SEND IN ALL OUTSTANDING PETITION SHEETS before April 1, 2012 

Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:03:00 AM

We would like to gratefully thank the MANY residents of Brevard County who have signed our petition in the last four months.  We are ESPECIALLY THANKFUL for the many local businesses and newsletters who have either hosted our petitition or sent out links to help us get the word out.  We also appreciate the many ACTIVIST VOLUNTEERS who dropped off petitions and canvassed neighborhoods and workplaces for signatures.....and the numbers KEEP ROLLING IN!!!

We have made a concerted effort to contact people who received petitions, but if there are ANY OUTSTANDING SIGNATURE SHEETS, please contact us by phone or drop the sheets in the mail so that they can be counted before the FIRST OF APRIL, 2012.  By our best guage, we have about 1,500 signatures of Brevard County residents who support backyard chickens and suburban homesteading!!!  We are excited to be carrying this momentum forward towards the realization of code change!!!

PLEASE BE AWARE that anyone who wishes to sign may continue to do so at any time ONLINE at Avid Homestead.  PLEASE CONTINUE to educate people and urge them to sign and make comments and suggestions for POSITIVE CODE CHANGE!!!  THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

 

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Saturday, April 14, 2012 11:14:22 PM Aola
We grew lettuce, scpianh, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, herbs, peas and strawberries (although the darn birds ate the few strawberries we got). We also had a community garden plot so this was just what we grew around the house. We got old pickle buckets free from a restaurant, made some holes around the bottom and put in about 2 inches of landscaping rock from our flowerbed. Then we filled it with organic potting soil we got from the store. (You don't have to use organic since it is more expensive but we wanted organic.) Then plant away! Some things like tomatoes and peas need extras support in pots just like they do when planted in the ground. Oh and make sure your fertilize the pots according to the fertilizer instructions. We bought organic vegetable fertilizer from the store and just feed the plants based on the package recommendations. Some things like herbs and peas are quick and easy to start from seed but things like peppers and tomatoes are easier to buy as little plants when you are just getting started. Container gardening and gardening vertically really can open up a whole new level of gardening for people in smaller places. I'd suggest googling it or checking out some library books there are lots of good references out there. Have fun!

If all the leaves on a plant turn brown, it will almost never grow back. Grass is a little bit bett

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If all the leaves on a plant turn brown, it will almost never grow back. Grass is a little bit better than woody plants with this, but it starts dying faster.Watering every other day is usually enough. You’ll want to water more during the summer time than during the winter time, and you don’t need to water for a few days after a good rain.One of the major mistakes new gardeners make is the amount of water. They either start off with too much, or too little. Usually too little, especially in the summer. If you’re in any kind of warm area, giving too much water will usually not be a big problem.Watering during the early morning, before it gets too bright is best. Watering near night time is second best, because at these times, the sun won’t be evaporating the water out so fast, and it will have more time to soak into the soil.You might want to start off watering until the water slops around off your property. Then slowly cut back until it’s all pretty much just soaking in. Then if there are mushrooms popping up, cut back a little more, and a little more until things start to turn brown again. That’s a pretty good indicator that you’ve cut back too much.Usually the lawn will be watered pretty well with sprinklers, You can put those on timers pretty easily, and just adjust the amount a little with the weather. The gardens often will need to be watered by hose every few days. Depending on what you have, in it, you can sometimes make tree ring ditches around the trees and bushes to fill with water, and not spend too much time actually spraying the hose about.Now would also be a good time to meet the neighbors. The older folks often know a lot about the yard, and the plants in them already. Once they know you’re new to the gardening thing, they’ll be glad to give you some advice so the neighborhood doesn’t look like crap. A lot of the kids will also be looking for a little cash. You might be able to hire them to water the front yard for a reasonable price. Younger adults may just hire gardeners, and know a cheap company that can do it all, or even redo it all for the right price. You’ll have to learn a little bit though, so you can negotiate what needs to be done.

reason people hate GM is because they think it is all sprayed with pesticides. SOME gm crops are pes

Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:12:47 AM home insurance
reason people hate GM is because they think it is all sprayed with pesticides. SOME gm crops are pesticide resistant so you can nuke them with chemicals to increase yield, but a lot are just regular plants that have been harmlessly modified to have different attributes (e.g. Having more protein or iron in to aid the diets of starving african children…etc) All plants you eat have been ‘selected’ for their properties over time, we bred most things. learn more about GM.

“Planning a bed, or planting a garden” ?? This video is labeled wrong I think, as it has

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:02:59 AM life insurance
“Planning a bed, or planting a garden” ?? This video is labeled wrong I think, as it has nothing to do with preparing a garden bed. I expected soil amendments, bed size considerations and orientation to the sun and such. This is kind of a mish-mash, perhaps better titled “planting guidelines” or something.

Unfortunately Lamar’s book was barely short of a complete waste when it was $5, now that he ha

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:17:17 AM health insurance
Unfortunately Lamar’s book was barely short of a complete waste when it was $5, now that he has increased the cost, the value of the content has decreased exponentially. To make matters worse he is quite simply dishonest in his claims as to the cost of his uninspired shack. He claims a total cost of $2000, but that does not include anything other than the shell, and that not even weather-tight. That means no electrical, no plumbing, no interior, no windows, no doors, nothing at all other than the most basic shell. That would be understandable if he was clear about this, but for those not paying close attention, and not privy to some of the revelations he has made on his yahoo list, it would appear that he is trying to simply pull the wool over the eyes of hopeful would be tiny home owners. The other plans in his book are even less useful. His “composting toilet” is nothing of the sort. Instead he ignores the toilet part entirely, and suggests digging a pit to empty the waste into, a pit lined with thin plastic and inaccessible for clean out. Oh sure he put a plexiglass top on the pit, but that is hardly worth the price of the book.. Sadly Lamar is one of those charlatans who can only give the tiny house and homesteading movement a bad name.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:22:55 AM empire health insurance
Basic Tomato SauceMakes 4 cupsIngredients:1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 Spanish onion, chopped into 1/4-inch dice4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded2 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reservedSalt to tastePreparation:In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and the carrot and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds one week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.

I am pretty new to all this but what I have found is that one can only give estimates, depending on

Monday, April 30, 2012 11:54:18 PM health insurance
I am pretty new to all this but what I have found is that one can only give estimates, depending on where you live prices vary. I have not read the book so I cannot make any comments on that but what I have found – when researching alternative energy sources – is that when people are trying to “get off the grid”, and informing others about it, there will always be those, with other intentions, who try to refute their efforts and scare people away. And it appears that the same principle crops up with sites like this. Personally I think Lemar appears to be honest in his approach, has built a brilliant little house and is well worth getting some advice from. I live in Argentina and constructed a house, in my in-laws back garden, out of plastic bottles filled with earth a year and a half ago. 3m x 6m – bedroom/kitchen-living/bathroom – cost me less that 2000 pesos (about 500 dollars). Unfortunately, due to complete lack of any building experience what so ever I have, admittedly, made many mistakes. I have recently purchased a small plot and Lemar, as well as many others that I see on this site, is an inspiration to just keep trying, learn from others and learn from our mistakes, if what you really want – is to be free.Many thanks to all. God Bless.

For the sauce1 tbsp olive oil½ onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, finely chopped200g/7oz fresh chopped

Monday, April 30, 2012 11:54:47 PM term life insurance
For the sauce1 tbsp olive oil½ onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, finely chopped200g/7oz fresh chopped tomatoeshandful fresh basil, choppedsalt and freshly ground black pepper. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, but not browned. Add the tomatoes and cook until broken down. Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water for 30 seconds, before draining well. Stir the basil through the tomato sauce and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.Serve the pasta in a serving bowl with the sauce spooned over.

You might like to put up a simple Shadecloth Canopy, and drip irrigation system. See GardenGirl&#821

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You might like to put up a simple Shadecloth Canopy, and drip irrigation system. See GardenGirl’s video here on her Drip System. Heat loving Plants and herbs, and many Dwarf Fruits will grow happily in your pots. Have fun with it – year-round!

These photos remind me of the ones in my grandmothers photo album. My mother was raised on a homest

Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:21:31 AM health insurance
These photos remind me of the ones in my grandmothers photo album. My mother was raised on a homestead in the then rural area of Williamsburg, OH. Of course, homesteading was the way of life for my grandparents and probably yours too. I sometimes feel that I am not living up to my roots because I don’t know how to can vegetables yet and am not a very good sewer. (Is that part of it?) I remember going into my grandmothers pantry and seeing stacks and rows of canned beans, tomatoes and peppers; I even remember sitting around the kitchen breaking beans. Even being only a first generation “city-girl” there is still a lot to re-learn about the natural way. Thanks for providing a platform. Do you having any advice about building a small greenhouse for Ohio winters?

I do agree with Gee Gee’s comments in the main, but I would like to address the situation rega

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I do agree with Gee Gee’s comments in the main, but I would like to address the situation regarding ‘cults’. A cult is like Feng Shui, or tarot cards, it’s to do with the spiritual elements in the world. Gee Gee is the head of a sect, as she, being a 15 year old female, is a charismatic leader with disciples. I would like to say that she should keep the sect going and keep teaching us about grammer. The world needs to be taught!!!And we can all wait a year for QT’s film, chill out.

Apparently I’m a 72-year-old man who leads a cult. Pretty far off from the truth, but it&#8217

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Apparently I’m a 72-year-old man who leads a cult. Pretty far off from the truth, but it’s an entertaining idea.Note to jr2: Piss off, I’m 15 and female.Also, both Gs in my name are supposed to be capitalized, spaces come after commas, you used the possessive form of fuck, when I do believe you meant to use the plural (aye, do I love pontificating basic grammar).

Google for the info on how to…A Grow light is a must and maintaing temperature is an absolute.

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Google for the info on how to…A Grow light is a must and maintaing temperature is an absolute. You dont have any insects to cross pollinate the flowers so you would have to use a Q tip to do that all by your self…however try Google.happy ketchup

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Monday, May 14, 2012 9:35:13 PM car insurance
Fahrie, your comment translated on Google as ”Posted on esduto Richard I in a public school and this is the reality that almost never have lunch in the school and the classroom is hot with no ventilation.” I mean no disrespect, but to be honest, I don’t quite know how to respond to this comment as I don’t understand what you were you to say, presuming the translation was correct. I certainly feel for any child not able to eat at school and having to learn in less than desirable conditions. It would be nice if schools could take on more of the homesteading approach, think of the money that could be saved and the learning opportunities students could have in helping tend a school community garden!Shani

Do people think your crazy for telling them to multch thier garden? I have got nothing but resistanc

Monday, May 14, 2012 9:37:10 PM car insurance
Do people think your crazy for telling them to multch thier garden? I have got nothing but resistance from those who I have told to always keep the soil covered.Everyone I know is still sending thier leaves off to the county compost where it is likely mixed with toxic municipal sewer sludge, composted, and re-sold. Then they pay some company to come spray a "Organic Based" chemical fertilizer blend containing 85% urea!My landloard sprayed my organic heirloom Brandywine Tomato!

Congratulations! … Congratulations! You did a pretty good job on your hydro garden. You sure

Monday, May 14, 2012 11:38:53 PM car insurance
Congratulations! … Congratulations! You did a pretty good job on your hydro garden. You sure have a lot of delicious crops there. I noticed that your hydro setup is located outside, so does that mean you used natural lighting all throughout their growth stages?
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