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Penny
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  • West Fork, AR
  • United States
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Barter Neighbors commented on Penny's blog post 'Aquaponics'
"Yes. The upstairs will hold a number of IBC grow beds with either flood and drain or bell siphon water circulation. They make triple wall poly carbonate windows but I'm not sure how warm I will be able to keep the greenhouse during…"
Dec 19, 2011
Penny commented on Penny's blog post 'Aquaponics'
"Your fish house sounds great. Will it have a second floor for the greenhouse part?"
Dec 19, 2011
Barter Neighbors commented on Penny's blog post 'Aquaponics'
"I m getting ready to dive into aquaponics just as soon as I can. My contractor has already quoted a pole building to become my "fish house" and I plan to heat the floors with radiant heat and waste motor oil as fuel. Later, I want to build…"
Dec 19, 2011
Jay Geneske commented on Penny's blog post 'Being self sufficient and prepared,'
"Penny, your post really summed up much of what I've been thinking about lately, especially around the need of a community to support each other--especially in a time when we've never been at once more connected and disconnected. This sense…"
Oct 24, 2011
Caroline Malcolm commented on Penny's blog post 'Being self sufficient and prepared,'
"Hi Penny, thanks for another thoughtful blog.  I agree with you on many levels.  I live in a city and depend so heavily on government and corporations to produce much of my day-to-day needs.  Although it worries me that I am not as…"
Oct 20, 2011
Penny posted a blog post

Being self sufficient and prepared,

Being self sufficient and prepared,  For awhile now I have been thinking about what would happen to us if the world around us collapsed. If the banks went belly up, no jobs, if we had to survive completely on ourselves. We would probably, maybe last a month! Where we are in our home/lives at this moment we are not self sufficient what so ever. The…See More
Oct 19, 2011
Rachel Hoff commented on Penny's blog post 'Change is not easy or cheap!'
"We just finished up our year without groceries and I kept track of how much money we spent. We ended up saving a lot more money (cut it nearly in half), however, we processed everything at home from making bread (a loaf made at home costs less than…"
Oct 17, 2011
Penny posted a blog post

Change is not easy or cheap!

  For awhile now I have been trying to change our eating habits and encourage my family to eat a little more healthy. This can be hard due to the high cost of healthy food and getting them to eat a lot of things they don't like or haven't tried. I will never understand why organic food cost so much higher then food made with tons of chemicals and preservatives. Here are some of the reasons I found for the higher costs.  Primarily because organic growers still have to find alternative natural…See More
Oct 16, 2011
Penny commented on dixiebelle's blog post ':: The Chicken Diaries - Day One ::'
" We went thru the same questions when we bought our first chickens. It helped that my husband and I had both been raised in the country. When we begin homesteading we let our kids know that most of the animals will end up being food for the…"
Sep 27, 2011
Cornelia commented on Penny's blog post 'Lessons learned this year'
"Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your experience - it's always good to be reminded of the nitty gritty stuff and that being prepared is never a wasted effort. You're in AR? How much snow did you get last winter? That's always a big…"
Sep 7, 2011
Penny posted a blog post

Lessons learned this year

  I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned about homesteading since we bought this place almost two years ago. Some were very subtle, others hit you right between the eyes letting you know what you did was a dumb idea! 1. Labradors do not belong on homesteads that have chickens! We had to find a home for our chocolatelab Hershey because she liked our chickens as much as we do. Labs are wonderful dogs but it is their nature to hunt birds and small animals.2. Plant a garden 3 times…See More
Sep 6, 2011
Aliza Ess commented on Penny's blog post 'Goats for us!'
"Congratulations! Goats are definitely next on my "vision board" too! It's going to be a bit of a struggle since I live in Baltimore and will have to fight the zoning board but we have some plans! I'll be sure to keep the…"
Aug 9, 2011
Penny posted a blog post

Goats for us!

When we lived in the apartment we had dreamed about having our own place, raising our animals and feeding our family from the gardens. To cement this dream we created a vision board with everything we wanted on our land and for our family.  We now have chickens, a garden in it's first evolution…See More
Aug 7, 2011
Caroline Malcolm commented on Penny's blog post 'Vertical Gardening'
"Hey Penny! These are excellent resources! Vertical gardening is such an important and sustainable way to grow food - I'd love to see more of it, especially in our crowded cities.  You should check out Growing Power, an incredible urban…"
Jul 6, 2011
Penny posted blog posts
Jul 3, 2011
Ed Watts commented on Penny's blog post 'What's in your Homestead Library?'
"I'm new to homegrown, and I'm not quite sure what the policy is on Amazon links (I don't sell books, Amazon does -- but I DO get a small commission. ) I left you a link on your blogspot posting."
Jun 3, 2011

Profile Information

What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama
A bit about me:
We just moved out to the country and are starting out homesteading adventure.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Slow cooked Bar-B-Que Pork
Currently reading:
Clouds of War by Diana Rivers
Currently listening to:
S. J. Tucker
My latest DIY project:
Starting a garden and building a chicken coop.
Web site I recommend:
http://homesteadingpaganstyle-penny.blogspot.com/

Penny's Blog

Being self sufficient and prepared,

Being self sufficient and prepared,

  For awhile now I have…
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Posted on October 19, 2011 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Change is not easy or cheap!

  For awhile now I have been trying to change our eating habits and encourage my family to eat a little more healthy. This can be hard due to the high cost of healthy food and getting them to eat a lot of things they don't like or haven't tried. I will never understand why organic food cost so much higher then food made with tons of chemicals and preservatives. Here are some of the reasons I found for the higher costs.

  Primarily because organic growers still have to find alternative…

Continue

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

Lessons learned this year

  I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned about homesteading since we bought this place almost two years ago. Some were very subtle, others hit you right between the eyes letting you know what you did was a dumb idea!

 1. Labradors do not belong on homesteads that have chickens! We had to find a home for our chocolate

lab Hershey because she liked our chickens as much as we do. Labs are wonderful dogs but it is their nature to hunt birds and small…

Continue

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Goats for us!

When we lived in the apartment we had dreamed about having our own place, raising our animals and feeding our family from the gardens. To cement this dream we created a vision board with everything we wanted on our land and for our family.…

Continue

Posted on August 7, 2011 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

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