Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday Dec 12 2013. Haiti

The last two days have been busy and good. We have taught agriculture, taught Bible classes, and traveled a lot of miles.  We had a great turnout yesterday for our agricultural seminar.



Today we traveled back to Port au Prince. We stopped in Hinche Haiti and we were fortunate to meet a man who will hopefully be translating for us in the future. 


Tonight we got to meet a congressman from Haiti who is very interested in our work here. 

It has been a very successful trip so far. Tomorrow we are supposed to meet with a group from a denominational church who want to study with us. Please be praying for continued success.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday - Port au Prince Haiti




Today was a good day. It was also a very heartbreaking reminder of why we are doing this work. Meeting a multitude of Gospel Preachers today who suffer from poverty (unlike any of us in the USA have ever seen) really helped me to be reinvigorated to train them how to be self supporting like Paul was in Acts 18:1-3. One man traveled from a small island to our location to hear is teach. What a need there is for our training in agriculture.  One man came and was starving hungry. He hadn't eaten in some time. I was so thankful to be able to give him a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich. I want to give him more though. I want to educate him in how to provide his own food. 
We have big plans for our work in Haiti. We are planning to help Manius Viximar, an outstanding Preacher who has converted untold hundreds and over 60 denominational preachers!  We are going to help him construct a greenhouse for growing tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and strawberries hydroponically. He has a large number of orphans under his care here in Port au Prince as well as having several orphanages around the island. He works day and night proclaiming and teaching.  He needs our help drastically. Tomorrow we will be leaving Port au Prince around 5am and head towards La Victiore to teach a multitude of gospel preachers there to become self sufficient through agriculture. Please pray for our continued success. 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Back to Haiti Today

Today Dec 7, Brother Gregg Knight and I fly to the Caribbean Island of Haiti to preach and teach agriculture. We will be gone for one week. Gregg will teach Bible in a preaching school for two days in Port a Prince while I gather supplies to go north to teach agriculture. We plan on having a great trip. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Farm update for October

Tonight we were bottle feeding our baby 4 week old calves and my son Pike was gathering eggs.  He came running to me excited about something. He was cradling an egg from a chicken that was nearly twice the size of a normal chicken egg!!!  It was so large in fact that it would not even fit into an extra large egg carton. The lid could not close because it was so tall that the lid on the carton wouldn't even get close to closing!
We have been keeping our hydroponics going and the plants have grown at a tremendous rate. We had some trouble with our tomatoes blooming prolifically but not setting fruit. I figured out it was a lack of pollination issue.  Below is a picture of our blooms that weren't fruiting. 
To fix this problem we put a large fan in the greenhouse to cause the plants to rustle with the movement of the air which helps the self pollinating tomatoes to be fertilized. Just three days after we put the fan in the greenhouse we had fruit set!
We have continued the use of the fan and now have dozens of clusters of beautiful tomatoes. I have also cut over 50 suckers off of this one plant that are now growing in both my hydroponics unit and in my garden. The garden sucker plants are growing beautiful and we have over 50 large tomatoes growing now. Here is a picture of several clusters. 
Here is my tomato garden. 
We have been bottle feeding some dairy calves for the last two weeks. I am so proud of my children who feed diligently every morning and evening with zero assistance from me. What a great way to learn work ethic and the value of 
responsibility. 
We are also growing some beautiful Swiss chard and cucumbers in the hydroponics unit. 

We also are growing a morninga olifera tree in the hydroponics unit. This is an amazing plant. Look for a post soon about it but in the meantime here is a pic of ours growing wonderful in our system. 
We also have some great looking cabbages growing. Below is our purple cabbage. 
Here is some Chinese cabbage. 
Our butcher pigs are growing very fast. Here is our large pigs that are close to getting butchered. 
I recently purchased some red wattle piglets too. 

Here is a pic of Norman the Holstein.
Here is Isabella the Jersey heifer. 
What fun it is to live on the farm. Yesterday my 7 year old daughter told me "Dad, thank you for buying us a farm. I love getting to learn how to work."  Life is good!!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hydroponics nutrient "recipe"


Several people have asked for my nutrient mix recipe, well here it is.  It is not original by me, I learned it from mhpgardener on YouTube but it works amazing. 
This mix is added to five gallons of water (preferable rain water or well water).  This is the strength for tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It's almost half for lettuces and cabbages. 

12 grams of master blend 4-18-38
This can be purchased online from https://www.morgancountyseeds.com/store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=487.  

12 grams of calcium nitrate. This is also purchase from morgan county seed

6 grams of magnesium sulfate ( Epsom salt!). I purchased this at ace hardware. 

Mix these three thoroughly in a five gallon bucket. 

Here is what my tomatoes looked like when we started back on September 6. 


This is what they look like today


Here is a picture of our blooms. 


Here is a picture of how big the leaves are. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I love "suckers"!!!!

Today I went to greenhouse to check on out hydroponics unit and found a pleasent surprise. My suckers that I cut off of our indeterminent tomatoes had successfully rooted. 
Check out the size of these roots!  We cut this sucker on Friday Sept 27.  They are over 4 inches long. This is amazing!  I love hydroponics. All I did was cut it and placed it in hydroponics solution. 
This tomatoe plant has grown over 18 inches in the last 4 days !!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Greenhouse is moved!!!

Today we went to Kirbyville TX and deconstructed 90 x 30 greenhouse. A special thanks to Trent And Kade Sherwin, Doug Tibbits, Jori Higgins, Greg Caldwell and my wife and children for helping me today. It was hot and humid and fire ants were everywhere!
Here is the greenhouse before we tore it down. 

This is Pike sweating from working like a man. 

Kelly and Doug loading the ribs of the greenhouse. 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Here are some new pics I took this morning in our greenhouse.  The growth in one week is extraordinary.  One of the tomato plants has reached the ceiling!! Tonight we will move the strawberries to their own system.


Tomatoes


Swiss Chard


Multiplying onions


Yellow Squash Blooming


Strawberries



Tomatoes and cabbage


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hydroponic strawberries are blooming!

Our Allstar hydroponic strawberries are blooming this morning. They are growing so fast in this nutrient solution from Amhydro.com. I can't wait to eat the first one!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dutch buckets are up and running

Today we received our nutrient solution for our hydroponics system. We planted tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, multiplying onions, and squash. The whole system is running great!
Tomatoes
Multiplying onions
Swiss chard

I also took a picture of one of our feeder pigs. She is growing fast and strong!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hydroponic strawberry towers and Dutch buckets



Today we have been constructing our vertical strawberry towers which will grow 65 plants per tower. They are made out of NEW 4 inch sewer pipe that is cut in 5 ft lengths.  We the mark and till all our holes offset from each other 2.5 inches horizontal and 2 inches vertically.
This a picture of our pipe after cutting and drilling all the holes.  

We also started our Dutch bucket hydroponics system. We got 26 2.5 and 3 gallon icing buckets from some local bakeries and donut shops. We plumbed them and now all we have to do is fill with perlite and plants then hook up out sump system. 

These are our Dutch buckets. 

Here I am constructing the buckets.