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Mike Guzo
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Va. Small Farmers

I'm creating this in the hope of attracting owners of small farms in Va. As noted in my profile, we own a small farm and are rather new to it however we love it and would like to make contacts that farm as well. Anyone is welcome...Thanks
Jun 19, 2011
Mike Guzo commented on jonmesser's group 'BREAD!'
"Interested in purchasing a home grain mill and looking for insight.  Any recommendations out there?  Thanks."
Jun 19, 2011
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BREAD!

Home baking of bread deserves its own group!
Jun 19, 2011
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And then there was one...

So, picking back up where I left off...regarding our premature turkey hatch and 3 'hens' setting on 8+ eggs- Let me just say my wife is awesome. For so many reasons, but specifically, in this instance, for buying my plan.We're going to pull the chicken hen off and isolate her with the poult and remaining 7 eggs. To provide a little image, our setup is part Sanford & Son, part clever given our stamp-sized lot. We built a 4x10 permanent coop with roost & nest boxes and added a 10x20…See More
Jun 10, 2011
Cornelia commented on Mike Guzo's blog post 'Its all been a little crazy'
"Go with the flow, right Mike? What are you going to do...when life gives you lemons poults..."
Jun 9, 2011
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hooptractor

Hoophouse tractor for 25 Freedom Rangers. Thanks to a friend for lending his farm, time, and muscle!
Jun 5, 2011
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Its all been a little crazy

Shenanigans never cease and I made an effort to record some of the more memorable.  And, well, I've missed out on more than I can count.  Since I last posted, we've added a son, some rabbits, a few more chickens, and at least one new turkey... Our original flock- the old '3 Wise Hens' are getting up there. We lost one of them,  Colonel Grey (silver-laced wyandotte), to a raccoon last fall; Red (red sex-link), hatched from one of our surrogate mom Australorps, dropped out this winter; and one of…See More
Jun 5, 2011
Erin Mitchell replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"You can't keep your kids away from sugar and other such unhealthy snacks forever. If its sugary cereal EVERY morning, I'd definitely be concerned.  (is it possible they sugar 'em up and tire them out for nap time?) Number 1 issue…"
Feb 25, 2011
Cornelia replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
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Dec 15, 2010
Mike Guzo replied to Mari Mann's discussion 'Egg gifts for the Holidays?' in the group Backyard Chickens
"My friend is canning 'pickled egg salad' as gifts for christmas. She's not actually making the egg salad, just putting the ingredients (less the condiments) in a jar- eggs, dill, onion and canning it. Hope I'm on her list!"
Dec 9, 2010
Mike Guzo replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"Many Thanks to everyone. We are packing her breakfast and lunch and asking her teacher to give her those everyday. I agree that we can't build walls, exclude, or forbid things as they would only cause rebellion -both with our daughter and the…"
Sep 27, 2010
jason chambers replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"Well school food isn't the issue your facing now. It's daycare food and your best bet is to vote with your wallet and find a daycare that has better food. When you tell them the problem and that your going to leave you may find they are…"
Sep 26, 2010
June Sparks replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"I would start packing food and just explain it to the school. They should be used to this kind of thing anyway- there are always children on special allergy diets, etc. AND I would also start looking at changing their food program. My $.02 :)"
Sep 21, 2010
Cornelia replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"Farm Aid created a Farm to School toolkit for parents who are thinking of trying to change their local school systems. You can download it here: http://www.farmaid.org/farm2school"
Sep 21, 2010
Pam Tingiris replied to Mike Guzo's discussion 'USDA/School food Quandary' in the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
"I ran into the same problem in my region (Tampa, FL) -- none of the 'quality' childcare options offered high-quality, nutritious food. I ultimately chose a home daycare that my then two-year-old daughter loved: the provider was wonderful…"
Sep 21, 2010
Mike Guzo added a discussion to the group Earth Mamas and Papas: HOMEGROWN parenting
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USDA/School food Quandary

We regrettably have our two-year old daughter in daycare. The Center we chose fit alot of what we were looking for except the food. They proudly reported that they serve USDA 'sanctioned (and partially funded)' meals twice a day...breakfast and lunch. I asked for a sample menu and stewed over it at home- pizza bites, potato pockets, chicken nugget shapes, and fruit in HCFS. It was very disturbing. We had been packing her breakfast and lunch prior when she was with a private sitter and asked the…See More
Sep 21, 2010

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker, 100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
Urban farmer. Postage stamp lot full of fruit, veges, chickens, and turkeys.
Acknowledge we're not breaking new ground, just living fulfilling experiences and making memories. Some more laughable then others...

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And then there was one...

So, picking back up where I left off...regarding our premature turkey hatch and 3 'hens' setting on 8+ eggs-

 

Let me just say my wife is awesome. For so many reasons, but specifically, in this instance, for buying my plan.

We're going to pull the chicken hen off and isolate her with the poult and remaining 7 eggs.

 

To provide a little image, our setup is part Sanford & Son, part clever given our stamp-sized lot. We built a 4x10 permanent coop with…

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Posted on June 10, 2011 at 11:30pm

Its all been a little crazy

Shenanigans never cease and I made an effort to record some of the more memorable.  And, well, I've missed out on more than I can count.  Since I last posted, we've added a son, some rabbits, a few more chickens, and at least one new turkey...

 

Our original flock- the old '3 Wise Hens' are getting up there. We lost one of them,  Colonel Grey (silver-laced wyandotte), to a raccoon last fall; Red (red sex-link), hatched from one of our surrogate mom Australorps, dropped out this…

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Posted on June 5, 2011 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

My turkey is where?

We're pushing the envelope on the number of poultry permitted within the confines of the City. We defend our temporary surplus as seasonal and well-behaved. Turkey, after all, are docile creatures and they'll be gracing us for only a few months. Well, we have the most mischievous group of siblings in Southwestern Virginia.

We couldn't bear keeping these beauties in the tractor any longer. It was just to small for 9 turkeys and frankly, our yard was just to small for all of…

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Posted on September 16, 2010 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Eat what you can pronounce

Our little postage stamp homestead keeps us somewhat busy. Maybe busy because we're in the middle of a little City and our young family always 'has' so much to do. In the evenings after everyones' asleep, I've found the time to read through several books authored by the likes of Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, John & Sally Seymour and specialty books on artisian cheese, bread, and even canning.

Its been a great adventure, from the…

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Posted on September 13, 2010 at 3:08pm — 4 Comments

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At 1:59pm on September 1, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Mike - loved your turkey post - so funny! Looking forward to hearing more from your little piece of heaven.
 
 
 

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