Good morning Readers! we are back today with our third episode of the podcast. Slowly the steps are becoming easier, as I wrap my mind around creating an audio show. I’ve got some good stuff for you today, and we started up our news section. Had a lot of fun making that. I discuss our fall crops in the intro section, but only realized later that I forgot to record that bit! I’ll be sure to loop back to it on Mondays show.

  • Show intro 
    • Topics
      • Some news
      • Homestead update
      • Homestead trash
      • Fall crops
  • A touch of news 
    • Introduction
      • In the podcast here I would like to begin discussing some news. News that is relevant to what we do, and our corner of society.
        • What you will see
          • Articles about homesteading, farming, sustainability, and stories with value
        • What you will not hear
          • The latest political “fruit cakery” 
          • Entertainment crap
        • Unless political “fruit cakery” and entertainment crap happen to come to homesteading and agriculture.
      • This section will head up the show, and I’ll try to dig out 2+ stories that will be of interest
  • Story 1
    • Article from the Brattleboro Reformer
    • 77% of acres used for crops are devoted to hay
      • Epic waste of potential
    • $152 Million in 2017
      • These statistics and the way they fit together have been seen before
        • Think dust bowl / depression
          • Do I think this will cause a dust bowl? No!
        • But the connection is there. Growing a crop that is solely dependent on another
          aspect of agriculture is bound to let you down eventually. 
    • There is potential here to convert some hay field into food area that is useful. The article
      already calls out haying as useful for crop rotation, so why not split the acreage used for hay and alternate it’s use between vegetables, and hay until/if the dairy comes back?
  • Story 2
    • Story from my NBC5 here in Vermont
    • This story really got me going. Here we see incredible creativity, and the drive to get others interested in farming
    • It talks about Three Chimney Farm here in Charlotte 
      • They have had the really great idea of taking their farm into the modern era, and also bundling different varieties of veggies together with very interesting names.
      • There is even an option to pick up your veg with your brew at the local brewery.
    • Why this is important
      • The way I see it. You can go to a farmers market and see dozens of booths, many with the same vegetables, and thats great. A great way to meet the farmers and learn where your food comes from
      • But there is a segment of society that has neither the time or the inclination to wander a farmers market, and this brings the fresh food to them. 
  • Homestead update 
    • Gardens
      • Winding down for the season.
      • Getting ready for some fall crops
        • Clearing things back
        • Prepping the soil for next year
      • Chickens 
        • 2 months in they are growing like crazy
        • Getting ready to winterize the coop
          • Windows
          • Closing the eves
          • Building a winter run
    • Homestead trash 
      • It’s a fact of life, and largely unavoidable.
        • management of it is crucial to health, and sanitation
      • Mitigation
        • There are some options. 
          • Collection
          • Paid for service, or drop off
          • Recycling
            • Available in your area? 
            • Free or charged
              • If charged, does it impact your willingness to participate?
          • Re use
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