Coloring and Learning Fun

Allow me to share with you my project of the last two months…The Urban Farming Coloring Book!

By yours truly!

I had a ton of fun with this project.  I think it’s something adults, and kids, and families, can all do together.

I didn’t want this to just be a coloring book.  I wanted it to be informational as well, so that’s why every “chapter” has information about one aspect of urban farming…how to raise chickens…how to prepare soil…how to compost…how to raise worms….and so on, with a corresponding coloring page.

It’s a great way to teach your kids about gardening/urban farming, something I am passionate about and something I think is very important for this next generation.  I firmly believe that, as a society, we need to get back to our roots.  We need to get our hands dirty.  We need to start raising “good” crops and not that GMO crap you find in stores.  We need to come together as a community and help each other, barter with each other, and share with each other.

So that’s why I created this coloring book.

It’s available on Amazon, and of course I’ll be selling it around the area at farmers markets and selected stores.

That’s all I’ve got for you today.  If you have a child, or a grandchild, or nieces or nephews, this is a fun activity that will also teach them something, and how cool is that?

Thank you!

Bill

Lacto-Fermenting Chicken Feed

Too busy for words!

That pretty much sums up life on our urban farm.

We have 43 chicks that need to go outside.  The only problem is it is still too cold to send them out to the aviary.  I’d like the temp to rise above 50 degrees for a few days, but so far Mother Nature is not cooperating.

Sigh!

Meanwhile, it’s getting crowded in the garage, because the 120 quail need the enclosure currently being used by the chickens.

Sigh!

It will all work out, but for now we have some unhappy birds.

I know how they feel.

And the garage stinks!

DO YOU HAVE CHICKENS?

If so, here’s an idea I ran across for fermenting their feed.

Lacto-fermenting feed has been used for literally thousands of years, but surprisingly few people in the United States do it.

Lactic acid bacteria, like the probiotics you find in Greek yogurt, are great for making chicken feed easier to digest, more nutritious, and it also helps to stretch your feed dollar a bit further.  Here’s how you make the stuff:

  • Measure out the amount your chickens will eat in one day. For adults this is about a ¼ of a pound of feed, per chicken.
  • Pour non-chlorinated water over the feed and mix thoroughly. You’ll want two or three parts water for one part feed when mixing.  You can do this in a big bucket.
  • Let that mixture sit for three days. By Day 3 you should see bacteria reproducing, giving off gasses, and you’ll see bubbles forming on the top.
  • Each day after Day 3 you will mix a new batch…on Day 3, pour the excess liquid on top of measured new feed; this will be the starter culture.
  • Feed the mash to your chickens daily in an open container.

And that’s all there is to it!

Trust me, it works.  Our chickens are very pleased with their new gourmet meal.

ANOTHER THING ABOUT CHICKENS

It’s about time for you to prepare the garden outside, right?

Why not let your chickens do the work for you?

Try this:

  • get a rototiller and turn over the area you plan on planting.
  • Turn your chickens loose on that area. You can cover the area with a homemade chicken tractor and put the chickens inside to ensure they will work the area you have planned.
  • Leave them there for a couple of days and watch the magic happen.
  • Remove the chickens and rototill one more time.

I guarantee your soil will be magnificent when the process is completed.

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

I finally published my Urban Farm Coloring Book. You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT FOR YOU THIS WEEK

If you don’t have chickens, give some thought to getting some. They really are great birds to have in an urban environment, and those fresh eggs are to die for.

Just don’t start out with 43 of them in the garage during a prolonged rainy period.

And don’t get me started talking about Bev and her new job as the Farmers Market Manager…craziness!

Bill