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Posted on November 6, 2014

Hey there,

We’re so glad you want to get in touch with The Farmer’s Lamp. You can reach us by email at:

We look forward to “hearing” from you. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Safe and Happy Journey,

Rhonda and TFL Admin



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  • Beverly

    I was looking for a like button so I can receive your posts on FB, but I can’t find one.

    October 26, 2015 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Beverly, Thanks so much for asking.There are three ways to do this. First, in the sidebar on the right you’ll see our social media links (right under the greeting from me) Click on the FB button and it will take your to our FB page. Like the page and we’ll show up in your newsfeed. FB has gotten pretty involved in what shows up in your newsfeed so you’ll need to comment or like a few posts in order to keep getting them in your newsfeed.

      2nd – If you go to (this is a link to your FB page) you’ll see the like button.

      OR if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll see our FB, Pinterest, and G+ profiles.
      I’m excited to have you join The Farmer’s Lamp community on our FB page! Be sure to let me know you’re there!

      October 26, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply
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  • Dawn McKnight

    So happy to have found you via facebook. My husband and I are headed to Neebing, Ontario to homestead on acreage that has been in our family for nearly 60 years. It has been our dream since we married over thirty years ago. An opportunity to retire early has afforded us the opportunity to follow that dream at this time. We relocated from California to our current home in Mississippi 12 years ago due to a job transfer. All of our experiences with gardening and raising animals has been in zones 7 and 8, Neebing is located in zone 4a and in addition to being very different temperature wise, the humidity there is usually around 30 % as opposed to the 80% we are used to here in the south. We are in the process of obtaining permits to build, have a well drilled and determine soil comp etc. We have a trip planned there for the month of May and will make our move there this time next year, We have so many questions…how to handle beehives in such weather, effective, efficient heating for the barn and greenhouse, how dependable is solar and wind power and the associated equipment hold up in the frigid cold of winter? Currently researching best crops for the area..we are considering apples as our main crop. We have decided to raise Highland cattle and Romney sheep but wonder how our chickens will handle the winter cold. I look forward to reading all of your posts, articles and answers to questions posed by others. Excited to learn about your journey!!!

    March 24, 2016 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Kathleen

    I am really enjoying your site about gardening. I have container garden And one of my questions is…when the containers are outside sitting on the ground, well mine are sitting in mulch, do I use the drain trays that came with the pots? Or do I let the pot just sit on the dirt so the slimey worms can crawl up into the pots through the drain holes? I notice when I water the plants the water is just sitting in the bottom trays and I have to manually empty them. Of all my online searching, I can’t find an answer to that question!
    Thanks so much!

    June 24, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Kathleen, Thanks so much for letting me hear from you. I hope you continue to enjoy TFL Community. In answer to your question, the reason you can’t find a set answer is there isn’t really one. It’s a matter of personal preference. I don’t use the drain trays for the same reasons you stated. I don’t want to have to empty the trays, and they have to be emptied. As you know the water shouldn’t be allowed to stay there. I like worms! They’re a sign of healthy soil and they do so much for both soil and plants. I leave mine on the bare earth. I hope this helps you, if not, just let me know.

      June 26, 2016 at 6:20 am Reply
  • Maralee

    Hello Rhonda, I’ve just discovered your site an love it!

    I’m looking into raising turkeys and can definitely use any advice that you can provide.

    I’ve found a pair of 3 year old Red Bourbon hens for sale. If I purchase them and hopefully find an unwanted tom later, will the tom mate with both hens as a rooster would do?

    You allow your turkeys to free range during the day as I allow my chickens to do. I’m not certain how my chickens know which fences don’t belong to us but they generally don’t go over into my neighbor’s yards. Do you find that this is true with your turkeys as well?

    What are your thoughts on keeping turkeys and chickens together in regards to Blackheads disease?

    Thanks for your input!

    August 1, 2016 at 4:40 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Hello Maralee, I’m delighted you found TFL. Thank you for letting me know you enjoy the site! You’re getting turkeys! That’s fantastic. I’m actually in the process of working on an in-depth article on raising turkeys, but I’m happy to help you now. I’m including three links below to help you. In the podcast, I talk about blackhead disease. Now, let’s look at your questions.

      The Bourbon Red is a threatened breed. As a heritage breed, they breed with all the hens and the hens should nest and hatch. Turkey hens don’t lay near as many eggs as a chicken hen and her hatchings aren’t near as large. If your birds are true Bourbon Reds, then they should have the desire to breed and hatch their young. Modern commercial breeds don’t have these instincts. They are artificially inseminated…well, ya know how that goes. They’re bred strictly for production.

      I’m amazed your chickens don’t cross fences! I’m glad of that for you. Turkeys range pretty much like chickens, but in my experience, not as far away from the coop and us.

      I know you’ll listen to the podcast, but I’ll give you the short answer on blackhead disease. My great-grands and grandparents kept all their poultry together with no problem and so do most of the sustenance farmers I know. Your turkeys have a better chance of getting blackhead disease from eating infected earthworms than from your chickens. The caution to this answer is one you seem to be on top of anyway. The risks are dramatically increased when the flock isn’t allowed to free range. With confinement and overpopulation, the birds spend all their time in the poop and so the chances of getting the disease skyrocket.

      I hope this information helps you. Be sure to check out the links and let me know if I can help you in any way. I’m excited you are going to be able to experience having heritage breed turkeys. You’ll treasure them!

      Until next time,

      August 1, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply
      • Maralee

        Thanks Rhonda for all the advice and information. I also enjoyed your entertaining pod cast.

        August 1, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply
        • Rhonda Crank

          Thanks, Maralee, “entertaining” is one word for me! Let us know if we can help further!

          August 1, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply
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  • John Wilson

    Just read article in “The New Pioneer” where you mentioned taking showers in the Thayer house. I suggest you research RV sites on techniques that people who live in them full time use to clean up.
    I’ve used a Hudson sprayer with a extended hose and kitchen faucet sprayer head for years. Hudson sprayer is used only for this purpose. I use shower curtain/hula hoop combination with a mortar mixing pan to collect the water.
    A second possibility would be to use a plastic cup to pour water over your self to get wet and then scrub clean with a “scrubbie” bundled net wash item. The scrubbie replaces the cloth wash rag more efficiently and I’ve used one exclusively for 20 years. 4 pumps of soap from a small soap pump bottle makes efficient and economic use of resources.
    Both techniques reflect a Navy Shower; get wet, wash and clean, rinse off. I can clean myself with a gallon or a bit more for luxury. This can be accomplished in a small space and everything stored out of way easily. John Wilson

    November 1, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      Hello John and thanks so much for getting in touch. We have moved from the cabin into a home with running water so we are thrilled to be able to shower every day now. Thanks for the suggestions though, I’ll keep them in mind for when we’re building our new homestead home.

      November 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Lainie

    Hi Rhonda,
    I don’t know where you are located but, would you ever allow a group come to learn from you at your farm? I run a small group called H.O.G’s for Humanity (Homeschooled Organic Gardeners) at my home in southern LA. I am originally from Michigan and still learning how to grow food down here. I would greatly appreciate your insights and advise. I am currently working on a spring curriculum and if we can come see your place as a field trip that would be wonderful.

    With gratitude,
    Lainie Rubio

    December 31, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply
    • Rhonda Crank

      I’m glad to hear from you, but we are in the panhandle of Idaho. We left Louisiana in November of 2015. Good luck with your endeavors.

      January 3, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply

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