Areas of expertise (Animals, Vegis, and crops) : LUSENET : Freedom! self reliance : One Thread

I thought that it might be nice to work up a list of all the members and animals, vegetables, and crops they have raised. That way when a member is looking for help they can look in the archives for the person who knows about their particular concern. I am also going to create a separate thread for alternative energy, building, and guns. Because my son has a baseball game tonight, I will add my list later.

Little Bit farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, June 21, 2001


K - so I guess your specialties are buildings, energy and guns, lol!!

I've worked with horses on the farm and the racetrack for years, raise rabbits, and have had experience with lots of other animals, but am no expert. I also raise tropical fish these days, for a pet store, have always had dogs and cats, and raised birds (parakeets and cockatoos) for a while.

As for plants, I am an herbalist, and have a ton of info for the mid-west, but still need lots of help with this unpredictable Idaho Mountain weather!! Love heirlooms and wildcrafting. And, make everything from herbal vinegars to salves and soaps to pressed flowers with them.

I love to hear about any and everything 'artsie fartsie', as I like to learn new crafts. Can help out with stuff like natural cleaners, soaps, incense, pot pourri, perfumes, candles, bath items and that sort of thing.

-- Sue Diederich (, June 22, 2001.

Life has taught me that I am no expert on anything. That said, I will admit to having raised chickens, guineas, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Owned some pheasants once and gave up and turned them loose. Raised rabbits. Own too damned many horses. Way too damned many dogs and cats. I've done truck farming and have some fruit trees. Have canned and preserved, with mixed results. Can sew and crochet, embroider and quilt. I'm cheaper than most folks you'll ever meet. I've butchered most types of wild game we have here, but no hogs. Can generally catch fish, but don't like to fish. That said, I retreat back into my cubbyhole. Good day!

-- Green (, June 24, 2001.

I am not an expert on anything, really, but I know a little about a lot, and not a lot about even more. I know something about raising goats, guineas, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, and vegetables. A tinsy bit about autos, a bit more about electrical, some about carpentry. I seriously lack in the cooking department....;). The things I know best are commitment to a course chosen and determination to get a job done.

-- Doreen (, June 26, 2001.

I've had a garden for the past 25 years, and cats and dogs for even longer. My forte has to be cooking, though. My Dad was a caterer, and I've read Gourmet magazine for as long as I can remember. I currently cook in a healthfoods store, but I can still make some really delicious unhealthy desserts! I sew, make soap, can veggies; not too good with a hammer, and hope to get myself a handgun before (?) we move to Missouri. This is fun, LBF! Come on, y'all join in.

-- Cathy in NY (, June 26, 2001.

I'm a jack of all trades--master of none! LOL, I know a lot about horses, and have a good medical background. I've gardened quite a bit, and know a decent amount about haying, and dairying. I'm learning about mechanical repair- it looks like I'll be the one fixing the plug on the horse trailer lights as hubby is helping a friend hay this year- should be quite interesting. I sew, mostly easy stuff, but I'm still working on the show jacket from hell for my youngest daughter-it was supposed to have been done in June, however I didn't say June of what year! I do the puttering around the barn but hubby does the actual building, stalls, chicken coops, etc.

Hope I can help someone...

Stacy in NY

-- Stacy Rohan (, July 31, 2001.

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