#Podcast 00-2016: Zero Interest Rates & what we are doing

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Podcast Show Notes:

1. International: It takes multiple hits to cause basic services to stop
2. International: Oil wars
3. International: Negative rates have long been here
4. Segment: Sierra 5 – What is causing this
5. Segment: Sierra 5 – Zero interest rates
6. Segment: Oregon situation

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First homestead tool, the lawn mower #homesteading

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Well, we are moving this grand experiment forward. Now, that you have a little land you are like, “what do I do first.” Well getting the internal home situated and making sure the family are comfortable is a good first step. Next, I started thinking about the grounds. As I shared, I am trying to identify what is here and how to protect it. Also, I cry when I think that this land was mono-cropped for the Lord only knows how long, and then a few decades ago it turned into 5-acre parcels.

lawn2And then someone put grass over half of it. Which is essentially another form of mono-cropping.  However, I believe in Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms concept that we should work to heal the land, not just find other virgin lands that have not been abused. Thus I am looking for anyone who can help me plan on how to heal this land and return more of it to a semi-natural state. Why would you need 2 ½ acres of just grass?

lawn1I know you guys will laugh, but one of the first things I had to figure out is; how to cut the lawn.   I know, we have to start on such basic stuff.   No we didn’t immediately start with raise beds, and crops.  We are starting small.  Our family moved from suburbia to a “more rural” lifestyle.  I have not done my yard regularly in … well since I was a child. During my teenage years we moved back to the city (no lawn) then military (Navy is not known for its lawns), then apartments then condos, and finally living in a state where you can get guys to cut your yard for $15 there is no real “drive” to do your lawn. Continue reading »

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