"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, April 4, 2011

Double Nickel Farm Test

1. Approximately how many eggs can you expect from a mature hen in 7 days?

2. What is a male goat called? How about the female?

3. What is a male sheep called? How about the female?

4. Can you hard boil fresh eggs? Do you find the ease of peeling when they are fresh a bonus?

5. How do you wash wool sheared from a sheep?

6. Can pumpkins thrive in New Mexico? Is there a secret about the desert and squash?

7. What can you make with Mesquite Beans? Or do with Mesquite beans?

8. How do you raise a duck in a desert climate?

9. What is the diet of a duck?

10. What is an easy way to identify the sex of a duck?

11. What do chickens need to sleep at night? Ducks? Turkeys? Geese?

12. Do geese lay eggs year round?

13. How do you milk a goat?

14. How do you make a simple cheese from goat milk?

15. What do goats eat?

16. The care of a hoof of a sheep as well as a goat is critical, how do you care for their hooves?

17. What do you feed a lamb or kid that has been abandoned by their mother?

18. What do you feed a pig?

19. How do you keep the flies down on the barns, pens and coops of the farm animals?

20. Describe how to begin a compost pile and the steps it takes before it ends up in your garden.

21. For a fire, could you make a firestarter from a toilet paper roll and lint from the dryer? If so how?

22. Using products in the kitchen can you describe what can be used instead of toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo?

23. Once again using the kitchen as your base, what can you use as a window cleaner? Or to deodorize the carpets?

24. Can you make laundry soap that is with three ingredients and costs pennies, but more importantly is safe for you and the environment?

25. What is gray~water and how can gray~water benefit a farm?

26. Do you know how to hand wash a load of laundry? Describe the steps.

27. Do you know how much food and water you need to survive one week of an emergency situation? List what you need, then mark the items that you actually have on hand.

28. If you are coming down with a cold do you know what herbs could reduce pain or sickness?

29. Your power is out and you have two freezers full of food...and it seems like power will be out a long while, do you know how to preserve the food so it will not spoil? Describe what needs to be done.

30. Do you know how to use a water bath canner, pressure canner, dehydrator, solar drying methods, chainsaw, woodstove, firepit and to be honest life with out being connected? If so jot down which ones you know how to use and what you would do if you were not connected to the world for a week? What would fill your time?

In my world these skills are important. As an American I am quite able to live as most do, as I did that for a very long time. After Japan and the catastrophic events that have unfolded there, I was pondering if folks here understood that in a catastrophe help and support may not arrive for a long time, and that making do- would be something that you may have to do. I promise you that the Japanese people are seeing this play out and it is real. If we had something of that magnitude hit us, it would be a while to be able to cover so much land and help out. Perhaps learning a few skills could make all of us better at accepting and adapting. In no means do I believe that you need to do what I have done, but the skills I have learned here on the farm are transferable in any situation and definitely make me more able to get through if a crises arises.

I hope that you take a few measures to ensure that in a crises you are prepared. The time to find out what you need is NOT when a crises occurs!


mama4x said...

wow! Good job double nickle! great list!
feel free to link to me if readers want to know more! http://sustainingfarm.blogspot.com

Might have found a property! nearly 8 acres... nice! 30 min from town.

Farrah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you have a great day! Oh and yes my kiddie could eat pb and j sandwiches daily. Especially my daughter as she is lactose intolerant.

Patricia Mathews said...

As a city mouse, I would flunk 90% of that quiz. But I put the gray water from my bath (when I don't use shampoo & conditioner) and dump it in one of the rain barrels, because we haven't had a drop of rain or snow here in Albuquerque for over 2 months.

And the newspaper said "We don't live within our water means even in normal years." Which this isn't.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I know 19! Good list.