Episode #046: Small Home Orcharding Made Easy – Part II

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Join us for the second installment in Erin’s recent presentation on Small Home Orcharding at an Organic Gardening Workshop in Northeast Michigan. This episode, Erin helps you see that pruning, thinning, disease and pest control, and other routine maintenance doesn’t have to be scary or difficult! If you haven’t been paying attention to the calendar or the weather, it’s time to prune your orchard trees and to set up your taps if you’re making maple syrup this spring! Also, a listener shares a great tip for keeping your horses (and maybe your other livestock, too!) fly-free throughout the summer! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit in on this week’s conversations about your Small Home Farm!

*As with episode #045, we must apologize that the sound quality is not very good. The Small Home Orcharding workshop presentation was recorded at a very low volume, unfortunately, and although we’ve tweaked it as best we could to be able to share the information with you, the resulting episode is rather quiet. You may wish to skip listening to these two episodes (#045 & #046). Thanks!

Link to the tip George shared with us about using vinegar to repel flies: http://www.bragg.com/products/vinegarHorse.html

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Episode #045: Small Home Orcharding Made Easy – Part I

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This episode is the first in a two-part installment of Erin’s recorded presentation on Small Home Orcharding* at a recent Organic Gardening Workshop in Northeast Michigan.  She covers planning, choosing varieties, and pruning in a way that encourages small home farmers and gardeners that orcharding can be much simpler than you might have thought!  She also urges a new homeschooling parent to “begin with end in mind” even before considering what kind of curriculum to use.  Join us for these topics and more!

*We apologize in advance that the sound quality is not very good.  The presentation was recorded at a very low volume, unfortunately, and we’ve tweaked it as best we could to be able to share the information with you.  Next episode will have similar quality issues if you should wish to skip listening these two episodes.  Thanks!

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Episode #044: Lambing Season

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What goes on during lambing season on a sheep farm?  Sue Carey joins us again for an informative chat about what you need to know about lambing!  We also talk about animal tracks, share a listener-recommended whole wheat bread recipe, and discuss some listener input about a few more important things you might want to know about paying for college – and making sure you’re not wasting your time and money taking redundant classes.

 

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Episode #043: Around the Farm in Winter

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There’s been a long cold snap in the AuSable River Valley this month, and the folks at Aspendale Farm are getting some new rooms in their basement, too. Is January really all that quiet on the farm?  There are still plenty of things to do!  Check your food storage, plan next year’s garden, gather your seed-starting supplies, cut timber for building, and that’s not all!  What’s your philosophy on paying for college?  Erin considers wise financial help for college-bound children as her oldest is making his way down the graduation aisle this spring.  You’ll hear about these things and more on this episode of Small Home Farm Radio!

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Episode #042: Make Your Own Sausage

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When wintertime rolls around, the folks at Aspendale Farm like to spend more time in the kitchen enjoying all the food they’ve produced over the past year.  Join Erin as she tells you how to make your own homemade pork sausage.  In colder climes, you also need to be prepared for winter storms and power outages.  Erin runs through some items you’ll want to be sure to have ready just in case you need them.  Also, consider joining Erin on Saturday, February 9 in Fairview Michigan for an Organic Gardening Workshop, where she will be presenting information on Small Home Orcharding, along with several other topics and presenters.  Listen in for more information about the workshop … and more!

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