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Hoe heads

Hoe heads

August 1, 2015

From Gary:

Later,

Got the new pick hoe head sharp and painted it and another Imacasa hoe head. I took an image of them and sent to Tami, hopefully she can post them with this article.
 
The wide head is an Imacasa 1-04 and is my opinion of the most perfect digging hoe for raised beds that have already been worked up with a pick hoe or other heavy hoe like the adze eyed hoes used by forest fire fighters in Ecotopia….
 
Another good heavy hoe sometimes found at yard sales etc. is an egg eyed grub hoe. I used one for my best organic garden ever.
 
Then I went out and picked some corn, from what we planted to get seed going with local genetics.  I husked and took an image of about a third of what we will end up with.. you will notice some of the corn has red genetics. this is what we will prefer for seed, the red ears, and other ears that did the best on Tami’s soil.  We should have enough seed now to plant all the corn we need, but it will still be awhile until we are self sufficient as we use maybe 25 lbs per month for ourselves and dogs, and we could use more especially if we get chickens and other animals..
 
Corn harvest

Corn harvest

Corn is one of the best plants ever, and if I was going through a star gate and could only take one seed, it would be hard corn…
 
The general rule of subsistence is that you plant and grow as much as possible, and survive off of what actually produces and you just keep planting and growing more and more, working like crazy, and eventually you get to the Nirvana of self sufficiency…
 
This is where the concept of retirement came from; our ancestors married, lived in tents, built cabins or shacks, cleared a hole in the forest, and grew everything they could, and got a milk cow, chickens, etc. going, and when they had enough land cleared for a garden, began clearing for orchards and pasture…
 
After about 20 or 30 years of this, and pumping out kids to help, they had it all going good, and the fruit and nut trees producing, and they could “Retire” to the porch and stove, to hull nuts or slice apples etc. for drying, and they would be able to fairly easily get squash, beets, apples, and cabbages etc. into the root cellar.
 
This was retiring, and had nothing to do with wage slave jobs, income tax, stock markets, government bonds, or retirement funds, all of which have been created to rob millions of their efforts, and support a lot of drones who shuffle papers with larceny in their hearts…
 
Tami and I are working on the “Corn Bread futures market” and investing heavily. Corn bread is a staple in our diet, and we are happy to have it.. with corn and legumes we can survive.
 
Our usual diet is based around corn bread and lentils or peas.
 
We buy the stuff now, it’s the cheapest staples in the store, and Tami grinds the hard corn in her blender using the solar panels and inverter.  When we have spaghetti noodles it’s a treat. 
 
Tami is realizing the value of help. That our problem now is that it’s just us. But people will be starting to think soon and come visit, 
and we can help the ones who want to find land etc. and start cooperating to create a good community of like minded types. We are also working with the locals, and trying to do things in the community that are positives. Every Wednesday I teach English in the little school, and it is my great joy to do so.  I am starting to get really good results, Kids that were daunted by English are now seeing it can be interesting and fun, and are taking notes and becoming very involved with me. This is a long ways from the deer in the headlights looks that were on their faces when I first started.
 
I get them laughing, I tease them and joke with them, and wear myself out in a couple of hours of stand up teaching non stop. I usually go through two sticks of chalk and the teachers and kids joke about that..
 
“Get Gary his chalk!”
 
I have friends… they may all be about four feet tall, but I love teaching them.
 
I fight to teach them all that I can. Some of these kids live on dirt floors, and don’t have much for clothing etc. so I do my very best for them, I’m fighting for their futures and they are starting to figure that out. That I am trying my hardest to teach them any way possible and give them a boost over the town kids with money. 
 
And I see it in their eyes…
 
They know I am trying to help them have better lives, and be able to give their children better chances than they.
 
Anyway, also trying to work on the agricultural stuff and get them better diets in due time..
 
Another thing I do is always show them things about Native American culture. Last week I showed them images of Appaloosa horses, and had told them about the Appaloosas and Pintos being created by Native Americans.  I do this because a share of them are Native Americans and have no clue as to the importance of Native Americans in the cultural mix of what is now the Americas…
 
This also helps the self esteem of these kids, and teaches the others to respect the gifts we have been given. I’m sure it’s even a shock to the indigenous parents…
 
An American who teaches all the kids interesting things about indigenous people….
 
I’m hoping to eventually connect them with people from tribes in the US, and maybe have them help teach some crafts that have been lost here, and help us augment with things like sheep and wool textiles from that resource, and at the same time get them to quit nuking your coffee to do what sheep will gladly do in it…
 
So, I may not be rich or handsome, but I have managed to create a wholesome life for myself and am involved in a struggle with meaning.  
 
Soon more and more people will figure out that the rat race is a waste of their lives. And they will come.  And I can introduce them to my little friends, and they can help also, and get their reward in happiness.
 
We need more “Fighting Teachers” here.
 
G

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