Monsanto’s GMO Sweet Corn May Soon Be On Your Plate

Raw Sweet corn

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GMO seed giant, Monsanto, will be introducing its version of genetically modified sweet corn this fall rather than 2012 as originally projected. The GMO sweet corn is genetically stacked with multiple genes that help resist pests above and below the ground. The GE sweet corn is also herbicide resistant to Monsanto’s very own herbicide, Roundup.

Wait, do you mean Monsanto is getting its cake and eating it too?

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Photos From The Urban Farm

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Some may call it urban farming, while others may simply dismiss it as gardening. It’s true, but in my case, I call it urban farming because approximately 30% of my little one-third acre of residential property is dedicated to growing … Continue reading

Egg-citing News From The Urban Farm

For those of you that have been following along, back in March, we acquired two addition hens. This time, we chose Red Island Reds, and thought they’d make nice companions with our three Ameraucana hens. So far, the union has been successful and they all get along perfectly!

Anyhow, the big egg-citing news is that on Sunday morning, we got our first egg from one of the new hens. Until we can catch one of them in the act and identify the egg, we’re not sure which hen is doing the laying. Maybe both? I’m not sure, but since Sunday, we’ve consistently had a little brown egg each day, along with the larger greenish-blue eggs from the Ameraucanas. I’m hoping that once we are in full production, we’ll be seeing between two and three eggs a day from the whole hen-house.

The first small brown egg from our Red Island Reds

Egg-citing News!

Do you raise chickens? Leave me a comment, I’ve love to hear about your chickens!

Garden Tip: Recycle Your Sunflowers

Homegrown sunflower with some photo processing done for additional character

One way to avoid purchasing expensive pre-made trellises and cages for your garden is to make your own from wood or bamboo, but those materials can also be quite costly these days. One alternative is to grow your own!

Sunflowers are not just a great source of beauty for you garden, but they can also be recycled into some pretty nice lightweight stakes.

For best results, I recommend planting the taller varieties of sunflowers. We have several different varieties of sunflowers growing throughout our property and most of our sunflower stakes are in the 5-7 foot range with some of them bearing a diameter of up to 2 inches.

I like the idea, but how do I turn my sunflowers into garden stakes?

Once the flowers have completed their bloom and the plants start to die, simply dig up the sunflowers, remove all the leaves, and then carefully saw off the root balls and let the stalks dry out a bit. The thicker stalks are obviously the strongest, but even some of the smaller stalks prove to be strong enough to help support lightweight vine-type plants in your garden. Keep in mind that sunflower stalks are not wood and they can be crushed or broken so it’s best to tie them to each other as often as possible in order to help distribute any weight that they will bear.

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Pioneer Memories – The Call Of Duty

Indian warfare--discovery of the village

Peckwell, J., Engraver. Indian warfare–discovery of the village / drawn by R.F. Zogbaum ; J. Peckwell, sc. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/89714481/>

When I say “The Call of Duty”, I’m not talking about the ever so popular video game, I’m talking about the actual Call of Duty. The Call of Duty is more commonly known as the military service that so many fellow Americans provided for this country as they built up the foundation of America and continue to provide.today.

Take a step back in time and read one story about American pioneers, their military experience, and the mark they left in the history book. In the following 1943 letter by a distant cousin, Mary Lee Parker, writes to another distant cousin Hazel Bolton along with some other relatives, Margaret and Richard. In her recollections,  Mary Lee describes some of the military experiences of her father, grandfather, and uncle as they migrated west across the great plains of Kansas. Spelling and grammar mistakes are transcribed to help richen the true flavor of these pioneer memories.

Wichita, Kansas
May 26, 1943
Dear Hazel,
Sitting by a slightly open window through which I see clouds that cover the sky as they have so many, rany(sp) days through April and May, I direct your thoughts back about eighty years to the time when Aaron Holmes Parker, your Grandfather, Margaret and Richard, and your Great Uncle, Hazel was a boy of seventeen.
He had been left in charge for a short time of the quartz mill owned by his father, my Grandfather, who had gone to Denver on business accompanied by and older son Kirk. Grandfather Parker had temporarily left his home in Reading Mass. and lived for a while in Lawrence Kansas where his home had been in connection with the escaping of slaves going to Canada? Then he went on west to Colorado City, a few miles from Colorado Springs. There he established this quartz mill the purpose of which was to crush the quartz making it ready for the process of extracting the minerals.
Grandpa and Uncle Kirk had been gone several days when someone brought Papa word that his brother Kirk had joined the Union Army. Papa wanted to go too so he closed the mill and started for Denver. He met Grandpa on the way who permitted him to continue. The reason he was in such a hurry was that he wanted to get in the same compay(sp) with his brother, and he succeeded. He was not eighteen yet but was six feet tall. On account of his height they did not ask his age.

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Human-like GM Milk Headed For Your Table

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Within a couple of years, you may be able to sit down to breakfast and wash it all down with a tall glass of genetically modified human-like milk!

Chinese based company, AgroBiotechnology, has taken a couple hundred head of cattle and genetically modified them with human genes in order to produce human-like milk. Similar research started a few years ago in Russia, when human-like milk began being produced from genetically modified goats.

Why would anyone want cows that produce human-like milk?

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Hatching Chickens

For those of you that have always wanted to see a chicken hatch from an egg, we’ve got video of exactly that.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law purchased an inexpensive incubator and acquired some fertilized eggs. With that, the great chicken hatching project was born. Out of about a dozen eggs, three have hatched and of those three, two have survived.

Here is a video of the second surviving chicken hatching from its shell. Cinematography and narration compliments of my seven year old son.

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Have you ever hatched chickens? Leave a comment and share your learnings with us!