January 1, 2016


Hulled Hemp Seeds Vs. Whole Hemp Seeds


Hulled hemp seed, which is the whole seed with the crunchy outer shell removed, comes by several names like hemp hearts, shelled hemp seed and hemp nut. Since the hulls of the hemp seed are quite crunchy and contain a lot of fibre, we as a modern society are not used to eating this kind of item. Hulled seed was created essentially to make eating hemp seed more appealing an...

January 1, 2016


Nuts are hard-shelled fruits of plants which are considered by some to be an important source of nutrients.. Some examples of nuts are hazelnuts, chestnuts, acorns and hickories ‘“ and they are characterized by the stony fruit wall which is actually a composite of the seed and the fruit.


Nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and fat; while seeds are rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, fa...

January 10, 2014

The Sustainable Chicken

we have been raising chickens since July 1st 1991. Rainbow Ranch Farms is a California based, sustainable farm and ranch founded in 1991 when Jack Schmidt and I made the purchase of some acres in Pinon Hills, CA. located in the High Desert of Southern California;  We originally also had a goose named Nibbles, and she went everywhere with us, much like a pet dog. We had dogs, cats, chickens...

October 3, 2013





Commercial swine are bred specifically for meat.  They are kept in confinement to help prevent disease. They are not ranged, and are kept penned for the purposes of quickly, gaining weight and to prevent the loss of too many calories. Each commercial breed of swine are specifically bred and altered through breed management...

September 1, 2013

1. Selecting the type of "standard" (Heritage) chickens that will perform well in your climate, elevation, weather conditions and terrain. 

Selecting the right breed for your needs can be tricky. Not all chickens perform the same way in all conditions. Heavy breeds do not always thrive in very hot climates. They may need some extra care. Light breeds often make better foragers in hot climates and some of the ligh...

August 1, 2013

Depending on whether the chicks were hatched in an incubator or by a mother hen, will make all the difference.


When a mother hen hatches the chicks, she will protect the chicks, and assist them in reaching safe shallow water, nutritious forage and teach them to scratch and hunt for animal proteins. When they get cold, the mother hen will place the chicks beneath her wings and warm them up. 


When the chicks are h...

July 1, 2013

Reusing garden and kitchen organic matter will benefit the soil health, environment and increase nutrient density of food, fodder and crops grown by extremely-organic methods. 


There are several ways to utilize hugel-kultur methods including:

1. Bury fallen trees, trunks, large twigs, etc.

2. Developing mounds of top-soil from organic matter (livestock manure, bedding, feathers (feather meal), etc.



June 1, 2013


Grain Intolerant? “Sometimes we just want to enjoy some RICE!”

This article is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Consult your physician before changing your diet.


Why Soak or Culture Rice?
Soaking or otherwise known as culturing, breaks down the anti-nutrient properties which are hard-to-digest components of the rice. Culturing or soaking can release highly beneficial nutrients, proteins, vit...

May 1, 2013

Start by using fresh raw goats or cow's milk. You can skim the cream (optional) from the top, and make butter from the cream, and get a 2 for 1. 


Bring your raw milk to room temperature.

I use 1 Quart. 


1. Pour milk into a clean pan (glass or stainless steel).


2. On low heat, slowly bring the milk to between 85-99 degrees(F).


3. Be careful not to exceed temperatures of 105 degrees(F), otherwise you run a risk of...

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