• Some natural flea prevention supplies we have on Future Farm. From left to right: Essential oil (commercial) spray and powder, diatomaceous earth, nematodes, and dish detergent.
    DIY,  Gardening

    When Fleas Get the Jump On You

    It’s Time for Sustainable Natural Flea Control While bees and butterflies are struggling to survive the gauntlet of insecticide the human race has set out, it seems that pests and biting insect are thriving in spite of all our efforts to destroy them. It is more than likely these efforts to kill all fleas, ticks, & mosquitoes are creating a race of “super suckers” bent on seeking us out and draining us of our life source. On Future Farm this plague of Superbugs currently includes fleas, fleas, and more fleas. The fleas started EARLY this year and got a jump on us, literally. We’ve been trying to get them out of the…

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    Gardening,  Sustainable Community

    Seeds for Change

    Every year I purchase seed and perennial plants, and I generally bite off more than I can chew. So some people might say I am wasting some money on seeds that I don’t get a chance to plant. I don’t see it that way. The next year I plant some more of last years seeds, and when I start to question their viability, I set them free to fend for themselves in the wild. This leads to pleasant surprises when they sprout and grow with practically no help from me. We start nearly all our plants from seed, but there are a few places out there that offer some rare…

  • DIY,  Gardening

    Sprouting Lotus Seeds, Beautiful & Functional

    Future Farm has a large fish pond. Our fish pond has zero plants growing in it, though there are plenty growing around it, but nothing that is really helping to improve the water quality. So I have been searching for some aquatic plants to introduce. There is an aquatic plant sale at the local arboretum in July, but until then I thought I would try sprouting some lotus seeds. Lotus are not only edible, one of my main requirements for plants on Future Farm, but grow beautiful flowers, provide shade for the fish, and will gobble up some of the nutrients (fish poo) in the pond. Where to Purchase Lotus…

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    Greenhouse

    I have always wanted a greenhouse, and wishes do come true because we are now working on building our first greenhouse. We purchased our Greenhouse from Grower’s Supply. Their salespeople were very helpful and the price was right. We learned a few expensive lessons while building the greenhouse, but it will be well worth it in the end! Aquaculture We plan to build decking to level out the floor of the pool, which is currently sloping down to the center. We will leave a gap in the center of the decking and build two walls that will become the sides of the pond. Pond water will be pumped around the…

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    Reference Library for Homesteaders

    A great homesteader’s reference library is essential when you live so far out in the country that connectivity is limited. Aside from that every Future Farmer loves books! Not the digital kind. The kind you can hold in your hand and flip through or read before bed without the blue tinted backlight that makes it difficult to fall asleep. On Cape Cod we used to get a lot of great books really cheap from the enormous library book sale they had every 4th of July. Now we live pretty far everything, including the book store. Although we are close to the library (thank goodness!) I don’t think the library has…

  • DIY,  Gardening

    Vermiculture Meets Tiered planter DIY

    I love the idea and the motivation behind the Garden Tower Project, however I do not love the $300 price tag. For those of you out there who are handy, we can make one of these! This is essentially a strawberry planter (stacked co-centric planters) with a worm tube (vermiculture) in the center. I used cedar fence boards, which at the time were very inexpensive and have since gone up a little in price but are still fairly cheap. I made 4 boxes that would stack one on top of the other. We also purchased a nice wide piece of PVC which my husband drilled holes in (to allow worms…

  • Sustainable living makes sure there are resources for everyone, even spiders.
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    Sustainable Humans: Let’s Save Our Environment

    The idea behind this site is that if everyone was just a little more sustainable, the whole world would use less resources which would be the beginnings of restoring a natural balance to the Earth we all depend on. It’s much easier to make a noticeable difference if we’re all on board, but how do you get everyone to buy into living a more sustainable lifestyle? We hope this site will help everyone come to the conclusion that if the residents of Future Farm can move towards living in a more sustainable way, everyone else can too! Who am I? An oceanographer who values safety equipment.   Many small steps…

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    Native Wildflowers

      Native Plants & Wildflowers Due to the poor soil and spring fed areas on Future Farm, it is home to a number of carnivorous plants including Sundews and Butterworts. Thriving in the poor soil of the wet pine savannah, pitcher plants capture nutrients by luring prey into their cup shaped “pitcher” pitfall trap. The Red Wood Lily is native to Alabama and grows in abundance on Future Farm in the low lying areas amongst the crawfish mounds. The Red Spider-Lily, commonly called a Naked Lady since it has no leaves, is not native to Mississippi, it comes from Japan, and grows in abundance on Future Farm. The Marsh Gayfeather…

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    Yes You CAN! Composting Baby Poo

    I have mentioned before that we have a little future farmer on the way and I have been doing a lot of research into what the healthiest options are for our little one and how to make the process of taking care of an infant more sustainable. We have decided to use reusable cloth diapers (Bum Genius and Charlie Bananas) with reusable inserts and a toilet sprayer most of the time, but for those first few weeks when baby is using the restroom 8-12 times a day (more or less) I thought it might be good to try compostable diaper inserts. Charlie Bananas makes a disposable insert made of biodegradable wood pulp fibres…

  • Gluten Free,  Recipes

    Falafel and Gluten Free Flat Bread

    My husband and I love ethnic food, but we live in the middle of nowhere, so we have been working on learning how to make some of our favorites at home. I found this recipe on the internet, I can’t remember where since I just copied it down on scrap paper. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures! I will try to take some next time we make falafel, but it requires a lot of hands on work (think sticky dough and chickpea covered hands) so taking pictures is not easy to do during the process. Another recipe that will fill your whole house with the smell of tasty food! Falafel Recipe…

  • Recipes,  Thrift

    Tips For Healthy Cooking and Baking

    Believe it or not, I come to my own page regularly to look at my favorite recipes and tips. So this page is a way to keep track of some healthy tips I use regularly in the kitchen. I plan to keep updating it as I find more tips and hints I want to keep track of. We love eggs, too much in fact, we always run out, but we buy chia seeds in bulk: Egg Replacer = 1 Tbs ground chia or flax seeds plus 2-3 Tbs water Grocery store baking powder often has aluminum in it, something I want to avoid so I make my own: 1 tsp…