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Since moving to a warmer and wetter climate, I have had to UP my pest control game. As much as I hated the cold temps in Colorado, it did bring welcome relief from those pesky mosquitoes, flies, ticks, spiders, etc. I could get away with a light peppermint infused spray or natural citronella to stop any invasion. Here in the south, it’s a different story.

It’s been a joy to watch and learn what my new home’s natural habitat looks like. The new spiders, the beautiful birds that keep the mosquito population down all by themselves, and even the fierceness of the tiny fire ant have all earned my respect. That doesn’t mean that I am going to share my home with them. Finding a product that is safe for my family and pets AND actually works has been a bit of an experiment, but I am happy to share with you that I have found a company that I love.

I have settled on the company, Cedarcide. Their products are backed by green chemistry and thoroughly tested for efficacy and dependability. They work closely with chemists and entomologists to deliver the best, family-safe goods on the market. They carefully select the ingredients for safety and performance — naturally sourced, plant-based, non-GMO ingredients are the backbone of the formulas.

I spray my home every six weeks and the yard area every couple weeks. This keeps all unwanted critters at bay and I have assurance that what is sprayed is safe for my family and pets. Also, as someone who is extremely sensitive to smells, these products have superseded my expectations.

The products fit perfectly into my holistic lifestyle and is why I have decided to partner up with Cedarcide and add them to The Fit Farmacy’s Store. I especially love that the products will not harm pollinators. The products are specifically designed not to deter beneficial bugs like bees and butterflies. And because the lawn products contain no harsh ingredients, no downtime is necessary. You, your family and pets can enjoy your yard immediately after application.

Note* Please apply lawn products in the morning or evening to avoid accidentally spraying pollinators directly.

You can order straight from the posted links and as always, clients of The Fit Farmacy earn a 20% discount on all products I sell.

Not a client yet, let’s change that. Everyone should have a Holistic Practitioner in their back pocket as a resource. Become a client today! But, let’s get back to the products! Here are some of my favorites that you will want to start using asap.

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAYPeppermint, Lemongrass, or Cedarwood

ALL PURPOSE BUG SPRAY VARITY PACK (3) – Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Cedarwood

Wherever your bug problem, All-Purpose Bug Spray has you covered. Protect your family & pets from bites, kill & repel bugs, and keep your plants bug free—all with a single product.

Easy to use, kills on contact, prevents bites

Safe for clothing, plants, gear, flooring & furniture

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Reminder: Cats can be sensitive to peppermint essential oil.

How To Use:

For Adults: Spray directly on your skin. To avoid eyes and mouth, use hands to apply to your face. Apply as needed or every 3-4 hours.

For Children: Apply to children using your hands or a cloth. Use sparingly, avoiding their eyes, mouth, and hands.

For Dogs & Horses: Lightly mist their coat, including their underbelly, ears, and tail. Massage the spray into their fur. To avoid their eyes and mouth, use your hands to apply to their face. Apply every 2-4 days or more often as needed.

For Cats: Apply weekly using your hands. If sensitivity occurs, discontinue use and bathe.

For Indoor Use: Mist flooring, furniture, countertops, pet spaces, fabrics, and more. Spray bugs directly or apply indoors weekly for prevention. For delicate items, test on a small area first.

For Plants and Outdoor Spaces: Protect indoor and outdoor plants from pest damage by lightly misting their leaves and branches weekly. For best results, apply in the early morning or evening.


BUG-FREE LAWN KITSmall, Medium, Large

The Lawn Kit kills & repels unwanted bugs like Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches without harsh ingredients.

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Easy to use, kills on contact, works fast

No downtime required—Enjoy your yard immediately


TICK SHIELD EXTRA STRENGTH– 3 Sizes

For people, gear, indoors & animals over 20 lbs, Tickshield kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps & Roaches.

Extra strength, kills on contact, prevents bites

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for clothing, gear, flooring & furniture


VET’S CHOICE PETS & LIVESTOCK CONTROL CONCENTRATE – 3 SIZES

Vet’s Choice is an extra-strength and highly versatile pest control concentrate that kills and repels Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Ants, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Wasps and Roaches. 

Concentrated, kills on contact, works fast

Worry-free ingredients & happiness guarantee

Safe for dogs, livestock, stables, barns, kennels and more


I hope you find these products as big a blessing as I have. I can’t wait to hear how they have helped you. Let me know!

Also, since I have found out first hand how much fire ants love my flower beds (before I started treating them) I have found a wonderful treatment to help draw out the poison and soothe the sting.

I have made my own poultice combo that I am selling. Of course you can make your own. Just make sure you are using high-quality products so the injury is not further aggravated.

For drawing out insect bites from fire ants, mosquitoes, horse flies, stings:

Use my INSECT BITE DRAWING POULTICE to immediately cool the sting and store in your natural medicine cabinet for emergencies.

Happy Summer!

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses On The Farm

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been overlooked as one of the top products to have on hand when in comes to maintaining a natural, healthy farm.  ACV can be used for almost anything.   It is very cost effective and it WORKS!

Running an organic farm is rewarding.  When I was putting my small farm into operation, the cleanliness of my herd and property was very important to me.  I wasn’t about trade in my natural and organic standards for a few, easy but toxic  “cleaning” techniques that could have harmful effects on not only the animals, but eventually on my family.  I am so thankful that history is our best teacher.  For thousands of years people have been putting into practice natural, organic farming techniques.   I think I will do it their way!

First of all, you need to know that not all apple cider vinegars are equal.  You need to find a raw, unfiltered, oraganic brand.  I do love the BRAGG Brand of ACV.  It doesn’t look or smell pretty but it does its job!  Just some of the reasons why you want to stay away from products with pasteurization, refining, or distilling is because these processes actually kill most of the healthy benefits of the ACV.  When buying raw, unfiltered ACV you will be receiving a product that is full of potassium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, copper, plus so much more.  These wonderful minerals would have been killed in the pasteurization process otherwise.

I hope that you start to add ACV into your daily routines so that you and your farm can start to see the difference it makes.  These are some of my favorites ways to use ACV:

Pest Control

If you have animals you have had to face pest control one way or another.  Flies, fruit flies, fleas, and ticks will have met their match once you have your rinse or spray formulated.  For heavy contamination of bugs, a rinse with 50/50 ACV and water mixture should be used to bathe the animal.  For maintenance, have a spray bottle diluted 50/50 ACV and distilled water and spray down animals once a day.  It also helps to disinfect the coops, pins, buckets, and feeders.

NOTE* ACV isn’t a friend of metal pans or feeders.

Digestive Health

ACV is a great way to maintain a normal pH balance in our animals and in us!  When our bodies have the proper pH, we can absorb the nutrients it needs to function and fight off disease. It helps to fight off bacteria and candida overgrowth that could lead to many health problems.  This also helps pest control when taken internally.  It literally makes the bugs NOT want to bite!  WIN WIN!

For Humans – 1 TBSP added to 1 cup of warm water daily

For Poultry- 1-2 TBSP for 1 gallon of water

For Dogs and Cats- 1 tsp in water bowl

For Goats/Sheep-  2 TBSP for 1 gallon of water

Chickens

I already listed why chickens need ACV for digestive health but they benefit from it in so many other ways.  Both meat birds and egg layers need ACV in their diet. With ACV being so rich in minerals, it aids in the production of healthy eggs.  It also helps them recover lost feathers after molting.  We want our meat birds as healthy as they can be.  ACV gives them the health boost they need along with providing very tender meat.

Disinfectant 

Remember me talking about keeping the coops and pins clean?  A 50/50 spray will be in every tack room you have.  You can spray down nesting boxes, feeders, bowls, kennels, brushes, and combs.  ACV can help to kill pathogens, including bacteria. It can be used topically or internally, which makes it perfect for cleaning and disinfecting.  It can also be used as a food preservative (very important in canning foods) which can stop the growth of bacteria like E. coli.

*NOTE -ACV isn’t a friend to metal pans or feeders.

Fruit and Veggie Wash

Of course I am going to promote buying only organic produce. However, sometimes that just isn’t an option.  I have had to rely on conventionally grown produce more than just a time or two.  A great way to clean all those toxins off is in a veggie soak.

Dilute 1 Tbsp ACV in 1 cup of water.
Add fruit or veggies.
Soak and stir (literally shake the food around) for about 5 minutes.
Rinse well, dry, and store properly.

If you’re not sure it works, just look at the bowl after you have removed the food.  YUCK!

Now, giving your produce a ACV wash isn’t just to clean them.  It also preserves them a bit so your produce will last longer in the fridge.

Here are some great tips on how to store your produce after an ACV wash:

AIR-TIGHT CONTAINER

bell peppers
broccoli
cabbage
carrots
cherries
cucumber
radish
spinach                                                                                                                                    asparagus

VENTILATED CONTAINER OR PLASTIC BAG IN THE FRIDGE

berries
eggplant
mushrooms
snap peas                                                                                                                                       greens and lettuce (they can be washed and stored in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel however, I have had better luck with them in an air-tight container)

ON THE COUNTER

avocado
bananas
mango
melon                                                                                                                                               citrus                                                                                                                                            peaches and plums
tomatoes (don’t ever put tomatoes in the fridge, it may preserve them but it will greatly affect their taste)

Hives

My final use for ACV that I am going to share is for hives.  A diluted formula of 1/5 ACV to water (in a glass spray bottle) works wonders.   My daughter kept breaking out in hives after an ATV accident.  It was from many different issues that was going on with her but we turned to the ACV spray for immediate relief.  We added in a few dietary changes to help as well but every time she broke out, her hives would dissipate in a matter of minutes after the spray had soaked in.

Need More Help?

I hope that you have found some new and beneficial uses of ACV.  I have my favorite brand linked straight to amazon if you can’t wait to add this to your natural medicine cabinet. I have used ACV in many other ways such as removing moles and warts and it is a great aid in helping to regulate blood sugar.  These are just some of the ways that a CNHP can help show you how natural methods can improve your health.  You can set up a consultation and learn of all the ways you can benefit from being on my client list.

https://myfitfarmlife.com/holistichealth/

 

I am also leaving y’all my favorite coleslaw recipe…enjoy!

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As always, I am here for any questions or health concerns you have. Feel free to email me and don’t forget to follow me of FB, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest @myfitfarmlife.

Blessings,

Stacey Upchurch, CNHP
Star Member through Young Living

Myfitfarmlife@gmail.com

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

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The Benefits of Golden Milk

I have been finding ways to add turmeric into my daily routine for a while now.  With more and more credible information coming out in favor of this super food, I was needing to find creative ways to enjoy it even more.  I have stumbled upon golden-milk, and I am loving it!

First, let us talk about the health benefits of turmeric, specifically curcumin.  Turmeric comes from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family.  Curcumin is the most active ingredient found in turmeric.  Because only about 3-4% of the turmeric root holds curcumin, it is hard for us to get its full effect.  If you are looking for higher doses of curcumin then you would need to look into curcumin supplements.

Since curcumin has been shown to reduce body inflammation, turmeric has been a top choice in natural medicine for many people that suffer from several types of inflammation.  Turmeric has been used for arthritis, heartburn, joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease, stomach bloating, stomach ulcers, IBS, gallbladder disorder, high cholesterol, and skin inflammation from radiation treatment.  It has also been used to help with colds and lung infections,  bronchitis, menstrual problems, and most importantly, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Curcumin sounds like the super food of all super foods, doesn’t it?  Well this super food needs a little help to do its job properly.  Knowing how your body absorbs certain nutrients is very important.  Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the blood stream when left to its own devises.  However, studies have found that piperine, found in black pepper, enhances curcumin’s bioavailability by 1,000 times.  Also, curcumin is fat soluble (this is why we add coconut oil to our tea) which means without fat, the most important ingredient, curcumin, will have difficulty traveling though the stomach, into the small intestines and into the blood, where it achieves its effectiveness.

So let’s make some tea!

Ingredients:

-1 cup organic almond milk- Read my blog to learn how to make your own fresh organic almond milk.  You can use organic coconut milk too.

-1/2 tsp. organic ground turmeric (I really love this brand)

-1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1 tsp. organic raw honey (optional, especially if you sweetened your almond milk with honey)

1/2 tsp. organic extra virgin coconut oil 

Dash of vanilla

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

You can make this two different ways.  You can mix all ingredients in a sauce pan until warmed or you can make a turmeric paste first (which can be stored in the fridge for weeks) and add it to your warm milk whenever you want your tea.

To make paste:

1/4 cup turmeric powder 

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/2 cup distilled water

 

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and mix well.  Turn the heat to medium and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste.  This will happen quickly so do not walk away from the pan.  After the paste has cooled completely, pour it into a glass jar and store in the fridge.  When you are ready to make tea, heat your milk, oil, vanilla, honey and add 1/2 tsp. of the paste.  Top it off with the cinnamon.  You may need to stir while you are drinking to avoid a strong turmeric gulp at the end.  A cinnamon stick added in place of the cinnamon can help with this.

You will love this powerhouse drink, especially in the evening.  One of the blessings of naturopathy is finding a way to bring healing into our lives within our daily habits.  By learning how and when to eat certain foods, we can have a profound impact on our health.  Remember, curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory so turn to your turmeric next time your body is screaming at you and let’s see what it can do for you!

I am in love with one other tea.  I drink it hot and cold all day long.  If you love turmeric/ginger, then you have got to try this tea.  Turmeric/Ginger Tea.  It’s not the powerhouse tea like the golden milk tea is, but it is wonderful tasting!!

Happy “tea” time!

 

Sources:

  1.    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662
  2. https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/
  3. http://naturalsociety.com/turmeric-absorption-super-benefits-black-pepper/ 

 

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

 

The World’s Best Homemade Ice Cream

My favorite treat growing up on the ranch was my mom’s homemade ice cream.   We didn’t get it very often which made it even more special!  It seemed like it took days for that old ice cream maker to work its magic.  My sister, dad, and I would watch my mom fish out the paddle attachment knowing that she would soon be handing it over to us to get the first lick…..heaven!

My mom very willingly shared her recipe but mine just never quite tasted the same.  I am convinced it was because she made her ice cream with absolute love.  Love is a secret ingredient, you know!

I just recently mastered her recipe.  Now my children beg for homemade ice cream as much as I did as a kid.  Of course, I use all organic ingredients now.  I have even dabbled into a couple different flavors and have found a family favorite!  I felt guilty about keeping it all to myself, so here it is.  Enjoy!

MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM

Recipe:

– 6 large organic eggs

– 3 cups organic sugar

– 15 drops Peppermint Vitality  EO (if you do not use Young Living EOs then DO NOT   ingest EOs.  Use an extract instead)

– 1 Tbsp vanilla

– dash of salt

– 2 quarts organic half and half

– 3 pints organic heavy whipping cream

-1 10 ounce bag organic mini chocolate chips

You will also need:

Homemade Ice Cream Maker (I highly recommend this one)

– Ice Cream Salt

– Ice

 

Directions:

  1.  Beat eggs in mixer until fluffy.  Add sugar, flavoring, and salt.

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  1.  Turn mixer on low and add cream one pint at a time.  This will fill the entire mixer  bowl.  Pour mix into ice cream container and add remaining half and half.
  2. Attach container to ice cream maker and turn on.
  3. Add layers of salt and ice until ice reaches the lid of container.
  4. Half way through the process, when you see the ice cream starting to thicken, shut off machine and carefully pull lid off (DO NOT LET ANY ICE WATER GET INTO ICE CREAM).  Pour bag of chocolate chips in and start machine back up until finished.
  5. You will know it’s finished when the motor is slowing down.
  6. When finished the ice cream will be soft.  Store in freezable containers in the fridge.

 

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This recipe makes 6 quarts so you will need to adjust your recipe if your ice cream maker is smaller.

*RAW EGG WARNING… This recipe contains raw eggs.  Make sure you are using the freshest eggs possible.

 

 

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Why You Need To Be Using Rose Water

We have obsessed about skin care for centuries.  Outside of weight control, I would say this is the most sought-out product search for women today.  Everyone wants to find the ‘Fountain of Youth’.  Sadly most of the body and skin care lines on the market today also come filled with toxic chemicals.  I am here to help change that.  Technology is a very good thing but in this case, I would like to allow history to give us a lesson.

According to www.royalsenseusa.com, roses have had a great purpose since ancient times.  They have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume.  Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians considered large rose gardens just as important as crop lands.  It is said that Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen, was considered to be among the most beautiful women in the world.  She was a big fan of the healing and beautifying qualities of bathing in rose water.  Therefore, if rose water was good enough for her, it should definitely be good enough for us.

Could the majority of our skin care line really be replaced by rose water?  “Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema.  It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores”, says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, Skincare Expert.  Let’s take a look at other benefits of rose water….

-Rose water has been shown to have antibacterial properties that are useful in cuts and scraps
-It also helps to clean out pores and shrink them while strengthening skin cells and regenerating them
-It can be used as an anti-inflammatory and used to reduce blood pressure
-Works great as a hair conditioner and on dandruff
-Many people use it in their cooking for many different reasons

How about that for the win?  Still need more benefits?  Check this Site out to learn more on the ‘beauty’ benefits of rose water.

Today the harvest of beautiful rose petals are in high demand.  After all, it takes 10,000 roses to make one 5ml bottle of rose essential oil.  Knowing that, this might make the price of rose EO more acceptable to you.  But if you just can’t justify spending $75 on pure rose essential oil, then rose water is your next best option.

So what is rose water?  Rose water is simply a by-product of the distillation process and a more affordable one at that.  Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water.  Simple…right?  Of course you want the best quality of rose petals.  Your best option would be to grow your own organic plants.  If this is more effort than you want to put into making your rose water, then shop for a good quality petal. I have purchased rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs and have been pleased with their quality.


What You Need To Make Your Own Rose Water With Dried Rose Petals:

– Dried Organic Rose Petals
– Distilled Water (tap water often has bacteria in it)
– Funnel
– Glass Bowl and Glass Jars (avoid metal or plastic)
– Organic Nut Milk Bag
– Glass Spray Bottles

What you Need To Make Your Own Rose Water With Rose EO:

– Rose Essential Oil (make sure and use 100% pure EO and not scented oil.  This is the only line of EOs I trust.)
– Distilled Water
– Witch Hazel
– Glass Jars (avoid metal or plastic)
– Funnel
– Glass Spray Bottles

If you are making rose water with dried rose petals, make sure you have all your supplies sanitized and ready to go.

  1.  Place 1/4 cup of dried petals inside jar or bowl.

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2.  Pour 1 1/4 cups of very hot water (not boiling) over petals, cover and steep for 15 minutes.
3.  Once water has cooled down, transfer the rose water into another jar by filtering the water through a nut bag. (Make sure the water has cooled down!)


4.  Funnel water into a spray/mist bottle and store in the fridge.  You will need to use your rose water within a week.

 

 

If you are making rose water with rose EO the process is even easier.  Again, make sure all your jars, bowls, and spray bottles are sanitized.

1. Place 1 cup of distilled water in a jar.
2. Dilute 12 drops of rose EO in 2 Tbsp. of witch hazel (if you do not dilute your EO first, it will separate in the water).
3. Add rose blend to water, cover with lid and shake.
4. Funnel water into spray/mist bottle and store in fridge.  You will need to use your rose water within a week.

Okay you’ve made your rose water, now how do you use it?  Just some of the ways I like to use rose water are:

– Use it as a toner right after I cleanse my face.  You can either mist it or use with organic cotton and dab gently on face.  The process will leave your face feeling clean and tightened.  It really helps in the shrinking of those nasty pores!
– Use 1 cup in your bath water for an intoxicating experience.  The aroma encourages feelings of positive self-reflection and can create an uplifted feeling when inhaled.  I know that’s just what I need at the end of a long day!
– Use as a natural perfume.  NO MORE TOXIC PERFUMES!
– Use as a makeup setter.  Just mist over your finished makeup and set that face.
– Use as a wonderful linen spray.
– Set a bottle in the guest bathroom for those *stinky* moments.

 

I hope this encourages you to make your own rose water!  Now you know what to do with all those beautiful flowers.

Happy Spritzing!!

 

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All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

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Why Grow Your Own Barley Fodder

Recently my family and I had a field trip to a large, organic farm.  I honestly do not know who was more excited…me or the kids!  With a fresh litter of 13 Great Pyrenees puppies greeting us as soon as we walked into the yard, it was hard to find any motivation to play with any of the other animals.

Our tour was simply fabulous.  We played for a couple hours with puppies, goats, ducks, chickens, and mini donkeys.  As fun as all the new babies were, our trip wasn’t just about seeing the animals.  It was equally about learning  more about organic-farm nutrition.

On one stop of our tour, we were guided into their fodder room.  A well insulated, larger room that had layers of shelves with a very thought-out irrigation system.  I was taken back!  I had never seen the process of sprouting barley before so I was instantly intrigued.  Our host then explained to me the process, and more importantly, why they have decided to supplement fodder into their organic feed routine.

Well, our tour was wrapped up and it was time to say goodbye.  Needless to say, our girls were ready to start their own zoo (as if they don’t have enough critters).  I loved the ride home and listening to their favorite parts of the day.  I was just as excited as they were, but for different reasons.

As soon as I got home, my research on sprouting organic barley began.  WOW! I just loved the information I was finding.  Just a few of the advantages I found were:

Feed Savings-  by sprouting grain, your grain portion quadruples!  That is a win-win for everyone.  Fodder does not need any special lighting to sprout as it is very economical to grow.  You just need some space and time.  Check out this barley fact sheet for more nutritional value, cost breakdown, and nutrient comparison.

Nutritional Value-  as soon as the grains sprout, the nutrient level grows extremely high. When the seed is spouted, it releases many vitamins and minerals that would have been lost if seed stayed intact.  Over time, you should see an improvement in the condition of the hoof and coat in the animals.  For dairy animals, it can show an improvement in milk production as well.  Many studies have shown that barley grass improves the digestion and immunity of the animals which is so important when raising any herd.

Greens All Year-  even in the dead of winter, your critters can enjoy the crunchy nibble of greens.  And the best part, no need for any special soil conditions.  If you’re in a drought or flooding season, you are in control of your crop.

Good For Us-  sprouts, when given to farm animals, have shown an improvement in our overall health too.  Especially in the increase of Omega-3 levels.  When consuming the meats, eggs, or milk, that nutrition is carried right over to us.

Fodder is not just for chickens and goats.  Horses, cattle, rabbits and sheep all benefit from those crunchy grains!!  You will have to do your own figuring on the exact amount of grains you need to sprout for your critters depending on the size of your flock/herd.

With my mind made up that growing my own fodder was the way to go, it was now time to put my plan to action.  I couldn’t wait until I could begin sprouting my own barley. Of course, I ran into a few hitches….First word of advise, do not buy hulled barley.  Buy whole barley grains (husk intact).  I tried to sprout hulled grains and….. nothing.  Second, draining is critical.  You do not want any mold to develop on you roots.  Third, keep moist.  You will need to find a balance in keeping your grains not too dry or not too wet.

What you need to grow your own fodder:

-Bucket or Large Bowl
-Organic Barley Seeds (husk intact)
Growing Trays (with drain holes)
Growing Trays (with NO drain holes)
Drinking Straws
Spray Bottle
-Temperature between 63*-75*

That’s it!  How simple is that?  Now, obviously there are full-growing systems available. But for starters, this is a great way to go.
Step 1-  Pre-soak your seed.  This is a very important step.  Some people like to use a bucket for this but with smaller quantities, a large bowl will work just fine.  Place your dry seed into a bowl/bucket and fill with water at least 2″ above seed line.  Soak seeds between 12-24 hours.  Some people like to add 1-2 drops of bleach into the bucket to discourage any bacterial growth.

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Step 2-  Drain the seeds and place them into the growing tray with drain holes.  If your seeds are deeper than 1/2″ you have too many seeds for your tray.  We do not want mold in the fodder.

 

Step 3-  Place (3) straws into the tray that has no holes in it.  This will act as a platform for the fodder tray to drain into.  Place the fodder tray inside the solid tray.

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Step 4-  Mist several times a day.  For the first 2 days, I cover the tray with a clear germination lid.  This helps the moisture stay in better.  If you are getting too much water into the drain tray, simply dump it out.

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This is such a fun process and it is exciting to wake up every day to see how much your sprouts have grown.  Around days 7-9 (when sprouts are about 6″ tall) you may start harvesting (remember, when first introducing any new feed to animals, start out slowly).

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Now time to feed!  Rip apart desired amount a give the entire mass (roots, seeds, and sprout) to your critters.

Happy sprouting!

Organic Almond Milk

Why make your own almond milk? Besides the nutritional value, you have the assurance of knowing what is exactly in your milk. Guaranteed to be free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, and carrageenan, you can also be reassured that your milk has no artificial colors, flavors or anything else that you can’t pronounce as ingredients (a good nutritional rule to follow:  if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it).

So now let’s talk about what your almond milk DOES have in it…. each cup has about 60 calories and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin D, and Potassium. You are also in control of the nut-to-water ratio and allowing a much higher nut percentage than commercially available options. A good ratio to follow is 1 cup of almonds to 2 cups of water.

Because of our pure ingredient list, fresh almond milk does not have a long storage life (about 5-6 days in fridge). We rarely let our milk go to waste though. Just a few of our favorite uses for almond milk are in creamy smoothies,  cereal, oatmeal, and a splash for coffee lovers.

Are you hungry yet? Let’s get started!

What you will need:

Organic Almonds
Distilled Water
Sea Salt
Organic Vanilla or Vanilla Bean
Organic Raw Honey (if you like to sweeten it up)
Blender
Fine Mesh Strainer
Nut Bag or Cheese Cloth
Glass Storage container

1. Soak the amount of almonds you wish to use. I generally use 2 cups. This is the amount my family will use within a week with no waste. Place almonds in a glass bowl and fill with double the volume of cool water. If you’re using a vanilla bean, soak this as well. Let soak at least 8-12 hours.
2. After nuts have soaked, rinse and place in a blender with double the volume of distilled water. If you soaked 2 cups of almonds then use 4 cups of distilled water.
3. Add a pinch of salt, the soaked vanilla bean or extract, and blend on high for about two minutes.
4. Place the mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the milk slowly into the strainer. This is the first filtering step. Let drip until almost all the liquid has seeped through.
5. Next, take the liquid and pour it through a nut bag into another bowl and squeeze to get all liquid separated from the almond meal. You will see beautiful almond meal left in your bag. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY! For now, set aside for further use.
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6.  Take the remaining almond meal that is left in the mesh strainer and filter it through the nut bag the same way, extracting all the milk you can. Again, save that almond meal. I let the almond meal dry out for 2-3 hours before storing or making cookies with it.

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7. Store the almond milk in the fridge in an airtight, glass container.

Congratulations on making your first batch of many more to come!