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Chestnut Cultivation

Increase nutrition in your food forest using chestnut trees.

Take look at this website for detailed info re: cultivation of chestnut trees.  The article includes site selection, planting instructions for direct seeding or starting seedlings in pots, maintenance of your orchard, deer control strategies, pest and pathogen info, fertilization and watering requirements.  They also list some other websites for further information. 

Here's a You Tube video. It covers food value, timber value, feed value for livestock, medicinal uses.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Good Neighbor Farms

Good Neighbor Farms

Patrick and Andrea Johns plan for a permaculture life

We live on 1.5 acres in the Spokane Valley.  We have lived here 35 years.  For the most part we have kept the place free of toxic chemicals.  We have three 60 year old apple trees, two 60 year old sweet cherry trees, and a lovely, old plum tree.  The fruit on that tree is like honey, no bitterness under the skin.  There is also a 25 year old Black Walnut that produces a lot of nuts.  We just have to figure out how to liberate the nut meats from the outer hull.  Our rhubarb, raspberries and horseradish are well established.  All the other fruit bearing trees are 10 years old and younger.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (34918)/Comments (6)/ Article rating: 5.0

The Classic Texts Downloadable for your Agriculture Library

Wisdom from agricultural heroes

Per the website owner:

This website provides downloadable e-books about radical agriculture, natural hygiene/nature cure and self-sufficient homestead living. There are secondary collections involving social criticism and transformational psychology.

No payment is required.

The library explores the connection between agricultural methods and the health or illness of animals and humans. A study of these materials reveals how to prevent and heal disease and increase longevity, suggests how to live a more fulfilling life and reveals social forces working against that possibility.


Monday, July 21, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Honey Locust

Uses: nitrogen fixer, wild and domestic animal fodder. Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.

Take a look at this tree.  It's uses include nitrogen fixation, wild and domestic animal fodder, rot resistant timber good for fence posts and furniture.  The spring flowers attract all pollinators.  Coppicing increases amount of wood available for use.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014/Author: Annie M/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

The Farm is moving to...a farm?!

Expanding our offerings and increasing our focus.

I thought I should post some of my thoughts on what we're going to do when we move from our Urban lot to our Farm up North. 

Here it is!


Monday, August 12, 2013/Author: Siemen Family Farms, Inc./Number of views (37760)/Comments (7)/ Article rating: No rating

A link to a blog that is all about our parcel

A link to This Happy Homestead

thishappyhomestead.comThis article points to a website that documents my family's attempt  to grow more of what we eat, develop the power that we use and be more responsible with the resources that we have.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013/Author: Anonym/Number of views (23709)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
Failure to Yield

Failure to Yield

Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops

PDF provided by Sean Siemen

...a hard-nosed assessment of this expensive technology’s achievements to date gives little confidence that it will play a major role in helping the world feed itself in the foreseeable future.
This report is the first to evaluate in detail the overall, or aggregate, yield effect of GE after more than 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on that record, we conclude that GE has done little to increase overall crop yields.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013/Author: Mike Hagar (website host)/Number of views (25840)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

Herb and Edibles Farm in the heart of Spokane

Really, just an excuse to post pics from last year!  But seriously it's always changing around here so hopefully no view so strikes you you'll be upset by it changing. February 1st marks the beginning of a whole new season of work, planting, expanding, learning, meeting new friends, and growing more food for ourselves and the Main Market Co Op where we primarily have offered herbs but have an open door to other surpluses.  Who knew?!
Monday, February 04, 2013/Author: Siemen Family Farms, Inc./Number of views (32566)/Comments (3)/ Article rating: 5.0

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