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Ognen Duzlevski

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2019

Daily entry, Oct 21, 2019

We received about 3+ inches of rain in the last week - the severe drought is officially over. We are expecting more rain in the next week. This is great for ...

Daily entry, Sep 22, 2019

Today I read that this will be the dryest September on record for S/SW Virginia - something that has been obvious to us all month (since we have seen virtual...

Daily entry, Sep 16, 2019

We are in for more dry weather, it looks like. We started planting spinach and salads, slowly. The focus, however, is on next Spring preparations of soil.

Daily entry, Sep 12, 2019

The ground had been parched for months now - we are down a few inches from normal rainfall for this year. Last night we (finally) received about an inch or r...

Daily entry, Aug 29, 2019

We had to bush hog one of our fields (about 3-4 acres) in order to be able to see all the rocks in the field (since it became overgrown with grasses and weed...

Daily entry, Aug 26, 2019

Yesterday we started on extracting all the rock from the two fields (about 7-8 acres) that we disked last year. They do not call the nearby town Rocky Mount ...

Daily entry, Aug 25, 2019

We got some more rain a few days ago. The hay fields are liking the rain, although we will not be getting a cutting this late in the season. The tomatoes and...

Daily entry, Aug 21, 2019

Just as soon as I wrote about lack of rain, yesterday we received 3/4s of an inch of rain in a quick moving storm. The sky got dark and cloudy around noon an...

Daily entry, Aug 20, 2019

It has been hot and dry for the last month or so, we have not received any significant rainfall. The grass in the hay fields is yellow and dry. Farm tasks ar...

What's in a farmer

Lately the weather had been foul. In fact, most of 2018 had been a decidedly “bad year” for growing crops and farming - we got too much rain, everything is d...

The ever changing expectations

One might wonder why the cryptic title - “the ever changing expectations” - of what? Today I had a brief but interesting discussion on Facebook; I posted my ...

2018

How to recession proof your life

Most articles from financial advisers these days speak of preparing a person’s nest-egg for retirement. They speak of investing more in 401ks, saving more fo...

Amazon, Walmart and self-sufficiency

One of the reasons why we moved to S/SW Virginia is to be more food and energy self-sufficient. We grow our own food, make our own honey, heat using wood fro...

Healthcare as a wealth extraction system

There are a few times in life when you realize what a sham our healthcare “system” is. One may be when you get sick and get denied care or when you end up ha...

Beware of easy farming stories

Today I want to talk about one troubling thing that I have noticed in the world of homesteading, self-sufficiency and small-scale farming. It is the myth of ...