Archive | March 2014

The Door Dudes

The Door Dudes.

Since 1988, The Door Dudes have been offering excellent quality, efficiency and craftsmanship you can depend on.

The Door Dudes offer a wide variety of windows and doors, which will leave your home looking beautiful and brand new.

The windows and doors of your home are a direct reflection of your personal style, and enhance your curb side appearance offering fabulous accents to your home.

The Door Dudes is a full-service company, more than willing to do it all! It is of the highest priority to offer the best possible solutions to customers at a competitive price.

The Door Dudes will create custom fit windows and doors, ensuring your home looks and feels great. The Door Dudes offers doors in a wide variety of materials and designs including steel, steel/wood, and fibreglass, vinyl windows, patio doors, wood interior doors, garage doors, and much more.

These are the people that did 6 of my windows so far.  They are coming Monday to quote on the last 2 doors that were damaged in the fire – well by the fire department kicking them in, not by the fire itself.


Now to figure out what kinds of doors I want that I can afford.

DIY Basic Natural Medicine Cabinet

DIY Basic Natural Medicine Cabinet.

As all the chatter continues about what we eat, what we put on our bodies, and what we put into our bodies, it stands to reason that we would also turn toward how we treat our bodies for minor illness and injury. I’ve been looking into this for quite a while for my family and have decided that it’s time to pull together a natural medicine cabinet of my own. I’ll be sharing today how you can get yours started as well.

Living Alone

One good thing about living alone is that you can do things that most people would not do when they have family.  Bringing up the wood to start building a few raised beds & trellis in my living room.

Now if I could only figure out how to take a few pictures & share them….

The Seeds are in…

I got the last of my seed orders yesterday.  Part of last night I spent planning what to plant where.  At some point the thought popped into my head – what about cross pollination?   So I sent Farmgal  an email asking for some advise.  She recommended a book “ Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners” by  Suzanne Ashworth.

Funny how over time I can forget things and it just takes a single word or picture for the filing cabinet in my brain to open.  After a bit of reading, I realized that I actually “knew” the information from when I was trying to cross pollinate 2 types of day lilies.

What I didn’t realize or know was how far apart some plants need to be before the risk of cross pollination is reduced enough to do seed saving.  A 1/2 mile distance for cucumbers is recommended to maintain the “mother” plant seeds.  The other choice is to bag the flower heads…not going to do.

So this year I think I will just buy a bushel or 2 of pickling cucumbers when the time comes and just grow the lemon cucumbers.  I wonder how many people that collect seeds find out the hard way that the 2nd generation of plant is not the same as the 1st generation?

A little help needed

I am trying to figure out the “rules” / paperwork that was in place when my grandfather died & part of his farm was donated as park land:


Located in the Town of Dunnville, this 6 hectare (14 acre) property helps protect the floodplain of the Welland River. The site is leased to the Town of Dunnville and is used as a passive recreational park. Fish on the bank of the Welland River for pike, bass, and panfish, or launch your canoe or kayak and paddle the river.

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above are a few shots of the creek that ran through my grandfather’s farm

$117,603 from the Local Food Fund! Hooray!

Lovely store, I was there this week. Maybe if I grow more then I need, they will sell the extra

LocalFoodFundAnnounce Everybody was smiling after the big announcement! From L to R: Emma Cubitt (Board), Damian Wills (Local Food Manager), Graham Cubitt (Board), Ted McMeekin (MPP), Richard Adshead (General Manager), Nrinder Nann (Board), & Sarah Botham (Board).

March 14, 2014  –  A huge thanks to the government of Ontario for establishing the Local Food Act last year, along with the Local Food Fund!  The Local Food Fund is designed to support innovative local food projects that celebrate local food, and help create jobs and economic growth in Ontario.

The Mustard Seed has been chosen to develop our Local Food Networks Strategy through a two-year pilot project. The $117,603 grant covers 50% of the expenses for the two year development phase, with the other 50% coming from The Mustard Seed Co-op budget.

Key components of the strategy include:

  • Two full-time positions : Local Food Manager and Marketing & Community…

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Too Many Books

I started this blog for information for me as I was sick and tired of looking through all the web sites, all my books and all the information I have downloaded over the years.  I have at the moment a stack of books sitting on my kitchen table that is about 3 feet tall.  It is a wonder the table is still standing.  Last year I bought a cookbook program to put all of my recipes into.  The goal was to turn the many books into a few.  I have stall on that for the moment, life got in the way.

I am getting very frustrated yet again at finding the information that I want, in one place in a manner that is easy for me to read.  So yet again, I think I will try to start putting all of the information into book form to be able to print off & bind.

I have started a spreadsheet for the food value of different beans to eat which ones I should plant.  With limited room, it only makes sense to plant the ones that are the healthiest.

Beans Adzuki, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt Black, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt
Carbohydrate Factor: 4.07 Fat Factor: 8.37 Protein Factor: 3.47 Nitrogen to Protein Conversion Factor: 6.25 Carbohydrate Factor: 4.07 Fat Factor: 8.37 Protein Factor: 3.47 Nitrogen to Protein Conversion Factor: 6.25
Nutrient Unit 1 Cup 1 Cup
Water g 152.47 113.07
Energy kcal 294 227
Energy kJ 1233 949
Protein g 17.3 15.24
Total lipid (fat) g 0.23 0.93
Ash g 3.06 1.98
Carbohydrate by difference g 56.97 40.78
Fiber, total dietary g 16.8 15
Calcium mg 64 46
Iron mg 4.6 3.61
Magnesium mg 120 120
Phosphorus mg 386 241
Potassium mg 1224 611
Sodium mg 18 2
Zinc mg 4.07 1.93
Copper mg 0.685 0.359
Manganese mg 1.318 0.764

A shout out to the Alpaca community

Over the course of the last few months I have been looking into getting (after I get the land) alpacas.  Everyone that I have spoken to has been so helpful.

At the beginning I just spoke to a friend of my mom’s, Sharon from Alpacas from Eighth & Mud.  In the beginning more to honor mom as she always wanted to take me to see Sharon and the Alpacas.  As I read their web site about how the wool differs from sheep’s wool, I decided that I should get a few alpacas when I get my farm.

About the same time, someone told me about a couple facing the possible loss of their whole herd of alpacas due to a barn collapse .  I felt so bad for these people that I phoned and offered to help with the build.  Nancy has been giving email updates as to when the build is to take place.

Getting more into the alpaca spirit, I went on 2 association sites: Alpaca Ontario Association and Alpaca Canada.  I believe I asked a question or two, but in truth I can’t remember.  It might have been on shearing.

Then the emails started coming in.

The first one from ARRIBA LINEA about a 2 day seminar.  I was thrilled.  I still haven’t found anyone to go with me, so at the moment I am not going.

The 2nd email was from David Wood;   Hello, my name is David Wood, owner and operator of Woody Acres Alpacas.  I am writing you because you have expressed an interest in alpacas to Alpaca Canada and a willingness to receive information from others concerning these wonderful animals.  To help with your investigation and assessment, I would encourage you to visit my website for background information and a great selection of “warm and fuzzies”.   Woody Acres Alpacas.  We emailed back and forth for a bit while he patiently answered my questions.

Today I went to get my mail and what do I find but a lovely magazine from International Camelid Quarterly. I so wish I could share one of the pictures out of the magazine but I have not subscribed it on line.  I will however subscribe to the hard copy of the magazine.

he International Camelid Quarterly is a full color, high-quality, Camelid specific magazine totally independent of any political influences.

CQ concentrates its efforts on the development of the camelid industry through:
– the education of its members
– expanding awareness of the breeds
– promotion of individual breeders & animals
– encouraging sound, honest business practices
– providing reliable information from reputable sources
– providing a venue for sharing information
– listening and then acting, wherever possible, to advance the industry.

Editorial content is robust, timely and sometimes controversial. Open and diverse editorial comes from the direct involvement of the Camelid industry. Politics and personal agendas are avoided in order to provide unbiased assistance to the readership.

CQ also maintains a library of our previously published articles, Calendar of Events, Camelid Classifieds, Camelid Herdsire Directory, Camelid Marketplace, Camelid Club and Association Directory, all on-line. Event posting, classifieds and club/association listings are absolutely free of charge and open to input by anyone in the industry.

Advertisers in the International Camelid Quarterly benefit from a wide subscription based distribution and targeted, qualified, readership. Distribution is primarily throughout the United States and Canada. CQ is read world-wide via our on-line Library.

I giggled when I saw how the magazine was addressed.  One of the address lines said: No farm Name Provided  I guess it is starting to become real.

So hats of to all the very helpful people in the Alpaca community.

GMO Salmon – Will You Eat This – Eel / Salmon GMO Fish ?

this is scary

Town & Country Gardening

gmo-salmon Consumer Warning The FDA has said it likely will not require that GMO fish be labeled, so if retailers carry it, consumers may not know the difference.

The technology to build a ‘better’ salmon has been around since 1989. Essentially, AquaBounty took an Atlantic salmon and added a growth gene from the Chinook salmon and a promoter gene from the ocean pout (an eel like species) to create AquAdvantage salmon.

FDA’s preliminary finding that an approval of AquaBounty’s application “would not have a significant impact (FONSI) on the U.S. environment,” many believe an approval is pending. But even if approved, it may take some time before GMO (genetically modified organism) salmon is available in stores, due to the growth of the fish and other commercial issues.

FDA has remained mum on the subject, environmental groups have been ramping up lobbying efforts to keep stores from stocking it if it is…

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