As time draws close for The Pink Mimosa to find a home we couldn’t help but wonder about our different options. My husband and I have both agreed that we would like a mini farm. But what f you can’t afford a mini farm, or what if every mini farm you look at is bigger than you can manage , then what? After asking ourselves these  very questions , we sat down and brain stormed. We decided what we wanted to do with the land, how much we would need, location ,and climate. We also wanted to make sure that if one person didn’t like something then they spoke up , and to listen to each others opinion with little judgment or selfishness. This is going to be our first and only home ,so we both have to be happy in order to flourish and be happy. Finally at the drawing board we started with land , we asked each other what was important to have , the must haves , and the extra bonus stuff. With land we decided we wanted at least 5 acres, a well, maybe a vineyard, or fruit orchard , a pond , grazing area, small house or modular home, chicken coops, barn , and animal pens. We also decided we what we would use the land for. We wanted to keep producing Heirloom plants (veggies, fruits, flowers) , continue raising  free range chickens, raise some goats, and be come more self sufficient . We also decided that we would span our search from Texas, to North Carolina , by not further up than Tennessee, warmth being the main factor.

In my preliminary  search for a mini farm it became very apparent that very few existed and the ones that did were sold as mini farm (homesteads ), but ended up being a run down doublewide on 3 acres in Kentucky . Quickly I get frustrated after looking for my mini farm on the internet  ,I have spent hours at night going through Farm classifies, with only one or two options to show for 20,000 listings.  maybe I’m  going about this all wrong , it what I keep thinking . Then last week I had a breakthrough ,what if I made my own mini farm . So with this new approach I will be able to do a lot more than I thought. My new idea is to purchase a piece of land 5 acres with a trailer or run down house. You will find you can find land cheep with a rundown piece of property on it , and a lot of times not only are these properties gems ,but the sellers are eager to sell so you can do really well. So for instance I come up with $50,000. I would look for a piece of property around $10,000 to $20,000 ,but would make sure it has a house , or trailer with water, sewer , and electric. Once I find the property,I purchase it and demo the existing structor . I then use the left over money to buy a mini home for $30,000 to $40,000 (depending) , which they ship ready to go . Put it on my land ,hook up the electric , water,  sewer , and bam new house new mini farm in progress . This is gonna be one heck of a challenge 🙂

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Learn from you growth

Like I stated in a previous post , we were forced to move quite a few times, the stress of this can be overwhelming . Upon moving for the second time , we were in a great financial situation to buy a house, so we decided to talk to or landlord about buying the building we were in. We were in a duplex so we were going to rent one side and live in the other till it was paid off. Our landlord agreed and set a price at $115,000. After getting a down payment of $10,000 and being approved by the bank for $120,000 loan we started the process of buying the property. Boy did we learn a lot !!!!! First we decided to get a broker , the one we picked was very interested in us at first but lost interest  towards the end. The trip he led us on should have landed him in jail . After reviewing all of our paperwork he told us we would be approved this took 4 weeks of sending paperwork back and fourth. He finally sent us a certified note of approval  stating we had been awarded the loan and would be closing in 2 weeks. After not hearing from him for a week , we finally got in touch with him , for him to tell us that we didn’t get the loan and that he sent the letter prematurely , he also asked if we could find a way to prove more income or get a cosigner . We were baffled by this because he had told us we were closing in 2 weeks. Well turns out he lied on our application stating my husband made $2900 instead of $2000 and that he was in the military . We ended up not getting the loan or getting the broker in trouble. We had no idea of our rights or if we could do anything . 3 weeks after all of this happened our landlord went into foreclosure and we were forced to leave the property in 3 days. We even went to the magistrate  on the foreclosure , not only do you have no rights but you have to continue paying rent till you move out or are kicked out. We learned never trust a broker they will lie, cheat , and steal and treat you terrible if you fit a certain income bracket . If you are in a foreclosure you have no rights as a renter and can be kicked out if you don’t pay rent, but also if the foreclosure goes through. We were heartbroken and never thought we could come back but we are slowly but surly . This was one of the most challenging things I’ve been through I had to move 3 dogs, 2 cats , 6 guinea hens, tons of plants, my stuff and a husband in 3 days. We worked day and night and did it.

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New Goal

 As The Pink Mimosa Boutique grows we want to take you on the journey with us . Explaining everything we do and the experiences we will have. We are on the ultimate  journey to go from renting property to owning our own mini farm. We have currently had to move four times in the last year and every move leaves us heartbroken for the amount of effort we put into it . I just can’t stand an ugly yard and i like to grow my own food. often times i forget that I am renting and end up investing much more than I should on a property. With every move we have done we have successfully moved every plant, bulb, chicken ,and all the yard stuff  to keep the garden nice. We have been through two landlords getting foreclosed on and other landlords refusing to fix anything.Currently we are renting in Charleston SC, we haven’t planted anything as of yet because our goal is to be out of this rental by the end of the year. So we would love for you to follow us on this journey to get to our final goal. We will be holding nothing back . We will discuss everything form money , to life on mini farms , and what to takes to succeed . 

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Austerity comes in Waves

I have always tried to avoid talking about politics in public however this elephant in the room effects us all in ways that I never imagined possible. So ideally, this will be my first and last politically driven post on this blog.

If you don’t follow any news regarding international affairs, the U.N.
Agenda 21 initiative is in my opinion, the one story every U.S. citizen needs to be fully up to speed on.
The only reason i felt it appropriate to discuss in context of the PMB blog is it’s relationship to GMO production by the Monsanto Corporation to feed underdeveloped third world countries. The UN seeks to introduce genetically modified foods to third world in an effort to quickly bring them up to speed with more developed nations like the US and Europe. The seeds of these Gmo’s have not been sufficiently tested for its long term effects on human health. With studies of recent finding links between high cancer rates and the consumption of genetically modified foods, perhaps the underdeveloped countries (who have far less deaths to cancer than there are in the more developed nations) would be best served in a different manner.
Agenda 21 in a nutshell is a U.N. driven initiative that,
“According to its authors, the objective of Agenda 21 is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Supporters of agenda 21 insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.”

Let me translate, the objective of agenda 21 is to promote austerity measures upon the citizens of this planet, to compensate for the cultural mass overconsumption that has nearly driven the planet to the brink of extinction. So after 50 years of being sold the dream of bigger is better, get rich or die tryin we are now being told that we must recondition ourselves to consume less, spend less and produce less offspring in order to save the planet. Our leaders are not promoting this agenda because its the right thing to do, (perhaps thirty years ago during the Carter administration that would have been the case), they do so now because they have no choice any longer to maintain the present status quo.

What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?

More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The Executive Order directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.

Revealing Quotes From the Planners

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases – DR

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class — involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning and suburban housing — are not sustainable,” noted Earth Summit Secretary-General Maurice Strong as he ushered in Agenda 21. In other words, the UN sustainability agenda eventually seeks to curtail people’s choices in terms of food, transportation, housing — even family size, as in Communist China. “

Don’t get me wrong…I am all for cleaner air, cleaner fuel options, healthy environment and living a healthy lifestyle.

However I do respect the notion that many people do not care about such issues and they should have the right to make choices on their own behalf. Here’s the deal folks, like Clark Griswold in National Lampoons Vacation, Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel only to wake up to the horror of their neglect. Unconsciously we all knew it was coming, we knew this way of life couldnt sustain itself. The signs have been all around us we were just to preoccupied with vanity to see reality.  The only way out now is through. The only door left for you and I to enter or exit is the  OVERstanding of the legal system to learn the rules of the game. Folks, If you dont believe in Karma, well what goes around always….ALWAYS comes back around. Time to turn off dancing with the stars and open a book on Maritime Law like yesterday…

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Meet the new Baby Guineas

Meet the new Baby Guineas.

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Meet the new Baby Guineas

DCIM100GOPROguinea-fowlLast summer 2012 my wife and I found an ad on Craigslist for Guineas for sale in Conway SC. We gave the ad a call and spoke personally with the seller to get the details.  things sounded legit from our conversation so we took the 30 minute drive out to Conway to check the guineas out. The seller lived on a nice chunk of farmland out in the countryside of Conway SC. We picked out three to buy, brought them home and were instructed to wait until they matured to determine the sex and pray we got a breeding pair. In the first week one escaped and we were left with two. Turns out the pair we had left were both boys and we were truly bummed out . Our luck improved and in January of 2013 we found another ad for girl guineas out in Conway from a girl who was preparing to move to Alaska. Turns out she had a whole farm worth of animals  to sell before leaving S.C. We picked out three girls and as a bonus she threw in two Cochin hens.  Between the guineas and Cochins, we get around 5- 10 fresh eggs daily. The guinea eggs are much smaller than regular chicken eggs, however they have a much lower cholesterol count and they taste way better in my opinion. As you can see they are freakin serious about their brooding skills…the one on the right really does look like Paula Dean(:0517131814acochins broodingpaula-deen-riding-things

Flash forward to today and upon inspecting our hen hutch  we were surprised to see  our first batch of baby guinea chicks! We had placed a handful of eggs in the Cochin nest box and they performed the brooding duties. So the experiment was a success on two fronts. One, we wanted to see if the Cochin would actually brood over guinea eggs, and two, we wanted to make sure our boys would mate with the girls and produce fertile eggs. It’s rather unusual that our guineas bred in their first year and it turns out we have two different color varieties.. Success!!!(:  Our goal is to have a flock for sale in 6 to 8 weeks.borat

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The Usual Suspects- Today’s featured garden pests of the week The Infamous Tomato Hornworm and The Leaf Miner

As man’s egoism drive him to exert his will upon nature , nature in turn balances the scales with a vengeance. When  planting a home garden, the will of nature has a rather violent way of responding to the imposition. Make no bones about it, the gardens we human beings create, rarely correspond in a truly organic way to our natural surroundings. This tendency serves the resident pest population, enticing the appetites of various leaf eating insects.

The Darwinian rule of thumb seems the law of the land in the plant kingdom. It’s man versus nature in a dynamic clash of human will and intellect against the swarming critter mass. Bugs and critters, consciously one pointed in entropy,descend upon our dreams seeking to perform their Dharma.  Nature has the upper hand as our Egoism invariably attempts to launder it’s Karma(:

These two pests the Tomato Hornworm and the Leaf Miner are presently bringing their unique brand of drama to our tomato patch as well as making the rounds as they do upon various other leafy vegetables and plants. The dilemna we face in dealing with these pests is whether or not to use insecticides or go the natural route to manage the situations each present. Ideally if you manage the soil ph maintaining nutrient rich soil from compost on a consistent basis, these issues are less likely to occur. However, the heavy rains we get living on the coast  have created some problems despite our best efforts otherwise. Here are some remedies that can potentially serve you if you are planting vegetables or plants at home or in your yard/garden.

Leaf Miner on Tomato leaf

Leaf-miner-tomatotuta-leafmining-14-9-10A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants. The vast majority of leaf-mining insects are moths (Lepidoptera), sawflies (Symphyta) and flies (Diptera).

How to Manage the Leaf Miner

BioNeem is often recommended to control for leaf miners . BioNeem is a multipurpose concentrated insecticide and repellent that is used for flowers, fruits, vegetables, and ornaments in and around the house. BioNeem can kill or repel aphids, caterpillars, beetles, thrips, whiteflies, and leaf miners, among others.

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Got the little Bastard!

Tomato hornworms are known to eat various plants from the family Solanaceae, commonly attacking tomato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco, moonflowers and potato. Accordingly, they are often found on defoliated tomato plants, the caterpillar clinging to the underside of a branch near the trunk. They are difficult to spot due to their green coloration.  They can be reduced by planting marigold flowers around these plants.

800px-Manduca_quinquemaculata_adult_femaleTomato Hornworms evolve into the five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata)which  is a brown and gray hawk moth of the Sphingidae family.  Tomato hornworms are closely related to (and sometimes confused with) the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta).

How to get rid of Tomato Hornworms

Till soil at the beginning and end of each gardening season to destroy overwintering larvae. Tillage has shown to cause up to 90% mortality.
Handpicking is an excellent tactic for control if you have the time and patience, or a small garden. The caterpillars are not dangerous and cannot sting. You don’t have to crush the worms; instead you can drop them into soapy water and they’re done.
Keep wasps around; they’re “good” insects which feed on hornworms and act as a biological control.
To keep hornworms away from your tomato plants this year, try planting dill; marigolds are also an excellent companion plant that keeps many pests away.

If the hornworm population or the area of your garden is too large, insecticides can be a useful control. An all natural organic insecticide option is to spray your tomato and pepper plants with “SPINOSAD” also called “Spinosyn A and B”. It is an organic/natural insecticide.  Spinosad must be eaten by the hornworm. Prune off old growth and destroy. Spray bottoms and tops of leaves. Spinosad will kill Leafminers in one 1 or two 2 days.

Although “Spinosad” is organic, it is deadly to bees. If you have bees in the area  , do not use.

Mostafa Garden 2013 update 6/13

Goddess in residence, Le Baronesse Jacqueline Cara

Cara Mostafa in the herb gardenCara Mostafa managing garden squash

Cara Mostafa managing tomatoesOur Cochins Paula Dean an Julia Childs

cochins 2013   tomato update spaghetti Squash 2013 various fresh herbs an eggs 2

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