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Tuesday

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November 2013

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Preserving the Bounty from Your Hobby Farm

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Hobby Farms have a bounty that should be preserved. It will depend on what you are farming as to how best to preserve the bounty, which is available. If it is vegetables you are farming, then canning and preserving them cannot only give you food for the winter, they can also be sold at a profit. Freezing, dehydrating and canning are all ways to preserve the bounty of your garden. This is just one avenue for preserving the bounty of your garden. Now if you are dealing with milk or meat, you have different options. Diary can be turned into milk or cheese. Depending on your options that are available, the extra cheese can either be sold or aged for later selling. Preserving milk from milk animals requires the process of refrigeration and pasteurization in order to keep it from going bad. Making ice cream can be an option to freezing milk. Milk can be used in many different recipes as well as being dried to make powdered milk options. Cheese making allows you to age the cheese until it is ready for sale or consumption. Storing it in a dark and cool place will keep it from going bad. […]

Tuesday

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October 2013

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Shucking Oysters the Right Way

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At first, shucking oysters can be difficult. Just as any other skill, practice does in fact make perfect. As you move through some oysters, you will get better with every tasty oyster you open and remove. What You Need: Short knife or thin-edged instrument (or butter knife) Rag or kitchen towel (or oven mitt) Bowl of ice for shucked oysters Trash receptacle for shells and other debris When you pick up an oyster, you will notice that there are two sides. One side is flatter than the other side. You will use the rag, oven mitt, or towel to grasp the more cup-like side. The shells can be sharp, so be cautious. Opening the Shells Look at the hinge of the oyster. You can see parts of the hinge that are sealed better than the rest. Take your knife and insert the thin edge into the hinge close to the seal section. (Some individuals will place the oyster on a flat surface and hold it in place while inserting the thin edge of the instrument.) Once the tip of the knife or other instrument is wedged in between the shells, you will then begin to shimmy the instrument from the […]

Thursday

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August 2011

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The Wisdom of Patricia Ann Peters Jenkins

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In this is an interview with Ms. Patricia Jenkins I will be asking her several questions before I actually make my assessment in this wisdom project.  Now, here is brief description of Ms. Jenkins.  She is sixty years old.  She has salt and pepper brown hair with dark brown eyes. She is a very petite being as she is only five feet tall. I can only guess at her weigh, but it cannot be more than 115 pounds. Ms. Jenkins was born Patricia Peters in Geneva County, Alabama at her parents’ home. Who later moved their family back to their old home place in Graceville, Florida.  Where Patricia Peters grew up until she quit school and married Robert Jenkins in 1961.  The couple lived in Geneva County for about six years, before they moved to Dothan, Alabama.  Pat has since become divorced.  She has had many jobs during her lifetime, but now runs her own business. Ms. Jenkins is my mother.  I selected her because I wanted to learn something from my mother as my father only recently passed away and I did not get a chance to do something like this with him. We spoke at Ms. Jenkins’ home […]

Saturday

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May 2011

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Saturday

14

May 2011

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What are the Health Benefits of Celery Juice?

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Celery has long been underestimated in the hierarchy of vegetables and has been doomed to the life of a seasoning in too many a fridge. Despite its underdog status in our culinary hearts, it has remarkable heath benefits. Juicing gives celery the opportunity to showcase its talents as a genuine health food. Loaded with Nutrients All parts of the celery stalk are edible. The stem contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and essential amino acids. The leaves are high in vitamin A. Juicing is the easiest and arguably the tastiest way to consume all of those nutrients in sufficient quantities to make a difference to your health. Cooking greatly diminishes the quality of the vitamins and minerals available in vegetables and fruits. Health Benefits Research shows that celery contains coumarin and other cancer fighting compounds that prevent the growth of tumors and prevent free-radicals from damaging cells. These compounds help to prevent the development of colon and stomach cancers. Celery is full of nutritious fiber released during juicing that relaxes nerves making bowel movements easier and flushing out toxins. Raw celery has also been found to contain a chemical that can reduce […]

Saturday

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May 2011

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What are the Health Benefits of Blueberry Juice?

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During the month of May fresh trays of blueberries begin to appear on grocery shelves, and although these delightful treats are best fresh you can find them frozen year round. So there are no excuses for failing to incorporating these powerful berries into your juices all year. Not only are they delicious, but the health benefits are astounding. Health Benefits An antioxidant powerhouse, blueberries are well known for their ability to neutralize free radical damage to the collagen of cells and tissues. Improving the supportive structures of the veins and the entire vascular system, blueberry juice helps to prevent cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, cancer, and heart disease. Blueberry juice contains the same antioxidant that has given red wine its reputation as a cardio-protective substance. However, blueberries contain an alarming 38% more of these free radical fighters. Blueberries are also known for being a brain power booster. Studies have shown that blueberries help reduce the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Diets rich in blueberries can greatly improve the learning capacity and motor skills as you age. A diet rich in blueberries also provides protection against colon and ovarian cancer. The phenolic compounds found in blueberry juice have also been […]

Wednesday

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May 2011

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What are the Health Benefits of Almond Butter?

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Almond butter is a delicious way to take advantage of numerous health benefits of almonds. Almonds are actually the seeds of a close relative to the peach. Crack the pits and inside you will find the almond. Almonds are at the peak of freshness during the summer months but are available year round. Almond butter is an excellent way to access the health benefits of almonds all year long. Heart Health Almond butter is also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorous. It is a great source of monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber which are essential for heart health. You can reduce your risk for heart disease and lower your LDL-cholesterol buy introducing more monounsaturated fats into your diet. It may sound counter intuitive that consuming more fats could lower your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol, but the same type of health promoting fats that are found in olive oil are also present in almonds. Substituting almonds in place of traditional fats provides the body with the beneficial antioxidant action of vitamin E that is responsible for making monounsaturated fats so healthful. Almond butter is also rich in magnesium that relaxes the veins and arteries […]

Wednesday

4

May 2011

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What Are the Health Benefits of Saponin?

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The name saponin comes from the Latin word sapo which translates to soap. Saponins are phytochemicals that when coming into contact with water, bubble and foam making soap. Many plants have saponins and some are better cleansers than others, but some are receiving attention for their use medically than for cleaning. Saponins have been used for centuries by many indigenous people for soap and the poison for arrows. Saponins are highly toxic to snakes, fish, and other cold blooded creatures. Saponin is botanically diverse and examples of it are found naturally in several plant families. There are concerns over its medical use due to its potential toxicity. As research continues there is more and more evidence that saponins will live up to their history as being a versatile and useful phytochemical. Commercial interest in saponin is a result of its structural relationship to steroid hormones, vitamin D and cardio actives. Further research is being done to determine its use as a contraceptive hormone. The topical use of saponins has been widely ignored by modern medicine. The saponins found in food like beetroot, asparagus, oat, spinach and legumes are known to aid digestion by allowing for better absorption of minerals, improving overall digestion. Saponins tend to have different effects […]

Friday

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April 2011

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The Profitability of Growing Flowers on Sunnysidelane Hobby Farm

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Profitability of growing flowers on your Hobby Farm will always be profitable due to following through with basic simple gardening practices and rules. Hobby Farms can be of small acreage or consist of many acres.  If you want to reap profit from growing cut flowers for market, you will have to plant on a larger scale and therefore need more acres for planting. It will initially be expensive to begin with, but the return on your investment when you harvest and sell will be profitable. You can still find profit with smaller gardens, although not as much, but the money that you do make will both be sufficient for added income and still leave you with enough to be ploughed back, ensuring an all round yearly seasonal harvest. There are so many outlets where you can sell your flowers; florists will always support you and if you have a surplus, supermarkets will gladly snap them up. Many Hobby Farms have their own roadside stalls. If you are organic, farming it will be in your best interest to advertise the fact, the public pays homage to this type of farming. Nurture Your Plants The old wives tale that states, talking to […]

Monday

25

April 2011

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Poultry Power: Raising Chickens

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  If you are interested in raising chickens for a hobby farm, then you probably, already know the legality of raising livestock in your area and have attained your proper permits. After that, well, you just get a bunch of chickens and let them roam. Actually, chickens can be a finicky part of your hobby farm. They have distinct needs, and you need to have a specific business plan laid out if you are planning to make money-raising chickens for a hobby farm. First, you need to plan how many chickens you need to have to earn back money spent investing in them. If you have 6 laying hens that create 7 eggs a week for $3.00 a dozen, then you only make around $11 a week. However, chickens live an upwards of ten years, produce sellable eggs at around a year, and produce year round if temperatures do not drop too low in winter and they are properly cared for. They also create possible sources of revenue with fertilized chick eggs, day-old chicks, provide nitrogenous fertilizers, and can be a source of meat if you want to go that way. However, you need to put down some money when raising […]

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