Rainbow Ranch Farms

  (Pinon Hills, California)
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Ron Paul at Farm Food Voices

Ron Paul at Farm Food Voices

Ron Paul at Farm Food Voices

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HdmcZrDKyQ

COACHELLA FESTIVAL - 2011

COACHELLA FESTIVAL - 2011

Some of our  farm members will be performing at the COACHELLA FESTIVAL, Join us for great food, rocking music and a fun filled time for the whole family.

Some of the artists performing will be Kings Of Leon, Arcade Fire and Kanye West. We have a giant group going, plus back stage passes! Tickets on sale now! 

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=74088

Lamb Tail Docking Inhumane, Cruel, Unnecessary

This is ugly, if you have a weak stomach, please do not read, how most lambs are treated before going to the dinner table.

Here is the complete and original article:

http://animalwelfaretaiwan.webs.com/sheepandlambs.htm

Before being slaughtered the infant lambs will have a number of horrific procedures carried out on them.

Remember: Always be certain that your lamb was humanely treated, before giving money to further the abuse of innocent animals, especially livestock that we use and grow for food. It is important to respect the life and harvest of all livestock.

At only a few days old all the male lambs will be castrated. Usually they will have an extremely tight plastic ring placed around their genitalia, this cuts off the blood supply and the reproductive organ subsequently withers and falls off. This is excruciatingly painful and is done with out pain killers or anesthetic. In older lambs the scrotum will be cut open and the testes extracted. This is all done to make the meat tenderer as well as to control the temperament of the child and accelerate his growth.

The babies will also have their ears tagged by piercing and under go “tail docking”, this is when the tail is either cut off or has an extremely tight plastic ring placed on it which like the castration causes the tail to shrivel and fall off. The docking is meant to prevent parasitic infections but there is little scientific evidence to suggest that it is effective.

Older sheep may also have their horns removed whilst the lambs will be disbudded. These are all agonizing and unnecessary operations often carried by non-expert staff with no sanitization or medication. Some young lambs are so terrorized by the castration that they subsequently go into shock and stop suckling, they eventually die from starvation beside their distraught mothers.

Successful Steps for Growing Baby Carrots-Easy

Successful Steps for Growing Baby Carrots

 

Article by  theMallorys (6,869 pts )
Edited & published by
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Growing baby carrots can lead to an early harvest in your gardening efforts. Learn the steps to effectively grow these delicious and nutritious treats.

 



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Whether you’re growing baby carrots in containers or in the ground, you’ll enjoy the fact that these small root veggies grow so quickly. You can grow them for snacks or to add to your favorite stews or salads. It can be disappointing to pull carrots from the dirt, to find nothing but roots or a misshapen carrot. There are simple steps you can take to make sure that your baby carrots don’t end up a disaster.

 

Image Credit: Bryan Medders

 

Step #1: Grow Carrots in Containers

 

Some gardeners have done well growing carrots directly in garden beds and raised bed gardens. Growing in containers will give you the best results. Choose clay or wood pots with drainage holes for water. You can drill them yourself, and you need at least four holes to ensure proper drainage. The size of the container should be 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep.

 

Step #2: Pick the Right Potting Soil

 

Avoid using garden soil, which is compact and will make growing carrots difficult at best and a failure at worst. The roots won’t be able to expand, and you’ll end up with great looking greens on top, but no carrot at the bottom when it’s time to harvest. The soil should be loamy or sandy and you should add compost that has rotted for some time. You should be aware that some gardeners have expressed concerns for the asbestos content of vermiculite, which is often recommended for helping to keep the soil loose. Do your research before adding any to your soil mix, especially if you want to grow organic carrots. The total soil amount that you’ll need is two and a half gallons.

 

Step #3: Sow Seeds and Water

 

Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil. When they grow 2 inches high, thin them. The seedlings should be one inch apart when you’re done. The thinning gives the carrots enough room to grow underground.

 

Step #4: Companion Planting with Radishes

 

Maximize your gardening efforts and container gardening space by growing radishes among the carrots. Radishes grow fast, and you can harvest them long before you need to thin out carrot seedlings. You’ll also grow more food, and get the satisfaction of immediate growing success, which will encourage you as you wait for the baby carrots to grow.

 

Step #5: Do the Popsicle Stick Test for Watering

 

Growing baby carrots successfully requires you to water them at the right time and in the correct amounts. If you water them too much, you’ll rid the soil of much-needed nutrients. If you underwater them, the carrots won’t grow at all. Try the Popsicle stick test before you water. If soil sticks to the Popsicle stick when you place it in, then you don’t add water. It’s also a good idea to add mulch to the top layer of the soil, to keep water from evaporating and reducing your need to water.

 

The different varieties of baby carrots are ready to harvest in 55 to 65 days after planting. Pull them out of the ground when they’re about 1/2 inch in diameter. You can also just pull one out to see if it’s the size you want. Know that you know how to grow baby carrots in containers, try expanding your indoor veggie garden!

 



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