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My Vinegar Library (part 2)

Apr 11

vinegars2

I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.

Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.

Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.

Jezebel’s Trout Farm

Mar 29

troutfarm Tonight we are eating fish! I love fish. My favorite place to buy fish is from my friend Jezebel’s trout farm. She lives down the hill from my farm. They raise rainbow trout on their farm as well many kinds of vegetables and raspberries. Jezebel’s Mom has a small greenhouse where she grows beautiful flowers for the tourists to buy and bring back to their gardens.

Someday Jezebel and I want to open our own flowers market we would invite farmer’s from all over the Kickapoo Valley to sell their flowers there.

I took a photograph of Jezebel’s trout farm. Did you know that it is not
proper to take a picture of the Amish people? It’s true. That is why I only photograph of farm animals, gardens, and buildings whenever I take pictures of Amish Farms for my photo album.

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Will Allen, the founder and president of Growing Power Inc, Milwaukee, Wisconsin has created a system of growing greens and Tilapia. He uses
an innovative technology called AQUAPONICS.

Kitchen Worm Farm

Jan 18

Today I visited the worm farm under our kitchen sink. My dad recently built this farm for me and my forest friends. The worms in the box convert our table scraps into beautiful fertilizer and black soil! They also create worm juice which we collect in the bottom box.
The worms make free fertilizer! Just don’t feed them onion skins or orange peels the worms don’t like it because it irritates their skin.

Valentine’s Day ice hearts

Jan 17

Today my friends surprised me! After school they led me up the hill back behind my house. And there for my eyes to see was beautiful Asmina the Paw Paw tree with pretty pink hearts made from ice hanging from her branches. My forest friends all screamed at once Happy Valentine’s Day Beatrice! I didn’t want to ruin their surprise and tell them that Valentine’s Day is on February 14th not today. I think they want Asimina to look pretty all winter with the pink ice hearts.

My forest friends made the cute hearts by freezing water and cherry juice (from a Wisconsin orchard) in old, tin butter molds shaped like hearts they got from Virgina’s Attic an antique store owned by three wonderful woodchucks.

Apple Season

Aug 31

apple seasonThe apples are here! The apples are here! Yesterday our family went to an apple orchard near our house. We picked so many kinds of apples. There are Lodi apples, Johnathan apples, Ida Red apples, Cortland apples and they are all delicious. I like this one apple it looks like a potato and tastes like an orange. Those apples are not available until the peak of apple season in October. I can’t wait! My dad said we picked over 20 pounds of apples. He is confident that we will eat all of them.

Hoophouses & handbaskets

May 05

Hoophouse cartoon

Hoophouses

My school does not have a lot of money so my family helps however we can by donating vegetables for the lunch program. Yesterday I picked green onions, chives, and big, red, aeroponic tomatoes from our hoophouse. I am very excited to bring my vegetables to our cafeteria’s kitchen tomorrow!

Morrie the Electric Truck

May 05

missing post for Morrie the electric truck
Today my dad drove Morrie the electric truck to Madison. I of course went with him
since we do not have school this week! Morrie helped us bring fresh onions, and morels to the public market near Madison’s famous capitol square.

There were lots of farmers from all over Wisconsin at the market. Myles slept next to me on the seat on our trip. He was tired from running up and down the hills with me and Isabel.

Amish jams

May 05

I walked down the long gravel road with my dad and Myles to my friend Isabel’s farm store. My best friend Isabel, and her brother Jeb were working in their family’s store. Their mom and aunt make some very delicious jams, candy, bread and muffins. We bought three jars of jam. I of course picked my favorite mixed berry and my dad likes strawberry rhubarb jams.

Stomping on flowers

May 05

Today my friend Isabel and I crushed, and stepped on dried flowers that we got from the prairie in my backyard. We used our hands to break pods, and dried flowers so we can take the seeds and plant them in our small clay pots. We are growing the pretty flowers now so we can sell them in the summer at the farmer’s market! I want to give my mom and dad the money I got from selling the flowers to help them give money to farmers in Mongolia, and people around the world that need clean water, and help for their store or farm.

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My hydroponic garden

Apr 04

Today I looked at my plants that I am growing in our indoor garden. I have all kinds of native Wisconsin plants and some to eat too! It is really cool my Mom told me the garden is called a Wick system. My dad help me make this hydroponic garden with some buckets, cups and rags, and some special growing stuff mixed with water my Mom gave us to feed the plants with. My mom also taught me how to spell the word hydroponic.

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