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Buying a homestead from a sheriff's sale

Walden Effect - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:43

The Homestead That Got Away had been sold less than a year ago at a sheriff's sale...which got me wondering if I should peruse those listings in addition to craigslist and real estate sites. Sure enough, I found a potential homestead on a county website in short order. But was it worth it?

After intensive research, I found out why the average homebuyer probably shouldn't stalk sheriff's sales. These auctions are a way for a bank to recoup their investment after a foreclosure...but lenders don't let properties go for a song. Instead, in 80% of sales, the bank buys the property back rather than losing money on the endeavor.

The next hurdle to be aware of is additional mortgages. This was the point that killed our interest in The Homestead We Threw Back, since an online title search suggested that the mortgage resulting in the foreclosure wasn't the only lien against the property. If we'd bought that property without a title search, we would have owned the the obligation to repay the primary loan. Suddenly the selling price got a lot higher than we thought!

Of course, it can also be tough to thoroughly research foreclosed properties since the current owner might not be thrilled about you tromping across their land. Given the the high risk involved in buying a pig in a poke, we're probably going to steer clear of this source of bargain real estate for now...although we will check the bank sites in a month or two since foreclosed properties often end up there for less than they went for at the sheriff's auction.

Back to the drawing board!

Foods for Babies & Young Children That Are Critical for Their Development

Real Food RN - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:03

It’s confusing to know what foods to start your baby on! It’s always important to check with your doctor, but the latest research shows that starting allergenic foods before age 1 actually prevents allergies. Ultimately, the best foods for babies should be the same as the foods that are best for us. Babies grow rapidly, and even though they are small, their need for nutritious food is very high. The most nutrient-dense foods will help them grow into strong, smart, healthy, happy babies.

Foods for Babies & Young Children That Are Critical for Their Development

Here are my top recommendations for baby food and reasons why they are. Hint: It all comes down to nutrient density.

Vegetables are always a great start! Carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, and cauliflower are great starts. These can be mixed with some healthy fats to make them delicious! These vegetables are also nutrient-dense. The sweet root vegetables (carrots, sweet potato) contain beta-carotenes, and the cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli) contain magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamin C.

Egg Yolks have been a common weaning food from many traditional cultures. They are rich in vitamins A and D that support the nervous system, eyes, and bone health. Plus, eggs contain choline and healthy fats that boost brain development. Check out this avocado and egg yolk puree to try with your baby!

Grass-fed Butter or ghee is a common weaning food in ancestral cultures and in India. In India, traditional wisdom tells them that babies need these healthy fats to develop large brains. So, until age 2, they mix lots of butter or ghee into their baby’s food to promote smart children. Our brains contain 60% saturated fat. Therefore, we need healthy sources of these fats, especially when growing. Finally, grass-fed butter contains vitamins A, D, and K2 for strong bones, proper growth, and nervous system function.


Grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood offer critical nutrients to your baby aside from protein. Specifically, wild-caught salmon contains omega 3s that promote brain development. Organ meats, like chicken liver, are also important to incorporate into your baby’s food because of the high nutrient content, especially vitamin A and iron.

To Help Prevent Picky Eaters

To help develop your child’s palate, wait to do sweet foods, even fruits, until after their first birthday. This is a common practice in France to help their children grow accustomed to a wide variety of foods and not have a strong preference for sweet foods. These tastes need to be developed early or it becomes a serious STRUGGLE later on.

Trust me.

However, this is not to say that your child will like everything you serve on the first try. Do not give up, though! It can take seven tries to develop a taste for something. So, try to introduce a food at least that many times. You can retry it every few days, or see if mixing it with other foods helps them get accustomed to it. For example, when I fed my son salmon, I mixed it with sweet potatoes to lessen the strong fishy taste. Overtime, he developed a taste for fish, and now, it is his favorite food!

If you want a really amazing comprehensive guide for baby and childhood nutrition, then you NEED to grab a copy of Nourishing Traditions: Baby and Child Care. I read it cover to cover when pregnant and followed all of their guidelines!

Want natural, organic, nutrient-dense baby and toddler food, shop at Mama Bear Naturals, or check out my E-book!

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Chelsea Thiede is a food scientist and owner of Mama Bear Naturals, a natural, organic, nutrient dense baby and toddler food company. She completed a BS in Food Science and MS in Food Safety at Michigan State University and has worked in the food industry for almost 10 years. But, most importantly, she is a mom passionate about real food. Her connection with food started at 5 years old when she watched cooking shows instead of morning cartoons. For her, cooking nutritious, delicious food is a big way that she loves and cares for her family. Contact her at, or connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Pinterest!

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Bonfire safety

Walden Effect - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 19:52

We had a good sized fire extinguisher on hand just in case.

Planning A Night For You – A Farm To Table Dinner Event At The Farm!

Old World Garden - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 12:12

It is a day we have dreamed of since first starting our little farm some 6+ years ago, hosting a farm to table dinner, smack in the middle of our 3 acre homestead! Even better, it will give us an

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What's the perfect size for a homestead?

Walden Effect - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 11:33

After a week of research, Mark and I are starting to arrow in on our land-hunting priorities. They're different this time around than they were when I sought out our current farm a dozen years ago.

Counterintuitively, we're actually looking a lot smaller --- 58 acres was awesome for experimentation when we didn't know what we wanted, but we'd rather contract and move closer to a city now that we know which aspects of homesteading are our favorites. Currently, we use about 2.5 acres of our existing homestead, and even that feels like more than we want to manage as we grow older, expand our interests, and turn into more weekend homesteaders.

What's the sweet spot for a mature homestead? I'm guessing somewhere between 5 and 10 acres will give me the isolation I crave, room for extensive gardening, and still fit within our price range. Perhaps the classic Five Acres and Independence was on the right track?

Woman’s Survival Garden Destroyed by Authorities

Real Pharmacy - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:01

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Is Meat Causing Colon Cancer?

Real Pharmacy - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 04:24

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Pet photography

Walden Effect - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 19:40

The trick to taking a good picture of Strider is to be very very slow.

Tough goat decisions

Walden Effect - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 10:47

Several of you have asked about the future of our goats. Will they come with us or will they find a new home?

Although the decision is hard, we're opting for the latter. I regained some of the joy of goat grazing after Artemesia died, but I have to admit the experience has never been quite the same since my beloved goat left the farm. Since I also stopped being able to drink milk last summer, suddenly the animals that were intended to be dual-purpose livestock turned into moderately expensive pets.

Given that they are just as much companions as working animals, though, we're taking our time to find Aurora and Edgar just the right home. We have one potential lead on a family who might spoil them in the manner to which they've grown accustomed. Fingers crossed they'll find someone else excited about milk and grazing in the very near future!

Reference Guide for Mastitis-Causing Bacteria

eOrganic Extension - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:52




The reference guide for mastitis-causing bacteria below was developed to provide a succinct yet comprehensive summary of the major classes of bacteria that cause mastitis in dairy cows as a rapid reference for dairy farmers and bovine practitioners. In addition, the guide denotes the environmental or contagious nature of each pathogen, its source in the cow’s surroundings, mechanisms of spread, methods of control, and treatment strategies.

Please check this link first if you are interested in organic or specialty dairy production.














Reference guide for mastitis-causing bacteria


C. S. Petersson-Wolfe and J. Currin
Virginia Tech Mastitis & Immunology Laboratory & Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
(Information obtained from NMC Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis and veterinary consultation for treatment recommendations)

Classification Bacteria Contagious or Environmental Source Spread Control Treatment* Staphylococcus spp. Staph.
Contagious Infected udders, hands of milkers Milking time Post-dip, DCT1, segregation and cull if necessary Label recommendations for broad-spectrum antibiotics, if early lactation – 5-7 d pirlimycin, do not treat chronic infections Coagulase (-)
staph. &
S. hyicus Neither Skin flora & occasionally environment Infect teat canal from skin sources Post-dip, DCT Treat clinical cases (broad spectrum), DCT Streptococcus
spp. and Enterococcus spp.
Contagious Infected udders Milking time Milking time hygiene, post-dip, DCT Label recommendations for broad-spectrum antibiotics Strep.
and environmental Infected udders and environment Milking time & environmental contact Milking time hygiene, pre- & post-dip, DCT, teat seal Label recommendations for broad-spectrum antibiotics Strep. uberis Environmental Environment – early dry period New IMI2 during early dry period Milking time hygiene, pre- & post-dip, DCT, teat seal Label recommendations for broad-spectrum antibiotics and consider IMM3 therapy
4-5 d penicillin systemically (3.5 cc/100 lb body weight)** Environmental
strep & Enterococcus
spp. Environmental Environment Environmental contact Milking time hygiene, pre- & post-dip, DCT, teat seal Gram negatives Escherichia
Environmental Bedding, manure, soil Environmental contact Cows clean & dry, use of sand bedding, pre-dip, a J5 vaccine Do not treat local cases.
Systemic cases – 2-3 L hypertonic saline IV, followed by oral fluid therapy, NSAID*** and injectable antibiotics Klebsiella
spp. Environmental Organic bedding Environmental contact Avoid sawdust & recycled manure, pre-dip, J5 vaccine Enterobacter
spp. Environmental Bedding, manure, soil Environmental contact Cows clean & dry, use of sand bedding, pre-dip, a J5 vaccine Serratia
spp. Environmental Soil and plants Environmental contact Cows clean & dry, pre-dip (no chlorhexidine products) 180-300 ml hypertonic saline IMM infusion Pseudomonas
spp. Environmental Water & wet bedding Environmental contact No water use in parlor, no cooling ponds, sand bedding, a J5 vaccine Proteus
spp. Environmental Bedding, feed & water Environmental contact Not much known, use of sand bedding, a J5 vaccine Pasteurella
spp. Probably contagious Upper respiratory tract of mammals and birds Unknown – likely cow to cow Prevent teat injuries, remove affected cows from herd Do not respond to IMM treatment Other Yeast &
mold Environmental Soil, plants, water Dirty infusions Aseptic infusions No treatment Corynebacterium bovis &
other coryneforms Contagious Infected udders Cow to cow Post-dip Treat clinical cases and DCT Prototheca Environmental Soil, plants, water Dirty infusions, infected udders Aseptic infusions, eliminate infected cow No treatment – cull cow Bacillus spp. Environmental Soil, water, air Dirty infusions Aseptic infusions Broad-spectrum antibiotic Arcanobacterium pyogenes Contagious/ Environmental Teat injuries Flies Fly control Kill affected quarter or remove from herd Information obtained from NMC Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis and veterinary consultation for treatment recommendations).
*These are general treatment recommendations; actual recommendations may vary from herd to herd. Please consult your veterinarian.
**Extra label usage; please consult your veterinarian before starting this protocol.
***Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
1 – DCT, dry cow therapy; 2 – IMI, intramammary infection; 3 – IMM, intramammary. Author Information

C. S. Petersson-Wolfe and J. Currin,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Selected References

National Mastitis Council. 1999. Laboratory Handbook on Bovine Mastitis. NMC Inc., Madison, Wis.

Episode-2038- Expert Council Q&A for 7-7-17

Survival Podcast - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 20:34
Tweet Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line. Today the expert … Continue reading →

Basket brotherhood

Walden Effect - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 19:31

Huckleberry has decided the only thing he needs to take on the upcoming move is his basket and little brother.

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard Site Visit Protocol

eOrganic Extension - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:49

In this webinar Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, overviews best practices for using the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in the healthfulness of school cafeteria design. Erin begins with tips for preparing for the site visit, checking in, observing the lunchroom, and completing the scorecard. She concludes by sharing effective standards for debriefing with school food service personnel, including interpreting the assessment score, discussing goals and next steps.

**recording updated on 7/7/2017**

Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to accurately complete the Smarter Lunchrooms  Scorecard and site visit protocol to identify areas for improvement in the healthfulness of the lunchroom environment
  • Have a greater understanding of how to use these tools to prepare for a school site visit that includes, planning, observation, and debriding food service directors and staff on next steps 

PDF of Presentation Slides 

The 6 Principles of Behavioral Economics in School Lunchrooms

The 4 Steps to a Smarter Lunchroom Makeover

Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard


Patreon show of hands

Walden Effect - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:45

We've had a slew of questions, both here and via email, which we haven't had the time to answer in depth. Meanwhile, several of you have asked for videos in the past, and I thought this move might be a good opportunity to share that type of content via Patreon.

The idea is simple --- patrons sign up for whatever level of support they feel comfortable with, and in exchange they gain access to member-only videos hidden behind a paywall. Since the videos aren't available on the open internet, Mark and I will feel more comfortable sharing nitty gritty details we don't want to broadcast to the world at large. Meanwhile, your donations will help us purchase a larger tract of land if the right property comes up  for sale before this farm finds a new owner.

But the project will take time and energy which we could also be expending on our move. So I wanted to get a virtual show of hands. Would you be interested in supporting the Walden Effect via Patreon during our transition? If so, comment below and be counted (and feel free to tell us what type of questions you'd most like answered). Thanks in advance for your support!

Episode-2037- Listener Calls for 7-6-17

Survival Podcast - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:05
TweetToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on military to civilian transitioning, laws, chickens, business, cryptocurrency, gardening and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best … Continue reading →

Hardy kiwi progress

Walden Effect - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 19:49

Our hardy kiwi's continue to plump up as the Summer moves along.

It's one crop we have not irrigated that seems to not need it.

Taco Tenders – Item of the Day

Survival Podcast - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 15:50
TweetSpecial Note – If you are MSB do not order here, I was so impressed with this little product I tracked down the owner and got an MSB discount, a BIG one percentage wise for members.  If you are MSB … Continue reading →

4 Inspiring Books That Motivated, Shaped And Changed Our Life Forever!

Old World Garden - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:20

Today’s article is a bit out of the norm for us. But from time to time, it really is a good thing to get out of your comfort zone. In fact, personally, it is one of the most enjoyable posts

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Instant Pot

Walden Effect - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:46

Before we decided to move --- and I realized anything we carried in would soon have to be carried out --- I caved and bought an Instant Pot.

These electric pressure cookers are a fascinating product, designed to cook anything from rice to pot roast to cake at the press of a button. There's a sautee feature for use with the lid off, then you can lock down the lid very safely for fast, high-pressure meals.

Honestly, I could see me and Mark using this as our sole cooking heat source if we bought or rented an unfurnished space and weren't ready to rebuild our kitchen right off the bat. So maybe the purchase was a good move after all. It's definitely on my list of items worth being carried out across the swamp.

Episode-2036- Sean O’Hanlon on Real Life Dystopia

Survival Podcast - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 20:44
Tweet Sean O’Hanlon, twenty-five years old from Maui, Hawaii. Eaglescout, an Associate graduate of Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and a custom knifemaker. Up until recently also a live aboard sailor who called the Pacific ocean his home. For … Continue reading →