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Monday, January 14, 2019

Singing Frog Farms-The Rise of Organic Farming, Building Your Emergency Fund

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Organic farming is on the rise in the U.S.

There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This represents a 56% increase from 2011, the earliest comparable year. And while California remains king when it comes to the number of organic farms, several other states saw dramatic growth in organic farming over this time, particularly in the South.

As the number of organic farms has increased, so too have sales of certified organic products: U.S. farms and ranches sold nearly $7.6 billion in certified organic goods in 2016, more than double the $3.5 billion in sales in 2011.

Still, organic farming makes up a small share of U.S. farmland overall. There were 5 million certified organic acres of farmland in 2016, representing less than 1% of the 911 million acres of total farmland nationwide. Some states, however, had relatively large shares of organic farmland. Vermont’s 134,000 certified organic acres accounted for 11% of its total 1.25 million farm acres. California, Maine and New York followed in largest shares of organic acreage – in each, certified organic acres made up 4% of total farmland.

Learn more about where organic foods are being grown in the U.S. – and which foods are farmers’ top commodities:


Singing Frogs Farm

A small farm with a big name…

We've shown that no-till vegetable production is not only possible, but can be highy productive and profitable. We've quadrupled our soil organic matter, without nutrient leaching, while nearly tripling the total microbial life in our soils. We've increased bird and native bee populations and diversity. We've increased native perennial plant diversity and density. We've dramatically reduced water usage per crop, and we're producing roughly $100,000 in vegetable sales per crop acre per year with over half of that revenue paying our year-round employees' salaries.


Singing Frogs Farm continues to be a living experiment.

As we, and leading soil scientists, learn more about the biology of the soil beneath our feet, our methods and farming systems here at Singing Frogs Farm are constantly changing and being improved upon. However, nearly every aspect of farm management hinges on the three basic principles of soil management:


1) Disturb the soil as little as possible,

2) Keep a diversity of living plants in the ground as often as possible, and

3) Keep the soil covered and protected as often as possible.


When one understands the myriad scientific reasons for each of these principles, one quickly sees how tillage in all its forms is the complete antithesis of soil health.



Current Events:

We are being endlessly bombarded with sob stories about how much these workers are suffering after missing one paycheck.

If people can’t handle going a couple of weeks without pay, how are they going to handle things when a real crisis erupts in this country?


News of Interest

Federal Employees Missed First Paycheck (Unions already protesting-Media acting as if people were already being thrown to the wolves demonstrating most people in America live pay check to pay check)

Trump said at a news conference on Friday that “I’m very proud of what I’m doing” and invited reporters to call it “the Schumer or the Pelosi or the Trump shutdown,” referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the new House speaker.

What would you do if you lost your job and had less than $1,000 to your name? Odds are, you’d start racking up debt or ask someone to borrow money until you can get back on your feet. That’s why having an iron-clad emergency fund is so important.


massive swarm of locusts plagued Mecca, Saudi Arabia-Once there, they didn’t want to leave, it is being reported that they were “covering the walls of the mosque”

Dirty Dealing on Amazon-One of the Reasons I No Longer Sell on Amazon

 Many small sellers and others have long suggested Jeff Bezos has become an online ‘thug’ coercing cities into tax abatement policies for dubious plant building strategies and employees complain of low wages and more…sellers have complained about authoritarian policies that shut out players without regard…this is any eye opening article if you sell online:


The examples are frightening. Kevin’s prescriptions used to cost $50 a month. Now they cost $265. Diana’s previous monthly cost was $70, now it has jumped to an eye-popping $4,165 a month. The deductible on their old plan was $750. Under the new coverage, it is $6,700 with an $8,000 out of pocket, four-times the previous one.

The average household is carrying a $6,929 balance month to month and coughing up about $1,140 a year in interest, according to NerdWallet.

That realization recast my recent struggles: Why can’t I get this mundane stuff done? Because I’m burned out. Why am I burned out? Because I’ve internalized the idea that I should be working all the time. Why have I internalized that idea? Because everything and everyone in my life has reinforced it — explicitly and implicitly — since I was young. Life has always been hard, but many millennials are unequipped to deal with the particular ways in which it’s become hard for us.

Let’s do follow the climate money! (Why your electric bill is escalating)

Billionaire, anti-gun zealot and potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg gave the Sierra Club $110 million in a six-year period to fund its campaign against coal-generated electricity. Chesapeake Energy gave the Club $26 million in three years to promote natural gas and attack coal. Ten wealthy liberal foundations gave another $51 million over eight years to the Club and other environmentalist groups to battle coal.

Over a 12-year period, the Environmental Protection Agency gave its 15 Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee members $181 million in grants – and in exchange received quick rubberstamp approvals of various air quality rules. It paid the American Lung Association $20 million to support its regulations.

RIP Medical Debt is a New York-based organization that was founded by two people who once worked in the debt collection business. It uses charitable donations to buy and cancel debts for patients and families who face financial charges.

"I Survived Communism – Are You Ready For Your Turn?" (Most Dems historically pro-Communist)

“It was scientifically proven that communism is the only social-economic system providing the masses with justice and equality – 100% of scientists agree on this. The topic is not up for debate!”, so proclaimed my professor during one of his lectures on the subject ‘scientific communism’, while the country of Czechoslovakia was still under communist control. I was reminded of his blustery pronouncement the first time I encountered the spurious claim that “a consensus of 97% of scientists agree global warming is man-made.” Most people don’t question scientific statements because they think they are facts. They do not understand that scientific statements must always be challenged, because Science is not about ‘consensus’; ideology is.

Finally…a news flash on our local NBC affiliate mentioned that COSTCO had sold out all of their 25-gal buckets of Mac-n-Cheese which has a 20 year life-span!

The Homestead Act is back.

Different towns, like Flagler, Colorado, are offering free land. There are two stipulations: You need to be at least 21 years of age and live on that land for an agreed-upon amount of time. Some of the agreements maintain that you must build a home, some of them have a home on them, and some are fine if you simply park an RV there. Of course, homesteading incentives are nothing new. They date back to 1862, when the original Homestead Act helped settle harder-to-reach areas of the States. Here are a few resources you’ll find useful if you’re interested in claiming some free land for yourself. Quick intro to homesteading: Free Land Locations:

SolPowerPeople offers free live monthly lectures by some of the world’s top solar experts. These experts provide great training that you can follow at your own pace. Free solar panel course:


Freedom. Self-Reliance. Action.


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Bruce ‘the Poor Man’



Additional FREE Resources

Household Items That Do Go Bad

Examples:  Cleaning supplies start to degrade once they’re opened-laundry detergent for instance, retains full power for 6-12 months, Motor Oil breaks down when stored once opened.  Toiletries & cosmetics such as mascara can go bad in as little as three months, oil-free foundation in a year, lipstick in two to three years, deodorant in three years.

Wood stains, whether oil-based or water-based are generally good for only one year after being opened.



More notes of interest…


Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.


14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!


8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!


Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!


Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.


Develop a Well-Rounded Prepper Library

When the topic of a prepping library comes up, what do most people talk about? Chances are the U.S. Air Force survival manual,  SAS survival manual, Army Field Manual 21-76, or something from Ragnor Benson.


When people get into prepping they typically start with stockpiling, then may gravitate towards self-sufficiency. For example, someone may start off with stockpiling canned goods, then move towards mylar bags and freeze dried foods, then finally arrive at prepsteading, farming, and gardening.

Most people who live in the suburbs can have a small garden, maybe some laying hens, and fruit trees. This allows just about anyone to grow some of their own food.

As preppers progress from stockpiling to prepsteading, shouldn’t their library also progress?

Chances are a lot of preppers do not have a single book on gardening, homesteading, canning and preserving food… etc. Even less will have books on literature, science, and math.

If we are prepping for a complete collapse of society, shouldn’t we also stockpile books for future generations? If something were to happen today – plague, nuclear war.. etc – what types of books would the reader have on hand to teach their children, or grandchildren?

What good does it do to survive the next plague, nuclear war… if future generations do not have access to resources?  This means real books made from paper and not electronic books for e-readers.

Why real books?

·         A real book can be dropped, and dropped several times without damage.

·         Real books do not require electricity.



You’ve got 2 hours until disaster strikes. Are you prepared?

If you’ve watched any apocalyptic movie ever, you’re familiar with the grocery store scene. You know which one I’m talking about. Anxious dad rushes isle by isle gathering water and canned food for his family while everyone around him gradually turns from innocent customer to aggressive looter.

At my little farmstead, we have used tarps in gardening, to cover wood, as a shade area for our chickens, and to protect our outdoor equipment. Tarps are very useful and when you invest in the higher quality types, they last! Read more and make sure you you add these to your preparedness supplies!


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Frank said...

It's winter here but this was a blast of green we needed & in light of the rash of news regarding many who were broke after missing one paycheck [how sad a statement about Americans is that] including info on creating an emergency fund was a good idea as I know EVERY financial planner tells us to put money away for a rainy day.

Mike said...

I still question if I can justify the cost difference between organic vegetables and regular vegetables at Kroger on my tight budget? During the summer, I just grow what I can but even those costs continue to go up by comparison to my local farmers market.