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 Post subject: New Member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:56 am 
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We are a homeschooling family of dad, mom, 5 boys and 1 girl. We are relatively new to the country life, and we live in east Tx on 30 beautiful, mostly wooded acres near Quitman, Tx. My children and I spent 30 minutes thinking up possible user names: .comPOST, coMOMpost, gotcompost?, willwork4compost. Aren't those great? :D

In the end, we chose amazedbygrace because it helps define why we are composting in the first place. Because we are amazed by "grace" (grace = God's riches at Christ's expense), we want to show our appreciation by being good stewards of what God has given us.

We also have a 5 year old son who is in the healing process from a brain tumor, so we have become much more commited to the necessity of organics than ever before. Due to the high costs of feeding a large family on store-bought organic foods, we are clearing some land to be able to raise our own vegetables, fruits, chickens, eggs, and eventually, a couple of goats for raw milk and maybe even a beef cow. I am a city girl, so I have lots of questions! :wink:


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 Post subject: Welcome
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:46 am 
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So many questions have already been answered...just use "search."

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Welcome aboard "amazedbygrace", If you have questions, feel free to ask, or as Pat has suggested, use the search option. You may be able to find the answers that way. If not please ask them. There are alot of people on this forum and many questions hae been asked and answered. Just maybe Howard will see your question and answer it.

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Welcome "amazedbygrace". I love the screen ID and share the feeling. :) I also encourage new members to first read and then read some more before plowing (pun intended) in with questions as many questions have been posed and answered many times.

Good luck and when you get those milk goats, be sure to post. As a suburbanite, I am forced to live vicariously thus I really enjoy those posts.

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 Post subject: Welcome to amazedbygrace
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I'm new to the groundcrew also and find that we have much in common. I home-schooled for 9 yrs back when it was wierd to home-school. We have four children and I also have a desire to be a good steward of what God has given us. There are only three of us at home now so a huge garden is'nt neccessary but I do love to plant things and watch them grow. I esp like to grow flowers. I planted two fig trees this week but they seem to be rather dead. I hope they live. I soil drenched with garret juice and surrounded them with wheat straw to give the roots some room in our black clay soil. ANy suggestions. Music is also very important hence Flowersong. :lol:


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Welcome to country life and organics! I have a few words of wisdom as you get started. You are on the right track, so you probably already know all of this, but just in case...

1. Eat unprocessed food as close to the form God has given us as possible. Make all your meals from scratch. So many people switch to organics but continue to eat packaged, processed organic food which is not good enough especially if you are trying to build up strength or fight a serious disease. Are you familiar with the work of Dr. Weston A. Price? Read his book and check out the Price-Pottenger Foundation and the Weston A. Price Foundation. You need high quality organic foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, 'good' organic fats, pastured meat or raw diary products, whole pulses (properly soaked and perpared) and a source of beneficial bacteria in your diet (homemade yogurt, kefir, lacto-fermented vegetables).

2. Eat with the seasons, there are many health reasons to eat what is in season. And then it is not that expensive to eat all organic. This year, I have cooked two school lunches and a church dinner from scratch, using all high quality, organic ingredients on very tight budgets and spent 2/3's or less in all cases. Learn and be aware of seasonal foods and your body's changing seasonal needs. Learn what seasonal herbs and spices to use in your cooking. For example, in dry cold winter, it is best to eat liquidy warm stews and soups (homemade of course). In the spring, it is time for 'spring cleaning', the time when all peoples in the past have cleansed to rid the body of the heaviness and toxins picked up during the winter. In the summer, eat cooling foods such as salads with homemade dressings, smoothies, fresh mint in your drink. We have many great sources for excellent food choices in this area of Texas, so eat well while learning and getting your land prepared.

You are on the right track and I wish you blessings in your efforts!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:28 am 
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FLOWERSONG wrote:
I'm new to the groundcrew also and find that we have much in common. I home-schooled for 9 yrs back when it was wierd to home-school. We have four children and I also have a desire to be a good steward of what God has given us. There are only three of us at home now so a huge garden is'nt neccessary but I do love to plant things and watch them grow. I esp like to grow flowers. I planted two fig trees this week but they seem to be rather dead. I hope they live. I soil drenched with garret juice and surrounded them with wheat straw to give the roots some room in our black clay soil. ANy suggestions. Music is also very important hence Flowersong. :lol:


Rough cut cedar mulch (the big chunks) might be better than the wheat straw in clay soil. Just a thought... I do not know if the straw would become mucky, but it might. Might want to keep an eye on it. :wink:

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