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Simple biochar kilns are easy to make to create biochar from wood/ timber by means of pyrolysis.  Once you have the biochar, crush and soak for 10-days in a mix of water, cow manure, and some good soil with microbial activity.  This process will bio-activate the biochar with soil microbes.  You can then add this bioactivated biochar to the root-zone of crop row soils to create a soil mix of about 10 percent biochar.  This process will increase soil fertility long-term and typically double crop…See More
Sep 5, 2020
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Agricultural Development Specialist
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Farming background, BS Degree in Agriculture w/ advanced training in tropical, desert and urban farming. Published author & inventor related to sustainable agriculture & self-help. Work in 42 developing nations and the U.S. Founder & President of Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI), a 501(c)(3) charity.
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Fried grubs.
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Biochar Production Manual
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Quail for Urban Farming

In areas where chickens and other larger fowl are not allowed, quail are a great option.  Quail may be reared indoors in a large bird cage or in part of your yard using a "run" (an enclosure made with a light-frame and bird netting).  The Bobwhite breed generally produce the most eggs, plus good quality meat.   Texas A & M hybrid Button quail grow the fastest and produce the most meat.  A small incubator and an order of fertile quail eggs will get you started.  You will need to find and…


Posted on September 2, 2013 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments

Tick Control for Gardens/ Yards

If you have a tick problem, you may eliminate most of your ticks by using dry-ice traps in the spring and fall. Ticks hunt by CO2 detection to find prey with blood and a CO2 signature (exhaust).  Use several small tubs of dry-ice, covered with a thick layer of heavy white felt (that touches the ground on all sides) ... and place these around your garden and/or yard areas.  As the dry-ice melts, CO2 from this ice is trapped by the heavy felt.  Ticks will use their sensing abilities to find…


Posted on August 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Avoid the Temptation to Use GMOs

Most people growing their own foods do so to avoid GMOs and herbicides/ chemicals used to help grow these crops.  In addition home growers seek a better quality of food free of all the additives, fillers, preservatives and chemical residues found in foods from the stores.

We can all avoid the temptation of growing GMO crops by reviewing a Rodale Institute 30-year farming study that shows non-GMO crops produce more than GMO crops.  In addition, research by the Univ. of California,…


Posted on August 28, 2013 at 1:33pm

Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture

My charity, NPI, is engaged in the development of innovative sustainable agricultural practices that may be of interest to this community.  Our new integrated means of food production, indoors or outdoors and at any scale, may be seen on a You Tube video (http://youtu.be/cK71v-y15YY).  Articles on two groups of our new technologies may be seen on 1)…


Posted on August 28, 2013 at 10:58am

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At 1:47pm on September 2, 2013, Jennifer said…

Hi, David. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here: site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content. I’m so glad you found us, and I’m thrilled that you’ve been so active on the site already. Thanks for sharing your good know-how! (And more on those fried grubs, please!) I hope you’ll turn up plenty of projects and ideas here to spur you on, and you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage. If you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!

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