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Farm Name: K&B Ranch

Year Farm Established: 2011

Location: Still looking. Living in temporary quarters right now. Will be relocating to Colorado soon., NV

Years I’ve been farming: 3 years

Animals I raise: Aspiring to raise Wagyu and Highland Cattle, Black Hogs, Chickens, and Ducks

Crops I grow: Looking to set up an aquaponics greenhouse to do a variety for sale and home use. Also want to use a fodder system like Fodder-Pro to feed my livestock.

Hobbies I enjoy: Reading and learning about sustainable ranching and farming. Also using sustainable building materials such as rammed earth, earthbags, tirebales, etc. Permaculture.

Club/Associations memberships: None yet

The proudest moment on my farm: That is yet to come... Probably any day that my kids get to spend with me out there. I'm looking for land now, and will build the homestead myself. Hopefully about 100+ acres, with springs or streams, within a 2 to 3 hour drive from Reno, NV where my kids are.

Pets: Lost my 2 adopted greyhounds, Prophet and Shiloh, to old age. Look forward to adopting more again.

Farm Motto: Natural and sustainable


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  Great article over on UrbanFarmOnline.com
7 Tips To Plan For Pollinators

If you don't see it on the front page, just enter the article's title, above, into their search bar.

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07/28/2015 02:16.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Great Duck Article on UrbanFarmOnline
7 Things To Know Before Keeping Ducks In The City

Check it out if you're interested in raising some ducks!

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07/25/2015 06:53.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Permaculture/Homestead Gardening
I wanted to recommend a YouTube channel to you if you have any interest in trying small scale permaculture, on you homestead. Try it, and get your feet wet! Search on YouTube: Planting Freedom - athatcher85

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07/23/2015 12:37.37 PM Report This Comment  
  MrBabelfish5
He is the Hungry Hammock Hanger on YouTube. He has some great recipes and how to's for dehydrating backpacking/camping food. Check him out.

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07/20/2015 05:47.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Turtle Tree Seed
A great source for Biodynamic knowledge and seeds!

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07/04/2015 02:08.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Gaia's Garden
Book on Permaculture, by Toby Hemenway

Get it! Read it! It will open your eyes to new possibilities.

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07/03/2015 03:09.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Dairy Goats
When the time comes for settling into my homestead, I was curious to know if anyone with a milking goat or two, would be willing to let me know if they are enjoying it? Is it too much work on top of everyday life? I'd love to have a milker or two for producing our own dairy products. Having to breed them, is it difficult finding a market to sell the offspring in your area? What are your thoughts? Thanks

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07/01/2015 06:47.36 PM Report This Comment  
  More Bees Please!
I want to thank all of you that keep bees! Encourage others to keep bees too. I'm sure you are all aware of the plight effecting this precious resource, globally. We need to start new hives and grow the population, to try keeping up with all the bees we've lost.

Go organic... no insecticides. Grow plants and flowers that will attract beneficial insects to keep your garden pest free.

Bees! Bees! Bees!

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06/30/2015 11:43.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Solo Stove in emergency situations
If you want to have some alternative fuel stoves, for an emergency situation, ie. no gas or electric to cook with, look into a Solo Stove.

I won't go into the physics of it all, but the great thing about the solos stove is that you can burn twigs, pine cones, wood chips, and once you get it going, green wood. Do an internet search for "Solo Stove" and check it out. Good to keep on the shelf for a "just in case."

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06/29/2015 11:14.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Planning a camping trip?
For anyone planning a camping or hiking trip in the drought stricken Western states, Please, Please.... don't light a campfire! Enjoy the night sky rather that staring into the fire, which inhibits you vision in the dark. Ever notice when you are sitting around a fire, you tend to stare at it, and when you look away, you're luck if you can see 30 ft.

The danger of forest fires aren't worth the risk. A favorite area of mine is up in flames now, near Markleeville, CA. I don't know the what started it, but I can only assume.... Stay safe!

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06/27/2015 09:43.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Father's Day!!!!
Hope you all had a great day!

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06/22/2015 02:50.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Greetings, Chuck!
Forgot to mention, we did an eleven day, 80 mile backpacking trip at Philmont Ranch in Cimmarron, New Mexico in the summer of 2011. Landed in Denver, stopped by Colorado Springs for a couple of days (visited the AF Academy, stayed at UC Colorado Springs) before proceeding to Philmont. Great trip! Will do it again if opportunity presents itself again.

Thank you for you offer of help about backpacking food. I'll surely take you up on that.

Dante, Hyde Park, MA.

06/22/2015 12:01.11 AM Report This Comment  
  @Dante
Thanks for the msg D! Funny coincidence, I'm probably moving out toward CO Springs, where your friend came from. I'll probably be looking for some land Up in the mountains to the the west town.

Reno is a nice little town. I'd stay if it was my choice. There are some great land opportunities a couple hours north of town, very remote, with good water table.

Let me know if you have some questions on Backpacking food!

Take Care!

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06/20/2015 02:47.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Top of the morning, Chuck!
Just want to let you know I saw your response.

Been a long time for me since I've visited Reno. T'was in May of '78. MGM was having its grand opening night then. Was driving crosscountry (from Boston) on my way to Frisco. Stopped where ever night fell and it was Reno that night. Re-visiting the area, more specifically Tahoe, has been in my bucket list. Love the sceneries.

Interesting, I have an old friend who now lives in Reno. Though he grew up in upstate NY, he had moved to CO Springs when his family moved west. Then to Reno where his job took him.

Might have to borrow some of your recipes. Especially the ones for backpacking. Once in a while we do some hiking & backpacking in the woods & mountains of Maine & NH.

As always, best of luck! Nice to hear someone living an adventurious life like yours.

Dante, Hyde Park, MA.

06/19/2015 07:09.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Looks like you have a lot going on. Wish you all the luck in the world.

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06/18/2015 06:26.25 PM Report This Comment  
  @Dante
Hey Dante! No I haven't yet. Still stuck living in temporary digs for the moment. Relocating from NV to CO later in the year. Stuck here for now in Reno.

Thanks for checking in. Don't know the name of your page, so I hope you see this.

Chuck

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06/16/2015 01:49.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello, K& B Ranch!
Was wondering if you ever got your chickens. And, how you've been faring with your suitable homestead search. Hope things are going well for you & your family.

Dante, Hyde Park, MA.

06/15/2015 11:57.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Open a jar of my home canned burrito filling
Last night, I decided to try some of the burrito filling I canned back on October 2014. It was pretty darn good! Especially, because in heated up fast, so it was a quick, easy meal! If you want, you can read about how I canned it in the post I wrote on 11/9/2014

I plan on making more for sure!

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06/08/2015 04:11.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hope you find a place soon to enjoy your dreams!

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05/26/2015 09:20.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello!
Thanks for the welcome! Wishing you a great property find for you and your kids to enjoy. :)

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05/24/2015 06:30.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Preparedness
Sign up for the email list at http://beprepared.com/. They have some amazing specials and free shipping offers, all the time. Good source for ideas too.

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05/21/2015 01:37.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Leftover lasagna
I had some leftover lasagna, and decided to put it in my food dehydrator, and make some camping food. Looks good and vacuum sealed up well. Been a few weeks and it still looks good. Going to try a sample in the next week or two.

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05/14/2015 11:13.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Stuck in the City
Still stuck in Reno, and haven't been able to get that land yet. Now I may have to relocate to CO, so all homestead plans have been put on hold. Bummer......

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05/12/2015 08:57.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Goats
I've made cheese twice from store bought milk just to try. My milking so far hasn't gone very good, I didn't start out with actual dairy goats. That'd be my advice, start out with good dairy goats in the first place. :) I pick up an actual dairy goat in milk next Saturday, and I'm so excited! I think because there's not much fat in goat milk it's hard to make butter without a cream separator and they're expensive so I think I'm going to skip the butter for now. Someday I want a cow. That's a little ways off still though. I'm picking up turkey's this weekend so I have enough to keep me busy for now! Lol.

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05/01/2015 05:56.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Thanks for the welcome. Looks like you have big plans. Hope you find a perfect piece of land to get started on.

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04/29/2015 04:15.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Lentil and Vegetable Soup
I'll post a picture above of the jars before I topped them off with stock. Pressure canned for the time and pressure for my altitude.

Lentil Soup (Pint jars) approx. 450cal.
-1/2 cup lentils
-chopped onion
-chopped tomato
-bacon 1.5 strips
-spinach
-chopped garlic
-stock and salt/pepper

Lentils are a great emergency food storage staple. It's a great source of fiber and protein. In a situation where food needs to be rationed, this soup can easily be eaten with pasta or rice.

I used what I had on hand. I added the tomato and spinach for color and some extra vitamins and minerals. I'll let you know how it tastes when I open one.

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04/25/2015 01:27.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Home Canned Chicken Stroganoff
I canned an experimental batch of chicken stroganoff base back in October, and just opened a jar to try it out.

I sliced chicken breast into think pieces, and lightly browned it, barely cooking it through. I added it to the jar with sliced onions, a tablespoon of sour cream, and topped it off with condensed cream of mushroom soup, with a splash of Worcestershire in each jar. I didn't add mushrooms, just because I don't like how they turn out rubbery because of all the cooking.

I prepared it in my electric pressure cooker, by adding my desired amount of egg noodles. Covered them with water, then added the contents of the jar of stroganoff mix. I set the timer for 5 minutes, and after it heated for a few minutes, cooked for 5 and them cooled for about 15... it came out great! I added a couple tablespoons of sour cream too... it was way better than I thought!

In an emergency situation, it would take about 5-10 minutes of fuel to prepare, and of course, minus the fresh sour cream. Sour Cream powder would work great in that situation. You're probably thinking that isn't enough time to cook the noodles, but if you do it backpacker style, by bringing it to a boil and let it cook for a minute or two, then cover and let it sit for 20 minutes, the noodles will hydrate themselves. Minute rice would be a great option here too. Using a small stove top pressure cooker would be a great option too on conserving your fuel source.

Next time, I think I'll just add a little more sour cream in the canning stage, so I don't have to worry about having it on hand when I prepare it.

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04/24/2015 06:52.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the info Dante!
I appreciate the link!

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04/08/2015 03:49.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Chicken Coop Size
In Mario's response to my post, he keeps three hens in the coop.
Below is a link for what looks like a pretty good guide.
Good luck in your search for a homestead.

http://www.backyardchickenelearning.com/

Dante, Hyde Park, MA.

04/04/2015 01:24.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Bees
One of the things I want to start when I finally get some property, is beekeeping! Bees are a precious resource that needs to be addressed. They give tax credits for solar, so why not give some incentives for keeping bees?

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04/03/2015 03:58.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Preparedness
If you're interested in being prepared for an unforeseen event, and keeping your family alive, and safe, there are some great videos on YouTube. Food Storage, Get Home Bags, Everyday Carry Bags (EDC), Bug Out Bags, SHTF (S**t Hits The Fan) are a few of the things to search to find some good videos out there.

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04/01/2015 04:14.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Update on canning experiment from 11/17/2014
The Sausage Gravy turned out fine. I opened one of the jars and prepared it as I described in the above mentioned entry.

Had biscuits and gravy with it a few days ago, and it came out great. I added about half a jar of water to it, since it was evaporated milk. So it make about 3 cups of gravy which was enough for 4 people, or 8 biscuits.

Practice making biscuits on the stove top. I use a non stick pan, on low, covered, and flip as need so the don't burn. In an emergency situation, you may want to cook them over a fire in a pan or in a dutch oven, if a solar oven isn't available. Skills you should have if you want to prepare for an unforeseen event. Comfort food will do just that, give a little comfort in a stressful time.

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03/31/2015 12:51.42 AM Report This Comment  
  More Pressure canning
I went to a grocery store, Food Source, today. They have pre-marinated Mexican style meats there. I bought some Al Pastor, and some Chicken Taco meat. Also, I stopped at 99cent Store, and bought 2-7oz packages of Farmer John sliced ham, and 5 pint jars.

I have a smaller Pressure Cooker that I do small test batches in. I filled jars with 1lb of the marinated raw meats. I packed the last jar with the ham, that I just cubed and stuffed in with half a chicken bullion cube and water.

Have them going now, should be ready to take out in about an hour. I'm sure they'll turn out fine.

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03/04/2015 09:12.13 PM Report This Comment  
  More canning deals from 99 Cent store
The other day, they had 1 pound chubs of Jimmy Dean Chorizo. Normally they are close to $4, but got them for a buck. So I picked up a few and defrosted them. I put the chorizo, directly into 1 pt jars, and they fit just perfectly. With ground beef, pork and turkey at $4 a pound, this was a great bargain

I pressure canned them and they came out just fine.
They will be great to add to a pot of beans, for burrito filling, or a different twist on some chili. Most importantly, it is a great source of protein , fat and calories in the event of an emergency situation.

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03/03/2015 08:20.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Would you be doing more self sustainable food storage like dehydrating, canning and root cellar to augment store bought canned?

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02/01/2015 06:55.39 AM Report This Comment  
  More long term food storage notes
I just received a flyer from local grocery chain. They are having a "Truckload Sale." Canned goods bought my the case are easy to store, logistically speaking, and usually are a considerable savings. This store, called "Food Source" has 48 cans of Tuna for $28. 12 cans of SPAM for $24 (Great price!) Hunts canned past sauce, $9 for 12 cans. Just keep an eye out on the flyers that come in the mail for great deals like these. Kroger stores usually has great "by the case" sales every week.

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01/30/2015 02:48.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Plan It: Your 2015 Garden Strategy
Enter this in the search at the top of the page:

"Plan It: Your 2015 Garden Strategy"

It's a great article on planning out your garden month to month. I'd like to start planning out my garden in a more organized way, so I can stagger planting times, to harvest different veggies over a longer period of time.

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01/14/2015 11:10.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Seed Bank
Are you storing some seeds for an emergency situation? What will you grow?

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12/24/2014 02:48.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank you! I am glad to be here! Merry Christmas to you too!

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12/23/2014 10:34.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!!
Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season!

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12/21/2014 10:10.04 AM Report This Comment  
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