Thursday, January 29, 2009

Updated Listing on

I wanted to tell you all that I have updated the farm profile on . Because the veggies I grow differ from year to year, I decided to delete the individual veggie listings so I wouldn't have to keep revising the listing yearly. DATCP told me that I have to list at least one item, and we agreed to list brown eggs. I cannot just list "heirloom and open pollinated vegetables" for some reason. And remember that the chicks will be coming March 1st and won't start laying till August. I also created a better map (the one Google automatically went to showed us as being too far north). When you go to the savorwisconsin Web site you can search for us quickly by using the town (Butternut) in the search box. Then after you get to our listing, if you click on the link for driving directions, Google Maps will come up showing the WRONG map. Click on where it says "My Maps", then click on the link with our complete address. That will bring you to a satellite image of our farm with three place marks showing the house, our driveway, and the big field. You can switch from the satellite image to a street map if that is easier for you to look at. I would like to upload some pictures to the map, but I haven't figured out yet how to do that. It was kind of fun making that map; Google really impresses me!

It snowed off and on most of the day today, but at least it was not bitterly cold. Tom and I brought more wood into the garage from the wood pile. That took us a while because the wood we had in the garage was completely used up what with all the bitter cold we've had. It was a pain trying to move the wheelbarrow through the snow even though Tom had shoveled a path out to the wood piles, but I need the exercise! I gave both of us a dose of Arnica when we came back to the house. After we were done, I spent a couple of hours trying to find all the local newspapers in northern Wisconsin, then how to contact them and submit an article. I found seven newspapers. Four of them I can submit an article to on-line, but the other three I will have to call. Now I need to think about what I want to put in the article about the Local Food Guide and get it written. I also managed to find the Wisconsin Administrative Code relating to egg handling and food processing plant. Finally.

We just found that DSL service is now available to us through our phone company, so Tom called Century Tel today and got rid of the dial-up Internet. The serviceman is coming on the 3rd. I can't wait to be able to research subjects quickly and be able to see videos without waiting forever for them to load! A gift that grants me a far more efficient use of time -- thank you, Lord!

The weather is supposed to warm up a bit, so the chances are good that I can get some more fence posts cut. We are almost up to 10 hours of sunlight a day now, so I will take the cover off the garden box where the garlics are, and I will plant the other two boxes for early spring, cold loving veggies and see what happens. Three cheers for Eliot Coleman and his Winter Harvest Manual!

A member of the Price Direct Atlas Committee, Dave Ames, sent me some information for a couple of neat seminars and conferences. It was really nice of him. I would love to go to the Organic Conference in LaCrosse, but I just can't justify spending the money what with the economy being the way it is. I'd have to bring Lara with me, too. There is, however, a day seminar on February 5th that I would like to go to in Phillips. It will be $40 (for me and Lara to go). I even hate to spend that because I don't know what the chicken feed is going to cost me, but all of the topics are of vital interest to me. It will be hard to take Lara because I will have to cath her twice and bring her medicine, but she doesn't get out of the house much at all and likes the Ag extension and farmers market events. When I take her out I try to make it "Girls Day Out" like when we go to the beauty parlor for hair cuts, and she loves it!

Well, I've rambled on enough for today. Take care, all!

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