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Glass Gem is a unique strain of corn with kernels that look like pieces of rainbow-colored glass. Source
Carl Barnes, an Oklahoma farmer, started growing older corn varieties to connect with his Cherokee heritage.
He isolated ancestral strains Native American tribes lost in the 1800s when they were relocated to Oklahoma.
Soon he began exchanging ancient corn seed with growers from all over the country, while simultaneously saving and replanting seeds from the most colorful cobs.
This eventually resulted in rainbow-colored corn.
When the rainbow corn mixed with the traditional varieties it created new strains, displaying more vibrant colors and patterns over time.
Glass Gem is a flint corn, so it isn’t really eaten off the cob. It’s usually ground into cornmeal and used in tortillas or grits, but it can also be used to make popcorn.
If you love corn and rainbows, seeds can be purchased online for about $7.95.
Self Sufficiency, 1970s
This is actually kind of like what I’m doing, except my animals aren’t for meat.
There’s actually a great book I found (of course you probably already either have it or know the material it covers) called The Backyard Homestead. It’s a good resource for anyone who wants to do this, regardless of the size plot of land you have. It covers planting seasons, canning, livestock, etc. but also has several plot layouts like the one above based on different yard sizes.
For example, if you have 1/10 acre:
I actually have several hundred acres to work with right now, but I would still be very interested in reading that. Thank you for the recommendation!
I have a few friends who have significantly less land but would be interested in doing some self sufficient farming. Also, I like to read everything I can on subjects, because you never know where you’re going to discover great advice.
I will see if I can add it to my amazon wishlist for the next time I get a gift card!
I’ve read The Backyard Homestead and it’s great! Second the recommendation.
Also, this made me think of this, although it’s not entirely in the same vein: A Pattern Language is a book about architecture, mostly, but also building communities and increasing efficiency and self-sufficiency. I highly recommend it for anyone who is trying to build their own homestead, house, or intentional community. It’s pretty expensive, so I when I want to read it I borrow it from the local university library, but if you’ve got some spare funds it’s a truly incredible book. My father has worked in community-building & civic leagues (and lived on a farm) for most of his life and it’s one of his #1 recommendations as well. It’s just a really amazing and interesting book. @onlyashremains
I have The Backyard Homestead and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s been my top book for planning out my Garden these last couple of years and I’d probably be lost without it. If you’re seriously interested in this kind of stuff, I would also recommend 5 Acres and Independence, too… Even if you don’t have 5 acres to spare, I found the information invaluable, and the information in it is definitely adaptable to whatever sized plot you can spare.
Getting more specifically into the Gardening and Farming aspects, I have a few more suggestions for reading material:
- Pirating Plants is about Propagation, grafting, and Seed Saving; it’s old but it’s solid and I definitely recommend it if you want to Garden on the cheap- especially when it comes to “larger than average” farming.
- The New Complete Guide to Gardening by Better Homes and Gardens. Despite focusing mostly on your typical garden flowers, it does have some great information in it about a few Herbs and Fruit varieties, and all around has a lot of valuable information in it.
- The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs by Reader’s Digest, as well- though this one is obviously about Herbs specifically. But it covers basic remedies, culinary uses, planting, harvesting and storing, and a lot of other information.
I also have The Backyard Homestead, as well as The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs, and I’ve found both to be extremely useful in my gardening and in planning my future house’s yard plots. I’m also looking into picking up a number of books on forest gardening and building simple greenhouses.
Blow your MIND” Tomato Basil Pasta! - No Straining, just Stirring
Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! - Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. The starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta
12 ounces pasta (Shown Linguine)
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used zesty red pepper flavor)
1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Optional Parmesan cheese for garnish
Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .
Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese if desired.
great Zeus’s beard this stuff is good. it’s also really easy and cheap and smells wonderful when it’s cooking. MAKE THE THING.
I’ve made this multiple times before and you should too
Muma Pădurii aesthetic
Romanian folklore creatures series - VI
Muma Pădurii is an ugly and mean old woman living as a spirit of the forest . She is an evil witch, the opposite of fairies and literally means “the Mother of the Forest”, though “mumă” is an archaic version of “mamă” (mother).
She lives in a dark, dreadful, hidden little house or in the hollows of old trees, and sometimes goes to the huts of those living near the forest to scare them. If a brave man manages to catch and tie her, she will fulfill a wish. She is also thought to attack children, and because of this, a large variety of spells (descântece in Romanian) are used against her.
In the forest she is a sad mother, mourning, groaning, snorting, howling, because people are cutting her babies, the trees in the forest. She will punish every man whistling or singing through the woods, woodcutters who disregard the rules of the forest, those who collect berries, wild apples and pears, hazelnuts.
The Solomonar aesthetic
Romanian folklore creatures series - IThe Solomonar is a wizard who is believed, in Romanian mythology, to control clouds and rain. They are able to call a hailstorm, to cure diseases and to master the highest knowledge about the Universe. They were not supernatural creatures, but rather humans who learned special abilities, described as tall people, wearing white capes and magic tools around their waists. The knowledge is transmitted from a master to disciple, taken at birth from the ones born bearing a particular birth mark, taken into forests or in caves to learn the art and craft of wizardry, which they will use to fight against the dark forces of nature and of the human spirit. The wizard “schools” are at the “end of the earth”, sometimes called “the other realm” and they teach mostly astrology, fortune telling, mastering all meteorological phenomena. Solomonars have a special book in which all their knowledge and power is gathered. This is the book they use during their apprenticeship and only one out of seven apprentices becomes a Solomonar.
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