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Upcoming FREE seed/seedling swap
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Farming and Garden Friends Feb 13, 2012.

Native Seeds/SEARCH opening AZ's first seed lending library in January
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Drake Jun 4, 2012.

Festival of Fruit 2011 in Phoenix --- earlybird ticket prices end Oct 5th
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Oct 4, 2011.

 

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Rachel replied to Doris Stipek's discussion new at raising chickens
"I agree with Becky. :) On the RIRs and Sexlinks-- they will lay a TON of eggs, but personality wise, not my favorite. RIRs tend to be louder and more aggressive towards the other birds, the sexlinks aren't quite as bossy but can tend in this…"
Mar 22
Doris Stipek left a comment for Rachel
"Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now…"
Mar 22
Rachel replied to Joanna Benton's discussion chick pecking
"It supposedly camouflages blood. It also is much dimmer, so they feel like it's sunset all of the time instead of noon, which could make them a little less stressed out. A lot of people suspend feather dusters (so the bottom is about 2 inches…"
Jan 27
Rachel replied to Joanna Benton's discussion chick pecking
"I agree with what Alison has said about separating them with some screen or hardware cloth. You don't want reintroduction issues and you also don't want the single chick to suffer from lack of a flock. Normally I don't think red…"
Jan 27
Rachel replied to Timothy Borg's discussion Free Permaculture Online Training, Anyone seen this??
"I signed up for it a week or two ago just to see what it was about. I haven't had time to get into the classes (the first video was taking FOREVER to load when I tried it and I lost patience) but deal is that they send you a lot of emails…"
Jan 27
Rachel replied to Doris Stipek's discussion Interested in Coturnix quail
"Hi Doris, (I just got back from vacation, so sorry for the late reply), I'm not currently selling any. I may start a new hatch in the fall, but I would try some of the suggestions from Powell an Trevor, and when in doubt, you can often find…"
Jan 23
Doris Stipek left a comment for Rachel
"Hi Rachel, I attended Kari's class at the microfarm today. She is raising those Japanese quail and said that she initially got them from you. Just wondering if you'd sell some to me or let me know where I could get them? Thank you so much…"
Jan 18
Rachel replied to Virginia Amaral's discussion Tilapia Dying
"If your water temps are staying warm, my second guess would be a bully fish. I had a situation similar to yours a couple of years ago. I was losing fish both in the tank and outside of the tank from them jumping (presumably to escape the bully fish)."
Dec 19, 2013

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I paint, have chickens, quail, tilapia (in an aquaponics system), gardens, fruit trees, solar panels, rainbarrels, preserve food and create alternative-powered appliances (at varying levels of success). I love heirloom seeds and have a bit of a hoarding/coveting problem with them. Here's my art website: www.rachelbess.com and here's my permaculture/urban homesteading blog: rachelstinyfarm.blogspot.com.

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At 3:21pm on March 22, 2014, Doris Stipek said…

Hi Rachel, I just bought Fowl Play and also attended one of your classes. I'm so torn about what breed to get. I can get about 6 chickens. They should be somewhat friendly because I have 3 little kids. The choices at the feed store right now are black sex links, red sex links, rhode island reds, barred rocks and easter eggers. I would like to get 3 different breeds (2 each). Which ones out those choices are the best layers and also friendly? Any help would be appreciated!

At 3:11pm on January 18, 2014, Doris Stipek said…

Hi Rachel,

I attended Kari's class at the microfarm today. She is raising those Japanese quail and said that she initially got them from you. Just wondering if you'd sell some to me or let me know where I could get them? Thank you so much for your time,

Doris

At 8:20pm on September 29, 2013, kathy Thompson Hill said…

Hi Rachel,

You were well received at Glendale.  Lots of praise!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others.  We'll have to plan some more classes when you have time. Karen and I can then break it down into workshops and demos.  I don't think I"m ready to teach a class as comprehensive as yours but we did get a lot on the history of seeds at Native Seeds Seed School.  Thanks again.  Kathy

At 10:01am on March 26, 2013, Brenda Oberman said…

Hey Rachel,

Was in your chicken class last year and am looking for just 2 chicks for our backyard.  Live in a community so want chickens that are on the quieter and friendly side, if thats possible, lol.  Do you have any advice on what kind and where to find only 2?  I was thinking orpingtons, but if you have other suggestions that would be great!

Thanks,

Brenda Oberman

motivated85251@yahoo.com

At 10:09pm on January 16, 2013, Powell Gammill said…

I'd have to consider it, but likely not.  Too busy as it is to accept additional responsibilities.

At 9:24am on December 2, 2012, Zach Frisby said…

thanks for the friend request. yes i do alot of hatching  quail a chickens both. corturnix and buff orpingtons mostly. i also raise new zealand white meat rabbits and boer goats. heres my info and thanks again :).

Zach Frisby

602-574-9514

Zachf3030@aol.com

At 6:40pm on September 18, 2012, Stephanie said…

I'm back in your area on the 28th.  My son has an appt from 3-4.  Will you be around to get one of your passions?

At 12:27pm on June 15, 2012, Lisette Volkmar said…

Rachel,

Do you have any tips or warnings and new born Muscovy duckling care?  Looks like I may have 3 clutches hatching out soon.

Thanks in advance,

Lisette

At 12:23pm on May 23, 2012, Brian Beck said…
Thanks! I'll grab some tonight or shortly. Appreciate it greatly. 
At 12:18pm on April 21, 2012, Danica said…

Rachel...are you still selling worms?  like the kind we could use in a worm bin.  a group of mom friends and i want to help our kids get started on vermiculture.  we haven't made the bins yet...we're still trying to figure that out too, but I remember you saying something about having worms at your quail class.  thanks :)  hope all is well (oh and by the way, i happened across your art work when I was trying to look up your contact information.  Very cool!)  Danica

 
 
 

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