Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quotations from the Garden

"When families outsource their food production and processing, they lose the economic and educational benefits that such activities engender. Remember, a dollar saved is worth almost $1.50 because you don’t have to pay taxes on what you save—only on what you earn. So if you don’t have to earn it, you don’t have to pay taxes on it. If a family can displace $5,000 in groceries, that’s worth $7,500 of earned income. Suddenly home economics takes on new significance.

Rather than seeing multi-level marketing or newspaper routes as the only solutions for family-based business, we need to appreciate the opportunities in neighbor-oriented food sales. A rule of thumb in vegetable production is $1 per square foot of ground. In intensive raised bed and square-foot gardening type systems, this can be quadrupled. But even if we assumed the lowest figure, that’s more than $40,000 per acre."
–Joel Salatin
(From the HEAV Magazine Article "Turn your Home and Yard into a Profit Center" by Joel Salatin)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Prayer for Josiah

Josiah Carman is a two-year old twin. He is the grandson of one of our friend, Deb Maubach. Josiah was born with Hurlers (MPS I). Hurlers is a disease that affects the production of an enzyme that breaks down glycosaminoglycans. When glycosaminoglycans are not broken down, they will damage cells, tissues and organs. Normally, Hurlers patients do not have a very long life expectancy. Josiah's family decided to let Josiah have a bone marrow transplant. Through the LORD's sovereign hand, the bone marrow transplant can some times help with Hurlers patients' health and length of life. Josiah's twin brother, James, let Josiah have some of his bone marrow. James was very brave.

Josiah's family has asked for prayer. Josiah has excess fluid in his body which needs to come out. He has been very sick and can not keep anything down. He has a temperature because he can not keep the Tylenol in his body. Josiah also needs prayer that his throat will stop swelling. If he can not get the fluid out, he will have to go in the pediatric ICU and be intubated. Please pray for this little boy as his body battles to get better. You can read more about Josiah here.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Snow and Garden Thoughts

We got a "sugar coating" of snow this week. However, it will not be just a sugar coating before long. We could get over 2 feet of snow this weekend!
Snow is like a blanket over your garden. It helps to insulate the roots of plants through out colder temperatures. (It helps with my spring onions and garlic!)
With snow around, do not forget to feed the birds! My family and I love to watch the birds as they eat the seed. Also, in the summer time, birds help keep the bugs away in your garden.
I have been planning for this year's garden, so I will be ready when spring comes. Spring is in March, and that is just around the corner! The stores already have seeds in stock for this spring. While I am unable to do actual gardening outside, I can at least begin my "blueprint" for this year.