see pictures of back home and it's like I am no thanks okay alright I don't mind the heat but I could I could never live without all the green you know again yeah okay so anyway this is our green house I just like I said we're ripped out a bunch of tomatoes had 300 tomato plants in here this year and we had just a crummy wet season we're cloudy all summer long and so the tomatoes just struggled all summer so yeah just time to rip them out put in something that's going to take the cold a little bit better okay so we got a little few peppers over here we just drill for ourselves and some celery mostly all we do in here is greens spew cucumbers back there these are my raised beds that are heated for the winter time hmm so hot water feel that I turn the hot water side oh wow so these pipes it's just like in floor key too but you'd have in your house yep and they just circulate through there and warm the soil and when it's really cold I'll cover this with another low tunnel another layer of poly mm-hmm and it'll be you know zero degrees outside or ten below and underneath that plastic will be 65 70 degrees so you're this this will survive the winter yes absolutely even without the daylight well I have these and which we're getting ready to start doing that prep work here pretty quick okay who's we my wife and I so Jenni and I we run pretty much this whole farm okay we are you doing full-time yep it's your first year on the farm knowing your first time first year on the farm your rookie yes yeah feel like a ready a total rookie I've made so many mistakes so many mistakes oh you know what I've learned a lot and I know what I'm gonna do next year they're gonna be better than this year and we have it and if we just loved making this transition from a regular construction - now this what do you what was your biggest mistake man probably trying to do too much too quick I think you know we'll see when we go out to the strawberry patch that it is inundated with weeds and which didn't really hurt the production too much but and really what is a weed but but I think just trying to do too much and and too many variety of things you know we tried growing about 40 50 different types of vegetables and next year that's going to shrink down by probably half maybe even more hey you guys ready to go do the strawberries okay I wonder who can find the biggest strawberry out there an Alaskan sized strawberry let's go let's see the strawberry the biggest strawberry you win buddy I think you got the biggest one the reason I planted so many strawberries and I liked I grow strawberries is because I like them I started growing things that I liked because I wanted to not get burned out I wanted to have passion for what I was doing and if I can walk into the greenhouse and pick a bell pepper and eat it while I'm working that's a reward for me yes and same thing with the strawberries and peas and whatever else growing it makes me wonder where's the bacon Yeah right some pigs run it in there right I will someday you will but you got to take one thing at a time yeah look at that perfect look at that look at that one and they taste so good I can't believe how sweetie have you tasted it yeah you got come eat the strawberries Lillie i'ma get something good the best strawberry you've ever had drank your shine yep really you gotta taste these strawberries the best you have ever had the biggest you've ever had - okay let's see you eat what can you get it to market for thee okay eat that mr. Brown is that good I'm good in it and they taste really good okay strawberry Queen oh they're so good Matt what's your favorite part about having this farm I would have to say that my favorite part is having families come out and you know you're talking to the little kids and they got strawberry juice just Ramanujan you know and they just love it [Music] [Music] see is it a big one yeah okay you want to pick it all right all right take a bite on that side [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] okay what do you say guys very nice we're gonna be your new best friend we're back at our Airbnb who's good day don't forget tomorrow we're putting up that special movie on the off-grid homestead in Alaska absolutely beautiful story retired couple why did they come how did they do it where are they in the process why you gonna live off-grid would you do anything different what are the struggles we go into all of that stuff it's really good almost got it done yesterday so I'm gonna finish it out tonight it'll go up next


 
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How They Convinced Their Landlord to Let them FARM

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we got chickens up there we got garden here you're renting this too aren't you yeah okay there's no excuse she'd just plant right Doug that's right we're gonna feed the chickens give them some veggies it's easiest if you grab the bottom right here and you just twist and turn like this and pull it comes off really easy all right you got something [Music] my name is Doug and my wife and I are trying to grow more of our own food so even though we rent we've decided that while we're here we're gonna go ahead and put some work in and get some annual veggies going we have also planted a couple of fruit trees and have a pretty good raspberry patch to go in and even if we don't get a lot of the fruit from the trees and somebody else will [Music] alright step two here guys you climb over that okay or do you want some help okay I chose chickens and vegetables because it's a good starting point wasn't a whole lot of money to get into them pretty easy to learn with and if we make mistakes these out were ever some challenges here are the especially this summer it's been really dry so you know we've been trying to rotate and we have our paddocks set up with the steaks here yeah so we try to move them probably too long we wait about a week and a half but they just destroy an area and they pick the things that they like and so we probably need to irrigate to support this many birds without mmm Josh and everything or we need a little more space or a little less Birds yeah it's hard to always find that balance it can be more closer to self-sufficiency from the land with less animals but that's less food for you so it kind of takes away that self-sufficiency point so it's I'm encouraged about how everybody tries to find their balance more animals but then importing more stuff less animals less food grown from your own place so yeah yeah and we want to learn we want to learn more so that we can get less off imported grain and yeah we had to be a little more self-sufficient there totally blank this is a real this isn't random he's got his garden he mentioned that his egg mobile is mobile so that when he moves he could take it with him all mobile structures the garden the annual garden is just seasonal anyway okay but look what are we got going here Doug this this is bringing it this is bringing back memories okay give us a tour yep this is our 40-foot school bus actually after we saw you guys get a bus do you see it y'all-y'all jump up and down they'll jump up and down and wave how do you know oh they haunt Gary are you ready we bought it but we thought oh no that's crazy this is our 40-foot School Bus we've had since a million out we're on the we finished the gutting space so we've got all the old insulation out and the panels off we had some leaks so we had to pull everything out seal up the roof we've had some rust to deal with Wow where you've got the flooring all out insulation in the walls and sweat sit and get rid of that and now why are brushing the floor moving forward so we can paint that I've got to seal it on all the seams on the roof so we're ready to paint the roof and then we covered up all of these holes here good you doing all this work yourself just taking your time just taking our time and going at it as we have time of money just how does this bring back memories this look like maple about gosh going on a year ago maple almost a year ago the first time you want to go mr. grant [Music] all right let's go on a drive cranking it up yeah I know it feels like you got a long way to go it does what you do but yeah you've seen maple you know how do you in the videos yeah so you'll have to see alive and see where you're gonna be with this engine oh yeah see the engine right here yeah of course so what I want to see the end just doesn't all the reasons we got this is because although the bus has 227,000 on it the engine and transmission were rebuilt oh wow let me go that's nuts no it's pretty fresh Wow it's the International BT 466 and then it has the Allison transmission with the lockup that's a big engine mr. brown my wife Elena and I we got the bus so that is kind of our transition plan to be able to move from here we're on this property we're renting we're doing the best we can as far as growing our own food we'd love to own our own piece of land someday and you know in our area Lance fairly expensive and so this we started our transition plan so we're building out our bus getting the place set up that we can live in before we get land and then when this is all ready we'll be able to live in this with cheaply save some money and then drive this away hopefully onto the land that we get [Music] yeah so when we moved in we were not getting enough light for the garden so we had to open things up a little bit how we got the owner's permission since we're renting and we lived up the cedar over here and then this Bruce we actually cut it and turned it instead of removing the whole tree we left part for a wildlife snag and we left perches on there we cut the top so it looks like it broke naturally and just as it starts to decay bugs will move in birds will come woodpeckers will come so we left that and we get more light for the garden how did you convince your landlord to let you do this well we did it incrementally we asked hey can we do this and then they are okay with that and then after that we wait a little bit in the nest hey can we do this and then they come over and they go wow it's actually really beautiful Wow so yeah it was easy you're like hey can I put a few pots out on the on the porch and then before you know it you're bringing in the family cow yeah a few bison yeah that's this like this is more like mycelium than it is woodchips almost just the fungus spread through here and chunks thank you you got a lot of life in here buddy like sighs about the wood chip okay good morning buddy here's what we got guys it's not as bad as it seems clothes to be packed in a backpack snacks to be packed thank you very much we've got these if you need up dried tomatoes computer stuff business we got to remember how we set up Adobe Premiere which is how we add it because we're putting it on the laptop because we're gonna we can't take the iMac with us honey we have to take our laptop and can we take that keep can't we take the keyboard in the mouse well that's good that's good look at fresh this morning um thanks we got the rest of this evening we're gonna go into town Seattle stay in a hotel so we can be right by the airport because we got to be at the airport at 8 o'clock I mean it's not terrible early but it's pretty 30 so we absolutely vote on 8:00 okay that's better than being here yeah and having to leave it like thirty seven thirty okay so alright well breakfast is up in a few minutes awesome that's it I we just had a great breakfast I totally forgot to film it we could have that that was gonna be the climax that's what it's all about we end up together at the breakfast table totally forgot sorry guys but it was wonderful here's what we have a bulletproof coffee eggs strawberries and piggy oh banana pancakes oh sorry pumpkin it's that time of year isn't it pumpkin pancakes oh look some of you wondering about our basil while we're gone it's in good hands it's got a lot of friends there she is you gonna take good care of her okay good .


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we got chickens up there we got garden here you're renting this too aren't you yeah okay there's no excuse she'd just plant right Doug that's right we're gonna feed the chickens give them some veggies it's easiest if you grab the bottom right here and you just twist and turn like this and pull it comes off really easy all right you got something [Music] my name is Doug and my wife and I are trying to grow more of our own food so even though we rent we've decided that while we're here we're gonna go ahead and put some work in and get some annual veggies going we have also planted a couple of fruit trees and have a pretty good raspberry patch to go in and even if we don't get a lot of the fruit from the trees and somebody else will [Music] alright step two here guys you climb over that okay or do you want some help okay I chose chickens and vegetables because it's a good starting point wasn't a whole lot of money to get into them pretty easy to learn with and if we make mistakes these out were ever some challenges here are the especially this summer it's been really dry so you know we've been trying to rotate and we have our paddocks set up with the steaks here yeah so we try to move them probably too long we wait about a week and a half but they just destroy an area and they pick the things that they like and so we probably need to irrigate to support this many birds without mmm Josh and everything or we need a little more space or a little less Birds yeah it's hard to always find that balance it can be more closer to self-sufficiency from the land with less animals but that's less food for you so it kind of takes away that self-sufficiency point so it's I'm encouraged about how everybody tries to find their balance more animals but then importing more stuff less animals less food grown from your own place so yeah yeah and we want to learn we want to learn more so that we can get less off imported grain and yeah we had to be a little more self-sufficient there totally blank this is a real this isn't random he's got his garden he mentioned that his egg mobile is mobile so that when he moves he could take it with him all mobile structures the garden the annual garden is just seasonal anyway okay but look what are we got going here Doug this this is bringing it this is bringing back memories okay give us a tour yep this is our 40-foot school bus actually after we saw you guys get a bus do you see it y'all-y'all jump up and down they'll jump up and down and wave how do you know oh they haunt Gary are you ready we bought it but we thought oh no that's crazy this is our 40-foot School Bus we've had since a million out we're on the we finished the gutting space so we've got all the old insulation out and the panels off we had some leaks so we had to pull everything out seal up the roof we've had some rust to deal with Wow where you've got the flooring all out insulation in the walls and sweat sit and get rid of that and now why are brushing the floor moving forward so we can paint that I've got to seal it on all the seams on the roof so we're ready to paint the roof and then we covered up all of these holes here good you doing all this work yourself just taking your time just taking our time and going at it as we have time of money just how does this bring back memories this look like maple about gosh going on a year ago maple almost a year ago the first time you want to go mr. grant [Music] all right let's go on a drive cranking it up yeah I know it feels like you got a long way to go it does what you do but yeah you've seen maple you know how do you in the videos yeah so you'll have to see alive and see where you're gonna be with this engine oh yeah see the engine right here yeah of course so what I want to see the end just doesn't all the reasons we got this is because although the bus has 227,000 on it the engine and transmission were rebuilt oh wow let me go that's nuts no it's pretty fresh Wow it's the International BT 466 and then it has the Allison transmission with the lockup that's a big engine mr. brown my wife Elena and I we got the bus so that is kind of our transition plan to be able to move from here we're on this property we're renting we're doing the best we can as far as growing our own food we'd love to own our own piece of land someday and you know in our area Lance fairly expensive and so this we started our transition plan so we're building out our bus getting the place set up that we can live in before we get land and then when this is all ready we'll be able to live in this with cheaply save some money and then drive this away hopefully onto the land that we get [Music] yeah so when we moved in we were not getting enough light for the garden so we had to open things up a little bit how we got the owner's permission since we're renting and we lived up the cedar over here and then this Bruce we actually cut it and turned it instead of removing the whole tree we left part for a wildlife snag and we left perches on there we cut the top so it looks like it broke naturally and just as it starts to decay bugs will move in birds will come woodpeckers will come so we left that and we get more light for the garden how did you convince your landlord to let you do this well we did it incrementally we asked hey can we do this and then they are okay with that and then after that we wait a little bit in the nest hey can we do this and then they come over and they go wow it's actually really beautiful Wow so yeah it was easy you're like hey can I put a few pots out on the on the porch and then before you know it you're bringing in the family cow yeah a few bison yeah that's this like this is more like mycelium than it is woodchips almost just the fungus spread through here and chunks thank you you got a lot of life in here buddy like sighs about the wood chip okay good morning buddy here's what we got guys it's not as bad as it seems clothes to be packed in a backpack snacks to be packed thank you very much we've got these if you need up dried tomatoes computer stuff business we got to remember how we set up Adobe Premiere which is how we add it because we're putting it on the laptop because we're gonna we can't take the iMac with us honey we have to take our laptop and can we take that keep can't we take the keyboard in the mouse well that's good that's good look at fresh this morning um thanks we got the rest of this evening we're gonna go into town Seattle stay in a hotel so we can be right by the airport because we got to be at the airport at 8 o'clock I mean it's not terrible early but it's pretty 30 so we absolutely vote on 8:00 okay that's better than being here yeah and having to leave it like thirty seven thirty okay so alright well breakfast is up in a few minutes awesome that's it I we just had a great breakfast I totally forgot to film it we could have that that was gonna be the climax that's what it's all about we end up together at the breakfast table totally forgot sorry guys but it was wonderful here's what we have a bulletproof coffee eggs strawberries and piggy oh banana pancakes oh sorry pumpkin it's that time of year isn't it pumpkin pancakes oh look some of you wondering about our basil while we're gone it's in good hands it's got a lot of friends there she is you gonna take good care of her okay good .


 
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How Cows IMPROVE the land - ONE Simple Trick

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we move the cattle every single day for a few reasons one in hi guys Tim South well here with ABC acres really appreciate you taking part in a livestock feeding today so we're going to go around the farm we're going to move the cattle we're going to feed the chicken Pig the goats the turkeys and a little bit of everything else we have going on so we're going to be moving the cattle this morning we usually move our cattle every single day but we're moving them into a small paddock today so we're actually moving them this morning at 8:00 but we're also going to be moving them about 11:30 today so I'm going to jump in and do that really quick we think about the scared calves huh what's your first thought when you see that hand calf okay okay pull okay detracted um what is mineral flood single day for a few reasons one in an open stock grazing system where you might see cattle parked out on a large tract of land the cattle are always eating the most delectable tasty nuggets if you will and so what that happens is the unsavory stuff has a chance to really grow up germinate so imagine in five years three five seven ten years the pasture maybe has more undesirable plants and and edibles in it as opposed to the delectable ones so by putting them close together in a small compact pen they're actually competing against each other to mow down the lawn in a uniformity at the same time based on them being in close proximity they're trampling down the grass and so that put some biomass organic matter on the soil and by doing that it acts as a living mulch which holds more moisture in the ground thereby developing and building the microbiology below the soil surface which is what we're trying to do more so we're getting heavy manure heavy urination in this location so that is building our fertilization base we don't use pesticides herbicides fertilizers a the fertilizers there are machines to do that so we're into building healthy grass oh and this is just one tool what does y'all's name and where are you from I'm Holly burns and we're from Marshfield Massachusetts just south of Boston yes have you been around farms before I have she's kind of that kind a 100 hundred you know everything about farming and one you know absolutely nothing where are you two okay this is the beginning of the sewer when I see how that changes by the end okay guys we're going to open up chicken coop one so I'm going to ask you children to come forward with your cups we're going to give them a little extra feed this more if you want to do it around so many helping okay come on your Jernigan miscast you got buddy you're going to feed the diners you're going to feed those down before no yeah one for you we turned off the hot wire so it's not hot I'm going to ask you guys when chickens come out they're going to seek you out we're going to head over see those white steaks right there I just want you to find some cow pies and just sprinkle them on all the cowhides okay y'all know what a cow pies yeah good morning girls good morning girls come out and play oh my goodness just to pick up 250 power behind you cow pies put them down you're doing a great job yeah if you have the proper floor I like to actually step the terrain in little bit make a work board okay certainly don't need to do that let's see it buddy okay let's put it on that one give me a little bit more there we go I'd like to do that and I just like to push it down a little bit I really have to kind of work to get it and so you'll notice as we walk back from coop one along the past year that they grazed last week you're going to notice that there aren't any cow pies you're not going to be able to see them because they obliterate them so and distribute them over about a nine square foot area if not more you may pet the chickens if you would like absolutely are you guys hookah Moran's and boardwalk Hey buff Orpingtons Americana's a little bit of this in that there you go honey good job hey Lily is it strange to you that you're putting a feet on manure what general what do you think about cutting speed on manure why is he doing that and so the chickens spread off some manures hey kids how would you guys like to eat your food off of another species manure 9 no these are chickens right they love it they love it you guys don't believe they love it look at this you are putting down mr. Brown can you put some down he's on that's good boy good boy they've done so much on the pie come over here buddy Oh Oh ones vomit are you put it all on one let's ask them you like eating off the manure yeah you love that why own all the maggots you IG maggots you love that okay well you're in the right place mr. John mark goes Pig panic system we're actually going to put our goats await for just a minute while we utilize the alley between the static system alfalfa and so we're going to use the alfalfa to get the goats into this pin over here so you guys can just walk in come on through come on keep on off you don't turn your back they're very safe and then just walk into that yes they're very happy and so this allows us now to do the work for the logs and the chickens in the alley without having these guys do we come out you will come on yes there you go so this is our paddock this on that Padawan here's paddock so you can already see it starting to rebound it's starting to grow it's been rested now for only four days here in this paddock we have we have Kevin Bacon so come on in I'll just ask you not to let anybody else okay how you doing Kevin anybody want a pet pig we can get up there we can test Kevin lunch so I didn't ever hang those taxes you can just put on your own board ma'am on who I can scratch the tank we go sympathy which he's got plenty of grain right now he's not going to eat you oh wow he let you go right up to him we're going to dump that and I'm going to get one of you guys on filling that up okay and so Sammy what I'm going to do is I'm going to start the water up I'm going to ask you to go down there with the hose fill up the water saw and then I'll probably just have you dump a little just keep it flowing in there to create a little poop on and then we'll law we'll be done with that now you guys are you guys good coming here I will tell you they're big they can push you around once the grains on the ground they're very fun way to beer you see how yeah see how they've got this the remnants of the mud on it are talking about that wallow right so we come out here one o'clock in the afternoon they'll be pasted in in a month and matter of fact I'll get someone to fill that little wallow up here shortly so they're all company and we're going to see temperatures of mid 90s today tomorrow Wednesday so they're going to need every bit of it we do come out here during lunch time and still it makes you know water is good well Rewald them will spread they love it when they get sprayed down they'll dance in it and so it I'm sure it feels good I yeah exactly right all right one of the things on that thing you didn't try to bite you so why do you make the chickens beat their food off the couch a great question you know I'm sorry but in the loo to that earlier so we found out that when the cow pies on the ground the Flies like to come in and they lay their eggs in it and then days three or four there's more maggots crawling around oh and then they hatch out and fly off and they go land on a cow again and the process repeats itself so if we put the grain on the cow patty when those little maggots are crawling around the chickens go in ate the grain and if they open up the patty they see the dung beetles and they see the maggots and they see all sorts of creepy crawlies and they Peck them out and it puts their belly full it makes them healthy and strong but now there's no flies coming out to go to the cows so they break the pet psychic that's a great question other than that I wouldn't want it I like I wouldn't want even could offer Calvin hi girls ok I need to get you guys in the rain don't I speed so we don't usually give them this much grain but I like the fact that you guys are so interested in the poultry and you want to feed them they're going to be a little fatter today and that's ok have you had their eggs yet we have dozen so on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being like I've died and gone to heaven 10 that's next best sex you've ever had you can tell the difference delicious delicious how do they compare to store-bought eggs sooner there's so much doubt they're so yellow I mean that was the cool thing even remember like your pancake I made pancakes with them and even the pancake batter was a golden color versus you know store-bought eggs that one blue egg yeah well no the insides when you cook them and everything they're just so yellow it's rich tasting [Music] Oh welcome that at 10 that is it Justin I think everybody's done a fantastic job thank you so folks watching want more of you where do they do well you know we're we're at ABC acres calm we're on Facebook and ABC acres where YouTube at ABC acres and so I would encourage people to go out there and check us out reach out to us on the contact page and you know we're really trying to showcase a destination experience here at the farm trying to showcase regenerative agriculture based operations for both livestock and edibles and make it a full experience from livestock meetings to work along farm tours to self-guided this and that and we'll even get you on a horse and ATV and fly fishing if you want so the full package how much you know about farms now go one to 105 okay we doubled we've doubled our knowledge good pop quiz why does we have the cows every day just them okay that's one reason absolutely why does he throw the feed for the chickens on the manure oh I'm getting rid of the past yes to get rid of the time why does he like the Cooney Cooney Pig versus other pigs because they're very smaller okay nice job Daniel the smaller they're great grazers broad donate as much great I don't know as much overhead yep they don't need as much grain okay I would say I would say so you more than doubled your farm knowledge here today yes job thanks for your help morning and enjoy the Eclipse right yeah yeah last Eclipse and how many hours not start now I thought two hours two hours did you check what happening y'all don't burn your retinas this is what it's all about right here eggs just from their farms eggs from their farm pork from their farm and waffles made from a waffle maker on their bar I was pretty excited to see them awesome yeah so a blend we've got the farm fresh stuff and a little bit of comfort food with the waffle maker that we can't really be on the road right Andy yeah and look at that guys if you ever want a vacation on a farm come tour this place stay in a really nice Erin B this is it when you say not refreshing it's very nice let's do some abuse at this place holy moly that's your view are you kidding me you're going to love doing dishes in here look at that view out the window walking down the hall you got a view even out the hallway look at this permaculture yard this beautiful yard there's even a view in the bedroom down to the bottom so nice oh look the bathroom isn't without its view either the Eclipse is starting okay everybody gets to see it with a special glasses look at the Sun only with the glasses on he's closing his eyes okay my first kiss oh wow that's crazy how are the cows reacting to this super strange like they'll be really stoned and all of a sudden they start like running around like wait a minute wasn't it just dark I have to say it is like really cool like the temperature has dropped and it's like oh it's like us getting picky they're all it is so funny could some of the other ones are like looking at them like why are you like this sniffing good they feel good oh you probably won't be able to be out here with shorts please on I know it's really chilly look at how it's like so it's like start it's like I'm so extreme I guess except it's wanting him up to now total dark everywhere no 95 percent here you have slept yeah can't look like a moon it's so weird I got the camera on you can see the Eclipse up above the bright light oh no I lining up in real life all my wife want lining up on the camera all right it's it's we're on the other side of the eclipse it's still I could think it is but how to calm down what just happened yeah class that mean that means the moon right in front of the Sun what did you guys think about it clear cool we get exciting a boring did you guys actually see it you guys yeah cleany good Sabrina was that the craziest thing you've ever seen Wow so tomorrow more of ABC acres here's they got some crazy permaculture stuff going on like fish what the sage we're going to find out tomorrow but if you want more of them now make sure you check out yesterday's video there it is and down in the description


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we move the cattle every single day for a few reasons one in hi guys Tim South well here with ABC acres really appreciate you taking part in a livestock feeding today so we're going to go around the farm we're going to move the cattle we're going to feed the chicken Pig the goats the turkeys and a little bit of everything else we have going on so we're going to be moving the cattle this morning we usually move our cattle every single day but we're moving them into a small paddock today so we're actually moving them this morning at 8:00 but we're also going to be moving them about 11:30 today so I'm going to jump in and do that really quick we think about the scared calves huh what's your first thought when you see that hand calf okay okay pull okay detracted um what is mineral flood single day for a few reasons one in an open stock grazing system where you might see cattle parked out on a large tract of land the cattle are always eating the most delectable tasty nuggets if you will and so what that happens is the unsavory stuff has a chance to really grow up germinate so imagine in five years three five seven ten years the pasture maybe has more undesirable plants and and edibles in it as opposed to the delectable ones so by putting them close together in a small compact pen they're actually competing against each other to mow down the lawn in a uniformity at the same time based on them being in close proximity they're trampling down the grass and so that put some biomass organic matter on the soil and by doing that it acts as a living mulch which holds more moisture in the ground thereby developing and building the microbiology below the soil surface which is what we're trying to do more so we're getting heavy manure heavy urination in this location so that is building our fertilization base we don't use pesticides herbicides fertilizers a the fertilizers there are machines to do that so we're into building healthy grass oh and this is just one tool what does y'all's name and where are you from I'm Holly burns and we're from Marshfield Massachusetts just south of Boston yes have you been around farms before I have she's kind of that kind a 100 hundred you know everything about farming and one you know absolutely nothing where are you two okay this is the beginning of the sewer when I see how that changes by the end okay guys we're going to open up chicken coop one so I'm going to ask you children to come forward with your cups we're going to give them a little extra feed this more if you want to do it around so many helping okay come on your Jernigan miscast you got buddy you're going to feed the diners you're going to feed those down before no yeah one for you we turned off the hot wire so it's not hot I'm going to ask you guys when chickens come out they're going to seek you out we're going to head over see those white steaks right there I just want you to find some cow pies and just sprinkle them on all the cowhides okay y'all know what a cow pies yeah good morning girls good morning girls come out and play oh my goodness just to pick up 250 power behind you cow pies put them down you're doing a great job yeah if you have the proper floor I like to actually step the terrain in little bit make a work board okay certainly don't need to do that let's see it buddy okay let's put it on that one give me a little bit more there we go I'd like to do that and I just like to push it down a little bit I really have to kind of work to get it and so you'll notice as we walk back from coop one along the past year that they grazed last week you're going to notice that there aren't any cow pies you're not going to be able to see them because they obliterate them so and distribute them over about a nine square foot area if not more you may pet the chickens if you would like absolutely are you guys hookah Moran's and boardwalk Hey buff Orpingtons Americana's a little bit of this in that there you go honey good job hey Lily is it strange to you that you're putting a feet on manure what general what do you think about cutting speed on manure why is he doing that and so the chickens spread off some manures hey kids how would you guys like to eat your food off of another species manure 9 no these are chickens right they love it they love it you guys don't believe they love it look at this you are putting down mr. Brown can you put some down he's on that's good boy good boy they've done so much on the pie come over here buddy Oh Oh ones vomit are you put it all on one let's ask them you like eating off the manure yeah you love that why own all the maggots you IG maggots you love that okay well you're in the right place mr. John mark goes Pig panic system we're actually going to put our goats await for just a minute while we utilize the alley between the static system alfalfa and so we're going to use the alfalfa to get the goats into this pin over here so you guys can just walk in come on through come on keep on off you don't turn your back they're very safe and then just walk into that yes they're very happy and so this allows us now to do the work for the logs and the chickens in the alley without having these guys do we come out you will come on yes there you go so this is our paddock this on that Padawan here's paddock so you can already see it starting to rebound it's starting to grow it's been rested now for only four days here in this paddock we have we have Kevin Bacon so come on in I'll just ask you not to let anybody else okay how you doing Kevin anybody want a pet pig we can get up there we can test Kevin lunch so I didn't ever hang those taxes you can just put on your own board ma'am on who I can scratch the tank we go sympathy which he's got plenty of grain right now he's not going to eat you oh wow he let you go right up to him we're going to dump that and I'm going to get one of you guys on filling that up okay and so Sammy what I'm going to do is I'm going to start the water up I'm going to ask you to go down there with the hose fill up the water saw and then I'll probably just have you dump a little just keep it flowing in there to create a little poop on and then we'll law we'll be done with that now you guys are you guys good coming here I will tell you they're big they can push you around once the grains on the ground they're very fun way to beer you see how yeah see how they've got this the remnants of the mud on it are talking about that wallow right so we come out here one o'clock in the afternoon they'll be pasted in in a month and matter of fact I'll get someone to fill that little wallow up here shortly so they're all company and we're going to see temperatures of mid 90s today tomorrow Wednesday so they're going to need every bit of it we do come out here during lunch time and still it makes you know water is good well Rewald them will spread they love it when they get sprayed down they'll dance in it and so it I'm sure it feels good I yeah exactly right all right one of the things on that thing you didn't try to bite you so why do you make the chickens beat their food off the couch a great question you know I'm sorry but in the loo to that earlier so we found out that when the cow pies on the ground the Flies like to come in and they lay their eggs in it and then days three or four there's more maggots crawling around oh and then they hatch out and fly off and they go land on a cow again and the process repeats itself so if we put the grain on the cow patty when those little maggots are crawling around the chickens go in ate the grain and if they open up the patty they see the dung beetles and they see the maggots and they see all sorts of creepy crawlies and they Peck them out and it puts their belly full it makes them healthy and strong but now there's no flies coming out to go to the cows so they break the pet psychic that's a great question other than that I wouldn't want it I like I wouldn't want even could offer Calvin hi girls ok I need to get you guys in the rain don't I speed so we don't usually give them this much grain but I like the fact that you guys are so interested in the poultry and you want to feed them they're going to be a little fatter today and that's ok have you had their eggs yet we have dozen so on a scale of 1 to 10 10 being like I've died and gone to heaven 10 that's next best sex you've ever had you can tell the difference delicious delicious how do they compare to store-bought eggs sooner there's so much doubt they're so yellow I mean that was the cool thing even remember like your pancake I made pancakes with them and even the pancake batter was a golden color versus you know store-bought eggs that one blue egg yeah well no the insides when you cook them and everything they're just so yellow it's rich tasting [Music] Oh welcome that at 10 that is it Justin I think everybody's done a fantastic job thank you so folks watching want more of you where do they do well you know we're we're at ABC acres calm we're on Facebook and ABC acres where YouTube at ABC acres and so I would encourage people to go out there and check us out reach out to us on the contact page and you know we're really trying to showcase a destination experience here at the farm trying to showcase regenerative agriculture based operations for both livestock and edibles and make it a full experience from livestock meetings to work along farm tours to self-guided this and that and we'll even get you on a horse and ATV and fly fishing if you want so the full package how much you know about farms now go one to 105 okay we doubled we've doubled our knowledge good pop quiz why does we have the cows every day just them okay that's one reason absolutely why does he throw the feed for the chickens on the manure oh I'm getting rid of the past yes to get rid of the time why does he like the Cooney Cooney Pig versus other pigs because they're very smaller okay nice job Daniel the smaller they're great grazers broad donate as much great I don't know as much overhead yep they don't need as much grain okay I would say I would say so you more than doubled your farm knowledge here today yes job thanks for your help morning and enjoy the Eclipse right yeah yeah last Eclipse and how many hours not start now I thought two hours two hours did you check what happening y'all don't burn your retinas this is what it's all about right here eggs just from their farms eggs from their farm pork from their farm and waffles made from a waffle maker on their bar I was pretty excited to see them awesome yeah so a blend we've got the farm fresh stuff and a little bit of comfort food with the waffle maker that we can't really be on the road right Andy yeah and look at that guys if you ever want a vacation on a farm come tour this place stay in a really nice Erin B this is it when you say not refreshing it's very nice let's do some abuse at this place holy moly that's your view are you kidding me you're going to love doing dishes in here look at that view out the window walking down the hall you got a view even out the hallway look at this permaculture yard this beautiful yard there's even a view in the bedroom down to the bottom so nice oh look the bathroom isn't without its view either the Eclipse is starting okay everybody gets to see it with a special glasses look at the Sun only with the glasses on he's closing his eyes okay my first kiss oh wow that's crazy how are the cows reacting to this super strange like they'll be really stoned and all of a sudden they start like running around like wait a minute wasn't it just dark I have to say it is like really cool like the temperature has dropped and it's like oh it's like us getting picky they're all it is so funny could some of the other ones are like looking at them like why are you like this sniffing good they feel good oh you probably won't be able to be out here with shorts please on I know it's really chilly look at how it's like so it's like start it's like I'm so extreme I guess except it's wanting him up to now total dark everywhere no 95 percent here you have slept yeah can't look like a moon it's so weird I got the camera on you can see the Eclipse up above the bright light oh no I lining up in real life all my wife want lining up on the camera all right it's it's we're on the other side of the eclipse it's still I could think it is but how to calm down what just happened yeah class that mean that means the moon right in front of the Sun what did you guys think about it clear cool we get exciting a boring did you guys actually see it you guys yeah cleany good Sabrina was that the craziest thing you've ever seen Wow so tomorrow more of ABC acres here's they got some crazy permaculture stuff going on like fish what the sage we're going to find out tomorrow but if you want more of them now make sure you check out yesterday's video there it is and down in the description


 
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The Permaculture Shepherd explains what you need to have for raising sheep, how to rotationally graze your sheep to maximize health and efficiency.

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okay Dan Oh helps out somebody wants to do this they need to move their sheep everyday number one how are they gonna know how much to give them this is what it's all about folks breakfast from the line and little buddy dance son what are you eating Donna have some chickens dick from your chickens yes whoo hey where two eggs come from chickens oh where did chickens come from that's true we can keep going in a certain look everybody chickens are from the farm but you are okay it's final funny how the young circle of chickens goes in a circle yeah chickens come from the egg and the egg come from the chicken yeah let's see what the MasterChef is doing delicious smell there you have a frittata every morning Dan no just for a special occasion you treating us well it mean good morning Ashley where do you get this recipe from Dan well same place I get a lot of my recipes which is I just make it up really based based on the ingredients I have on hand so it's just as the simple concept is a frittata so you're just basically beating eggs together putting them in some kind of skillet and throw it in the oven right so then it's just what do you want to throw in there mushrooms you want you want cheese you want whatever you want in there yeah outside now we're about to move the sheep with the permaculture Shepherd the little buddy you want to tell the jugglers which sheep is that that's Maggie and who's behind you what do you think of the seat mr. Brown good hey mr. Brown this is sage sage what's the plan here Dan what's supposed to happen good morning what's supposed to happen this is this is a daily routine so got it down pretty good so you're pretty confident it's gonna happen I'm pretty confident because we've done it every day since they've been here little buddy about what little buddy what he's gonna say is it gonna happen yeah okay what's gonna happen Dan what's gonna happen is I'm gonna call the sheep I just let out a little whistle and all my girls they are trained my Rams are separate for obvious reasons we don't want to have out of season breeding so this is for my my use I will whistle my girls they will come running to me come on girls a little slow this that's slow normally that's that's excellent like what there you go girls good girl come on blue you ready how have you trained them to go to a whistle it was really early spring you're having a heavy winter still it was really wet and snowy so we had them in our Corral for a while every day I when I'd come out to feed them multiple times a day I would just whistle so they associated food with whistle I couldn't have lost dog right so they will come flock to me and I'm gonna open the fencing and I usually can I get one two three three here we go we take off and they follow me I lead them into the next paddock I lead my sheep I want them to follow me I don't want to be driving when you drive them you're putting pressure on them they're less comfortable they're more likely to veer off and that's when you get people on big acreage they have to bring in dogs which is awesome I'd love to be able to get working dogs we're just not there scale wise they're going to follow me into the next paddock and then immediately when they get over there they're gonna say whoa there's rat grass over here and that's where they're gonna focus on one side I have more rye grass the other side is a noxious weed tanzy which my sheep will eat I'm using them as part of our weed management program it's it's a real benefit having the Sheep because nobody else is eating that if we had cattle they're not eating it the chickens aren't touching it or sheep eat it so they will get to that but they're gonna eat that grass first okay good let's see this weed you're talking about come show me this weed okay so this is what they're gonna eat tomorrow they're eating all this what's this right this is right okay you planted that yes so after they leave here will you throw down more rye so originally I was at you know I've read all of Joel Salatin's books and you know he he's he makes it very clear that they've never imported a seed on their property and I was gonna do the exact same thing I was like I am not bringing in seeds we're gonna do it naturally the permaculture white bring this pasture back over time what I've realized is it takes too long Joel Salatin has been on his farm for over 50 years I don't have 50 years I got it I gotta get this thing going so where my goats are Shepherds in a rush that's right we gotta get this thing moving here so so what I have just done is I just got a shipment of seeds from my mowing seeds which is certified organic seeds it's it's a it's a veg winter rye combination so and this is how I'm gonna be actually working in the my pigs as well so my my ruminants are grazing the main forage down and then my pigs I'm hoping to accomplish with them is to create a disturbance with the soil with the pigs and create an environment where I'm gonna get good seed germination so I'm gonna move my pigs out after the Sheep and then throw down scatter my seed and know I'm not gonna be able to say in 50 years that we never brought in a seed but we're gonna have a much better pasture okay regeneration for that I didn't know sheep would eat a weed did you tell me they like goats sheep are similar to goats in some ways in that they do like some brows okay not nearly to the extent of a goat but in the sheep are also easier in a pasture they're more respectful with fences from an overall management perspective way easier what I just did with the Sheep moving them from the to the next paddock I would not have been able to accomplish with goats but in my observations they don't flock okay so they do have some similarities this is tansy this is considered by all the land grant universities and noxious weed the local governments spend a lot of money spraying this stuff to get rid of it it spreads by rhizomes so it is very aggressive and it is actually toxic to some animals there is a study do that was done in South Idaho as well as western Montana grazing sheep in particular the breed of sheep that I predominantly have which is Katahdin on tansy and they found over years they've been able to graze it out my sheep will eat this now at this point it's very STEMI so they will actually be leaving the stem but they will strip the green leaves off of it which will retard its growth earlier in the season when they came through when it's still green and not lignified they actually take it all the way to the ground and over time that weakens the plant it's not able to photosynthesize it's not able to regenerate itself and here's the deal with the sheep regarding the the eating of the tansy it's it's been believed by many that this is a toxic plant and it does have some toxic properties if I were to feed my sheep test 6 weeks prior to breeding it could lead to an abortion in their pregnancy which is obviously not good but scientists have studied our cotton and sheep in dead blood samples an hour before eating 10 minutes after eating an hour after eating and I did this study for three years doing blood samples of all the sheep and there was no signs of any toxic kick in their blood streams after eating the tansy so I so again the sheep are part of the regeneration process here where nobody else is going to eat this stuff but I can get my sheep to eat it it's gonna retard the growth here eventually they're gonna graze this out and I not applying any kind of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and in the end we get food for our table I'm putting a high quality nutrient-dense on the percent grass-fed and parsley tansy fish lamb on my table to feed my family as well as sharing some with neighbors so then you're telling me you're an Eastern Shepherd where you lead the Sheep you're not a Western Shepherd where you drive the Sheep you borrow ideas from all the different concepts absolutely Oh golly I take what works and leave behind what doesn't so what's a Western concept you've adapted I got your Western idea like trick net yes you don't have your son out there herding his sheep all day do you buddy I don't this is capital e homestead scale American Americanized permaculture adopted from the apron we're in permaculture taking it yeah absolutely he's got the he's got the the Western hat too so pretty good on me all right that's it good you represent permaculture well it takes all these different ideas and connects them that's right and it everybody's context is different I can't stress this enough what because our scale is so small here we are not on a thousand acre ranch you stay there and watching them Dan you stay there watching them [Music] that is my favorite part when the sheep go from their old paddock to the new paddock on fresh grass there's something so peaceful and relaxing about seeing the sheep on grass it's the best part of husbandry come take a look at this when you see these sheep just going to town on these the fresh vegetation they hear it hearing them chew and rip the the vegetation from its stem there's just nothing like it [Laughter] hey it's not every day I get to film a fellow youtuber and he can totally take over the channel and bring this whole nother dynamic right you got to check out his channel grass-fed homestead I'll leave the link down in the description and right there okay man Oh help us out somebody wants to do this they need to move their sheep every day number one how are they gonna know how much to give them that is it's a really complicated answer because it really it really changes on your context and the season what kind of forage you have in your pastures so I'll answer that question for our context and hope that helps somebody right we moved here just 13 months ago and when we were looking for property I had no idea what I was looking at when I was looking at pastures I just saw some green stuff and I thought yeah that looks all right I what I didn't know at the time is our forage quality was extremely poor it was overwritten with noxious weeds that most animals wouldn't really touch anyway so it's part of our regeneration process here we're grazing the Sheep we're pulsing them through every day but in most cases I could give them an enormous paddock and it's not going to give them the they need because of the low quality Ford sit there so I'm doing something this is something I got from Greg Judy myself hearing a talk years ago was bringing your first couple years you're probably going to be intensive bringing in hey you're probably gonna have to bring in a lot of that if you're establishing a pasture so so for me I'm giving them enough area I'm kind of looking at it it's based on history right so how quickly did they eat the last paddock if it were you know 2 4 hours and it's stripped down to nothing then you need to give them a bigger space you so you keep playing with that until you get it to where it takes about a day in in my case I'm giving them a look like this area here they will have all this grass stripped out by this evening and then the tansy will be left because and they'll say they'll eat that tomorrow morning ok so this is about the size for this many sheep if I had really good quality pasture so to answer your question I'm I'm bringing in the hay and I'm supplement feeding them with hay okay and what that is doing is I'm bringing in nutrition from elsewhere processing it through the Sheep making sure they get enough nutrition that they wouldn't otherwise get from my question and they're depositing it back on the land and that's free choice they can eat that if they want to or not correct now to move their basic needs looks like we got the hay feeder the water and the shed let's do it man so this I designed to be super light it's something I can move by myself oh my but it's also going to provide one of the sheeps basically one of the sheets one of the sheep basic needs which is some shelter from come on in the in the summer okay well then you're making it too easy on yourself this isn't much of a workout buddy this is no earth gym when it's this easy come on bulk up man oh come you got my feet there you go make it hard on yourself there you go get some curls I've designed everything on our homestead to be completely mobile portable because like I said earlier we've only been here a year and though I'm very committed to this lifestyle not committed to any one design at this point I don't know where I want stuff exactly things are always changing the seasons are changing how I manage is involving daily so I don't want to just have a static shelter somewhere because I want to move it maybe someday yeah no this is my everything's mobile modular and forgot the other end Joel Salatin Tasha but yeah it's a magnificent magnificent originally I was hauling out five-gallon buckets to the sheep's paddock each day which is not fun especially when they're you know 300 yards that way so I went ahead and finally got some extra hoses and I'm dragging hoses now which is a lot lighter big expense yeah I imagine that little shelter you built there cost $55 well I used cedar as on the base may have ended a hundred and five dollars I don't even think was that much I can't remember how much that was but that was not expensive you're the EMT conduit it's $2 a piece there's four of those on there a couple two by twos and some two by fours yeah it's pretty simple it's that much more than $50 here okay that's it I gotta do is close it up and you're done well I feel the water but yeah okay chores are done let's see what everybody else's do let's get hot okay man it is much cooler in here you guys got the idea yeah keeping it cool didn't comfortable what y'all been talking about like I suspect there's been some Girl Talk going on in here yes Girl Talk you've been talking about how handsome Dan and I are suggestin yeah we gave you a little introduction to sheep okay and is our hope here that we have somehow planted some kind of seed in you too that will blossom into you guys getting your own chief when you get back home okay so you know you don't have to commit to that at this point but we got you a little something as a piece of encouragement for you okay I think that whistling was encouraging enough he whistles and the Sheep come really that way so Anna give me a stand this is this is called a shepherd's crook and this was handmade in Germany what and these are sold by premier one it's a little Fleck for those guys see there's no hit stuff but this was handmade hand-carved in Germany and these are these are very instrumental in times when things go wrong and that does happen from time to time where you have a a lamb or sheep that goes wayward when during a moves and this is a really good way to help bring them back and you can steer with it like if there's an animal on this even go left if you just put that up it just puts a little pressure on their flight zone and they'll be R to the left you can steer them to the right or if you need to catch for medical treatment and they're a little flighty especially little lambs I don't know yet you can grab on and I treat them so this is our gift to you here at the grasp at home so okay thank you very much appreciate it and until I get sheep I can use it on much other snow that go right that's a wrap dan is a wealth of information about sheep I sat down with him to also create a more instructional video on how to raise sheep from the springtime to a processing a harvesting to putting them on your plate we filmed that today and actually what we thought would be one but actually turned into three so we're working through some things stay tuned on how we might make that available to you guys until then do check out Dan's channel I'll leave a link to it again right there it's good he's a wealth of information I think it's like over three hundred videos she pigs chickens they're one year homestead journey I'll leave the link but you


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okay Dan Oh helps out somebody wants to do this they need to move their sheep everyday number one how are they gonna know how much to give them this is what it's all about folks breakfast from the line and little buddy dance son what are you eating Donna have some chickens dick from your chickens yes whoo hey where two eggs come from chickens oh where did chickens come from that's true we can keep going in a certain look everybody chickens are from the farm but you are okay it's final funny how the young circle of chickens goes in a circle yeah chickens come from the egg and the egg come from the chicken yeah let's see what the MasterChef is doing delicious smell there you have a frittata every morning Dan no just for a special occasion you treating us well it mean good morning Ashley where do you get this recipe from Dan well same place I get a lot of my recipes which is I just make it up really based based on the ingredients I have on hand so it's just as the simple concept is a frittata so you're just basically beating eggs together putting them in some kind of skillet and throw it in the oven right so then it's just what do you want to throw in there mushrooms you want you want cheese you want whatever you want in there yeah outside now we're about to move the sheep with the permaculture Shepherd the little buddy you want to tell the jugglers which sheep is that that's Maggie and who's behind you what do you think of the seat mr. Brown good hey mr. Brown this is sage sage what's the plan here Dan what's supposed to happen good morning what's supposed to happen this is this is a daily routine so got it down pretty good so you're pretty confident it's gonna happen I'm pretty confident because we've done it every day since they've been here little buddy about what little buddy what he's gonna say is it gonna happen yeah okay what's gonna happen Dan what's gonna happen is I'm gonna call the sheep I just let out a little whistle and all my girls they are trained my Rams are separate for obvious reasons we don't want to have out of season breeding so this is for my my use I will whistle my girls they will come running to me come on girls a little slow this that's slow normally that's that's excellent like what there you go girls good girl come on blue you ready how have you trained them to go to a whistle it was really early spring you're having a heavy winter still it was really wet and snowy so we had them in our Corral for a while every day I when I'd come out to feed them multiple times a day I would just whistle so they associated food with whistle I couldn't have lost dog right so they will come flock to me and I'm gonna open the fencing and I usually can I get one two three three here we go we take off and they follow me I lead them into the next paddock I lead my sheep I want them to follow me I don't want to be driving when you drive them you're putting pressure on them they're less comfortable they're more likely to veer off and that's when you get people on big acreage they have to bring in dogs which is awesome I'd love to be able to get working dogs we're just not there scale wise they're going to follow me into the next paddock and then immediately when they get over there they're gonna say whoa there's rat grass over here and that's where they're gonna focus on one side I have more rye grass the other side is a noxious weed tanzy which my sheep will eat I'm using them as part of our weed management program it's it's a real benefit having the Sheep because nobody else is eating that if we had cattle they're not eating it the chickens aren't touching it or sheep eat it so they will get to that but they're gonna eat that grass first okay good let's see this weed you're talking about come show me this weed okay so this is what they're gonna eat tomorrow they're eating all this what's this right this is right okay you planted that yes so after they leave here will you throw down more rye so originally I was at you know I've read all of Joel Salatin's books and you know he he's he makes it very clear that they've never imported a seed on their property and I was gonna do the exact same thing I was like I am not bringing in seeds we're gonna do it naturally the permaculture white bring this pasture back over time what I've realized is it takes too long Joel Salatin has been on his farm for over 50 years I don't have 50 years I got it I gotta get this thing going so where my goats are Shepherds in a rush that's right we gotta get this thing moving here so so what I have just done is I just got a shipment of seeds from my mowing seeds which is certified organic seeds it's it's a it's a veg winter rye combination so and this is how I'm gonna be actually working in the my pigs as well so my my ruminants are grazing the main forage down and then my pigs I'm hoping to accomplish with them is to create a disturbance with the soil with the pigs and create an environment where I'm gonna get good seed germination so I'm gonna move my pigs out after the Sheep and then throw down scatter my seed and know I'm not gonna be able to say in 50 years that we never brought in a seed but we're gonna have a much better pasture okay regeneration for that I didn't know sheep would eat a weed did you tell me they like goats sheep are similar to goats in some ways in that they do like some brows okay not nearly to the extent of a goat but in the sheep are also easier in a pasture they're more respectful with fences from an overall management perspective way easier what I just did with the Sheep moving them from the to the next paddock I would not have been able to accomplish with goats but in my observations they don't flock okay so they do have some similarities this is tansy this is considered by all the land grant universities and noxious weed the local governments spend a lot of money spraying this stuff to get rid of it it spreads by rhizomes so it is very aggressive and it is actually toxic to some animals there is a study do that was done in South Idaho as well as western Montana grazing sheep in particular the breed of sheep that I predominantly have which is Katahdin on tansy and they found over years they've been able to graze it out my sheep will eat this now at this point it's very STEMI so they will actually be leaving the stem but they will strip the green leaves off of it which will retard its growth earlier in the season when they came through when it's still green and not lignified they actually take it all the way to the ground and over time that weakens the plant it's not able to photosynthesize it's not able to regenerate itself and here's the deal with the sheep regarding the the eating of the tansy it's it's been believed by many that this is a toxic plant and it does have some toxic properties if I were to feed my sheep test 6 weeks prior to breeding it could lead to an abortion in their pregnancy which is obviously not good but scientists have studied our cotton and sheep in dead blood samples an hour before eating 10 minutes after eating an hour after eating and I did this study for three years doing blood samples of all the sheep and there was no signs of any toxic kick in their blood streams after eating the tansy so I so again the sheep are part of the regeneration process here where nobody else is going to eat this stuff but I can get my sheep to eat it it's gonna retard the growth here eventually they're gonna graze this out and I not applying any kind of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and in the end we get food for our table I'm putting a high quality nutrient-dense on the percent grass-fed and parsley tansy fish lamb on my table to feed my family as well as sharing some with neighbors so then you're telling me you're an Eastern Shepherd where you lead the Sheep you're not a Western Shepherd where you drive the Sheep you borrow ideas from all the different concepts absolutely Oh golly I take what works and leave behind what doesn't so what's a Western concept you've adapted I got your Western idea like trick net yes you don't have your son out there herding his sheep all day do you buddy I don't this is capital e homestead scale American Americanized permaculture adopted from the apron we're in permaculture taking it yeah absolutely he's got the he's got the the Western hat too so pretty good on me all right that's it good you represent permaculture well it takes all these different ideas and connects them that's right and it everybody's context is different I can't stress this enough what because our scale is so small here we are not on a thousand acre ranch you stay there and watching them Dan you stay there watching them [Music] that is my favorite part when the sheep go from their old paddock to the new paddock on fresh grass there's something so peaceful and relaxing about seeing the sheep on grass it's the best part of husbandry come take a look at this when you see these sheep just going to town on these the fresh vegetation they hear it hearing them chew and rip the the vegetation from its stem there's just nothing like it [Laughter] hey it's not every day I get to film a fellow youtuber and he can totally take over the channel and bring this whole nother dynamic right you got to check out his channel grass-fed homestead I'll leave the link down in the description and right there okay man Oh help us out somebody wants to do this they need to move their sheep every day number one how are they gonna know how much to give them that is it's a really complicated answer because it really it really changes on your context and the season what kind of forage you have in your pastures so I'll answer that question for our context and hope that helps somebody right we moved here just 13 months ago and when we were looking for property I had no idea what I was looking at when I was looking at pastures I just saw some green stuff and I thought yeah that looks all right I what I didn't know at the time is our forage quality was extremely poor it was overwritten with noxious weeds that most animals wouldn't really touch anyway so it's part of our regeneration process here we're grazing the Sheep we're pulsing them through every day but in most cases I could give them an enormous paddock and it's not going to give them the they need because of the low quality Ford sit there so I'm doing something this is something I got from Greg Judy myself hearing a talk years ago was bringing your first couple years you're probably going to be intensive bringing in hey you're probably gonna have to bring in a lot of that if you're establishing a pasture so so for me I'm giving them enough area I'm kind of looking at it it's based on history right so how quickly did they eat the last paddock if it were you know 2 4 hours and it's stripped down to nothing then you need to give them a bigger space you so you keep playing with that until you get it to where it takes about a day in in my case I'm giving them a look like this area here they will have all this grass stripped out by this evening and then the tansy will be left because and they'll say they'll eat that tomorrow morning ok so this is about the size for this many sheep if I had really good quality pasture so to answer your question I'm I'm bringing in the hay and I'm supplement feeding them with hay okay and what that is doing is I'm bringing in nutrition from elsewhere processing it through the Sheep making sure they get enough nutrition that they wouldn't otherwise get from my question and they're depositing it back on the land and that's free choice they can eat that if they want to or not correct now to move their basic needs looks like we got the hay feeder the water and the shed let's do it man so this I designed to be super light it's something I can move by myself oh my but it's also going to provide one of the sheeps basically one of the sheets one of the sheep basic needs which is some shelter from come on in the in the summer okay well then you're making it too easy on yourself this isn't much of a workout buddy this is no earth gym when it's this easy come on bulk up man oh come you got my feet there you go make it hard on yourself there you go get some curls I've designed everything on our homestead to be completely mobile portable because like I said earlier we've only been here a year and though I'm very committed to this lifestyle not committed to any one design at this point I don't know where I want stuff exactly things are always changing the seasons are changing how I manage is involving daily so I don't want to just have a static shelter somewhere because I want to move it maybe someday yeah no this is my everything's mobile modular and forgot the other end Joel Salatin Tasha but yeah it's a magnificent magnificent originally I was hauling out five-gallon buckets to the sheep's paddock each day which is not fun especially when they're you know 300 yards that way so I went ahead and finally got some extra hoses and I'm dragging hoses now which is a lot lighter big expense yeah I imagine that little shelter you built there cost $55 well I used cedar as on the base may have ended a hundred and five dollars I don't even think was that much I can't remember how much that was but that was not expensive you're the EMT conduit it's $2 a piece there's four of those on there a couple two by twos and some two by fours yeah it's pretty simple it's that much more than $50 here okay that's it I gotta do is close it up and you're done well I feel the water but yeah okay chores are done let's see what everybody else's do let's get hot okay man it is much cooler in here you guys got the idea yeah keeping it cool didn't comfortable what y'all been talking about like I suspect there's been some Girl Talk going on in here yes Girl Talk you've been talking about how handsome Dan and I are suggestin yeah we gave you a little introduction to sheep okay and is our hope here that we have somehow planted some kind of seed in you too that will blossom into you guys getting your own chief when you get back home okay so you know you don't have to commit to that at this point but we got you a little something as a piece of encouragement for you okay I think that whistling was encouraging enough he whistles and the Sheep come really that way so Anna give me a stand this is this is called a shepherd's crook and this was handmade in Germany what and these are sold by premier one it's a little Fleck for those guys see there's no hit stuff but this was handmade hand-carved in Germany and these are these are very instrumental in times when things go wrong and that does happen from time to time where you have a a lamb or sheep that goes wayward when during a moves and this is a really good way to help bring them back and you can steer with it like if there's an animal on this even go left if you just put that up it just puts a little pressure on their flight zone and they'll be R to the left you can steer them to the right or if you need to catch for medical treatment and they're a little flighty especially little lambs I don't know yet you can grab on and I treat them so this is our gift to you here at the grasp at home so okay thank you very much appreciate it and until I get sheep I can use it on much other snow that go right that's a wrap dan is a wealth of information about sheep I sat down with him to also create a more instructional video on how to raise sheep from the springtime to a processing a harvesting to putting them on your plate we filmed that today and actually what we thought would be one but actually turned into three so we're working through some things stay tuned on how we might make that available to you guys until then do check out Dan's channel I'll leave a link to it again right there it's good he's a wealth of information I think it's like over three hundred videos she pigs chickens they're one year homestead journey I'll leave the link but you


 
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How to Set up a Profitable (backyard) Farm wherever you are

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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below


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my name is Chris stone I'm an urban farmer I run an operation called green city acres in Kelowna BC Canada [Music] saw thousands of people all around the world how to grow food in their backyards and make a living at doing it [Music] my primary audience or people that I teach are people who are kind of sick of their jobs to go what they're doing and they want to do something that aligns with their values you know that those values usually growing food and living off the land in some way [Applause] [Music] [Applause] though a lot of people that I've taught have been even people like lawyers and professionals working professionals who are kind of just tired of the grind and want to do something a bit more holistic so the first thing that's really important if you want to start making the living with a small farm is first identify your market place figure out if there's actually people in your area that want to buy this kind of stuff and you know we're talking about specific crops that's really important we're generally growing high-value fast-growing high yield per square foot crops and if there isn't a market for those crops if nobody in your area knows about salad mixes or microgreens or baby root vegetables then it might not work in area but that's number one you can go and build a farm and plant crops till you're blue in the face but if nobody's gonna buy it then it's all for nothing so these were all planted on Wednesday and today is Sunday so I'm uncovering them now I put the weights on there to create a bit of resistance and that just gives makes them Germany more consistently right to the edge kind of mimics nature in a way if you think about it because you know seeds will often have not ideal conditions to germinate in and that makes a nice nice even germinated crop and then we'll harvest these by Thursday so it's an 8 day cycle from seed to harvest that crop is sunflower and that's one of our main microgreens we knew sunflower pea and radish are most common ones but then I have these other odds and ends ones here but this is an important part of how our farms profitable is we're focusing on high-value crops these are certainly the highest valued crop they're the shortest date to maturity high yield per square foot highest price per pound and I can grow them year-round so those are those are characteristics that make a profitable crop and I outline not in my book but you know our farm isn't growing pumpkins and potatoes and melons we're growing salad greens microgreens cherry tomatoes but it's mostly about the crops that we can grow year round that really bring in the revenue of our farm number one mistake is that well it's not just urban it's a farmer makes the number one mistake as they take on too much they try to do too many things they come in that they watched channels like yours and mine and they get all these ideas all I want to do this I want to do rainwater catchment I want to live off the grid I want to do it all and then they don't get anything done because they have too many goals and it's really best to just get one thing done dial it in make it good go to the next thing and so that goes for crops to farmers often grow too many crops and the problem with that is that if you grow too many crops you don't learn all the nuances of the crops because you're not paying close enough attention you got too much going on so you're running around putting out fires when you grow less you can learn more about what you're growing look at this I got some slugs growing in my with my son shoots so that's pea shoots same thing eight days to harvest and this is gonna be harvested tomorrow so when the guys come in tomorrow morning that'll be one of the first things they do and so we're harvesting the whole flat we get a little over a pound per flat and that sells for about $15 per pound so on each flat we're making at least 20 bucks so that's an eight-day crop $20 great thing about these two is that I can vertical eyes the space so as the Sun Goes Down lower in the sky close to the winter this greenhouse actually captures more light and I can grow more stuff with less energy because I don't need I don't need I don't use artificial light I do the odd time here and there but for the most part it's all just natural light so the second thing is finding out where you want to farm finding some land now you don't have to own land to farm most people think you do that's what I thought until I found that I could farm people's backyards that's exactly why I do what I do is sort of out of default it wasn't because I wanted to be an urban farmer I just didn't have any other alternatives so there's many different ways you can find land you can lease land you can rent land you can buy land if it's cheap you can buy land if you want to pay for it it's up to you but one thing that's really important to know is there's nothing wrong with leasing or renting land for a period of time because if you buy a land and then realize after a year you don't like farming it's not for you well now you're stuck with this land and now it's a liability to you a number of people that I've consulted for have bought land bought all the gear put up fifty thousand dollars of capital and then realized after two years that just wasn't for them or there was flaws in their marketplace that they should have identified earlier they didn't like the lifestyle there's a variety of different reasons but I've seen it happen time and time again that's why there's an advantage to actually not buying the land when you start because you can just get in grease the wheels if you like it build a farm somewhere else I've turned over twenty different plots of land and I set up multiple farms it's not that big of a deal to have to do it a couple times in fact it just makes you better because then the next time around you're gonna do it a lot better than you did the first time so there's actually an advantage to leasing and renting land the other part of that too is that sometimes the land to buy isn't in an ideal location and this is why I ended up in Kelowna is because cologne is a really good marketplace and so just like from step number one was identify a market place I wanted to be in that market place but as no way I could have afforded to buy land here so I just leased land to start was giving people vegetables in exchange for the use of their land so that's how I got into it sometimes the marketplace itself is more important than the land because you can change your land around later on but it's first establishing that market place so keep in mind you don't have to own land to start farming everything in my greenhouse is I used quick couplers because sometimes I want to use this really soft spray to water these crops so that it doesn't knock them over and then sometimes I want a heavier spray from some of my other microgreens and I'll show you both but I can switch these up really quickly and I love that because then then I don't have to sit there and unscrew it so for these ones I like to use this off spray salad over lettuce this is our probably our most valuable this is certainly our most valuable field crop we it's the base of our salad mix and we grow it around ten months of the year it's very valuable crop these are some more of the dainty type microgreens that we grow that's read and ran this is radish here this is cabbage that I'm watering right here all these go in a mix that we grow called the rainbow mix it's a micro green salad mix and then for these crops I switch my water nozzle and then these ones like the bit these ones take more water so I must have something that's not a good flow I'm just gonna turn something off for a second there's probably a stunning irrigation running yeah there you go nice big flow this dumps down a lot more water it's still a soft spray but it just dumps down a lot of water so it's faster to water and these crops are more robust so they can handle it you shouldn't market farm if you don't like getting dirty and working hard and if you don't like being in a community and you don't like talking to people you shouldn't be a market gardener one thing about being a market gardener or farmer is that you really have to fill a lot of different roles you've got to you got to be a people person and if you're not you can hire somebody to do that but you've got to be out there talking to people getting to know people in the community and and you also got to be a business manager you got to be out pulling weeds planting stuff then taking it to market delivering it to restaurants making customers doing the books I wear many different hats in this business I've learned and it's great because it really gives you experience doing all kinds of things if we're looking at five stages here is to set up your post harvest area so this is the area where you wash and dry things and you pack things you store things in walk-in coolers this is one of the things that is most overlooked so many farmers think just go Terra plant start planting crops and it'll sell itself that's far from the truth because what happens is if you don't have this post harvest stuff set up you're gonna bottleneck and you're gonna have so much stuff coming off the field and you don't have a place to wash it and pack it and store it that you're gonna let stuffs gonna spoil and if you've gone out and planted crops without having this in mind then all that's for nothing and you're losing because now you've done that work and then you're not selling that crop so the post harvest is very important walk-in coolers in particular are probably one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure on any commercial farm so the walk-in cooler allows you to store the product for longer which allows you to market for a multiple day as opposed to just packing everything for a farmers market and then hoping to sell it the next day but most importantly it allows you to get the field heat off so after you harvest vegetables out of the ground they're warm and if you don't cool them right away to slow down that process of decomposition they're gonna keep breaking down and you're gonna spoil this is our washing table so this is where we got a sprayer here so this is where I wash things all the water gets diverted into a pump and I pump it on my trees but so this these carrots were just harvested the other day actually the last time you were here and they were soaking in water and so this is how I wash carrots I put them in a tote like this watch out a little bit shake them around spray some water on here and this essentially gets the dirt off so there's this is you know DIY and we don't do that many carrots so this works for our context if I was doing hundreds of pounds of carrots a week I would have a proper carrot washer but for us this washing table works great for for this I do radish is the same way beets turnips I'll do it the same way and so it's shaking this around and spraying some water on here step number four and getting this all going is start preparing your land and I put that after the post harvest intentionally so that the post harvest is prepared first so that when you start doing this stuff you can you can kind of chip away at that stuff too but starting to prepare your land so there's many different contexts here you could be really rural and have a slope with lots of rocks or you could be in a prairie with tons of quack grass or you could be in a backyard grinding up yard like lawns so there's many different approach it basically what is involved usually is going in and go grinding up the raw land so going into the cultivator or a roto tiller to bring up the soil and start working it from there with lawns my favorite thing to do is tarp it for six months if I if I know that I'm looking at a new site and I'm on prepare it for next season that's the most ideal if you can have at least six months to prepare it you can let time do the work and you can lay down silage tarps on that lawn let it kill off the grass and all the weeds so once you pull the tarp off then you can start cultivating but ideally letting that tarp sit there for six months even a year if you've got the time it's gonna make it so much easier to go in and do the prep work afterwards once you pull the tarp off and do that initial cultivation then you're gonna start forming out your beds so everything we do in our Market Garden is a 30 inch bed this is very standard for market gardens myself Sean Maher 1040a Ben Hartman we all do the 30 inch bed that's become a standard and small farming so now you can start forming out your beds and there's I could keep going on but I think that's that you basically get the gist of how you get started there this is called the tiller and it's essentially a roto tiller but it only it's only telling the top inch of soil this is the Jiang cedar this is my number one seating tool it has different densities you can plant at it's very accurate all of this like this was planted with the Jiang cedar that's arugula crops meaning that I'm just planting right in the soil and they're growing from there opposed to being transplants so the last thing that's gonna happen on your farm is gonna start planting you got all your beds prepped you got your structure in place now you're gonna start planting you're gonna be planting stuff in the nursery at the beginning of the season getting things ready to go for transplants to go in the field and then once the spring comes along you start direct seeding in the field and there's a lot of nuances to planting there's a lot of different ways to do it but what's really important about planting is understanding succession is that on a farm in order to have production consistently throughout the season you have to keep planting you can't just plant a bunch of stuff in May and then be harvesting all summer it doesn't work that way you got to continuously plant so there's a lot of nuances to how far to spread your plantings apart and at what times of the year the biggest challenge for us in North America and this is the same for people in the southern hemisphere is that our day lengths change radically from the winter solstice to the spring equinox to the summer solstice the days are getting exponentially longer and that they get exponentially longer quicker after we pass this the spring equinox from the spring equinox to the summer solstice the day's get radically long we're in the summer here we're at 18 and a half hours of daylight at the summer solstice but at the winter solstice we're at eight hours of daylight or seven and a half so it's radically different and so the challenge for for a market grower is to learn the nuances of their bioregion so I can't teach you this exactly I can teach you what it is in Kelowna but you're gonna have to apply that information to yourself and one quick tip I have to do that is record everything you do in your first year of spreadsheets record when a crop goes in the ground and when you harvested it because you can plant spinach at the first week of March and it might take 65 days to harvest but if you plant it in June it might be ready in 30 days so it's different and it's constantly changing and these are the nuances that we have to learn as farmers and we can really only learn them from just doing it ourselves so this whole greenhouse is actually or most of it is one succession this is all planted at once to beds of radishes planted at once to beds of arugula planted at once to beds of spinach planted at once so that's a that was like a weekly block of planting so on another plot I've got the exact same thing that's a week prior and a week after so the thing that's really neat about the seasons changing is that at the beginning of the season in the springtime I'm actually doing wider successions on planting things in wider intervals like two or three week intervals but then as I get into the summer I need to start planting things in weekly intervals and here's the root the thing that's kind of weird is that is you go into the fall you actually start to tighten it up even more you might actually start planting every four days the reason for that is that in the fall the days are now getting exponentially longer so if I plant a crop on Monday and then I plant a crop on Thursday say this is in the last week of September they actually might end up being two weeks apart because that crop that was planted four days after is at starting at a different point where it's gonna have a lot long shorter days and cooler nights whereas in the springtime you things are gonna grow slower but they're gonna catch up to one another so in the springtime if you say it's the first week of April if I plant a crop of radishes one week and then a crop radishes the next week same Monday and Monday they both end up being ready at the same time that's where it gets kind of nuanced but you learn all these things just through experience the thing I love about doing this is that each day I go to bed feeling like I feel connected I feel connected the land I feel connected to my community one of the greatest things about being an urban farmer in particular is that I'll be at my front yard doing stuff and people walk by and they go this is a great idea I love what you're doing why are we growing lawns it makes people think about stuff and I don't even have to engage them or evangelize them in any ways this is why you should eat organic food this is why you should grow your own food or any of that people walk by and they see the production and it makes sense them and I love at the end of the day knowing that I'm working in the soil growing food good healthy food that people are eating and it really gives me an amazing life purpose sure I could do other things sure I could have gone to university and been a doctor or a lawyer or whatever but this kind of thing it really comes back to community connection and having an intrinsic value in a new community knowing that I'm needed as a food producer people need me people rely on me [Music] [Applause] Curtis is just important to some files he shot some videos of this today isn't that cool like he has the Steadicam gimbal you know the walk along smooth shots he did the drone footage he's a fellow youtuber it is so fun filming fellow youtubers especially when they contribute two of the three cameras so if you enjoyed that do please check out Curtis at his YouTube channel I'll leave the link for that there and down in the description also you gotta want to check out his website where you can get cool resources like the urban farmer the book and the course and stuff like that on his website I'll leave the link down below