Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

This Week At Bishop's Homegrown

Grafted Apple trees for sale - 15.00 in a gallon pot Seedling apple trees- 3.00 in 4 inch pot. Turkey hatching eggs 12.00 a dozen. Tomato plants in 4 inch pots 3.00. Tomato slips 6 for 2.00, cabbage slips 6 for 2.00 Turkey Poults 6.00, tobacco seedlings in 4' pots 3.00, tobacco slips 6 for 2.00, Cultivators handbook of natural tobacco 20.00

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Picture updates volume 2!

Blanches elusive guineas hiding in the rafters of the barn!

Runner/Ancona crosses hatching today!

A redneck "Johnny Cage" scabed together from recycled stuff in order to catch and recall quail.

This was originally going to be a quail tractor, it's about 8 foot long with a wire bottom and bread pallets with wheels on the bottom in order to be pulled around the farm to various areas. I instead put it to use to move larger chicks, keets, poults, and ducklings around and give them a taste of outside. You just wheel it around and flip it over when you find a nice area of green grass and weeds for the little ones to eat on. Pictured here are Pekin ducks and first generation Kiva turkeys from the selected stock we are keeping for breeding season next year!

Snapped a quick pick of the quail run complete with ramp into coop!

Some of the baby bunnies! Harlequin crossed to New Zealand Red is the mother, the "kits" are crossed back to new Zealand black which totally doesn't explain the white! lol.

A trellis built from some scavenged 8 foot pallets. We just planted 12 Jewel blackberries along the north side of the trellis. Also pictured is a temporary "snow fence" to protect our growing gooseberry crop from the meandering poultry marauders!

The new duck enclosure with the pond now full from the recent rain. It does leak slowly but once the ducks are old enough I'm supremely confident they will do wonders with sealing it up. The plastic is in place because originally I had hand dug this as a root cellar and the walls are steep, the plastic is essentially there to catch soil that caves in and hold it in place (it's old greenhouse plastic so it's full of holes!) Once the ducks are in place the plastic will be cut along the top edge and allowed to fall to the bottom where it will make a much tighter bottom seal when combined with the red clay and duck muck!

Dear FDA.........

It's spring time, I don't have time for your stupidity, I've got plants to get in the ground, eggs to hatch, birds to brood, logs to inoculate with mushrooms, and I might even like a little time to sit around and scratch my ass or go fishing if the good lord permits. That said, why would you decide to issue such a stupid statement at this time of year? Is it because you know that real farmers are too busy working to call you out for the liberty hating pieces of trash you are? I'm not even sure I need to comment on your having said “there is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to food of all kinds.” and “there is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular kind of food [because] comprehensive federal regulation of the food supply has been in effect at least since Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906. … Thus, plaintiffs’ claim to a fundamental privacy interest in obtaining ‘foods of their own choice’ for themselves and their families is without merit.”

Really? So, would you mind telling me my almighty king, is Milk now Schedule 1 or Schedule 2? I'm unclear on that (as well as why Marijuana is Schedule 1). I wonder what the founding fathers would have thought of your transgressions against our god given rights. That's right, god given rights, rights you can't take away. Think you can? Lets see you enforce it in mass you cocksuckers!

See where your wrong is that I do have the right to put anything in my organism I damn well please, period, end of story. Your Orwellian language not withstanding, I don't need words to sum up anything that I and millions of others feel......

Me using my god given (and constitutionally protected) right to freedom of speech!

At the next available opporotunity I would advise you and your lackeys to take the time to look up the definition of "free market" and start enforcing the laws you already have on the books on the long list of corporate interests that have violated the actually safety of the uninformed junk eating society that is the United States, oh, and while your at it, consume some raw milk laced with antifreeze, I hear it's ever so sweet.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Least you think we've not been busy pt 1...more to come soon.

Finally decided to get some ducks too so we dug a pond and built a shelter from wooden shipping boxes and a roof from a tightly constructed eight foot deck board pallet.
Finally managed to scavenge enough material to build a turkey run. They won't be cooped all the time, just during planting season and while the plants get up and going and then it's back to free ranging.

Rounded up some scrap wood and chicken wire to make a quail run, shortly I'll coop them up and plant some amaranth, quinoa, and millet in the run for shade and shelter as well as forage when the seeds shatter from the plants.
Got tired of loosing cortunix quail to racoons when they stuck their head out the single layer of chicken wire so built a double walled "racoon protection panel" our of 6 foot pallets and wire.
Shirazi, Frog Eye Orinoco, and New Mexico N Rustica seedlings.
A "scrap wood" box I threw together with currants, gooseberries, and Josta cuttings rooting!
Bill Drakes New Mexico N. Rustica seedlings growing happily alongside Telsing's (Ottowa Gardener) red cabbage crosses! Yeah, that's worm compost by the way, 100%, cut with nothing!

The new hotbed I built from untreated lumber complete with a heating cable, four varieties of tobacco, several varieties of cabbage and collards and some Kazak. apple seedlings.
Lots and lots of fruit trees and shrubs this year, determined to head in a more permaculture influenced direction now that the bulk of my annual plant breeding is approaching completion!
The cold frame is coming along nicely. Lined the bottom with composting turkey manure/bedding and back filled with some amazingly rich cold compost. Lot's of stuff germinating, including weeds, but mostly tomatoes and medicinal herbs. The two barrels are heat sinks filled with water.
Some of the Alpine/Domestic crosses that somehow managed to survive last years turkey rapture, there should still be plenty of great genetics to ensure the development of some great cultivars in the future!

In other news we also got 500 lbs of seed potatoes in the ground today along with several pounds of sugar snap and snow peas, lettuce, spinach, raddish, turnips, kale and more. Lots more stuff to come!!!!!