Mulch Freak! Manure Freak!

Mulch Freak! Manure Freak!

  Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Brazeale When it comes to gardening, I am addicted to composting and mulching; I love mulch! I also have a fondness for all-natural materials and the understated beauty they have. To me, there is something so...

We are working really hard!

We are working really hard!

AgroshareMD has a crew of folks who are working hard to build the page and get it ready for all of our users! Please let us know how you feel about what you see! We want to know your opinion of what you might want us to put on our page! Thanks so much!  These are my...

How do you farm with someone who does not want to farm?

Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Brazeale Or, how can you manage any other project that you and your partner are not on the same page about? I bought a farm over 16 years ago when I was single, but was dating my current partner. Determined to make...

Having solar is not always easy!!

Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Hughes While I want to encourage people to try alternative energy, I also think it is important to let people know realistically what it means to live the way we do on our farm. I wrote previously about the work...

Farming & Gardening

So why farming? On a food page? On a medical page?  The connection between food and good health is easy to see. But many of you may wonder why a doctor would care about farming. Why include sustainable growing, regenerative farming and permaculture on a health and...

Food

Food

Food is central to our health. Most people understand this. However, how and what we consume can be a difficult topic. What do we eat? How do we eat for our best health? Is everyone different? People eat in diverse ways worldwide. How do I know what is right for me?...

One heck of a year!

The year of Covid! I don’t have to tell anyone what this year has been like! It has been different for everyone depending on if you got sick, own a business and had to close or slow way down, have family members who got sick, with some who made it and some who did...

A little discouraged!!

A little discouraged!!

I have a confession!  I have been a little discouraged the last few months about Agroshare, what I teach at the clinic and how we had to stop our classes! Agroshre got hacked and it took 2-3 months to try to get that figured out. We had to change hosts more than once...

Posting again! Finally!

Posting again! Finally!

I have not been at top form lately! It has been about 6 1/2 weeks since I started having issues! But I am finally getting my energy back! I have been back at work for three weeks but very tired when I got home. I am so happy to be feeling more like my self! I have not...

Testing our email list!

We are trying to make sure that folks are getting our posts in their in box! Since our hacking on December 31st we have found that some folks may not be getting the posts or they are going to the spam folder. So please let us know if you are getting our post below. I...

Testing our email list!

We are trying to make sure that folks are getting our posts in their in box! Since our hacking on December 31st we have found that some folks may not be getting the posts or they are going to the spam folder. So please let us know if you are getting our post below. I...

Testing our email list!

We are trying to make sure that folks are getting our posts in their in box! Since our hacking on December 31st we have found that some folks may not be getting the posts or they are going to the spam folder. So please let us know if you are getting our post below. I...

First article I have ever written for a paper!!

First article I have ever written for a paper!!

The Groundhog is a paper written in Mentone and they asked me to write an article for the paper! I was honored so I am including a link below. I wrote this about a week and a half ago so just to update: vitamin D can improve the immune function to help combat corona...

Batteries going down!! In low power mode!!

Batteries going down!! In low power mode!!

Due to coronavirus we may not be able to get new batteries for our powerhouse until late into the summer!!  So I cannot run my fridge!  So this is what I am doing!  Thanks to Graves Hardware Store in Collinsville, Alabama for donating a Pelican cooler to the Turkey...

Benefits of buying local!!

Benefits of buying local!!

I love getting Mother Earth News and used to get it in the mail but now by e-mail!!  It has always had some great articles for people who wanted to homestead and be do-it-yourselfers. This article was contributed four years ago but it is very pertinent to today and...

Lemon Water: Hydration and Health

Lemon Water: Hydration and Health

Hydration is so important to your overall well-being! Water is the best beverage, but it can be plain and unappealing, especially if you are trying to transition away from overly sweetened beverages and sodas. Also, some people just have trouble drinking enough water...

Two Weeks into dealing with the Coronavirus!

Two Weeks into dealing with the Coronavirus!

Thanks so much to my community in this coronavirus trouble! I wanted to tell all of the community I have become a part of through our clinic, neighbors and friends that I appreciate all the calls, texts and messages asking about my health and the health of everyone in...

Springtime Solar Panel Challenges

Springtime Solar Panel Challenges

Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Hughes On my farm, we use solar power. I love us not having a power bill and the self-sufficiency that solar energy brings. However, using solar panels in the South can have its own unique challenges. For anyone...

Food Finder: A Useful Tool in a Post-Covid-19 World

Food Finder: A Useful Tool in a Post-Covid-19 World

Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Hughes One of my primary drives for building the Agroshare page was to create the Food Finder Map. Our team wants Alabamians to find and have access to pastured raised meats and sustainably grown food, no matter where...

Life has changed quickly!

Life has changed quickly!

So we are temporarily in a new situation which none us has ever been in before!  Life can be very unpredictable. We can think the worst, think the best or be in the middle.  I want to post about how to make the best of what is thrown at us. Many times people do come...

Spring fever bad!!

Spring fever bad!!

Man do I have spring fever today!!  Finally no rain and a beautiful, sunny, warm day!! I am blogging about several topics in one post today because I have ADHD today!! We have a new Cavashu puppy we named Zoey!  She needs to learn to do her business outside as she has...

Seed Saving in Alabama

Seed Saving in Alabama

This is an article from Alabama Living. Link is at the bottom. Dove runs our food hub!!  Charlotte is also from Albertville area and someone I have known for a while. Seed savers: Stoking a passion for old-fashioned plants By Gail Allyn Short Albertville resident...

I love Psyblog!

I love Psyblog!

If you want to read some cool stuff about your mind go to this page and join. The articles are short and sweet which I need!  But they are so interesting and based on research!  I am trying to learn all I can about the mind as it really is a big component in our...

Tonight’s class on Obesity!

Tonight’s class on Obesity!

Whose fault is it? Tonight we talk about the true cause of the obesity epidemic!!  It is not about being slothful or not having will power!! It is not about eating low calorie, low fat or exercising more!!  No time in our history have so many people been obese!  It is...

Finally getting to post again regularly!!

Finally getting to post again regularly!!

Agroshare.com is up and running again!!  It has been two months since we got hacked!!  All parts of our page are up!!  The forum is also available even though we thought it was gone!!  Please visit and if you are not receiving emails of new posts please register again...

Now back on line!!

Now back on line!!

Agroshare.com is now back on line! It has been six weeks!! We have had to change hosts two times to get our page rolling again correctly!! The students in my class have been very patient waiting on videos of our class being put on our page. We will be working on that...

Dumping RA

Written by: Dr. Frannie Koe, MD Edited by: Breanne Hughes Some of you may already know that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, which is an autoimmune disorder. Besides being a doctor, I am also a person and a patient. I share some of my personal struggles and health...

Sneaky Veggie Chocolate Pudding!

Sneaky Veggie Chocolate Pudding!

Avocados are a wonderful healthy fat and go well in so many dishes, including smoothies and desserts. You can even use them to make a healthier chocolate pudding! This is actually a perfect way to disguise a highly nutritious food. If you have picky eaters at home or...

Going to ASAN meeting this past weekend was great!!

I always forget to take many pictures! So I have only a few pictures of our event. But I have pictures of the location from the web! I went down to Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Alabama last Thursday to attend the Food and Farm Forum which everyone knows is right up my...

Going to ASAN meeting tomorrow!

I am excited to be able to go to the FOOD and FARM FORUM at Camp Beckwith in South Alabama!https://asanonline.org/event/2019-food-farm-forum-youth-food-farm-forum/I have been trying to do some videos of some of what I teach and did not do very well so this weekend I...

#3 in series on fasting! Benefits of fasting.

Can fasting really do all the things is says in the list below?? We will be addressing all of these items in our classes that begin January 6th to April 27th! But there are many ways fasting does benefit us and maybe more than what is listed below.FASTING HELPS YOU...

Gut health, how important is it??

Some statistics: About 20 to 30 percent of the American population suffer from acid reflux symptoms once a week, with the other 40 percent suffering from heartburn once or twice a month, which can be linked to the ingestion of specific foods that irritate the gut GERD...

COPD and Anxiety

  I have some folks from my office contributing some interesting information that they are finding and sending me to put in our blog posts.  This is a great article with information that is very pertinent to patients I run into all the time who have COPD. Remember if...

#2 in series on fasting and intermittent fasting.

Why do I want to teach you about fasting? I am going to get more personal in this post which I sometimes avoid.Several years ago the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was progressively getting worse and worse so I decided to work with Dr. Joel Fuhrman who had been diagnosed...

World Diabetes Day Today!

I just found out there is a world diabetes day today. I was told yesterday! Just so you know, we will be checking blood sugar at our booth this Saturday at Turkey Trot!!  Come make sure you are not in the statistics below! We can let you know if you are pre-diabetic...

What has the ketogenic diet done in our own clinic?

Just a quick post today so people who have been hearing about the ketogenic diet everywhere, I wanted folks to know that we have seen significant improvements in dementia and skin cancer in our own clinic. We have also seen significant weight loss and reduction in...

Keto Coconut Pies

Keto Coconut Pies

Just because you follow a Keto diet doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy treats. Especially during the holidays and family celebrations, it is nice to have dessert options that are lower in sugar and carbs. I love coconut cream pie, but it took two attempts to make my...

The hardest parts about taking care of yourself – Time and Money!

Every day I teach people ways to improve their health and every day I run into the same barriers!  The barrier I hear about most often is money.I had a family with many children come to our clinic recently and they have a garden, a new baby, many older kids in school,...

Life gets busy toward the end of every year!

Only a quick post today as life has gotten busy these few weeks! Turkey trot is coming in a week, tomorrow we have an office party on my farm as some of my staff has never been to my house! And then Thanksgiving is coming up and I almost always travel to see one of my...

Rural Medical Scholars are coming back next week!!

The Rural Medical Scholars are folks who will be learning about rural medicine in Tuscaloosa with the hopes they will serve rural Alabama in the future as MDs. I am always excited when they come for a visit. They will tour my farm and clinic next Friday and learn...

Building a fire ring! So much easier than I thought!

I wanted to build a better fire ring than the one you see below! I thought it would be a big project but it actually only took me about 3 hours! Maybe even less. It was probably only two hours. I did not time it. All my company loves to come over and gather around the...

Turkey Trot!! November 16th!

Turkey Trot! This year Turkey Trot is on November 16th! I have participated several years with the Collinsville Study Club and through our clinic. This year I will do both again! We plan on having a booth for the clinic that will take people’s blood pressure, blood...

Food Hub is going again!

Come by and get fall veggies at our food hub located at 52 S. Valley Ave. Collinsville! Food Hub is in operation again! Come and get some naturally grown, non-certified organic food! Greens, peppers, tomatoes!Dove Stackhouse will be bringing food from four farms in...

Two ways to participate on Agroshare.com

Please come join our forum on Agroshare.com. Just go to the agroshare.com page and on the left side is a menu which says about, community, food finder, etc. Click on community and a drop down menu will be there. Join there!Another way to participate is to add your...

Overwhelm of being healthy!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out how to be healthy??  I think that is likely a stupid question. When we think about all that we are taught daily on TV, movies, podcasts, and the news, by families, doctors and our partners, it can become very...

Learning to take videos and use Youtube!!

Hannah and I are going to try our hand at using the iPhone to take videos of our work! Please let us know how our videos work for you! I will post them and let you know when they are posted. It may take a day or two to get them up. We have a YouTube site now called...

Why a forum?? Why our Agroshare forum/community

So many pages that people go to on the internet are not specific and are not easily searchable for very specific topics. I wanted a place to look if I want to know about strawberries and if I am having trouble I can search easily what others are doing to fix their...

A delicate topic! Urinary leakage. Dribbling peepee!

I have many people, men and women who come in complaining of urinary leakage. Symptoms include dribbling after the fact, dribbling while walking, jumping, laughing, coughing or running. It can be embarrassing for all involved! You will find today in the articles I...

Farm update!

I am so excited I want to post and post today but can’t!! I have my team working as I write! We are cutting back overhang, fixing the road to the garden which is a ditch! Shoveling chips onto my herb bed and around my blueberries and lastly I have Hannah Yeadon, my...

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Container Gardening

This post is to let people know what issues those who are building container gardens are up against!!  I try to post different viewpoints to help people see the good as well as some pitfalls of new technologies, research and ideas coming into our world. I do not want...

Shipshape Urban Farm is on the news in Mobile!!

High-tech farm in shipping container cutting growth time in half Lee Peck Updated 17 hrs ago | Posted on Oct 9, 2019  MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — A shipping container and a lot of ingenuity — is changing the way produce is grown.“It’s a 3.4 acre farm inside a 320 square...

Nobel Prize Award!!

Discovery of Molecular Switch for How Cells Use Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine Research by William Kaelin, Jr., Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza led the way for applications in treating anemia, cancer and other diseases By Tanya Lewis on October 7, 2019...

I can’t stand not to be able to blog!!

Every day I think of things to put on my blog! I have had to miss a couple of days because I have some new workers, my grand daughter and her sweetie, who need more attention! Plus we had a gathering here last night which also took up some preparation time. I am not...

Food Hub to get started again, hopefully next week!

Dove and Russel Stackhouse are back from their month long vacation! Hopefully next week we will be able to start the food hub again! The drought may have hit them hard but I will be posting what is to come! Welcome home guys! I sure missed you! Some of our folks will...

Having company is another great motivator!!

I wrote a few days ago that having a helper come over to my farm helps get me motivated to work. Well today I realized having company over a few times a year also does the same thing but even to a greater degree! This Thursday night the Collinsville Study Club will be...

The invasion of the stink bug!!

I can almost guarantee that many people are seeing these right now here in Collinsville, Alabama. We are seeing hundreds of them right now all over my farm. They are in everything. I got my dishcloth down from the rack to wash my coffee cups this morning and five of...

Shipshape Urban Farm!!

Instead of the order of farms listed above I am going to put on a YouTube video of Shipshape farm first. It is a great idea! We will be following to see if the farm works out as they expected!  They are new and a start up that is working toward something that they...

Rural Medical Scholars coming again!!

Next month in November the Rural Medical Scholars will be coming again for a visit. I enjoy their visits so much! It is fun to show them how great rural medicine can be and bring them to my farm. They all seem to get a kick out of how we do things here and are often...

Special needs kids!

I have a special needs grandchild and she hates being called special. She feels that she is normal which makes it very difficult to know how to let her know we want to help her without letting her know we want to help her! I am not sure if other families understand...

Having helpers is a great motivator!

I am learning that having someone come to my farm each day helps a lot with motivation. I must get up and get ready and not procrastinate. I love working on my farm and I love seeing how much we get done. It seems when someone is helping so much more seems to get...

Teardrop Campers

Not sure if teardrop campers are considered minimalist but as Tim and I get older we do not want to lie on the ground any more when we camp. Now we can easily survive on the survival kit we made out of the essential things we found on campingfunzone.com and just with...

Tiny Houses! Boon or bust??

The next topic I want to talk about it the tiny house movement.  Here is a great article about this very topic and it makes a lot of sense.  I do live in tiny cabins and have a couple of tiny houses on my property so I will discuss why and if I fall into the category...

Adding to content on all our agroshare pages!!

Minimalism I love to edit my pages and I can’t wait to add content.  The reason I have this page is to help people understand what minimalism is and some stories about how people are attaining this goal. For the last few years we have aimed at being minimalist but I...

Sustainable farming practices, explained

Nok-Noi Ricker | BDN Ellen Mallory (right), University of Maine sustainable agriculture research program leader, talks about grain stalks with Bangor native Alex Bennett, who is developing a drinking straw made of straw, on Thursday at the University of Maine...

Don’t believe the lie: Organic farming CAN feed the world

(NaturalNews) One of the arguments often used to defend genetically-modified (GM) crops purports that biotechnology is necessary to feed the world, as non-GM and organic farming methods by themselves are incapable of producing enough food for everyone. But the truth...

Getting up and watching Justin!!

I get so excited getting up and watching Justin Rhodes on you tube!  I want to get out into my fields instead of going to work!!  But I will not succumb to my desire and I will go do my other love which is medicine!!  We have fenced in a new area to grow the soil and...

Reducing inflammation

Many of us have inflamed joints and muscles from osteoarthritis and stiffness from getting older. This does not have to be so. We have heard over and over that we develop rheumatism as a natural process. So many people get osteoarthritis in their knees and hips that...

Time for fall gardens!

Here in our area we can plant fall gardens that actually will grow all winter and into the spring. Kale grows well and easily without worrying about bugs and weeds throughout the winter. I have grown it until late May if I pull off the flowering buds all through the...

How to find time to garden! My first selfie videos!

I have done my very first selfie videos.  Now I have to figure out how to get them on agroshare!  I wanted to see how long it would take to plant 12 collards and 9 broccoli plants!  I was able to pull the mulch back in the beds, loosen the dirt, dig the small holes,...

A video on how to use our forum on Agroshare!

Don Redman has put a video on how to use our forum on the agroshare community page!!  It is about 11 minutes long and it really helped me as I have not used a forum very much.  The good thing about a forum is that you can search it and find information that you are...

Greenhorn Chronicles! Mascovy males have cork screws!

Greenhorn Chronicles This is a page that my other half, Tim, said I should add to agroshare!  Ever since we moved on our farm he has talked to me about many mistakes people make when they are first starting out as homesteaders and farmers.  Boy was he right. He has...

Dealing with dementia almost daily

So I am dealing with dementia almost daily!  Today, one of my closest friends has to make a decision where her dad will stay.  She has been taking care of him alone for six years.  She has been totally tied to her house aside from work for the entire six years.  She...

Full Blown Dementia – so, so hard!

We have discussed delirium and cognitive impairment.  Today I will talk more about dementia.  Many of us in our 40s and 50s are seeing our parents change and lose some of their faculties.  We see this sometimes slowly over the months and years and we don’t always want...

Why Food and Farming Connected with Medicine??

Why do I think this web site is a good place to come and why would I bring these three concepts together? Food, Farming and Medicine?? I think it began for me when I was 18.  Before I graduated from high school I rarely entered a garden of any kind. It was not a...

The food finder!

I am so excited about our food finder! We don’t have much on the page yet but hopefully over the next few weeks to months it will be loaded. We are going to make a brochure this weekend to hand out to restaurants that will guide them on how to use healthy fats in...

A post on Dementia from a friend

Dementia is hard on all involved!  Some folks already know this and looking for a Source  of professional help.  The statistics are indicating that millions will be developing dementia. Click on the following to know the risk factors for dementia.  I will discuss...

What is mild cognitive impairment?

What is cognitive impairment? Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may...

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!!

Why do we love books?? We can escape and learn. We can satisfy our curiosity! We can learn about what matters to us! I have read hundreds of books over the last 40 years when I started to become interested in gardening and healthy eating. I hated to read when I was a...

Cognitive Impairment vs Dementia vs Delirium

The topic I want to discuss today is actually going to require more than one post.  I will do a series of posts on testing for memory issues and dementia as well as determining the difference between dementia and delirium.  A link below describes more fully a test we...

Emotions of the elderly parent

So as I am driving for 1500 miles alone one does think a lot.  This weekend was such a trip as I got the last of my dad’s possessions. I was listening to great podcasts, books on tape, etc while driving and thinking about elderly parents, their feelings and rights. ...

To Texas and back! Parental Care!

I want to write a series on taking care of adult parents.  I guess all parents are adult!  But I mean taking care of parents when we are adults and they are getting older.  For me as an MD, I am usually explaining to my siblings what the health issues mean.  So I just...

What do others say to Siri???

So I am driving home today and a message comes up on the screen on my car’s dashboard that says a new message.  I press to listen to it and Siri says do you want to answer and I say “no thank you!”  I could not believe I was being polite to a computer voice!  Has...

Cheating Death!

“A Users’s Guide to Cheating Death”  is a series I began watching on Netflix a little while back.  I really like it and feel that we need a balanced picture of what works and what does not when it comes to our health. And I would like to know why we go after the...

A week in the life of a family doctor! Notes, notes, notes!

Today is a blog that may help some of my family medicine friends, other MDs, and be a peak into our lives for some of our patients!  Since I have been a new MD, including in residency, many of us have struggled to get notes done in a timely fashion.  If we are to put...

I am on YouTube!!

My IT (information technology) man, Don Redman, has gotten me and my farm on you tube!  I am not sure I like to see myself in video but most everyone else sees me that way already so I guess I can live with it!  I am adding content to our agroshare.com page daily so...

No Politics? Privacy?

We prefer no politics on our page!  That may be hard to do and a hard request.  When we look at the party affiliation trends for many years each party is close to even currently and there are many more independents in the middle! I am adding a link below for people to...

A reprieve from the heat! Get in the sun!

Many of us have been told we are short on Vitamin D. I recommend taking Vitamin D in my clinic. I also recommend a better way to get it by getting out in the sun. We still have two more months to get benefit from the sun. It must be high in the sky and between the...