Videos, podcasts, weevils, rainwater harvesting, UK Farming net zero by 2020, carbon footprint calculators, climate change books

Funny Farm Videos,

located by Modern Farmer

Lil Fred, Farm It Maybe.

Derek Klingenburg, Serenading the cattle with my trombone (Lorde – Royals)

Pasture Road, Peterson Farm Brothers,

Goat Busters, Dana McGregor

Origami Weevils by Charley Eiseman

I saved this post on Origami Weevils to share. It transitions us from the ridiculous (funny animal videos) to the sublime.

Charley Eiseman describes himself this way: “I am a freelance naturalist, endlessly fascinated by the interconnections of all the living and nonliving things around me. I am the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and continue to collect photographs and information on this subject. These days I am especially drawn to galls, leaf mines, and other plant-insect interactions.” He is an exceptional photographer, an exceptional entomologist, and one of those people who pays exquisite attention to what he does. These factors make his blog a special treat.

I always get excited when I encounter the work of leaf-rolling weevils (Attelabidae), even though they are by no means uncommon. I just find it fascinating that these insects have learned to fold leaves into neat little cylindrical packets for their larvae to live inside, without the use of silk or any other adhesive. The […] Read more of this post




Ten Great Farming Podcasts to Listen to Now

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———————————————————–Essential Rainwater Harvesting Spreadsheet Toolkit


Now we might be ready to move off the holiday couch, at least enough to get pencil and paper and start some planning. Here is an Essential Rainwater Harvesting Spreadsheet Toolkit from Verge Permaculture: $29.00 CAD (Canadian dollars)

The Essential Rainwater Harvesting Tool is a spreadsheet tool for analyzing the feasibility of a rainwater storage system on your farm. It contains tables, formulas and logic from the Verge Essential Rainwater Harvesting book, pre-programmed and ready-to-go, plus a substantial number of extra features.

They are also offering a FREE WEBINAR on Jan 14, 6:30 pm MT: IS RAINWATER SAFE? with pioneering Australian hydrology engineer, economist, policy analyst, educator, UN adviser and researcher Peter Coombes


UK Farming goal net zero by 2040

The National Farmers Union in the United Kingdom has announced in this 12-page report their ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is farming’s contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050. In the UK, agriculture’s contribution to Greenhouse Gas Emissions is 10% of the nation’s whole. (27% is from transportation)


For those with serious New Year Resolutions here are 6 Personal Carbon Footprint Calculators (and How to use Them Efficiently) from Mother Earth News


And here are 12 books on climate change and the environment,

from Yale Climate Connection


2 thoughts on “Videos, podcasts, weevils, rainwater harvesting, UK Farming net zero by 2020, carbon footprint calculators, climate change books”

  1. Good evening!

    I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to continue to write your blogs and participate in so many podcasts! I am a small flower/herb/veggie farmer in southern IN/zone 6b and I do not attend many conferences so besides your blog/newsletter, podcasts are my only real way to follow you year round. Oh and I love the book too.

    I am taking Ray Tyler’s/Rosecreek Farms Lettuce Masters Class right now and have used your 2017 lettuc guide as a supplement. I was wondering if you would be updating this in 2020 and talking more about lettuce on the Farm? I also wonder if your kitchen staff would like to share with us their favorite varieties in regards to flavor, ease of cleaning, stores well, high loft in salads, other ways they use lettuce besides in salads, etc. So maybe a kitchen feature every once in a while.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for your appreciation! I do update the Lettuce Varieties list each year, but I don’t always post it on my blog. It takes into account what our kitchen staff have to say as well as our garden crew and my own observations.
      Have you seen my Lettuce Year Round slide show? I posted it on my blog a couple of years ago, so you can find it by searching (We have very slow internet today, or I’d get the link for you). My slideshows are mostly up on Watch out though for the pirates on that site who seem to offer free downloads of my books. They don’t!
      I’m not the one to give recipes as since I joined Twin Oaks Community I have not cooked a meal beyond snacks for myself. I appreciate rolling up to the dining room and being fed twice a day!
      I had not known about Rosecreek Farms Lettuce Masters Class, so thanks for that.

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