Harvesting Compost

I recently saw “The Biggest Little Farm“. It is about a young couple who spent eight years transforming a depleted farm with livestock manure. I greatly enjoyed it; some of their ideas are helpful ones. For example, they started with livestock manure to create new soil since the farm they acquired was in very poor condition when they purchased it. It looks very dry in the movie. Manure can provide a plethora of nutrients for a garden & I feel that it has really helped mine. Actually, I harvested some yesterday, only from my a separate bucket I have for food scraps & garden waste. I didn’t go through the whole bucket yesterday because I need to figure out more space to store it before I use it.

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February – March Reading

I’ve not only been planning a garden, but reading to help me with my plans as well.

This month I hope to finish in the next couple months:

  • “Getting Grants: The Complete Manual of Proposal Development and Administration” by Alexis Carter-Black in the Self-Counsel Press Business Series
  • “Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide” by Peri H. Pakroo, J.D. with nolo.com
  • “El Norte: The Epic & Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America” by Carrie Gibson
  • “Story’s Guide to Raising Horses” by Heather Smith Thomas
  • “Don’t Throw in the Trowl: Vegetable Gardening Month by Month” by Melinda R. Cordell (I plan to use this throughout the year)
  • “Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen” by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D (I’ve finished this, but am re-reading some sections)
  • “Loving Your Community: Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry” by Stephen Viars

Very practical. I like to read on a wide variety of topics.

I’ve had this idea….

So, I’ve been working on this idea.  I would like to start a faith-based nonprofit (my faith in Jesus Christ has had an enormous part in my recovery), have a horse farm & offer therapy to veterans facing traumatic brain injury & their families; at least the opportunity to interact with the horses.  It’s actually something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Every brain injury is different, but work with horses helped me a lot after my own brain injury; veterans deal with having a TBI more than any other group of people.  Working the details out just takes time; but I’m always up for learning something new.

I just got some composting worms the other day to start testing how they do with manure. Right now they’re eating newspaper & vegetables; but soon I’ll be taking them to see how they do with manure; which is supposedly preferred. I now know I need to add more newspaper & make sure it stays wet; some already tried escaping. By “try”, I mean they did, but they dried up & died less than a foot away from the bucket.

Horses From Civil War Reenactment


I greatly enjoyed this article!  It is a description of a reenactment of Civil War battles where they actually use horses to pull artillery (which is appropriate for the time period) rather than using trucks.  It also describes a Standardbred rescue, because Standardbreds fit the details that are known about the horses that pulled artillery on the battlefield.  This facility uses retired Standardbred trotters that are retrained.  Not all horses adjust to the sound of bombing & gunfire & they seek new homes for those that just aren’t suited to a military lifestyle.

https://www.warhorse.org/ – site of the California Historical Artillery Society

They are “one of only a handful of units in the world to portray how light artillery historically operated.” (CHAS, https://www.warhorse.org/, viewed 08/07/2018)