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...

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...

Building the food finder!! To help with Covid-19

Building the food finder!! To help with Covid-19

Agroshare has one of its services and tenets the goal of building a food finder. We want people all over the state to be able to find pastured raised meats and sustainably grown food no matter where you are. These food products are available all over but many times...

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...

The Pros & Cons of Eating Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

The Pros & Cons of Eating Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

        Great article from Mother Earth!  I have ducks and chickens that are starting to turn on again. I eat both eggs at my house depending on who is laying the most!!  So this information was good to know. I do not notice any difference in taste...

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...

Having solar is not always easy!!

We have had our solar systems for 12 years now in several stages. We had a small system with Trojan golf cart batteries to begin with. It was all I could afford at the time. As we have progressed we have bought better batteries.  One set of our current  batteries for...

Chocolate Pudding A NEW Way!!

Avocados can be used to make chocolate pudding!  And if your kids have never eaten avocados or say they don’t like them you can try this to get healthy fat in them!! How to manage avocados after you buy them!When you buy avocados get them light green. Put them in a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Going to get Dad!

My dad was 87 on Tuesday! I am going to get him this weekend and bring him back to Alabama from Texas to live. He had already lived here for 30 years or so in the past. He had the choice to go to California and live with my sister but it is so expensive there so he...

Companions are important! Especially on a farm! We need a new puppy!

I can’t believe how important a dog can be as a companion on a farm!  I know there is research out there that talks about how people live longer with animals around and especially dogs.  Skip over the first five sections of the research in the link below and read...

It is almost here!!

I just talked to Don, my IT guy, who is helping me reformat agroshare! We will be able to put our new look on by Monday evening!! It is looking so good! I am working today to get the order down of our menu and links, etc. I have a couple of folks who are willing to...

Living off the grid and waste management!

So! Someone asked me to talk about bathroom or toilet facilities!  I don’t always publicize this as some people may think we are really weird!  But here goes! I will put links to good books to read in our library when it is ready to add content.  I will also add those...

Living off the grid and solar power

There is so much I can talk about when it comes to living off the grid. I will say I am not completely off the grid which means I would be getting all of my resources from my property. I do have city water. I plan on drilling wells in the near future but will probably...

Organic VS Nonorganic

Many people who have a very small farm or garden cannot afford to become certified organic so those farmers/gardeners will say the foods they grow are naturally grown.  We are trying to educate the public as much as possible.  I always recommend growing your own food...

Job opening!! ASAN

https://asanonline.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=66 ASAN is hiring! ASAN is hiring a full-time Membership & Office Coordinator, who will perform a variety of critical functions in the day-to-day operations of our small, growing organization....

Great Ideas!

So yesterday I asked for ideas that people are interested in and I got some great ideas! So I am going to work on these and keep the list by my side when I post daily! I have written them down and will comment on them now. One person asked for posts on wild foods....

Excited!

I have been dreaming about and working on agroshare.com for several years now! It has continued to evolve into what I want to make it today! I met with Don Redman on a conference call last night and we have finally figured out the design and how the page should...

Wednesdays!

Wednesdays are my busiest days because I start at 7:30 or 8 am and go until 6-7 pm. Tonight I will finish up at 8 or so! So not much farming gets done on Wednesday. If I did not have Tim I could not do all that I do. He waters the plants, feeds the animals and fixes...

A fun night!

The post today is not related to farming or medicine in a direct way but it is related to being able to get out and do something fun and different when life is so busy as a farmer and a family doctor!Claudia, my office manager, and I went to a play last night in...

My first day of long term blogging!!

So here goes! I want to blog daily. I have read that it can help one write better! I have always kept a journal but have not done so for months now. I have decided to blog/journal here instead. I can’t do both. It is hard to write daily as our lives get so busy. I...

My new mentee and me!!!

Hannah, my mentee and I, began working together a couple of weeks ago. My grandson, Nicolas also came to work with us for a week to earn some money! I am so excited to have helpers on my farm!! It is so fun to teach and have company when working.

Blueberry Plants from the Smith Farm!

One of fifteen blueberry bushes we planted and all have made it through the winter!! No deaths yet!! We got them from Sonya Knight at the Smith Farm and are so happy with them all. We have blueberries already on almost every plant and we just planted them last fall. I...

Coons and possums

So our eggs have been disappearing! I lost a chicken about a month ago and caught a huge mama coon with her after she was just dragged out of the chicken house. The coon ran of course as I came close. My chicken made it through the night but died the next day. Dang!!...

Fixing my trees!!

So I went to the Mother Earth conference last weekend and learned I had been planting my trees to deeply which causes them stress! It can cause insect infestations and I had galls on my trees last year. So yesterday I dug around several trees including my newest pecan...

Free T-shirts!!

I can’t get the T-shirt image to turn around upright!! I will get help with this! It has been a while since I had to manipulate my pics in my website! But anyone who will fill out a form for us on Agroshare.com telling us where there are farms who sell organic...

Sierra Club meetings in Gadsden are great for home school kids!

  Meetings are 2nd Thursday every month!  This last meeting had a great talk about Antartica!  It was excellent. We have some great people studying Antartica at UAB and have been doing so for 35 years or more!!  I will post what the talk is about each month.  There is...

Spring time activities!!

The goats love privet hedge!!  I just wish I could get them to eat all I have which is acres!!  We all have this issue if we have a farm in Alabama!!  Crusty, our pyrenees, will try to eat the privet as well to keep the goats from having it all!!  Our plan this summer...

Agroshare is up and running again!!

I have not posted in many months to a couple of years on our Agroshare page!  I am very happy to say that I should be able to post again regularly and I am very excited to get our page going again.  It has been my dream for a while to make this page be a place people...

This was my yard yesterday!!

We are going to start a new permaculture area in the yard of mi casinha (sounds like cazeenya), my tiny house in Portuguese!  Today we have planted five pecan trees, Caddo is the variety.  We have also planted eight raspberries and 12 blueberry bushes.  We have tried...

Brazil!!

This next week I leave for Brazil!!  I will be with Carlos, my partner on Agroshare as well as my daughter and grandchildren.  I will try to post while I am gone about what is going on in Brazil concerning farming, sustainable living and anything else we find...

Rutabaga!! My first!

I used to feed my kids rutabagas when they were little for variety.  My produce market in Sumiton, Alabama always had them.   So this year I grew my first.  I grew them in my hugelkultur beds and the guineas left me one!!  It grew easily and was really good-sized.  I...

My very first persimmons are almost ripe!!

My very first persimmons to ever grow here in my yard on Echo Ridge Farm. They were on the same branch. It will frost tonight so we picked them. They are still hard so I will have to gas with bananas or rice, I have read, to soften them. Don’t know what uncooked rice...

Patio is done!

Our patio is finished!  Tim never brags on anyone’s work but says these guys did better work than he would have done!  They were also very nice and well behaved!  I guess men don’t always behave well on jobs!  They cleaned up daily and were very nice.  They left no...

Greens looking rough!

My greens are struggling in such dry weather and now they have lots of bugs! Tim does not stand and water as long as I do so today I hit them hard. The armadillo still attacks three or four times a week! Someone said they caught an armadillo live in a cage with live...

New Patio almost finished!!

The patio is almost finished! Tim is very picky and hardly ever speaks well of anyone’s work but has said this is some of the best work he has ever seen a crew do!! So we will work to promote Covenant Landscaping. I will post final pictures as soon as it is all...

Travel Buddy!!

This weekend trip was taken by a travel buddy and me, Dove Stackhouse who is the owner with her husband of Whirlwind Farms in Geraldine!  I am so excited because we are now going to collaborate together to help get healthy, organic, affordable vegetables to...

A new patio!!

We are adding a patio in our front yard to cut down on maintenance over time of our zone one and two permaculture areas!  No grass to cut!!  Today they start and should be done by the end of the week.  You can decide for yourself if the company is a good one as I post...

Destruction on the farm!

My guineas came to the water source and found my most beautiful cole crops I had ever grown! We left the spicket handle up which meant a drippy faucet and hose which became a morning water source! Then very close by we’re my beautiful plants which they started to peck...

My garden is still growing!

Tim has faithfully watered several of our garden beds while I was gone to Ohio for 10 days! He said he would not let any plants go down on his watch! He did well! We are still in a severe drought here at Echo Ridge Farm! But Jeremy Cosby has sent me a water catchment...

Hurricanes and droughts!

I have been so busy getting ready to come to Ohio for a ten day visit that I have not had time to blog! All grandkids are quiet and in bed so now I have a little time. The hurricane is making its way up the east coast as I write. I feel for all of those in its path...

This weeks events

Today a new friend came over from Tuscaloosa, Jeremy Crosby, and will be helping us with water catchment and a more fully developed permaculture plan. He knows how to create some very useful layover maps so we can get a better perspective on our overall plan for this...

Plants are standing!

Over night the cole crops I planted yesterday are still standing and stood up taller over night. I have watered them three times already since planting them yesterday. Cool weather is coming today and fall is here so maybe they will make it!! Hopefully their spindly...

Fall Garden

I have still working on my fall garden yesterday and today. Manhattan Tree Services have done their best to make my garden safe and nice. Last weeks plants and kale are still alive and growing!! I have had to water the plants around my trees in the hugelkulture every...

Another week of blue apron

We have gotten the blue apron meals for the second week but I am going to stop as they don’t provide gluten free meals. I am going to try another home meal service after I get back from Ohio in October. There are several that do provide gluten free meals. I will only...

I lost four guineas yesterday!!

We had a natural process but a tragedy! A very large weasel got four of our guineas! I had fences built to keep out the dogs and coyotes but have not always locked up my birds at night and now I pay! The guineas almost always get in the hen-house at night with the...

Greens are up already!

The cats did not ruin the whole greens garden beds!  You can see where they have been digging in my dirt but I already have lots of greens up since Sunday.  I tried to take a picture just now but it is too dark so I will add one in the morning.  If I keep the beds...

Hugelkulture

So, yesterday I planted some plants around my hugelkulture but found that when we added the compost on top of the chips much of it has been washed down into the chips by the rain. So there was very little “soil” to grow my fall vegetables in. I did go ahead and plant...

Zone 1

We have an area just out our front door and the right that is fenced in which we call zone 1. We grow greens in these beds. The only problem I have is that my cats want to use it as a litter box. I am finding that if I spray them with the hose it keeps them out...

Our Blue Apron Meal!

Our Blue Apron Meal!

I got our first box from Blue Apron, which comes on Fridays! We got three meals for two and our first order was $20. It is normally $60. We rarely go out to eat because it is so hard to find healthy food. Even though we have to cook these, it took 30 minutes today, it...

Hugelkulture is finished!

I am very excited about planting a fall garden this coming weekend! My hugelkulture beds are finally finished today! They are ready for me to plant. We will also be getting our patio put in next week, made of flagstone and lined with herbs! I have taken pictures on my...

Feeding oneself

Our goal starting this fall is to feed ourselves at least 50% or more of our daily diet. So far we have not been doing this. Like everyone, time is the biggest factor. Another issue is combatting the bugs and drought but I think if we took the time those issues would...

After planting oats that first winter!

I did not have any experience farming. I had only grown small garden plots for the 25 years before coming to Collinsville. I would plant anything I could plant on any small piece of ground with any sun every year I could find a little time. I never minded hard work,...

My first years here on my dream farm!!

So, what did I do first?? I had read Ruth Stout’s book, No Work Garden, or something along those lines! I had actually read it many years ago when I was about 18 or 20. So even before I moved here I began to collect all the mulch I could get my hands on. I went around...

The beginning or the beginning!

The beginning or the beginning! So when is the beginning of any story? I have decided to only write about or start my blog here from the time I found this piece of land. So far I have given an introduction as to when and why I thought about living sustainably and off...

My very first blog post!!

Frannie Koe's pictureFrannie Koe Blog posts are the place to tell our/your story. We do not have a way to add blog posts by everyone on this page yet but if enough want to do this we will add this feature. Our story can be anything about how we have come to this page,...

Frustration!

I bought my property the very same month I developed symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. They actually may be related because often times stressful situations can set off the disease process. I was likely nervous deep down inside on moving to a new place alone without...