Explore The Healing Power Of Hemp

Hemp can be used as a fiber crop, for grain, seed oil and CBD production. It’s a textile, a food crop and a medicinal herb. This singular plant is so valuable that in 2021 more than 500,000 acres of American farmland were dedicated to industrial hemp production. 

This may not seem like much compared to the 90 million acres of corn grown in the U.S. that same year. But considering just 8 years prior, in 2013, total hemp production in the U.S. was zero acres, it would seem hemp might be the next big thing in American agriculture.

It doesn’t matter whether you own a small-scale hobby farm or an extensive for-profit operation. This versatile plant is sure to have something to offer everyone. 

A New Crop with an Old History

While hemp might seem like a new crop in today’s world of modern agriculture, this useful herb has been cultivated on this continent longer than the U.S. has even been a country. Hemp was first introduced to North America in 1606 and quickly became a favorite crop amongst colonial farmers. 

Hemp was used for to make cloth, sails, paper, rope and lamp fuel. This amazing plant was considered so useful that in the 1700s, American farmers were legally required to grow hemp on their farms. George Washington himself grew hemp on his estate, and the first American flags were made from hemp fiber.

Not only is hemp useful, but growing this incredible plant could be considered patriotic. 

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Hemp versus Cannabis

You may have heard these terms used somewhat interchangeably in conversation. But in the eyes of the law, hemp and cannabis are treated very differently.

Be sure to check with your local authorities before growing either of these crops to avoid any potential complications. This could be as simple as a call or email to your local extension office inquiring on the particular rules surrounding hemp production in your area. 

Although these two crops fall under different regulatory stipulations, they are in actuality different cultivars of the same species. To put it simply, hemp is any strain of Cannabis sativa that contains less than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound in the plant).

It’s the hemp plant that is grown for its fibrous stalk, healthy seeds and flavorful oils. This is also the plant used to craft medicinal CBD products. On the other hand, the cannabis plant, with its much high content of the chemical compound THC, is grown for recreational uses. 

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Growing Hemp

Hemp is a fast-growing plant that will thrive in most soil types and can produce a seed crop in 100 to 150 days, depending upon the cultivar. The plants require full sun, and the seedlings require consistent watering for the first few weeks. But once they are established, hemp plants are quite…

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GAO: Congress Should Enact Comprehensive Privacy Legislation

The Government Accountability Office yesterday released a snapshot of its recent work on consumer data. The GAO’s work shows that (1) consumer scores pose risks; (2) facial recognition technology raises consumer privacy and accuracy concerns; and (3) additional federal authority over internet privacy could enhance consumer protection. The GAO recommended that Congress implement consumer protection for consumer scores, such as allowing consumers to be informed of score uses and their potential effects, strengthen the consumer privacy framework to reflect changes in technology such as facial recognition, and enact comprehensive internet privacy legislation.

EPIC’s Screening and Scoring Project produces comprehensive resources that identifies instances of scoring and screening of everyday life, articulates common issues with these tools, analyzes potential violations of existing law with their use, and works to protect the public from the algorithmic harm these tools may cause. And EPIC has long advocated for restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology and on the need for a comprehensive U.S. privacy law.

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At Sassy Bee Honey, Micro Apiaries Are A Passion Project

For someone who had a rough start to beekeeping, Stephanie Grant has figured out a lot in six years. The single hive she started with died that first year. In her second year, she had two. Now Grant manages as many as 17 hives in micro apiaries around suburban Wilmington, Delaware.

“Micro apiaries are small clusters of colonies (hives) in different locations. I manage micro apiaries, as it more closely replicates honeybees in the wild and is better for colony health and survival. You will not see wild bee colonies tightly packed together in row after row of trees,” Grant says.

These small clusters of hives are good for the bees and are also a requirement to be a beekeeper under Certified Naturally Grown certification. (You can read more about Certified Naturally Grown in the November/December 2022 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.)

A few residential properties, a community garden, a state park and a historic site, the Hagley Museum, are home to Grant’s bee colonies. 

“An increased number of organizations, as well neighbors, reach out looking to have hives placed and managed on their properties for both educational and environmental reasons,” she says. Because of her Certified Naturally Grown certification and her concern for the wellbeing of the bees and the quality of their honey, Grant is selective in where she’ll house hives.

Not Just Honey

Grant sells Sassy Bee products online and at small shops and events around her area. Products range from sweet, raw honey to herbal-infused honey, soap, lip balms, body and beard products, candles, and even pet-care items.

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“Everything I sell is small batch, handcrafted. We use honey from our hives and run out every year, even as we continue to grow the micro apiaries,” Grant says. “While we do use and sell the beeswax produced from our colonies, I do have to source natural beeswax elsewhere, as my colonies do not produce enough wax yet for all the products we have.”

Additional ingredients, like what you’ll find in the creamed honey and infused honey, are all organic. And she’d like to source from Certified Naturally Grown producers, if there were more in her area. 

Read more: Read more about nectar flow changes and seasonal tasks for keeping honeybees.

From the Beginning

“I have always had a passion for nature and been intrigued by all aspects of it, big and small. I am amazed at how everything is interconnected. I used to say being a beekeeper was on my bucket list. One day I said just that to one of my close friends, and she looked me in the eye and said, ‘Then why don’t you?’” Grant says.

That encouragement was all she needed. Next thing she knew, Grant was researching beekeeping and getting her first package of bees. Things were going well the whole season, until Grant noticed in September that the bees no longer came and…

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Senators Markey & Wyden Call on ICE to End Invasive Surveillance Practices

In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Director, Tae D. Johnson, Senators Ed Markey and Ron Wyden “urge[d] [ICE] to end its use of technologies and surveillance tactics that threaten the privacy rights of individuals all across the United States.” The Senators called out ICE’s “dragnet surveillance system” created using facial recognition and the agency’s purchasing of information from data brokers. “These practices,” the Senators state, “raise serious concerns and questions about how ICE surveils the public and avoids key accountability systems.”

EPIC recently published the report, DHS’s Data Reservoir, which analyzes the ways that the Department of Homeland Security, in particular CBP and ICE, collects and circulates location data. In an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained thousands of pages related to ICE’s use of facial recognition services. The documents EPIC obtained reveal that ICE, at minimal, considered using facial recognition to track people who threaten their agents.

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WIRED: The FTC Is Closing In on Runaway AI

TEENAGERS DESERVE TO grow, develop, and experiment, says Caitriona Fitzgerald, deputy director at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a nonprofit advocacy group. They should be able to test or abandon ideas “while being free from the chilling effects of being watched or having information from their youth used against them later when they apply to college or apply for a job.” She called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to make rules to protect the digital privacy of teens.

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Can Chickens and Roosters Fly? What to Know

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Birds have been known to fly for thousands of years. They use their wings to navigate through the air, and some can even soar to great heights.

So, it’s no surprise that many wonder if chickens and roosters can fly too. After all, they do have large wings like other birds.

But do these wings actually help them fly?

Can Chickens Fly?

Chickens and roosters are interesting creatures. Though they are known for their clucking and crowing, many people don’t know that these animals can fly.

Chickens can fly, but it is rare. When they do fly, they only make it short distances before coming back to the ground. Chickens use their wings for balance and speed when running, and not for flying.

Despite being able to fly, chickens usually don’t escape their enclosure space. This is because they lack the large flight muscles that other birds have. Their wingspan is also quite short, meaning they can only fly for a short distance.

Can All Chicken Breeds Fly?

When it comes to chicken breeds, one topic often comes up – can they fly? The answer is yes, all chicken breeds can fly. However, some breeds are better at flying than others.

Some of the best flyers include the Ancona, Andalusian, Campine, Catalana, and Leghorn breeds. These chickens are slim and have long wings, which allow them to hold themselves in the air for longer periods of time and fly further distances.

The Silkie breed is the only chicken breed that cannot fly. This is because Silkies have very fluffy feathers, which do not allow them to get very high off the ground.

While all chicken breeds can fly, not all are inclined to do so. Chickens used to being confined in a coop or run may not feel inclined to fly unless they are really motivated. So, even if your chickens can fly, they may not always take advantage of it.

What is the Furthest Distance a Chicken Can Fly?

Chickens are definitely not known for their flying abilities, but it turns out that some of them can actually travel pretty far. In 2014, a chicken flew 301.5 feet, setting a new world record. This is more than double the distance that most chickens can manage to fly at once.

The record flight only lasted 13 seconds, but it was long enough to set a new record. Most chickens can’t even make it more than 50 feet on a single flight, so this was a pretty impressive accomplishment.

How High Can Chickens Fly?

As chickens are domesticated animals, their natural instincts have been dulled over time. This means that most chickens will not be able to fly more than a few feet off the ground, even if they attempt to escape a predator.

Some breeds of chicken can reach heights of over 30 feet, but this is relatively rare. For the most part, chickens can only fly about 10…

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30 Days of Preparedness SUPERSALE: Day 12

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Prepping and putting back supplies is incredibly important but what we’re seeing now goes beyond that. You have to be able to produce and acquire more food. You have to be able to put back your harvests to eat during the winter. You have to be able to prepare items that once were as convenient as popping open a can or little plastic container.

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36 Delicious Dutch Oven Skillet Recipes

A Dutch Oven is a must-have for a prepper because providing it’s a plain cast iron one versus the enameled version, you can cook over campfires, on gas stoves, and even in electric ovens.

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The range of meals you can make, ranging from sweet to savory, is endless. This is what preppers, hunters, and campers place over the campfire to have soup or stew steaming hot, ready when people get back from their hunting/fishing/foraging trips.

Dutch ovens are often handed down through the generations if taken care of. Even if they have been abused, it is possible to ‘revive’ them to see many more years of service.

If you are not already familiar with a Dutch oven then read this article for a bit of background and on how to obtain the right temperature for cooking in your Dutch oven.

We have chosen recipes to use everyday meat like chicken and beef but also recipes to enable you to use what you have hunted – ranging from squirrel to moose. We haven’t forgotten the fishermen and have some real treats.

Then we have a variety of bread recipes to accompany soups and stews or simply to enjoy on their own with homemade jams.

Items like apple tart, Dutch oven cinnamon rolls, and peach cobbler provide a sweet ending to a meal.

1. Navajo Lamb Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

If you need something hearty and warm for a family dinner, then this is it. The recipe calls for celery, carrots, onions, garlic, and potatoes, most of which you should have in your survival garden. Here’s the recipe.

2. Venison Stew – Dutch oven recipe

This recipe uses deer meat, or you can substitute beef. Green peppers and potatoes add to the flavor. Here’s the recipe.

3. Cheesy Venison Steak and Potatoes

Venison and bacon go together, but when you add cheese and potatoes to the mix then you’re taking it to the next level. Here’s the recipe.

4. Dutch Oven Moose Roast

Red wine, bacon, celery, and garlic join the usual ingredients in this moose roast suited to a large family. Here’s the recipe.

5. Venison Stew

When the hunt has been successful and there’s venison on the menu try this recipe suitable for deer, elk, or moose.

The addition of juniper berries, maple syrup, and sage, all foraged, make this a great prepper meal that will feed between 8 and 10 people. You will need some red wine – hope you have some stockpiled! Here’s the recipe.

6. Beef Stew

This classic beef stew using chuck benefits from the addition of red wine to bring out the flavor of the meat. Here’s the recipe.

7. Cowboy Stew

Ground beef, canned or fresh tomatoes, canned beans and potatoes, and onion with the addition of some chili make for a great Western favorite. Here’s the recipe.

8. Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast

With onions, carrots, and capsicums this pot roast includes produce from your vegetable garden with beef chuck. Here’s the recipe.

9. Ptarmigan and…

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Money but Were Afraid to Ask

Introduction

With my talk, I would like to accomplish three goals:

First, I want to explain some sound and time-tested basics of monetary theory.

Second, I would like to point out why it is important to have a free market in money; that the battlefront of our time is not between, say, bitcoin, stable coins, gold, and silver, but between government-monopolized fiat monies and a free market in money.

And third, I hope to strengthen your conviction that we need a free market in money! Unless we succeed in ending governments’ money monopolies, I fear we might end up in the most sinister tyranny the world has ever seen.

On the Subject of Money

Let me ask you: What is money? The answer is: Money is the universally accepted means of exchange.

As such, money is a good like any other.

What makes it really special is that money is the most marketable, the most liquid of all goods in the economy.

Money is no consumer good and no producer good. It is the exchange good; it is a good sui generis.

What functions does money have? According to most economics textbooks, the answer is that money has three functions: it is means of exchange, unit of account, and store of value.

Upon closer examination, however, we realize that money has just one function, and that is as a means of exchange.

The unit of account function and the store of value function are merely subfunctions of the means of exchange function of money.

This is easy to understand: The unit of account function expresses the exchange ratios of goods and services in money; for example, 1 apple costs 1 euro.

The store of value function (which can also be termed as the means of deferred payment function) indicates that people hold money to exchange in the future rather than today.

Money is an indispensable tool in an advanced economy characterized by the division of labor and trade.

It serves as a common denominator, a numeraire for all goods prices. It thus allows for the calculation of the returns on the various alternatives of economic activity.

In a complex economy, only monetary calculation can allocate resources to their most productive uses—that is, uses that satisfy consumer demand best.

Today’s modern, advanced economies could not exist without using money for economic calculation.

The Value of Money

An economy becomes richer if more producer and consumer goods are available. However, this does not apply to money. Why?

Money, which has only use value, derived from its purchasing power, is a good, and as such, determining its value falls under the law of diminishing marginal utility.

What does this law say? It says (1) a large supply of goods is preferable to a smaller supply of goods, and (2) the marginal utility of any additional unit of a good decreases.

So an increase in the money supply in the economy reduces the marginal utility of the money unit compared to other goods. As…

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14 Forgotten Foods Our Ancestors Used to Eat

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14 Forgotten Foods Our Ancestors Used to Eat

Food is one of those things that is at the very center of culture. When trying to understand a people group and their lifestyle, food is a key ingredient in that study.

Here in the United States, we eat foods from a wide variety of cultures, much more so than what you can find in other countries around the world. At the same time, we have “americanized” those foods, adding out own twist to them. 

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Pizza for example, an American favorite, is much different here than it is in Italy. If you order pizza there, you’ll get a round piece of bread, with some herbs on it. That’s about it.

Even our mozzarella cheese is different than theirs, as they make mozzarella cheese daily, using it while it is still soft. I imagine an Italian immigrant, seeing our version of mozzarella cheese in the grocery store would think that they were selling “old” cheese. 

Many of the foods people have eaten throughout history are based upon availability. Truffles, which are extremely rare and expensive today, were once something eaten by the poor people of Europe, as they could gather them themselves.

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Through time, the availability of those truffles has dwindled, to the point where they are now only used in very small quantities, in gourmet foods. People living near the equator don’t eat seals, because there aren’t any, while people living in the Arctic Circle consume them as part of their regular diet. 

As we have become more “civilized” (at least in our own minds), our ideas of what is acceptable cuisine has changed as well. Most women living in the 1800s thought nothing of having to butcher and defeather a chicken, duck, goose, or turkey, while the average housewife today would be appalled at the idea of having to do that.

To many people, fish (as a food, rather than something pretty to look at) comes in rectangular pieces that are breaded. Were we to put a whole cooked fish on their plate, they would probably scream and run away. 

Yet many of the foods that our ancestors ate were healthy and nutritious, providing them with the energy needed for hard physical work. So, while those foods may not seem like the first things that we would put on our own menus, they are foods that can help us stay healthy, especially in times of hardship.

1. Beaver Tail

One of the more unusual sounding foods from the frontier was beaver tails. Beaver was hunted for their pelts, which were highly valued for making top hats, before the style changed and silk was the preferred material.

But the beaver tail, which was not used in the making of those…

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