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>> Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Something Worth Saving

>> Tuesday, April 28, 2009



It would be a shame to lose a beautiful natural resource such as this from overuse or abuse.This is one of the pristine, cold water, mountain, lakes left in southern NY. It is still full of life. Thats why in my opinion we should conserve and preserve so that our future generations can enjoy the same view.
This is Alder Lake in southwestern Ulster County NY owned by the State of NY.,,,,Hope you enjoy!!,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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>> Friday, April 24, 2009

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Worlds First Freshwater Wind Farm Coming to New York?

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/23/worlds-first-freshwater-wind-farm-coming-to-new-york/

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Link to "Expert Village"

>> Thursday, April 23, 2009

I have noticed that "expert village" has disabled their embedding codes. here is a link to view their videos on You Tube....Click Here to View...They do have some very informative videos! check it out!!,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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Earth Month Wishes


Hello all, Here is an early garden pic,,I like to use the manual power to turn my garden the rototiller is nice but, why waste the fuel and contribute to our climate problems.
I hope you all had a great Earth Day yesterday, and I hope everyone participated in some fashion to protect our Earth. Also I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow (Fri. April 24th) is Arbor Day. It's a day to plant a CO2 scrubber in your community!! Also as far as an update on the homestead, I planted some more onion sets yesterday. You should always plant in 2 or 3 week increments of the veggies you use the most,in order to insure maturity throughout the season. Also got some Iceburg lettuce seed in the ground as well.
If you would like to get involved with planting a tree(s) for Arbor DayClick Here If the link does not work...copy and paste www.arborday.org in to your address bar.
It's hard work but, I am hoping your homestead is progressing nicely!,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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News from RenewableEnergyWorld.com

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

richgate1@gmail.com has recommended this story at RenewableEnergyWorld.com.

This is a pretty good story about geo-thermal

Saving Green By Building Green
Going green is a way of life for one retired couple in Northumberland County. They have taken steps to get off the power grid by investing in several alternative energy producing methods for their 2,500 square foot home near Reedville.

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>> Saturday, April 18, 2009

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NY Homesteader thinks this will be of interest to you:

Space Based Solar Power Satellite Program from PG&E and Solaren in California

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/18/space-based-solar-power-satellite-program-from-pge-and-solaren/

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Planting Schedule

>> Friday, April 17, 2009

Hi everyone, I have had quite a few requests to post a planting schedule, here is a link to one on Heirloom Seeds.com Click Here for Planting Schedule

Heirloom Seeds.com is a great site full of tips and lots and lots of gardening helpers available I order all my heirloom seeds from this place ,but you must get your orders in by March 1st or so in order to get them on time. Keep in mind that our "average last date of frost" here in the Catskills is about May 15th or so, and if you live in a valley it could be later than that, so keep some type of covering for your plants handy!! Usually after Memorial Day there is little worry of frost here. We are on the line between zones 4 and 5 , but I like to use zone 4 as a little "safety net" Happy Homesteading!! ,,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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NY Homesteader thinks this will be of interest to you:

Futuristic Catamaran to Attempt First Solar-Powered Circumnavigation

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/16/futuristic-catamaran-to-attempt-first-solar-powered-circumnavigation/

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An Easy and Effective Way to Save Tomato Seeds

>> Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Starting to Come Together

All right,,, got some more work done in the garden today, turned over the compost and added some already composted soil on top to give it some "starter". Every time I turn over my compost pile I always add some already composted soil and some earth worms(they eat any organic materials, and then poop them out and I get some great worm castings mixed in)My onions and leaf spinach etc. should be showing through any time now (1 week to 10 days or so) I so love the idea of having fresh organic fruits and veggies this year. I am making mine and my family's way to having FREEDOM from the produce aisle!! I am going to do some more work on it tomorrow and Friday. Also will have the kids help me this weekend (I figure since everyone is going to eat it,,everyone should help) this will give them the good foundation to be self sufficient for their future.....Don't forget to get heirloom seeds so you can save and replant the seeds year after year!! Peace and Prosperity!!!! Rich

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Easter BLUES

>> Saturday, April 11, 2009

Wet, Rainy, Cold, yet they say the sun will shine on me tomorrow!! Boy I hope so,,will do inside chores today, will look for my grandmas bread pans today, (I think they have all become plant pots though) but I may need to purchase new ones.
Easter Sunday tomorrow, will see the munchkins for a few hours at least. Seriously need to work on the garden and get some things planted,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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No Report

>> Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bummer, I got absolutely nothing done in garden today. Stuck doing carpet in spare bedroom and some other essential chores that had to be done. Maybe tomorrow I'll have some more to report. Jeez I'll have to get some pictures up as well!!!!!Peace and Prosperity,,,,Rich

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Empire State Building Begins Huge Energy Efficiency Retrofit

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/06/empire-state-building-begins-huge-energy-efficiency-retrofit/

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Illinois Drive-In Becomes Worlds First Wind-Powered Movie Theater

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/08/drive-in-becomes-worlds-first-wind-powered-movie-theater/

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Onion Sets

>> Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hey all,, got some spanish and some vidalia onion sets in the ground today. Will do some spinach and swiss chard tomorrow. Essentially these can be put in the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. (as well as many others). I have ordered heirloom seeds but, they have not arrived yet, hopefully they come soon. Some of them I fear may have to wait until this fall or maybe even next spring. My 4 weeks before last frost window is coming SOON! The maple sap has been running good with the cold weather, but is about over, and the leeks (wild onions) are awesome and growing great, again with the cold, wet weather. I'm hoping to find some garlic to put in the ground before the weekend. Hopefully my search locally will be rewarding. Still working on a plan for a chicken coop but, really busy with the garden right at this moment. OK everyone get your onions in the ground as soon as you can work the soil!!;;;Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich

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NY Homesteader

>> Tuesday, April 7, 2009



My Name is Rich Gately and right off the top I would like to thank you for stopping by.
I am a 47 year old Ceramic Tile Installer by trade and gardener, and homesteader by choice. I am ISPQ/IREC Certified in solar photovoltaic installation and design and have also taken a secondary course on commercial applications and ground solar arrays.
Being in the construction industry for 30 years I also have extensive knowledge in drywall, plumbing, painting, electric, finish work, and framing. I love to tinker and build.

This site is for me to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors and make a record thereof. I'm sure this will be a many year work in progress and will do the best with the time allotted me to do so. I really don't know where to start, I feel sort of like a pioneer. Here I am with this chunk of land and now I want to live off it. I really don't have to do this. I could probably "afford" not to, and pay the high prices for produce and groceries at the super market, I could probably continue to pay my electric bill, even through expected increases in utility prices. I'm thinking this is far more than that.  
First and foremost I believe that a simpler life of sustainability and self-sufficiency will go a long way to averting complete disaster should a national crisis or major depression become reality.  Also, by "homesteading" I can control what I'm eating and what I am feeding my family,  strictly organic gardening,  some chickens for laying, and for consumption, again organic and free ranging,  I may even get me a few pigs to put in the freezer in the fall. 
I owe a little apology to all my "vegan" and vegetarian friends about the meat.  My family and I are meat eaters although I don't agree with the way they raise animals commercially, or steroids and anti-biotics they fill our meat up with, that's why I would prefer to raise my own. 
I do have a slight advantage because my Grandfather did have a mini-homestead here from 1962 to about 1997 so even though the garden and chicken coop are now gone, the spots are there. My ultimate goal is to have Solar Photovoltaic, wind, and maybe small micro-hydro to offset my entire electrical consumption, solar thermal for my domestic hot water, all of my vegetables and meat be either raised right here or taken from the wild,,(like leeks, etc.) all my eggs right here!! 
My starting point this spring will be to get the garden and order and make some plans and clean up for a chicken coop.(I'm going to do my best to post many photo's of the progression) 
So follow along if you like, nothing could make me happier. 
Hopefully some of the articles and tips will help you on your journey to self-sufficiency. So browse around and enjoy yourself, take a break and remember to sign up for our updates on any page.
Peace and Prosperity,
Rich Gately ~ NY Homesteader

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News - June 1 start date for NY water bottle deposits

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News - June 1 start date for NY water bottle deposits
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Garden Goodies

Starting the garden now. Got onion sets, and some spinach to start. Both of these can basically be started as soon as the ground can be worked.
Also have most of the fencing materials and am ready to work, I need to rototill my area one more time and then put all my raised beds together.
As I put those together I will post more pictures of my design. As you can see from the pics this area was completely grown over with grass (as a matter of fact I had to move my horshoe pits) This area was a garden from 1962 untill about 1997. After my grandfather got a little too old to maintain it it slowly was reclaimed by grass. Unfortunately he still used to receive bagged leaves from half the town and they too were reclaimed by Ma Nature (Thats why all the bits of plastic bags) Those plastic bags will all be removed and recycled. Wow what a job! Also my secondary spring is ready and full of water to start with irrigation, I will also collect rain water for irrigation as well. Stay tuned for more pics and info on the garden. ,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,Rich Gately

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Europes Largest Wind Farm Gets Approval in Sweden

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/04/07/europes-largest-wind-farm-gets-approval-in-sweden/

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