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>> Friday, May 29, 2009

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Concentrated Solar Power Could Generate 25% of the Worlds Electricity by 2050

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/05/29/concentrated-solar-power-could-generate-25-of-the-worlds-electricity-by-2050/

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>> Thursday, May 28, 2009

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The Value of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for Solar Power

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/05/27/the-value-of-renewable-energy-certificates-recs-for-solar-power/

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They Lost it All

>> Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hi Everyone,,
I went to Agway in Liberty on Friday to purchase some tomato rings and realized I can make my own for far less money, (and probably far less hassle as well).
I could not believe the amount of people there that had lost it all to the frost that hit on Tue, and Wed. I heard at least 5 conversations relating to someone losing either veggies or flowers or both. One fellow from Long Island said he spent 150.00 dollars on plants and he was a little disgusted that he had to spend another $150.00 replacing them.
I guess they were not following NY Homesteader. ;-)
Just goes to show that you should not plant tender flowers or veggies before (traditional) memorial day in our area.
Some of the staff at the local garden centers were saying we will have another frost on June 7 because of the full moon, if you ask me that's HOGWASH the moon really has no bearing on temperature and/or weather patterns if it is cloudy/rainy on June 7th chances are it will not frost. I follow the almanac to a degree, but it can vary widely.
Being a MODERN homesteader, I rely on my personal weather station, my computer and sometimes the weather channel for the weather. Also a big indicator is just watch mother nature, the clouds, also the birds and animals will tell you almost everything you need to know if you pay attention to them. New Pics are on their way!
Happy Homesteading Everyone !!
Peace and Prosperity and Memorial Day Remembrance
Rich

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>> Friday, May 22, 2009

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New York Wind Farm Proposal May Get New Life With New Developer

http://cleantechnica.com/2009/05/21/new-york-windfarm-proposal-may-get-new-life-with-new-developer/

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Warmer Weather Ahead

>> Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hi Homesteaders
Looks like the frost may be over in our area for several days, and hopefully for the entire summer. I will keep you posted on my planting schedule for warmer weather crops. If your transplanting from indoor started plants, they will really need the moisture for the first couple of days in order to take good hold in their new home, same if your direct sowing seeds, they must remain moist until they germinate!

Think I will bake some Home-steader made bread this weekend for the holiday.
Carrot, raisin, or just plain white or wheat,,decisions, decisions!! Have a great week,,,
Peace and Prosperity
NY Homesteader

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UPDATE!

>> Sunday, May 17, 2009

Hi Everyone,,
Just a quick update
We are under a FREEZE Warning and not just a FROST Warning,,,which means if you have seeds in the ground that are buried less than 2 inch's or so (which most veggies and flowers are only 1/8" to 1" at best) they will not be protected from FREEZING, especially with the current moisture content in the soil. Just to be safe and protect all your hard work, I would recommend that you cover any seeds you have in the ground that have not broken through the surface yet.
Thanks and Happy Homesteading!!
Rich

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Frost Again!!

Hi All,,

Looks like Frost Again for our area. Boy I sure am tired of covering and uncovering plants,,of course I do this every year. It is currently only 42 degrees here now at 8:55 AM when I woke up at 6 AM it was 55 degrees. 15 degrees in under 3 hours is significant!!
I hope you all have a great Sunday and Happy Homesteading!!,,,,Peace and Prosperity,,,,,,Rich

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>> Saturday, May 16, 2009

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Cattail Army Deployed to Fight Water Pollution

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Chicken Coop?

>> Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hi Everyone,,
Just got some plans off the internet for a nice chicken coop that will fit my needs perfectly. It should cost less than 200 dollars for materials to build it, and house about a dozen hens.
I looked for a long time to find the right plans for my situation. I have noticed throughout this project of re-instituting the homestead that the planning involved is quite the chore in itself, and planning is one of the most important things.
As for the question do I heat the chicken coop for the winter?(and get the eggs), or use the chickens in the fall and forgo the heating aspect this first season?
I will install insulation in the coop irregardless of the outcome of that decision. I will use recycled denim for insulation instead of fiberglass, I know it (recycled denim) is eco friendly and I am afraid that the fiberglass may have a detrimental effect on the yardbirds!
Of course these will be free ranging chickens, although I will have to find a way to keep them from getting on my porch? They must be put in the coop every night or risk the coyote's,raccoon, fox, and/or mink feasting on them. I have learned from some folks with experience that a double fence sometimes works. ( so the predators can't reach in and eat them through the fence. minks and weasel are famous for that trick)
Anyway this too will be a few years to get perfected and I am ready to make changes as needed. Hopefully I will be able to heat the coop in the winter via solar power after this winter. Supposed to rain today so garden will have to wait until better weather. Wish me luck on the coop!!
Peace and Prosperity,,,,
Rich

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>> Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Recycling Our Way to a More Sustainable Future

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Frosting!!

>> Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hi Everyone,,
seems we are under a frost warning in our area for tonight and early tomorrow morning. If you have any flowers or veggies that may need protection,, I would suggest covering or bringing them indoors for tonight and possibly tomorrow night as well.Hope this helps to keep your gardens growing,,peace and prosperity,,,
Rich

Click on the link to check the weather channel for the chance of frost or freeze warnings in your area!!
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News from RenewableEnergyWorld.com

>> Friday, May 8, 2009

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A Brief Look Ahead: Innovation in Solar Energy Continues Despite Slowing Economy
Solar industry buffs likely spent the first weeks of April eagerly waiting earnings reports from the publically traded solar giants. But on April 14 the team over at Abound Solar had other priorities in mind. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based startup was celebrating the official opening of the company?s first full-scale production facility for its thin-film solar panels.

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>> Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Eco-Driving Technology

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