Exploring Cuniculture and It’s Many Benefits with Jeremy Chambers – 051

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Jeremy Chambers of Independence Acres Homestead comes on the show today to talk about cuniculture, the agricultural production of rabbits for the purposes of meat and fur. Jeremy has been raising rabbits for a handful of years, and has given talks and demonstrations at a number of different venues going so far as to provide participants with their own rabbit to process and take home at the end of the demonstration. If you’re curious about rabbits on the homestead, this episode is for you.

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A Principled Milking with Andrew Kern – 045

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Farming is hard work. Dairy farming might be even harder. Today’s guest is Andrew Kern, a former dairy farmer. Andrew grew up on a dairy farm and even went into the dairy business with his father for a number of years. He recently sold his cows and is looking to move onto other pastures. We talked about what it was like milking 80 cows daily and why he decided to get out of the business, as well as how someone might want to get into the dairy industry.

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Link to show notes for episode 44 with JJ Boogie.

Holey Squirrels: GVQ Update #3 11/19

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Talking about Botfly larva in squirrels, planting with old seed, cold frosty nights killing seedlings, meat chickens. As for homeschooling, I talked about Elbert Hubbard’s cool book my son found for sale, and how it’s turned us a litle too Little House on the Prarie. Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy!

First fire of the season. Woodstove heat is the best heat.
Cold and frosty morning.
Three week old chicks. Cornish X and Brian, a regular chick.
Enjoying some grass, sun, and play time in the chicken tractor.
Maple watching the chicks.

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Link to show notes for the October Good View Quarter Update.

Veg Head to Butcher with Kate Kavanaugh – 035

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Vegetarians and vegans often believe their diets are healthier for the environment, and help promote animal rights. This isn’t always the case. Often these diets consist of highly processed products from the industrial agricultural complex that only help promote the monoculture thousands of acres. In episode 35, we talk to Kate Kavanaugh, a former vegetarian who made the transition to an omnivorous diet and became a butcher, eventually opening her own butcher shop – Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe – in Colorado. We talked about how Kate came to make this transition, regenerative farming pracatices, and what makes Western Daughters so unique.

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Link to show notes for episode 34 with Samantha Shank of Learn in Color.

Pork in the White Mountains – 031

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Episode 31 sees Josh of White Mountains Livestock come on the show to talk about pork and why they made the decision to farm all naturally. We talked about what “organic” means, how the long list of USDA approved chemicals might not be something you want in your food and why small scale farming allows a healthier connection between farmer and animal as opposed to the industrial farming method.

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Link to show notes for episode 30 with the Rachel Kennerly.

Wayward Wiggling Worms with Bentley Christie – 029

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Bentley Christie of Red Worm Composting joined the Liberty Hippie for today’s discussion about vermicomposting! In today’s episode, we discussed some of the basics of vermicomposting as well as some of the why’s. As it turns out, vermicomposting has huge benefits for plants and small container of worms can be kept in virtually any geographic location without much ado. We didn’t have time today to get into the entrepreneurial side of things, so stay tuned for a future episode with Bentley!

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Link to show notes for episode 28 with the Homeschool to College Coach.

Chickens, Turkeys and Veggies, Oh My! on Radiant Farms – 025

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Dan Weisgarber of Radiant farms joins the Liberty Hippie for episode 25 to talk about raising pasture poultry, and some of the hurdles – from amending soil to dealing with vague and wrongly enforced zoning laws – they had to overcome when it came time to get set up. It was a wide ranging conversation covering a variety of topics from homesteads to regulations and everything in-between.

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Link to show notes for episode 24 with Connor Boyack.

The Urban Homesteader’s Nightmare – 019

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This week the Liberty Hippie had the pleasure of speak with Lloyd Cowan of Madison, ME. Lloyd is your typical urban homesteading type who spent some years out west before coming back to Maine and using his urban lot to grow vegetables, house show chickens, layer hens, and keep a handful of goats for dairy and soap. The show opened with Lloyd giving a little run down of his history and how he came to be an urban homesteader, but it’s the happenings of his town that drew the interest of the Liberty Hippie. In June 2018, the town board held a meeting and took a vote by a show of hands on a ordinance that would effect everyone in town with a lot smaller than 1.5 acres. The ordinance was not advertised as anything to do with farming, or produce, but was tacked on under a property ordinance and looked to have more to do with loose and barking dogs, than actual livestock. In the morning, residents started to find out about the new ordinance that was passed by a mere 50 people in a town of 5,000. As the days would roll on, and appeals were filed, new information has come to light and once again, we see government force being used to entrench protectionist policies despite the desires of the local community.

As the current situation stands, the next town meeting, June 10, 2019, it looks as if the turbulence will finally be decided. Please feel free to call the town and let them know that this oridinance is not only contradictory to the Food Sovereignty declaration the town made, but is also anti-business, and is unconstitutional that a small handful of individuals can dictate how owners of land can use said land. The town manager, Tom Curtis, and the code enforcer, Susan Hathaway can be reached using the information provided.

Tom Curtis – 207-696-3971 – edd@madisonmaine.com
Susan Hathaway – 207-696-3971 – code@madisonmaine.com

Pictures of Lloyds Backyard Homestead

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Link to show notes for episode 18 with Shane and Meredith Hazel.

The Urban Homesteader’s Nightmare – Episode 019

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Link to episode 19 on Libsyn.

This week the Liberty Hippie had the pleasure of speak with Lloyd Cowan of Madison, ME. Lloyd is your typical urban homesteading type who spent some years out west before coming back to Maine and using his urban lot to grow vegetables, house show chickens, layer hens, and keep a handful of goats for dairy and soap. The show opened with Lloyd giving a little run down of his history and how he came to be an urban homesteader, but it’s the happenings of his town that drew the interest of the Liberty Hippie. In June 2018, the town board held a meeting and took a vote by a show of hands on a ordinance that would effect everyone in town with a lot smaller than 1.5 acres. The ordinance was not advertised as anything to do with farming, or produce, but was tacked on under a property ordinance and looked to have more to do with loose and barking dogs, than actual livestock. In the morning, residents started to find out about the new ordinance that was passed by a mere 50 people in a town of 5,000. As the days would roll on, and appeals were filed, new information has come to light and once again, we see government force being used to entrench protectionist policies despite the desires of the local community.

As the current situation stands, the next town meeting, June 10, 2019, it looks as if the turbulence will finally be decided. Please feel free to call the town and let them know that this oridinance is not only contradictory to the Food Sovereignty declaration the town made, but is also anti-business, and is unconstitutional that a small handful of individuals can dictate how owners of land can use said land. The town manager, Tom Curtis, and the code enforcer, Susan Hathaway can be reached using the information provided.

Tom Curtis – 207-696-3971 – edd@madisonmaine.com
Susan Hathaway – 207-696-3971 – code@madisonmaine.com

Pictures of Lloyds Backyard Homestead

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Link to show notes for episode 18 with Shane and Meredith Hazel.

The Bottle Babies are Here!

A couple of weeks ago, we had the neighbors come over and show me how to stretch some woven wire fence. It wasn’t long after that we got our first goat, Cinnamon Sally. There’s no telling what she is, the vet we got her from called her a brush goat, so basically she’s a meat mutt. The first couple of days we had her, she was alone and sad. The books and such warn you that keeping a single goat is tough, and Cinnamon Sally proved them right. She was tough to get a hold of and was very untrustworthy, and on top of that, she was hardly eating despite having sweet feed and a couple acres of pasture. She was supposed to come with a buck, but unfortunately, the buck didn’t make it and so Cinnamon Sally came alone and we just had to hold on until the bottle babies were ready.

Cinnamon Sally
This past weekend we were able to make the 2.5 hour trek (one way) to pick up two more bottle babies, Paige and Rosey. They were three weeks old when we got them, and need to be fed four times a day; thankfully, we’ve been able to use this as a learning experience for the kids and feeding the goats has become their job.

Bottle Baby 1
I will admit, I had no idea what to expect when they first came, but I learned quickly: goats are loud, and they get angry! The other night I went out to do some weeding in the garden and feed the chickens, well, the goats heard me. At first they came over to the corner of their pasture and did some maa’ing at me. When I didn’t respond, they got louder, and the maa’s were almost tinged with a bit of distress, but when I continued to ignore them, their maa’s became angry and petulant.

Paige 1
They have quite the personalities, and while we don’t plan on eating these particular goats, I can already say for certain, that butchering any future kids is going to be a tough job.