Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Good morning from the mountain...


Good morning from the mountain... I am finally up out of bed and moving around.  Since one of my other friends is cleaning carpets, I thought I would as well today.  At least in the boys room. 

Still need to make a ton of phone calls as well.  I hate that I live in a country where disabled people are second class citizens and subject to homeless at the whim of officials without compassion.   It says too much about the poor state of affairs that so many working people, disabled people, and small farms are singled out, while constant law breakers are rewarded with government help for their less than positive behavior.  As it goes without saying that so many people abuse the system, there are many more who do not, who need and rely on it and I guess I will speak for them.


While I am on a roll, I am sick of people messing with gun rights and wanting to ban guns.  No one is forced to leave Christianity because a “ Christian”, killed people.   Yet you too many will defend the act and say that they do not represent the Christian faith as a whole, well kindly tell me what does.
Every day I watch people go without food, not because they are lazy, but because of other events that have brought them to that place.  Many are unable, not unwilling to work, some are even in school full time and unable to get help.  I do not see any campaign to feed the struggling masses, or to find jobs for them, housing, etc.  I sure do see a lot of people wanting to wave flags and denounce others as being intolerant.


I think it is intolerant to spout how much you do without while others eat dirt, many of us are not rich, but then money is not the only way to repair a broken country and world.  You repair it by being Human and using that same strength you use to defend a lion and defend the rights of a child to have a home and food and education and love.  Use the will that you have voiced either for or against gay rights to care or visit an elderly person and protect them from loneliness and harm, make sure they have food and shelter as well.  I have a poem that goes on the back of every mustard pendant I sell, not because I want you to feel sorry for me, not because I want your money, thought it would be nice to have some, but because the message is so clear and precise.

Plant a Seed
By Wendy Bridges
2000
I may not
Be able to
clothe the naked,
but I can lead you my coat.
I may not be rich enough
To feed the starving masses,
but I can make you a sandwich.
I may not be able to stop air pollution,
but I can stop blowing smoke in your face.
I may not be able to clean up the environment of the planet,
but I can help you rake your yard.
I may not be smart enough to end illiteracy,
But I can read you a story and walk you to school.
I may not be able to eliminate war or stop the violence,
but I can be peaceful and kind to you right now.
I may not be able to end world poverty,
but I can share what I have with you.
I may not be able to end pain and suffering,
but I can hold your hand and
lend you a shoulder.
I may not be able to save humanity,
But I can nurture a child.
I may not be able to turn
The world back into
A garden,
but I can
plant a
seed.

It is in the doing of these things that we are made human… not by the words in a book, but by the words in our hearts. 






Friday, July 31, 2015

To be punished for working a new american way!




Farmers who do not show a profit are being told by the SNAP people to quit farming.  Any of them receiving Snap are punished for non-compliance and their children are denied crucial food benefits.  So just remember only the government is allowed to fail, all others must quit and succumb to object poverty to satisfy the qazi false G-d of bureaucracy. In their new handbook if you are self-employed they will now go by your last years taxes to determine your benefits now!  What does this mean to many hard working people, it means that much like that farmers they will be subject to using old data to provide for this year.  I have to say I do not understand it at all.  To not use the actual amount of money that someone makes vs the amount they have made in the past...Yet people work for a company are not subject to the rules, I see a clear and dangerous, damning pattern of behaviour from this.  That will take the working poor to the level of indentured slaves to the state and nearly remove from them all possibilities of hope.  I see in this that though the government speaks about being pro-business it is nothing less than half-truths and outright lies.  We must learn to defend ourselves from this sort of ridiculous behavior where one is literally punished not only for the dream but for the result of trying.  In these people eyes, it is better to give up working and be a ward of a system gone amuck, devoid of reason and practical devotion to truth and effort. A society that dams the working class, the working poor, and in the end dams us all!

Be Blessed
Shekhinah from the mountain...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New book release for the farm....please except a free copy




Good morning dear ones, we are very excited to share our new book with you for free...

Great Granola: Mahanaim Farms Guide to Good Food Book One

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0110ZA274?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


It is a fun filled recipe book that will have you living better and saving money at the same time.  It has been a great joy to create this book and I know you are going to love it and have I mentioned that just for today it is free!

Please pass the information around to as many people as you can, I need a thousand downloads of this book to get a contract to publish in the real world.  

How could you go wrong, you are getting a free book and doing a good deed what could be better? 

Well now that you mention it, you could leave a little feedback on the Amazon site for me, gosh it would be a big help!  I want you to be happy, but I want you to leave feedback even if you are not!  I want to write the very best books out there and I can do that with your help.  No, you don't have to leave feedback, but you are welcome too and I would be so happy!!!

If you would like to check out my other book you can do that also, not free today, not expensive either.  I want everyone to have a chance to learn from our farm and to share that knowledge with others.

This is the link to our Hydroponics Book...it is an overly simplified guide to making your own Hydroponics system, from stuff you can buy cheaply nearly anywhere.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OPJXMN4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


  A little warning I have a new book coming out later in the week, it is a foraging guide book, one is a series to help you find free food.  Most of the plants grow worldwide, so keep your eyes open for it...


Be Blessed dear ones and know that you are loved and needed...
Shekhinah, Michael, Elijah and Elisha and all the critters here on the Mountain...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spiritual studies in a dark world...Free Yeshiva?


Have you ever wanted to attend Yeshivah, but you live in the middle of nowhere. Well now you can; Kosher Torah is making it possible in the form of a virtual Yeshivah were everyone is welcome. People from all over the world and from many different backgrounds attend daily. There are also live classes. I could not make it through a week without the one I attend. Our teacher reaches from all traditions to offer the very best in spiritual development for his students.

Very soon the whole format of the site will change allowing classes that once cost money to be free. You can attend at your time, any time of day. Learning Torah has never been more accessible. This is a great time to learn and grow. Please share this link with others...



From Shekinah on the Mountain
Be Blessed dear ones....and know that a little light dispels the darkness!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Complicated useless thoughts about the world!

Today the world is making me feel like a mom who is sick of hearing her children fighting!  I have to wonder while I sit up here on the mountain why do people have to fight all the time. what a primitive group of beings we must be. 

 I had more faith that I could save the life of the little sparrow whose nest was destroyed than I do for my fellow man.  Even in death he will do more than most of us are doing in life.  In his short time with us he brought us joy, he excepted our help without question.  When he first came into my home he was blind, had no feathers to protect me from the cold or heat and was not much of a looker. It chances of staying alive wer not great, but he did his best and so did he.  Each day that I awoke to him crying out to be feed was a blessing.  I still think of the fact that I was the first thing his tiny eyes saw and how amazing it was to know that he knew he was not alone. Each gain he made was as if we had gained as well. Then we noticed he was just a bit off, but it did not stop us from loving him, feeding him, cleaning him, etc.  He was important to us because he existed. This morning he died, his life was very short, but I think happy, he had food, comfort, love, all the things that make living worthwhile.  Best of all, he never cared that his mom was not a bird.  He was just happy to be happy!

I was 12 years old when I can to the realization that race should not matter, at 47 I am wondering what is up with people deciding what race or color another person is. Why is this a big deal? It is a big deal because we live in this world where people must constantly define their place in it.


One can not say to me, I am in the wrong body and then complain about someone feeling the same about race. Maybe if more people studied other people's cultures they would find places where they felt happy or comfortable, I don't know!


I do know that instead of feeding the hungry, caring for the old or the widow, orphan, etc; we are instead filling our days with useless junk as to if someone has the right to call themselves, black, white or other. What if we just defined ourselves as people, then no one who have to say this person thinks they are better than me because of the color of their skin or their cultural beliefs. Maybe we could all grow up and be alright with who we are, instead of finding fault in others we could heal ourselves.


It is not complicated, it is not about religion, it is about doing what is right! Not allowing ourselves to be led astray by such ridiculous behavior that is tearing not only our country apart but the world itself. So just for today, please consider yourself as something bigger than a race or a color, consider yourself human! Instead of bashing each other, go out and do something with each other, that does not involve guns, rocks, sticks, signs etc.


If you must hold a sign, hold one that says love everyone! Be kind and thoughtful! Live like there is no tomorrow, because it can happen that you do not wake up in the morning and what a dreadful way to go with so much misplaced emotions in the way.
The only way life works is if we all live it...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Ebay attacks small American egg farmers!

eBay Launched un-American fees in order to clear the path for overseas markets. While many small farms are recovering in American, many still struggle to make ends meet. Our farm is one of them, we sell hatching eggs all across the country and we are very good at what we do. In the past, I have had problems with eBay policies and have managed to move forward.


So, here is the thing eBay says, that small farms can go to hell! Ok, maybe not in those words, but for all practical reasons, yes!
You are now expected to graciously give Ebay another dollar upfront to sell hatching eggs or other agricultural goods. Their new policies make no considerations for the small American farmer, they want a farmer to list eggs for ten days...because people are abusing one-day and three-day listings. Most of those listing are overseas companies. 

So screw the small American farmer who is already in many cases giving eBay a third of what they sell their goods for and then another portion for Pay Pal, so that in the end the farmer makes almost nothing. eBay is pleased with their new money making scream, I am disgusted for myself and the other small farms that in the past have used eBay, but now as of today have to rethink whether they can afford to be in business with ebay at all...please feel free to tell eBay to help preserve a way of life for small American farms!


This is the news from the mountain dear ones...please tell ebay to protect the small American farm and not to make Anti-Farm policies!






Friday, April 24, 2015

Rainy day














Good morning from the mountain, it is a rainy day today, which for all general concerns is a good thing.  Our gardens are in great need of water.  I am sorry that I have not been following up with all of you; I have been very busy just keeping up with my school work and the farm.

So far, I have managed to get the first three gardens in.  In the first outermost garden, we have peas, soloist Chinese cabbage, red romaine, yellow bell peppers, cayenne peppers, celery, corn, and zucchini.  The other garden is planted with cucumbers and a red tomatoes variety. The third garden has beets, leeks and other root vegetables planted.  Still need to finish planting it; I have more beets to go in and more carrots, and I think I am planting the Envy soybeans out there as well. Still trying to figure out how to where to put all the plants that I have started. 
           
Yesterday I started clearing garden number four, which I had planted with rye to give it ground cover.  I was out a little longer than I needed to be and am now the recipient of a nasty little sunburn.  However, I managed to get a good size section done and will continue working on it once the rain passes.  I am planting the red and green noodle beans in this garden.  I think I will plant the blue tomatoes out there as well, some purple carrots, a mix of radishes and some painted lady runner beans. 
           
Then I have to get back to work in the other garden which is closer to the house, the strawberries will be ready in a few days and I have been harvesting asparagus for a few weeks already.  I also have Jerusalem artichokes in this garden, and Egyptian onions.  Mostly I clear unwanted grass from it and leave alone, and add a few long lasting plants to go with it.  This year I think I will add a blueberry bush, seems like a safe place for it.  I will plant a few tomatoes plants out there as well.  Mostly the cherry tomatoes and the current tomatoes, this year we are planting chocolate cherry tomatoes, blueberry tomatoes, more carrots, red ones I think.
           
I will soon be ready to plant the corn in three sisters tradition, with our prize winning pumpkins and our CWY trail of tear beans in one section and the other side with crowed peas.  Last year this worked very well for us and we see no reason not to follow the traditions of our ancestors.  I still of course need to get the melons and watermelons, okra and other peppers, and more potatoes plants in too…          
            We have onions and garlic planted everywhere…Our fruit trees are loaded with fruit, peaches, pears and apples, autumn olives and the berry bushes are looking great.   Our grapes still of course need to still go into the ground, we need to put an arbor up for them fist.  The one I replanted two years ago is looking like it made it through the long winter so I feel we should be able to get them to grow with a little work. 
           
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I promise it is worth it…raising your own food is one of the most amazing things you could ever do.  You know where your food comes from, whose hands have touched it and you know that it is free of pesticides and other harmful elements.  No GMOs foods are grown here!

Our soil is our most important feature of our farm, rich and black from years of animal byproducts, powdered kelp, mineral salts, and the help of worms and nematodes has been incredibly productive for us.  Just ten short years ago the soil here was lifeless; we brought in worms and introduced many new creatures to the soil in these past ten years.  Now you can reach down and scoop up worms by the handfuls, plants grown and thrive and even our wild plants seem happy and full of life.

Now to our wild food:  No mushrooms of any amount yet this season.  We have harvested and cooked dandelion greens, which I brought up from my home in Florida, and I hope to make fritter soon. We have harvested some of our curly dock, another yummy wild green; it also gives us a wild form of buckwheat that I use to bake bread. Yesterday I saw the goose-foot which is wild spinach forming in little groups here and there.  Our daylilies look great too, I always forget about them and our roses.

I am also happy to announce that this year all the herbs made it…I cannot tell you how happy that makes me.  My sage is flowering; my rosemary, mint, lemon balm, and oregano all look fantastic.  This year we are adding lemon grass, catnip, and a few other herbs to the fields and pastures, you can never have too many herbs.

Now to the animals we opted last season to temporarily removed cows from the farm until we can find a young healthy cow of a size that I can handle on my own.  Cows are a great deal of work and far too much for me to deal with at this time.  I have one retired milk goat left, one Jacob sheep, a few mini horses, a mini donkey, and my horse.  Aside from these we have our geese, ducks, chickens, pigeons, and the mini pigs and they all keep us very busy.  Our cow spotted mice, our snake, and two baby snapping turtles.  Add in the dogs and cats and it starts to seem like a zoo.

We have been selling hatching eggs which gives us enough money to feed them all, but scarcely more.  This has been a good week for us though, and we have been able to help other small farms start their first flocks.   This year we are selling goose eggs, duck and chicken, every now and then pigeon eggs.

I need to get back to work so I will have to go for now dear ones.  I do want to leave you with this:  You may not be able to return the world to a garden, but you can plant a seed!
Be Blessed
Shekhinah and all the kids and critters on Mahanaim Farm