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


           


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Afternoon from the Mountain

We are still snowed in which is fine, as I have plenty to keep me on the homestead.  I washed floors today and did some more school work, dishes after heating water three times.  I only have one type of water at the moment as the hot water line is frozen solid thanks to our -3 degree F temps of last night.  I am grateful to have one type of water at least and a way to heat it.  When through some more papers and draws in the house, a little before spring house cleaning.
I also sat down today to order new seeds, I am looking forward to a good growing year and if not I do have the hydroponics systems.  I cannot wait to grow greens in them.  It is all so existing, new radishes, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers or and Dutch blue peas.  I love growing the foods my ancestors could have grown; there is something so pure and clean about it.  It just makes me happy to play in the soil.  I have a goal of once again selling fresh produce as well, it all takes time.
Speaking of time, the show we were going to has been rescheduled till March 7th, and my soap will be done by then and so will my lip balms.  Maybe the new jewelry I ordered as well.  I order new cases for the rings and the glass that I have made, so it is all coming together.  I am so looking forward to going!
Our latest ongoing project is going off the grid.  So far, the security lights are doing an excellent job and I really like that extra 20 bucks a month, since I am not spending it on the power.  I have been shopping for solar panels and kits and what I have found is a package that for $4000 dollars will provide the main house will all the power it needs.  We can even afford it, well almost!
I did the math as to how it all breaks down.  If I could make $133 dollars for one month, I would have the money.  In comparison to our monthly electric bill which can be anywhere from $150 to $350 per month.  If I looked at the money, I am looking to spend in compared to the bill we currently have it would be $333.33 for each month for 12 months and I would own it.  It comes with a 25-year warranty, so in essence I would be getting 24 years of free power.  Since I am figuring on the amount of energy I use averaged out at around the same quantity, somewhere around $333.33 per month than in the 24 year of its promised life, I will make $96,000.  Not too shabby and I will never have to deal with the power company and their toxic sprays ever again.
Otherwise, I have no new news to offer; I just add to this note a request that you all stay safe and think about how we treat the world around us. 
Be blessed dear ones…
Shekhinah



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Good afternoon from the mountain....and the weather is looking bad


A good very cold afternoon from the mountain, we are now within an hour or so of the first part of the storm hitting our mountain.  It is already dreadfully cold, so much so that even the flies have left and well good ridens to them and their kind.  It is not snowing or raining yet, which just means there will be more when it does come.  We are expecting 5-8 inches of snow today and a few more tomorrow.  We are ready though. 
We have food for all the livestock for the next three weeks and enough for ourselves as well.  Heaters going on the pipes, little baby birds safely stashed in heated places.  We have heaters going on the pipes so we should not lose hot water this time.  The temps this week will be as low as 4 degrees; I feel that even a polar bear might shiver at the thought.  Not to mention it is warmer in Alaska today than it is here.

That said, peas are in the ground, potatoes are ready to go into the ground.  The potatoes growing in the basement should produce a nice crop of potatoes by Mid-March and the hydroponics system is looking great.  I have new tomatoes plants growing that will be ready to move into the system in about a week, so by April we will have fresh tomatoes.  It is all very exciting.  Our turnips outside look great and we should be able to cook some more up soon.  The leeks are coming along nicely as well.
As to other life issues the boys finally learned to tie their own shoes, I am so happy.  They are doing great in school and learning all kinds of wonderful things.  We have even talked about going to the spelling bees here in our state, when I find out where they are held.  They are growing up so fast.
I of course am still writing but I have not published anything else, save the two books.  School has kept me remarkable busy and lacking in all manner of free time.  But I assure you all that it will not last forever and I shall endeavor to finish at least one book this month. 
In other farm news, our first goose egg of the season was laid today; I hope to begin selling them soon.  I have a current outstanding order to fill so I am glad to have the first egg.  Our other birds are starting to pick up on laying so we should soon be doing a bit better.  We are also in the process of taking the well of power and switching at least it over to solar.  It should help to lower the power bill and give us peace of mind. 
The one thing I cannot do without is water…No other new things to talk about so I will get back to cooking and preparing the house for this dreadful weather.

Be blessed

Shekhinah



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPJXMN4