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The Birds & the Bees & the Bunnies

E.A.T. South is sending a big thank you to our guest speakers Amanda Edwards (River Oaks Farm) and Gene Price (Urban Hives), and to everyone who participated in the February 18 workshop on backyard livestock. We definitely had lots of fun hosting the workshop! In case you missed the resource sheet from the workshop, here it is:

Learning More about the Birds & the Bees & the Bunnies

Bees

Bee Keeping for Dummies, Howland Blackiston

Central Alabama Bee Keeping Association

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm sells bee keeping supplies & bees, but look under “bee educated” for video bee keeping tutorials

Urban Hives’ Facebook Page

Rabbits

Books

Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits by Bob Bennett (basic guide… I do not use antibiotics recommended in this book, great anecdotal examples)

The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver by Karen Patry ( I love this book… learn as you go philosophy with great illustrations and better kindling information than first book)

Rabbit Facebook groups: Used on a daily basis for rabbit community information sharing, sales, etc.

  • Alabama Farm and Livestock Trader (catch-all)

  • Meat Rabbits for Beginners

  • Rabbits for Meat Only

  • 101 Raising Backyard or meat Rabbits

  • Alabama rabbit auction

  • Alabama Rabbit breeders

  • Backyard Meat Rabbits of Alabama (very well managed page)

  • Alabama Rabbit Trader

  • Alabama pedigree rabbits for sale only (good place to start!)

  • Champagne D’Argent Breeders (good meat breed)

  • Rabbit Relay & Transport (to arrange for the shipment of specific rabbits from far away places)

  • Raising Meat Rabbits Responsibly

…and there are probably many more gosh by golly!

The Livestock Conservancy Heritage and Conservation Breed Information for Rabbits, Chickens, Ducks, Pigs and more

Chickens

Books

  • The Chicken Health Handbook, by Gail Damerow
  • Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
  • Raising Chickens for Dummies
  • Chicken Health for Dummies

Chicken Hatcheries

Ideal Poultry  (Prattville Farm Center sells chicks from Ideal. You can buy breeds they order, or add a special order to their delivery through the store.)

Murray McMurray (very large hatchery, but has lots of breeds to choose from. Website also includes lots of chicken and breen information.)

Local Supplier Amber Haslam, Hues of Bleu

Breed charts

http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/hendersonschickenchart.pdf

http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/chicken-chart

Photos of egg color and breeds:

http://www.chickencondos.com/breeds-best-layers/

http://tbnranch.com/2014/05/24/chicken-egg-color-chart-breed-specific/

Web Forums and other info

Alabama Cooperative Extension Poultry Page

Backyard Chickens (forum)

Chicken Disease diagnosis chart

Local Suppliers of Chicken and other Backyard Livestock Things

Prattville Farm Center Locally-owned business that sells feed, chicks, and general chicken equipment. They will also special-order feed for you.

Tractor Supply Company Sells feed (including organic) and basic chicken-keeping supplies

Farmers Feed & Supply Locally-owned business with standard chicken feed & supplies

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Rainbow Crunch Salad

E.A.T. South Executive Director Beth Anne Dunagan serves up Rainbow Crunch Salad at a recent Wellness Fair.

E.A.T. South Executive Director Beth Anne Dunagan serves up Rainbow Crunch Salad at a recent Wellness Fair.

This is a quick, easy, tasty winter salad. Just grate up some raw beets and carrots and mix in the dressing. Consider adding toasted pecans, walnuts or pumpkin seeds for a little more flavor and crunch.

From Harvest for Healthy Kids

Ingredients for Dressing

1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsp. honey or brown sugar
Juice of 1 large lemon (2-3 Tbs.)
Juice of ½ large orange (2-3 Tbs.)
¼ tsp. salt or to taste

For salad

3/4 pound carrots (mix of colors, if possible), grated
3/4 pound raw beets, grated

MAKE DRESSING:

Measure lemon and orange juices into a medium bowl. Add grated ginger and honey/brown sugar and whisk to combine. Add ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste.

MAKE SALAD:

Add grated carrots to the bowl and stir to combine. Add beets and mix lightly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Root Veggie Roast

Andrea works with the State of Alabama's Farm to School program and created these fun radish cards to share with kids at the farm (and across the state). Now is the time to plant radishes, and for a little more radish inspiration, we asked Andrea to send us her favorite way to cook them.

Personally, I don’t mind the bitter and astringent taste of a radish, but hands down the best kind of radish is slightly sweet and immensely flavorful.   

If you follow these quick, easy steps with freshly harvested radishes or to use up extra radishes in your fridge, you will discover a new kind of radish you wouldn’t believe unless you tried it yourself.  

Serving Size:  Varies by amount of radishes or carrots you want to roast.

Ingredients:

  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Rosemary (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp.   Olive Oil (may be substituted with canola oil)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

Cut carrots into strips and place carrots in a bowl with radishes and olive oil.  Crush whole rosemary between fingers to bring out rosemary oils and add to mixing bowl.  Stir ingredients together so all vegetable pieces are lightly coated in olive oil.  

Spread ingredients over a baking sheet and place on the top oven shelf for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender.  

Add salt and pepper if desired.

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Community Project Kick-off 2017

Join us this Saturday, January 7, for our First Saturday Community Project at your Downtown Farm. The farm is always open for you to visit, but on the first Saturday of every month, rain or shine, hot or cold, we invite you to help us build and grow our farm.

E.A.T. South has a very dedicated staff of two, and to keep the farm growing, keep the chickens happy and everything in good repair, your time and energy is needed. Working together as a community, we can get a lot done, make new friends, and have fun, too.

Throughout the year, project start times may change a little so make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. This Saturday, we’ll get started at 9 am.

Farmers use the winter months for repairs and maintenance, and that’s exactly what we will be doing this Saturday. Several of our tables need new coats of paint, and we have this lovely lemonade stand that could use a little help, too. Please dress for the weather and the possibility of paint on your clothes.

Individuals, families and groups are welcome at First Saturday Community Projects. If you are a part of a youth, school, church or other community group that would like to volunteer at the farm, we can schedule other volunteer days and times as need. Get in touch with us at farmer@eatsouth.org. See you Saturday!

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