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Cinema Thursday: Return of the Cicadas

This a neat excerpt from a documentary-in-progress by Samuel Orr.  If you are grossed out by videos of crawling bugs, you my want to skip this one.

It’s pretty dramatic.  Possibly over-dramatic, but I liked it anyway.

Return of the Cicadas on Vimeo

Support the film on Kickstarter HERE.

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Flowers Time Lapse by Katka Pruskova

  I found this beautiful video today.  It is simply a time lapse of flowers blooming with lovely music.  Enjoy.

  “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  ~Luke 12:27

Flowers Timelapse from Katka Pruskova on Vimeo.

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Avoiding GMOs in Your Garden

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Lately, it seems that we’re up to our eyeballs in GMOs.  Corn, soy, zucchini, you name it they’ve tampered with it.  That’s why gardening is important.  When you grow something yourself you know what went into its development.

But you didn’t think that Monsanto and their cronies would watch their customers drift off into organic-ville quietly did you?  Of course not.   They want to capture whatever revenue streams are available.  And since gardening is in vogue again (and they’re already in the agriculture business) of course they’ll try to get their slice of that pie.

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The two major ways Monsanto is interfering is by buying up smaller seed companies and also the names of heirloom seeds.  That way you either buy from them without realizing it or the seed company has to pay Monsanto for using “their” seed name.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, has written an excellent article about this HERE.  Thanks for alerting us, Sarah.

Here is a list of seed companies Monsanto has bought or does business with.

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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Book Giveaway at New Life On a Homestead

Kendra, from New Life On a Homestead, is hosting a giveaway of Angela England’s book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).  The focus of the book is on giving you the how-to you need to turn your backyard, however big or small it is, into a productive, sustainable mini-farm. England encourages her readers to eat healthier, save money, and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle by making the most of whatever space you have.

Go HERE to enter.

Photo from the Backyard Farming Facebook page.

I very much want to read this book since I live on just shy of an acre and I’d really like to maximize the productivity of my space.

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Right to Know: Yes on Prop 37

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

~Thomas Jefferson

Read more at Real Food Forager.

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Why??

Why, when there are six nest boxes to choose from, do things like this happen?

Getting a little crowded in here.

(This photo was not staged or edited at all.)

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Now Presenting: The Chicks!

All seven chicks hatched by 7:00pm yesterday!  We have one Black Australorp, three Buff Orpingtons, and three mixes.

I’d read that once you hear the chicks peeping in their shells, they’ll hatch within 24 hours.  I went to check and see if I could hear them, and I could!  Out of curiosity, I lifted Honeybun up to see if they’d pipped.  There was a little black chick flopping around under her!

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A Buff Orpington chick just before it broke free.

One of the chicks hatched in my hand.  So precious.

On Saturday they moved to their broody coop.  Honeybun is glad to have grass to scratch in.

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This photo was staged, but it's still adorable.

  The chicks are dry and fluffy, and the little family is in their new coop.  It’s all good.

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!

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