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.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
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
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
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 are also growing some beautiful Swiss chard and cucumbers in the hydroponics unit.
Here is a pic of Norman the Holstein.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
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
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.
Friday, September 27, 2013
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!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Yellow Squash Blooming|
|Tomatoes and cabbage|
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
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!
I also took a picture of one of our feeder pigs. She is growing fast and strong!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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.
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.