January 16, 2017
I would fix it but it ain’t broke yet, or more to the point — it ain’t completely broke yet. But that is the way of most of our lives isn’t it? We so often have to make do with a two-legged stool. That is until one day the cow will suddenly shift her weight and in response you will shift yours and you will hear a crack and suddenly your two-legged stool will have become a one-legged stool. And no one, not even a stubborn “ain’t completely broke yet” farmer, can abide a one legged stool.
January 17, 2017
The first step was to decide on an appropriate chassis, or “running gear.” Eventually I chose to go with the real deal, a wooden-wheeled gear with leaf springs rather than pneumatic tires. Wooden wheels last forever with care and are functional and look the part. I bought an antique delivery wagon that had been left outdoors as an ornament. I was able to reuse some of the wheels and wooden parts of the running gear.
January 18, 2017
Scythes were used extensively in Europe and North America until the early 20th century, after which they went out of favor as farm mechanization took off. However, the scythe is gaining new interest among small farmers in the West who want to mow grass on an acre or two, and could be a useful tool for farmers in the Tropics who do not have the resources to buy expensive mowing equipment.
January 12, 2017
The amount of manure produced must be considered in planning a cropping system for a farm. If one wishes to manure one-fifth of the land every year with 10 tons per acre, there would have to be provided two tons per year for each acre of the farm. This would require about one cow or horse, or equivalent, for each six acres of land.
January 13, 2017
To select a Model 8, 10 or 10A for rebuilding, if you have a few to choose from – All New Idea spreaders have the raised words New Idea, Coldwater, Ohio on the bull gear. The No. 8 is being rebuilt in many areas due to the shortage of 10A’s and because they are still very popular. The 10A is the most recent of the spreaders and all three can be rebuilt. The 10 and 10A are the most popular for rebuilding as parts are available for putting these spreaders back into use.
Central Oregon Food and Farms
Who is growing food in the high desert? How can you find it? And how can you contribute to creating a vibrant local food community in Central Oregon? Find out here! By consuming more Central Oregon grown food we keep money in our region, support local businesses, and have delicious, fresh food to eat. This video is funded by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and produced by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance, and Joshua Miller with joshuamiller.tv. For more info visit hdffa.org
News & Weather
December 20, 2016
Organic Advocate and Farmer Jim Riddle to Address Ohio’s Largest Sustainable Food and Farm Conference
The need for personal, societal, and political transformation in our food and farm system and the challenge of growing organic agriculture with integrity to meet consumer demand will be the focus of a keynote address by farmer and activist Jim ...
December 13, 2016
Critical Zone, Critical Research: Studies of Earth’s critical zone incorporate time, depth, coupling
The critical zone extends from the top of the tallest tree down through the soil and into the water and rock beneath it. It stops at what’s called the weathering zone — or where soils first begin to develop. This ...
December 9, 2016
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published its final planning rule, commonly referred to as “Planning 2.0,” in the Federal Register. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) submitted comments on the proposed version of the planning rule ...
In the Fall ’97 issue of SFJ you printed an article on the Cheval de Merens, the all black horse of the French Pyrenees. I was immediately obsessed by their beautiful stature, a very strong draft-type-looking horse with powerful legs ...
Dear Lynn, In the Summer 2014 SFJ there is an article by Glenn Dahlem about the black walnut (p. 62). If I may, there are a few additions I would like to make regarding using black walnuts. First, the harvesting. From ...
Super magazine, Lynn and Kristi!! I love the content, and I can’t wait for the next issue in my mailbox. My best to you. Bob Langness Broomfield, CO
Mr Miller – My name is George Bristol. I served for 38 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. I retired in August 2013 as a Colonel and am still working in special operations overseas. I am writing ...
BEST SIZE FOR SILOS
The average silo is about 12 feet in diameter and 32 feet high. A silo 12 feet by 32 feet will hold about 75 tons of silage – 34 feet high about 80 tons – 36 feet high about 87 tons – 38 feet high about 94 tons – 40 feet high about 101 tons. It is better to build two small silos than one large one.
TO MEASURE EAR CORN IN CRIB
Determine the number of cubic feet and multiply by 4: then divide by 10. Most corn in cribs is figured by this rule. However, if the cobs are well filled and corn sound and dry, divide by 9. If cobs are not well filled or if corn is damp, divide by 11.
TO MEASURE CORN IN BINS
To find the number of bushels of grain in a bin, multiply length by the width by the height, thus ascertaining the number of cubic feet and deduct one-fifth. For instance, a bin containing 10 cubic feet will hold 8 bushels of grain, 8 being the four-fifths of 10.
CAPACITY OF BOXES, BINS, ETC.
A box four feet eight inches long, by two feet four inches wide and two feet four inches deep will contain twenty bushels.
A box twenty-four inches long by sixteen inches wide and twenty-eight inches deep will contain a barrel.
A box twenty-six inches long and fifteen and one-half inches wide by eight inches deep will hold a bushel.
A box twelve inches long by eleven and one-half inches wide and nine inches deep will contain a half-bushel.
TO ESTIMATE NUMBER OF TONS OF HAY
In Square or Oblong Stacks
Multiply the length in feet by the width in feet and this figure by one-half the height. Divide the result by 300.
In Round Stacks
Square the distance around the stack in yards. Multiply this by 4 times the height in yards. Point off two places from the right and divide the remainder by 20.
My Small Kitchen with Kristi Gilman-Miller
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp cold shortening
- 1/2 cup tart applesauce
- 1/4 cup thick sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated American cheese
Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt together.
Cut in shortening.
Combine egg, applesauce and sour cream.
Add to sifted dry ingredients, mix quickly, turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly for a few seconds.
Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness.
Cut into 2 inch biscuits and place on baking sheet sprinkled with grated cheese. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) 15 minutes.