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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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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  
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  
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  
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
-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.


Dante, Hyde Park, MA.

04/04/2015 01:24.33 PM Report This Comment  
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  
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  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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12/20/2014 09:55.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Insulating the Barn
I'll probably be settling in the Rockies of CO in the next few months. Once I secure a property, I'm sure I'll have a barn or stable and never thought about insulation.

Do a search at the top of the page for some good info. Search: "The Best Eco-Friendly Barn Insulation"

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12/09/2014 10:27.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Cheap Ball Pint Jars
Regular mouth Pint jars at Target for $8.99/case of 12! Good deal! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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11/26/2014 11:59.14 PM Report This Comment  
  What would you grow?
Do you have good southern exposure windows in the winter (Northern Hemisphere)? If you have a good sized window, at least 3.5 feet wide, with good sun, a Grow Box would be a great option to keep a winter garden indoors. I've had some success with them in the past and plan on using them in the near future once I get relocated.

Take a look at agardenpatch dot com. Great anytime, and especially useful in an long term emergency situation.

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11/24/2014 11:05.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Food Stoarge
Are you keeping some emergency food supplies in your house?

Start with a few extra cans, and go from there. You don't have to spend hundreds or thousands to start. Put a little extra away each time you go shopping.

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11/18/2014 04:56.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Country gravy made with home canned sausage
I cooked up some country gravy using the canned sausage and bacon I wrote about on 11/7/2014.

It came out great. I just skimmed off a few tablespoons of fat from the top and added that to the pan with about 2 heaping teaspoons of flour. Cooked that through for a few minutes. Stirred to get the lumps out, and then dumped the rest of the jar of sausage and bacon in the pan, plus about 1.5 cups of water. Cooked that for a few minutes, stirring occasionally so it wouldn't burn, and cooked it until I got it to the consistency I wanted.

Tasted great! If you want some info about it, drop me a line.

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11/17/2014 02:39.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Get your chickens ready for Winter
New article here on HF. Search for, "6 Coop-winterizing Chores"

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11/12/2014 12:17.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Chicken Keeping Article
Great chicken keeping article over on the Urbanfarmonline site. Search for it: "The Chicken Community is a Great Flock"

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11/11/2014 06:20.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Canned Taco/Burrito Filling
I live alone, a bachelor right now. Kids are in another state with their Mom, until I am able to secure work and move to be near them. So, storing emergency food is for one right now.

I currently use pint sized jars. When I get relocated, then I will move up to start using quarts. I also try canning cheaply as I plan to keep this for emergencies only, because my storage space is very limited.

So here is another canning mix I recently made...

I bought a few 8 ounce tubes of chicken taco meat at the 99cent Only store. I've had it before so I know it tastes OK. I also am able to get pint size Ball jars here once in a while.

I browned up the taco meat to just cooked through. That went into the jar, along with a clove a garlic, a couple tablespoons chopped onion, 1/2 cup dried pinto beans, a little chicken bullion, and then filled it with water, leaving an inch of headspace.

The beans absorbed a good bit of liquid. So my plan for use is to pour it into a pot to heat up, mash it up with a potato masher, so the beans turn to a refried bean consistency and eat it with tortillas. Another thought is to eat it with rice, and some tomatoes from the garden.

Tortillas are an easy to make, substitute for bread, and cook up quick using less fuel. Great for an emergency situation. Find a simple recipe to use if needed. Wheat and flour should be some to the bulk items you have in your food supply.

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11/09/2014 09:09.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Canned Sausage and Bacon for quick Country Gravy
My most recent canning project consisted of 5 parts breakfast sausage and 1 part bacon. I lightly browned the sausage along with chopped up bacon ends and pieces (which is usually much cheaper than sliced bacon).

I put some of the meat mixture into pint jars, along with some of the fat for making country gravy. I then added half a cup of evaporated milk, and half a cube of Knorr Chicken bullion, and a little chopped onion for flavor. Added more sausage until the jar was filled up to the proper level, leaving about an inch of head space. and canned for the appropriate time and pressure.

For quick country gravy, all you need to do is pour the contents of the jar, into a pan. Then add your desired amount of flour, let that cook through for a couple minutes, then add water or milk if you have it. Since the evaporated milk is concentrated a bit, adding water shouldn't water it down too much. Plus, the half a bullion cube added will keep the flavor high. Cook it until it pulls together for your desired consistency, and salt n pepper to taste.

Remember, this is for quick cooking. In the event of a major power or gas disruption and you are forced to use an alternate fuel source to cook with, time will be key to conserving fuel. Eat it with some quick biscuits cooked in a solar oven, even cornbread. Maybe a heap of potatoes, rice or pasta, with a side of greens or some sort of veg. In a long term emergency event, calories are key. Yes this is fattening, but if you are out collecting wood, water, hunting, gardening, patrolling your property, or whatever you need to do to get by, you will be burning more calories. A little fat from the sausage and bacon isn't going to hurt. Some comfort food will go a long way in boosting morale. have fun with it))) Plan ahead and stay safe.

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11/07/2014 08:10.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Canning ideas for emergency food storage
I've been canning up a bit of food for emergency situations. I live in Reno, NV. It has had a quite a bit of seismic activity over the past few years. We also receive a high volume of foreign travelers come through town, and the recent Ebola scares, it makes you think..... So the possibility of devastating earthquake, or a viral pandemic are things I'd like to be prepared for.

I want to have a store of food that will not require a lot of fuel or water to prepare. Canned goods of course are a great option, but I also want to have some foods that are higher quality, higher in protein, and that aren't available in cans.

I plan to have some quick cooking rice (ie. Minute Rice) on hand. It can be prepared by simply getting water and rice up to a rolling boil, and then letting it sit covered for 10-15 minutes, without burning extra fuel to cook it. Another great side dish is "Just Add Water" mashed potatoes. If you want pasta, Ramen noodles can also be prepared the same as I suggested you prepare the rice. These are some of the starches I plan to eat with my canned Proteins.

I'll write more about the canned meats and proteins that I've prepared, and plan on preparing.

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10/30/2014 05:28.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Canning in and for emergency situations
Canning is a valuable skill to have. To properly can most items, it is important to have a larger pressure cooker made for canning. Mirro makes a couple that are selling for under $65, and are easy to use. The larger is a 22qt pot that will accommodate 7-1qt jars or 24-1pt jars. Jars with lids can be had for an average of $12 for a case of 12. In the event of a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc., and you lose power, you don't want to lose all the meats and such, that are in your freezer. If power disruption is going to be for an extended period of time, it would be very advantageous to can your meats that will eventually thaw and rot if not processed before it warms to an unsafe temperature.

Most everyone has BBQ with a burner, but if not, make sure you have something sturdy that you would be able to heat the heavy pressure cooking pot on, that will be able to bring it up to a boil and maintain a fairly even heat for 70-90 minutes. Then all you'll need is the pot, jars, non-iodized salt, and maybe some vinegar, and you will be able to save your food in an emergency situation. Educate yourself, and keep the supplies on hand. It could save your family one day.

Search YouTube for "Pressure Canning Meat" videos for some great info. It is a fun hobby, family activity, and the canned products can easily make quick delicious meals, with ingredients you can trust, because you made it yourself.

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10/23/2014 02:45.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Self sustaining food forest
If you have some space on your property, do some research into Permaculture. There are many great videos on YouTube, where people are growing self sustaining, very low maintenance food gardens. Some are doing it in small urban backyards. If you need some tips on where to start, shoot me a message and I'd be happy to steer you in the right direction!

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10/22/2014 01:08.22 PM Report This Comment  
  I've started canning for a rainy day
I've started canning pints of meats for food storage. If you keep long term foods in bulk such as rice and beans, you need something to flavor them up with! It's what I'm planning on.

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10/22/2014 12:01.00 AM Report This Comment  
Are you stocking up?

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10/14/2014 10:39.36 AM Report This Comment  
With everything going on out there, Ebola, Enterovirus 68, flus getting worse and worse, I believe it is always a good idea to keep at least a month or two of food and water on hand, just in case you want to keep your family out of the general public, in the event of some sort of outbreak. It generally happens every hundred years, and we have been lucky so far to avoid one.

Some people call it "prepping." I believe it is being prudent. As long as you rotate through your pantry, the food won't go to waste. Just search some videos on YouTube where there are some great ideas, and advice on long term food storage. Best wished to you and your family.

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10/07/2014 09:11.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Raise Pigs on Woodlots for Tastier Pork
Great article here on HF on free ranging pigs. Go to the top and search: "Raise Pigs on Woodlots for Tastier Pork." I love pork! It will be a priority of mine while shopping for land to find something where it will be conducive to have good forage areas for my pigs.

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10/06/2014 04:04.41 AM Report This Comment  
  If you plan to keep milk goats....
I suggest you take a look on YouTube, and find some videos on cheese making. You will have more milk than you will know what to do with.

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09/30/2014 03:14.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Goat Milking info
If you are looking into raising goats, you want to glean some good info from this article here on HF:

9 Items You Need to Start a Goat Dairy

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09/26/2014 10:24.00 PM Report This Comment  


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