Hello. It’s been a good while since our last update. There have been quite a number of developments here on the EHO homestead and micro-farm. We’re not ready to open the storefront just yet. We are hosting more events and finally podcasting. Let me catch you up a bit…
First up we have a special event slated to take place here this Sunday. We’re hosting a gene trader’s event on the property from noon to five. It will cost twenty dollars at the door and one hundred for VIP. At this event you will be able to acquire seeds and clones of verified genetics as well as guaranteed female plants. There will be a number of vendors also carrying lighting and other necessary growing accoutrements.
We also have a selection of our first season of starters ready for you. All growing in our own recipe of organic no-till soil. Some of what we have includes kale, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and more. Just wait until you see how happy these creatures are in our soil!
This week we finally got the chickens we’d been talking about since before winter hit. Cute little buggers! Not only are they going to provide our family with nutritious delicious eggs, they’ve been tasked with the job of keeping our pest count down. We’ve only got four to start so that us and the Eye Heart Kids can get used to caring for them. It’s a first for all of us.
In other news, we noticed the MA Cannabis Grower’s Association post on Facebook earlier this week about censorship on mainstream social media. Apparently, pages associated with anything cannabis are being told to change the names of their groups to appease this net-neutrality thing that’s been hotly debated for some time. The mods of the group posted that they refuse to change their name and be censored so they will be moving to other platforms with less restrictions, in particular Steemit. Good news, folks! We saw this coming.
Please understand, this is not an “I told ya so”, we are simply relieved that we’re not the only ones sounding like paranoid conspiracy wackos and we’re excited that we will now be joined on decentralized uncensored platforms by others who will help spread our positive messages and lifestyle practices. As of now, our VP of Business Development has his own Steemit blog on which he hosts our Eye Heart News podcasts every Monday at 4PM EST on MSP-Waves Radio.
This coming Monday our guest on the podcast will be our good friend Robes of Caldwell’s Social Club.
As we wait out the last bit of lingering winter weather, the first day of spring 🌼 has come and gone. We’ve gotten what I pray to the gods is a last snow 🌨. As it happens, last frost is slated for 4/20. A fine date for a first day to get some outdoor planting done. After bicycle day and the day before my born day! There’s been talk of an event here that weekend. Gotta reach out to Caldwell’s Social Club to get an update.
As you may have seen in our previous posts, the indoor beds are built and now filled with that fresh organic soil, locally sourced of course, just down the street.
Many of our collective food scraps are destined to be food for worms and microbes from here on in. Mostly fruits 🍉 and veggies 🥗.
Dennis brought us some of his close to three year build to seed and enrich our foundation.
A little sifting to make it fluffy and airy.
We’ve got worms!
They’re SO CUTE, apparently 😝.
Compost tea is brewing.
Microbes are fed and aerated.
The kids found chicken claws in the soil. I see necklaces in the near future.
👁 ❤️ Kids are inquisitive. Self directed.
👁 ❤️ Dogs are lazy and stubborn. LOL. 🐶
* Cannabis clones 🌲.
* Bugs 🐞.
* Mycology 🍄.
* Aquaponics 🐟.
* Bees 🐝.
* Chickens 🐔.
* Zero Waste Conference 🚯.
* #EHO podcast on MSP-Waves 📻.
I hope you enjoyed the new format I’m playing with for these posts. I will continue to tweak it from week to week. If you have suggestions or questions feel free to comment.
You can also see this and follow our VP of Business Development, JP Steinberg on Steemit.
Good afternoon from the #EHO homestead. If you’ve been following us you know we’ve been a little behind in our weekly postings. Well, that’s about to change. As VP and administrative manager of #EHO I’ve got a lot on my plate. Especially since we’re in the very early stages and much of what we’ve got planned is still in development. Seems there’s always way more work to do before the actual “work” begins. I don’t see what we’ll be doing in the near future as work; instead, I see it as simply what needs to be done to achieve maximum thrive on a day to day basis. Meaning that we ought not focus simply on working as a means to earn currency which we exchange for the basic necessities that help us survive such as food, rather we engage in the kind of work that provides us with necessities such as: farming, building, socializing, growing and creating. Take a look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in order to gain a better understanding of what I mean.
The work we’re currently engaged in is many faceted. First of all, we’ve taken over this just under one acre micro-farm which was once a retail florist. The property was abandoned for several years and in slight disrepair. The barn which houses our storefront, clubhouse/office/boardroom and has a 300 sq ft greenhouse attached, is a solid wood structure built mostly at the turn of the 20th century so it’s actually in great shape considering. The windows and doors are drafty, which has made heating it a bit pricey. Since I’m the only one using it a great deal of the time I tend to keep myself just comfortable enough to plug away at our ongoing projects. We’re just weeks away form the last frost, which oddly enough is on 420 this year. We’ve already begun work on the big greenhouse and done some tidying up around the property on the few good days we’ve had. Fortunately for us we have 4 kids always looking for something to do!
In order to keep this blog going steadily, I am going to piggy back topics each Monday with my Steemit blog and podcast. Obviously, some of the topics are too controversial for #EHO, which just means this blog will be more honed and streamlined. The three main topics I will attempt to cover here from week to week are sustainability, zero waste and mental health and wellness; pertaining mostly to farming and homesteading with a little technology thrown in perhaps. This week’s guest on Hangin’ with WHO is Rob in the Page family aka White Walking Feather. If you are not familiar with his work take the time to watch the Talismanic Idols documentary Ungrip. Rob lives on a 72 acre homestead on Albert, Canada where he and his wife have built a fully sustainable off-grid earthship, grow their own food, raise livestock and govern themselves. Get ready to take notes.
Next week’s topics – Food waste & DIY recycled paper.
Hello again from the #EHO homestead. Sorry for taking so long between posts, we have so much going on here it’s been a bit difficult keeping up. a few weeks ago we had several days of board meetings in order to begin ironing out the details of what exactly we are going to grow in our greenhouses and around the farm. We spoke about merchandise and sourcing certain products. We discussed the many ideas we have for classes, seminars and workshops. We didn’t cover as much ground as we would’ve liked due to that terrible flu that was going around; here’s some of the plans we’ve set into motion.
We met for a second time with one of our board president’s former student whom has become somewhat of an aquaponics expert and is looking to invest in and initiate a serious indoor operation for farming carp and growing organic leafy greens. Once the current, soon to be former, owner of the property moves his pontoon boat from the garage that is to be our farm stand, we will begin to install the tanks on the heavy duty utility shelves already there. We will be documenting this project and ensuring it remain as close to #zerowaste as possible.
After having done a fair amount of research and network with the local farming community, we decided it would be best to grow produce that isn’t abundantly available around here already. One thing we found to be lacking is mushrooms. And boy do we love mushrooms! Our VP and his wife have been studying mycology and learning to forage for several years now and it has become a passion for them. Since having occupied the property and explored the immediate area just before winter hit, we found puffballs growing just across the street. And boy were they delicious stir fried with a little garlic in olive oil! As soon as the weather breaks we’ll be inoculating wood piles around the property with edible and medicinal mushrooms.
There’s tons more happening here and we’ll be keeping you in the loop as things unravel. In the meantime, be sure to head over to Patreon and support our VP, JP Steinberg, in his podcasting and blogging endeavors. We’re happy to be a sponsor on his weekly talk show and we certainly enjoy the music he spins. Your subscription and support of his social media helps support his work with #EHO and will surely go a long way. In the coming weeks we will work withhim to create merchandise and marketing campaigns for both his DJ career and our mission to develop a lifestyle brand that will usher in an era of p2p commerce for a generation of healthy, happy, eco-positive communities all over the world.
This dab bar was handcrafted right here on the #EHO agora by our property manager, Mark Bifuclo and our #no-till live soil guru, Dennis Sumner. The wood is a #repurposed shelf from the old Fall Brook Shop. We are willing to barter goods and services; the asking price is $500, or best offer.
A little behind this week so I’ll cut to the chase; our board president, Rob Ryan should be on a plane heading towards #Boston now and we shall be there to pick him up. Due to a full-time teaching schedule at a state university and obligations to do the family thing for the holidays, he was unable to attend our New Years Eve speakeasy. For the next several days we will be here on our one acre micro-farm whittling away at our many responsibilities and starter projects to get the greenhouse budding and our aquaponics bubbling! Gotta go…