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Old Donkey mows and fertilizesThis Last Year has Proven that Self sufficiency depends upon the relationships you Grow.   I have been blessed to travel to St. Croix, V.I.  twice this last year.  I have found an Island that many believe is poor without much hope.

However, I was met by many people who have called me brother and friend from the moment we met.   Going to the Farmers Market on Saturday was Awesome!   It was there that I found those who are not only learning about hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics and Permaculture that are providing fresh Local food.

 

Colorado Growing

Here in Colorado, we have always been researching and studying to add profitable items to greenhouse and our home.  In the house, Rick has added this tower Aeroponics system to start plants using organic heirloom seeds and compost tea.

 

Grow indoors in a window at home

I must apologize for being slack in posting and sharing as my wife had become ill and needed my undivided attention.  With the help of a Naturopathic, PA from a MD doctor as well as nutrition help from both of them she is regaining her health and has regained the majority of weight back that she has lost.

Profitable Small Scale Farming and Sustainability

I have found that the most profitable type of small scale farming, is that which provides nutrient dense food for the customers, neighbors and relatives that we serve.

Self-sustainability comes from serving others with what they need and want to obtain the health they want to achieve.   It is true for myself, my chosen family and those whom I serve.

Grit magazine has and continues to not only be a great resource for me, but so do different MD doctors whom I have met and believe in nutrition and exercise.

Listening and Hearing what your garden and farm plants need

Growing up and while managing different farms, I have found that Veterinarians have the best focus and ability to be in the present moment to “listen” to their patients.   Speaking with people about their health and desires for great organic food has brought me back to those skills I learned on how to listen with both my eyes, ears and feelings.  That is the way to grow the relationships with the customers that will allow you to become “Self Sufficient” in your farming business.

I have learned over the years that Honesty, Integrity and Value production is what brings and keeps customers coming back for more of what you produce, as well as recommending your products for healthy living.

What do I need to know about Growing Tomato Plants in Hot Weather?

Nothing has tasted better or created more joy and confidence in ourselves and our customers than sharing the food samples directly from the vine or garden bed.

We will be sharing more as we come into spring!   I also want to say thank you and tell you how grateful I am for all of your emails and replies from you as you grow your own food and start your journey to becoming a Profitable small scale farm.

Please let me know how I may be of help as you continue to grow and nurture your dream life!

Blessings

Chris Downs

HIS Farm.org

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Building Confidence happens one project, one job and one moment at a time.  Having a Mentor?  Priceless

 
Sometimes things do not always go the way you want

There have been times when I knew that the job may not be much fun at the time, but the lessons I learned and implemented in my life ended up becoming priceless.

When you have a dream and a passion for creating your dream life, you start the process of networking with others that have similar goals and dreams.

 

Building Confidence is a major part of growth

 

In the beginning of my Journey I was not always as confident in my ability to create the life I wanted. I am still working on that dream today, but I have more confidence in my dream becoming reality. The secret I have discovered is this: Confidence and Commitment to that dream.

 Farmers can succeed

I have many dreams, but living a sustainable life surrounded by others who have the same desire to serve is what motivates and invigorates me. One of the challenges in the past has been the funding of some of our larger dreams. We started working with a marketing company that pays us well for helping others to become healthy, happy and financially stable. I have prayed and asked for help and many blessings have come our way. We continue to meet some Amazing people, who have helped us grow our confidence levels as we continue to work to help others build their sustainable farms, homes or estates.  We do not do this by ourselves, but we have many mentors, friends and chosen family members who help guide us to become who we desire to be and do.

We are offering a 20 minute conversation with you for free,we will not be trying to sell you anything,  If you would like some help refining your dreams and goals, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the request for a strategy session.   As mentors who desire to help you see your dream life unfold, we want to have a conversation with you to see if we would be a fit to help you on your Journey.  Building Confidence together, we all grow toward our goals.

As my Native Elders share with me continually: ” Everyone is connected to each other and to God it’s when one opens their Heart to this unconditional love that they begin to serve everyone, it is your Birthright and Mine”

This service is my way of opening my Heart to you.    Today is a Good Day!

Living on a private Island

Thank you for being a blessing, it brings me joy to do the same.

Chris Downs

The Caretaker

hisfarm.org

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Battery Maintenance and reconditioning is one of the best ways to save money for both vehicles and Solar Power systems.

 

As I have shared about Solar Power batteries before, they can be expensive to purchase and if neglected, can be destroyed with dead cells, if not properly maintained.   We had 3 frozen batteries in the system we inherited when we first moved to the farm.

We eventually purchased 3 new batteries, but did find a way to recondition the 2 batteries that did not have a dead cell.

The Batteries we have are 6 volt deep cycle batteries.

 

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New, the batteries are between $230 and $399 each, depending upon the company, quality and the store where you purchase them from.

We had decided to try recondition the batteries we had that were dead or near dead.

 

Not all batteries can be reconditioned due to internal problems, but most can.   I have been looking for a way to share with you my experiences with this journey, but not all materials or courses and training I purchased worked.  So to share with you what can work, if you follow the directions, is the most current source for battery reconditioning and maintenance I have found.

 

The name of the course is: How To Recondition Batteries At Home + Bonus.  You can click on the link if you want to watch the video and decide for yourself if it is something that you would like to learn and implement.

 

There is a learning curve if you choose to get the training.  If you do, I will make a small commission from the sale.  I do know that if you take the time and effort to learn and follow the directions, that it will work for you.

 

With Winter coming, now is the best time to make sure your batteries are ready for the colder weather.  If you are not ready to do it yourself,  have your local auto parts store of service station check your car and battery to be prepared.

 

Today is a good day!

 

Chris Downs

Hisfarm.org

 

 

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Battery Maintenance and reconditioning is one of the best ways to save money for both vehicles and Solar Power systems.

 

As I have shared about Solar Power batteries before, they can be expensive to purchase and if neglected, can be destroyed with dead cells, if not properly maintained.   We had 3 frozen batteries in the system we inherited when we first moved to the farm.

We eventually purchased 3 new batteries, but did find a way to recondition the 2 batteries that did not have a dead cell.

The Batteries we have are 6 volt deep cycle batteries.

 

putting the power cables back on after cleaning the connections-660

 

New, the batteries are between $230 and $399 each, depending upon the company, quality and the store where you purchase them from.

We had decided to try recondition the batteries we had that were dead or near dead.

 

Not all batteries can be reconditioned due to internal problems, but most can.   I have been looking for a way to share with you my experiences with this journey, but not all materials or courses and training I purchased worked.  So to share with you what can work, if you follow the directions, is the most current source for battery reconditioning and maintenance I have found.

 

The name of the course is: How To Recondition Batteries At Home + Bonus.  You can click on the link if you want to watch the video and decide for yourself if it is something that you would like to learn and implement.

 

There is a learning curve if you choose to get the training.  If you do, I will make a small commission from the sale.  I do know that if you take the time and effort to learn and follow the directions, that it will work for you.

 

With Winter coming, now is the best time to make sure your batteries are ready for the colder weather.  If you are not ready to do it yourself,  have your local auto parts store of service station check your car and battery to be prepared.

 

Today is a good day!

 

Chris Downs

Hisfarm.org

 

 

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Many books, magazines and television specials tell you how to live the life you want.   But do they really know the life you want to live?

 

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You are the Sculpture Creating the Life you want.

 

When you decided on the life you wanted to live, did you plan for it, or did it just happen?   For me, I excelled in working with horses and on farms when I was in Jr. High and High School.  I was content.  Going to the Student counselor for our mandatory “Career Counseling” session was an experience.  How about you?  Being told that I have to choose a career and that working for someone else would be my best option.

My parents suggested an electronics school that I had been recruited to go to sounded acceptable,but it meant moving to Phoenix, Arizona, a big city.  Not the life I wanted to live.  Plus, would I be stuck indoors all of the time?   I love being outside.  My Father had been in the Navy and my brother in law just came back from Vietnam.

Everyone was telling me what I should do, as well as the life that would be best for me.  On my brother in laws advice, I chose the Navy.  I was outside quite a bit of the time, but I ended up being on submarines.  Really locked inside for months on end.  Not even a screen door!

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Why do I ask if you still use Bent Nails?

 

bent nails

When I built my first barn,starting at age 15,  we used bent nails.   My brothers, sister and I would have to straighten the nails to use them.  Most of the time 2 or 3 times until we could finally drive them into the boards so that they would hold together.  It was very time consuming as well as added months to the job of just building the first floor of the barn.

The wood we used was also salvaged from old railroad car decking and siding.   Those boards where hard as a steel, almost.  Lots of times we had to pre-drill the nail holes to get the nails into the boards.  Recycling is great, with a good blacksmith shop, you can recast nails.

Our Fathers plan was to complete the barn before winter.  However, by the time we stripped the lumber from the railroad cars, straightened nails, dug and poured the foundation, Months had passed.  Just building the first floor walls was a chore with such hard wood.

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