Food Independence on a 1930s Farm

A young man and his family relished the seasonal bounty of their garden and orchard, especially the green chili chow-chow they made each fall. By Harold Oliver, as told to Peter Kohler We braided onions and hung them to dry in the cellar. ROBERT SHETTERLY This account was told to me by my former neighbor, Harold Oliver, …

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The Multi-Species Flock of Birds

Birds of a feather, flock together? While it is an old, funny saying, this really isn’t the case. Multi-species flocking occurs in nature; frequently. Not just coexisting in the same space, but true camaraderie, a true relationship. For instance, woodpeckers use chickadees and titmice as sentinels, standing guard, keeping watch, protecting against marauding predators. The …

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Why You Should Raise Chickens for Eggs?

Nutritionally Superior to Grocery Store Eggs 1/3 less cholesterol •   1/4 less saturated fat •   2/3 more vitamin A •   2 times more omega-3 fatty acids •   3 times more vitamin E •   7 times more beta carotene Benefits Eggs from well-tended backyard chickens are healthier Eggs from backyard chickens are tastier Chicken droppings enrich …

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What Eggs-actly Do You Know About Eggs?

[Repost from my Capper Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx%5D What really do you know about eggs other than they make a delicious breakfast? Well, Falco's Heritage Farm and Capper's Farmer are here to answer all your egg-related questions! Production of an egg typically takes about 11 ½ days. Typically, enough hormone is released to develop only one …

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3 Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes You Need To Make Tonight

Baked Egg Custard 4 large Eggs 3 cups Whole Milk 1 cup Honey or Maple Syrup 1 tsp Vanilla 1/4 tsp Nutmeg Pinch of Salt Bring milk, salt and nutmeg to a low simmer.  Whisk eggs, honey and vanilla well, until it is a pale yellow. Temper the eggs by slowly drizzling in simmered milk …

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Egg Formation Process

How an Egg is Formed

[reposted from my blog at Capper Farmer: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/farm-and-home/poultry/mommy-where-do-eggs-come-from.aspx%5D Laying an egg is triggered by receiving adequate sunlight through a receptor in your bird’s eye which triggers hormone production mainly in the pituitary gland. The average amount of light required to begin egg production is about 14 hours. This is why your hens produce more eggs …

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