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Here is a list of sites I frequent as I shop for seeds, garden tips and other homesteading/self reliance items. It is not an all inclusive list and I have not ordered from each of them. These links involve food preparation/saving, seeds, garden tips, livestock, and other ideas and info for those interested.

 

http://www.sausagemaker.com/6122222stainlesssteelmeatgrinder.aspx

 

http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-build-smoker

 

http://www.endtimesreport.com/smokehouse.html

 

http://members3.boardhost.com/gristmillers/

 

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/

 

http://www.meadowsmills.com/forsalesbm.htm

 

http://www.themodernreligion.com/misc/an/grass.html

 

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html

 

http://laylowsbunker.com/info_pump/Gardening%20and%20Farming/ (from CCSir's link)

 

http://laylowsbunker.com/info_pump/Raising%20Animals%20For%20Food,%20Hunting/

 

http://www.bukisa.com/articles/356427_forest-gardening-shade-tolerant-vegetables-herbs

 

http://www.treesofantiquity.com/

 

http://www.seedsavers.org/

 

http://www.non-hybrid-seeds.com/nonhybridvegetableseeds.html

 

http://www.humeseeds.com/openpol.htm

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_4531403_grow-wild-rice.html

 

http://sustainableseedco.com/pages/

 

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/

 

http://eldoradoheirloomseeds.com/?gclid=CNSy14n_s6gCFYEUKgodUUaqEg

 

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/dairy_cow_breeds.html

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Introduction-Common-Goat-Breeds.aspx

 

http://www.grit.com/Pigs/Pig-Breed-Guide.aspx?page=3

 

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/

 

http://www.rudolphsrabbitranch.com/rrrpt1.htm#RBREED

 

http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/as/as-518.pdf

 

http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_best_breed.html

 

That should get a start. Please share any you have; together, we actually have a good research team to find the latest news and information to help us all prepare.

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Most of my seeds come from Sustainable Seed Company. Their customer service has been great so far and no complaints on the seeds. I will definitely check Victory out tho. I'm always looking for better deals or back up companies in case an out of stock or other issue happens. I try and add a few more types/breeds of crops every year. Before long, I'll have to buy a farm just for my garden...lol.

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You're welcome! I know people can make money doing farmers markets and such, but the work that goes into it is unbelievable. My folks had a huge garden, and every time I visited them I ended up helping to clean, sort, weigh, and package vegis for the farm market. After a few years they decided it just wasn't worth it, and just garden for their own needs. You've got to REALLY love what you're doing to do the market thing.

 

I'll be checking out some of your links here soon too! Never hurts to have a back up for sure.

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I'm looking at it as a "good job" for the kids and they are debating on medically retiring me now, so I'll have time. My wife is already dreading it because I can't handle not doing something. If my leg doesn't heal, I'll be limited in my other hobbies so can give gardening my undivided attention.

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Although the information is TECHNICALLY intended only to benefit Oregon taxpayers, there's no reason everyone else shouldn't at least browse all of the wonderful, informative articles available online through the OSU Extension Service. OSU has long been the farming/agriculture/forestry/wildlife management college for our state, and they provide a ton of resources for people who are willing to seek it.

 

Gardening

(a trillion ideas about getting the best yield, handling pests, designing your home garden, etc.)

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/

 

Food Preservation

(tips and techniques for everything from making cider to canning seafood)

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/community/food-preservation

 

Small Farms

(including how to start one)

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/community/small-farms

 

Woodland Management

(such as protecting against forest fires, how to safely cut down trees, field guide to tree types)

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/community/treeswoodlands

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OC, I agree and we just mentioned that on the New Garden thread... even I have a thought like a great mind once in awhile. The universities all have decent ag extension offices normally, especially those in the "bread basket" of the US (I'm sure other nations universities do also). You can even run a web search on agriculture degrees and find out what colleges/universities rank highest and check their websites.

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