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Neighbor to Neighbor January 2, 2012

Welcome 2012!!! This year WILL be better for everyone. Many years ago Sonny said to his mom , after a very tough year, “it can’t get any worse”. She just smiled and said ” they were the same words we used in 1939.” I understand that to mean, no matter how bad we think we have it, it can always be worse.

We have been able to complete things around the farm that have needed work for several years, but we didn’t have the time. This year we had extra time away from farming due to very few crops to pick, so we had that “repair time” available.

One pole barn, built in 1965, with metal sides and roof, needed to be renailed so the winds wouldn’t keep lifting the metal from the wood. Eventually the metal would blow away and all the tractors would be at the mercy of the weather. Instead of using nails, like they originally did, we now use screws. Screws take more abuse from the wind before they can lift out. This was a very good improvement to our building industry. Things SHOULD stay together longer. Like the County Building. How many screw did they use?

The floods did give us added work, repair of culverts was a big one. Since we don’t own an excavator we were at the mercy of those that did. A wonderful young man worked on Sunday’s, his day off, to help us out. He can make an excavator work like an extension of his arm. Amazing to watch what he can do, place a rock like you were doing it by hand.

This young man has 2 different buckets for the excavator. He was able to put the wide one on and clean out our ditches. Unfortunately he had to do them 3 times. There was so much water in them he couldn’t get all the mud out with 2 times. Seldom do we need them cleaned that much. When was the Wallkill last cleaned, farmers do it every year. If you don’t keep your ditches clean, water can’t leave. HINT, HINT, HINT.
According to a search of the Wallkill River this info came up:
The Wallkill has 69 tributaries in New York alone. to name just a few:

Wildcat Brook Papakating Creek, Beaver Run,Pochuck Creek,Wawayanda Creek, Rutgers Creek, Monhagen Brook, Quaker Creek, Masonic Creek, Mannayunk Kill, Muddy Kill, Tin Brook, Dwaar Kill, Shawangunk Kill, Plattekill Creek, Kleine Kill

You can click on them and see where they are.

With all the flooding we had, just in the town of Goshen, has it dawned on “the powers that be” that EVERY waterway ends up in the Wallkill. It is the MAIN waterway that removes unwanted water from our landscape. If you don’t maintain this vital exit nothing will ever improve near your home.
Many years ago, Sonny went to a meeting with a federal Senator on the river. Sonny explained that as the water goes up and down, it takes land from behind our home and has come within 25 feet of our walkway. Sonny asked this man WHO is responsible to maintain the river and stop it from eroding the land near our homes? The Senator told Sonny, WE, as the home owner, have the right and responsibility to PROTECT our homes from any and all assaults. It was at that time we took it upon ourselves to protect our home. It took 15 years before the DEC came here and said we can’t do what we had been doing. By that time we had saved our home. Yes, it did cost us a great deal of money, but my home was worth it.

” It is easier to beg forgiveness than get permission.”

Neighbor to Neighbor January 23, 2012

If I hear one more millionaire say he should be paying more in taxes I will scream. DO IT. You have the choice, just like the rest of us, of taking or NOT taking legal deductions. Tell your accountant how much you want to pay and he/she will prepare your returns without certain deductions. Must you treat us as though we are idiots?
Stop with the garbage that you should be paying more, if you pay more by raising taxes, then we ALL will pay more. I, for one, don’t want to pay more. I already pay more than “my fair share” and I don’t like how it is spent. When this government becomes fiscally responsible and people WORK for my money, I will be happy to contribute, until then…..
GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY POCKET.

It is getting to the time when we will have to decipher what is being said and what the truth is. There are many places you can find the truth, Google, for one. There are others, take your pick. Remember, the search engines work on clicks. The more people that click on an article the closer to the top they get. This doesn’t make it the truth, just the most read. This will take some time so get started early.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. GET OUT AND VOTE.

I have run across a man on the internet that I find has the right answers. Although his language is a bit rough, he has it straight. I am not opposed to using four letter words but he does go overboard for my taste. His name is Adam Carolla. I went to Utube and put in his name and came up with several videos. If you have the time and don’t mind the language check him out.
One thing he spoke about was the jealousy we have created in our country. People are never happy for someone else when they do good, they just want what that person has without doing what the other guy did to EARN it. They have been told they are each special and everyone gets a trophy for just showing up. Don’t you see what this does to the ones that work hard to win that trophy? It lessens their hard work and in some cases will coerce the achievers to become the non achievers. “Why should I work so hard, when we all get the same thing?” Take away the inspiration they had to do better and work harder. This is what our grandchildren are inheriting from us. Do nothing society that wants YOU to pay for everything they WANT. FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING. This is what you need, you want more, WORK for it. GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY POCKET.

On Friday, I expected to see many birds at my feeders and they would normally be frantic to eat. This year hardly any came to feed before an expected storm. Saturday, during the storm, we did get several but they were “few and far between”.
We changed a few things in my feeding area, the Christmas tree has not been changed.(side note: ALL ornaments and tinsel are off the tree. The tinsel can entangle around a birds leg and the bird could lose a leg or his life) It is still on display so the birds will have a high perch to escape any predators.
We did put up a new perch for them. Several years ago we went to a yard sale and the gentleman had the cross member for a telephone pole. It still has the threaded dowels to screw on the insulators and grabbed my attention. The owner told me it was free to whom ever could get it down and take it away. You can’t believe how heavy this is, well, we did get it down and had been under my Jeep since then. When the garage got flooded this was one item we took out and let it dry in the sunlight.
Sonny was on a clean up binge and decided to use this beam as another perch. It is used as a road for the squirrels and a high perch for the birds. I don’t know how old this beam is but it is excellent condition. I wonder why we left the era that used a product that was renewable, created jobs in our country and could be used for decades. When did we become the disposable society that we are today? Did I hear you say County Building, seniors, marriage?……………. “what a country”

Sonny and I went to the town board meeting last week. We went to vent, knowing whatever we said wasn’t going to change their minds, but it feels good to get your story out in the hope others will understand your position. One thing Sonny said really “hit the nail on the head”. We were trying to explain that people south of the landfill are as much Goshen residents as those north of it, along the Wallkill. The difference is most of the southerners are farms. Sonny asked the board, “When was the last time you called the police or called the fire department? Now, when was the last time you ate a meal?”
He was not trying to be nasty but, seriously folks, why is it that laws are made that never take in to consideration the effects it will have on your farms? We have to constantly battle back for anything and everything. No we are not special people, we do what we love to do, grow food. Without eaters we are out of business.
Labor department has decided farm kids can’t work on their parents farms until they are 18. Most farm kids learn to drive around the age of 10. Not alone, but still learning how to control a motor vehicle or tractor. Many on the roads today should not be licensed drivers with the way they drive.
Ask your neighbor if he or she worked on a farm when they were growing up? You’ll be surprised how many got their start on a farm. They learned how to work, how to be responsible, how to finish what they started. Horrible, how can we expect people to become
dependent on government if we teach them how to do things for themselves. (sarcasm)

Neighbor to Neighbor October 2 , 2011

It’s amazing how quickly your life can change and there is nothing you can do about it. One day I could live in my home, the next it was flooded with water and the basement wall was gone. The house did NOT collapse and it is being repaired as I write this. There will be inside things to fix/replace but no one got hurt, we are blessed.

Living next to the river you know when it will flood and make preparations ASAP. Saturday was a market day so when I got home I did as many loads of laundry as I could. With the washer in my basement, the water level outside can force water into the house through the drain for the washer. When that starts we plug it. The same thing happens to the pipe that was put in, just in case we wanted a bathroom in the basement. Sonny rigged a “ball/balloon” that sits in the pipe and he pumps it full of air to seal off the pipe. It has been working for 40 years.
Back to the laundry, Sonny had done the last load of the day and put it in the dryer so it could be brought up stairs, or thrown on the pool table for folding. Three days later the basement was full of water and THAT’S when Sonny remembered he hadn’t taken the clothes out of the dryer. Dang, a rewash and redry. Hate it when you have to do something over again. ” the feet must do what the head doesn’t” Nana Strong

We have bought generators over the years, all different sizes, depending what job they were intended to be used for. In order to have running water, the water tanks had to be kept full. We all conserved water and had many bottles of water for drinking so this only needed to be done a few times during the first week of flooding. Sonny would move the smaller generators from place to place, we do have one huge one that needs the forklift to move, so that one was fairly stationary, keeping many things going with extension cords.
Sonny also kept sump pumps going in several places at once and moved the generators every few hours to re-cool the freezers and refrigerators. Kasha kept us eating hot meals and has since been doing my laundry. ( I hate laundry) Our neighbors left their home because they couldn’t keep up with the water in their basement but brought us all the cans of gas they had been using for their pumps. Thank you Frank and Tricia. We owe you a BIG one!

With Celery Ave. closed and the water across the road, we are fortunate to have farm roads to use if we need to get out. The first storm wasn’t too bad for our road, but you should never drive through water covered roads, so we used the farm roads if we wanted to get out to see what the real world looked like, it wasn’t any better than here. “there’s no place like home”. Dorothy

We have many good friends who went out of their way to feed us for at least 2 weeks. Alice would show up with fresh coffee when we least expected it. Wonderful to have her visit, with or with out the coffee.

Kay and Ed loaned me an RV for as long as I need it, I am hoping not for much longer.
Margaret, Susan,Theresa, Liz, Kit and, many others I am forgetting, that brought us meals to fill our bellies. We can’t express our gratitude enough for all your thoughtful contributions that made our “camping” days much happier. From one neighbor to another neighbor, THANK YOU.

Neighbor to Neighbor August 31, 2011

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife couldn’t be any happier with Irene. They must be thrilled to see our farm land covered with water and creating the “wetlands” they have been hoping for AND they don’t have to pay a cent for any of it.
The environmentalists must be having parties on all the upland watching as farming dies in our black dirt area. Please explain to me why a wild animal is more important than people?

Wild animals have an instinct to move on if things are not good for them, They don’t put down roots in any particular place. The birds have wings so they can go any place and yet the ones making the rules think and try to control their behavior at the expense of the rest of us.

When NJ opens the flood gates from Lake Mohawk to save the animals, the OC farmers LOSE!!! This is not the first time they have done this to us. This has to stop, we can’t take any more of their garbage.

On to the DEC and orange County, YOU both created the “bottleneck” at the landfill. OC for dumping all the stuff so close to the river bank and the county for not cleaning out the trees that block the channel. The DEC continues their assault on your farmers by not ALLOWING the locals to remove the trees because of the Indiana Bat. Excuse me, you are idiots, BATS HAVE WINGS, they will move to a different tree if their favorite is not there when they return. (they may not use the same one each year anyway)

Our country has become so complacent it has been easy for the “kooks” to lay down the law and “we the sheep” follow. Congratulations, the “kooks” have taken everything that we all worked so hard for and stomped on our faces.

Rant over.

On to our farm: Sunday we lost power, we expect it in any big storm so we always try to be prepared for the worst. Over the years we have invested in generators to help us. The pull cord is very hard to pull so Sonny was doing all the hard work. We did sand bag the windows around our home, however, the water was too much so one partial wall collapsed. We know we are very fortunate to have our home repairable and are grateful for all the help we have gotten from friends. Kay and Ed have loaned us an RV for sleeping, Thank you.

We surveyed the farm on Saturday. Many things for the fall markets are long gone. Sonny divides our fields in 4 sections so plantings are all over the place when it comes to weekly plantings. When we use transplants (tomatoes, peppers, etc) we pick a dry spot and plant them in the spring, everything else is planted on ground that is good at the time we need it.
As we harvest a section, Sonny plants it with something else for later picking. These are the areas that got flooded and are no longer sustaining any crops. The good news, when the ground floods it packs the dirt very hard so it is usually the first place you can get back into.
Sonny will be planting today and will continue with anything he feels has a chance of maturing.

Neighbor to Neighbor August 23, 2011

I didn’t realize I had been writing for so long. I took the time to look back and see if anything has changed. Has it? I hope my writing has improved, I know my opinion hasn’t changed. 8-23-2011

8-20-2007
When Bob stopped by the market on Friday and asked me if I could get to the chamber breakfast I had my doubts I would be able to make it. It was on a Wednesday and that is a work day for me. My daughter heard him ask and said she could arrange to work in my place. I am so glad she did.
Mayor Weinberger, I was so pleased by the speech you gave at the breakfast. I don’t think I was the only one that felt your sincerity as you spoke of how Goshen used to be and that we need to return to that place in time. You spoke with the voice of honesty and told us what has been happening and what we need to do to make life better for all. You are not against improving the village, but it shouldn’t force people to move.
I hope I can implore you to make the same speech on a Friday at the farmer’s market. More people need to hear what is happening in their village. Many didn’t know they could go to a chamber breakfast if they were not members. Many were very interested in what is going on but felt they couldn’t afford to pay to listen.
The monument looks beautiful, good job. Is the road there ever going to be opened? Having only the one road could be hazardous if a trailer has to make a right turn.
I have read several letters in the papers asking the town board to do something with the Salesian property. The fact is, the village and town must decide together what is to be done. If I understand the town board correctly, they are willing to sell part of it to pay down the debt on the property. I’m not sure what is the position of the village board. What should we ALL do, ask your leaders on the boards. I would like to see the debt reduced, let’s sell some of it.
Out of the mouth of our kids: Several months ago, Adina, my daughter-in-law, entered a contest. You were to write why you should win the Ice Cream Block Party. Adina won. Maya is excited and adorable at 4 years old. She can’t wait for the ice cream and the blocks. English can be so confusing.

8-21-2006
sta·tis·tic n.

A numerical value, such as standard deviation or mean, that characterizes the sample or population from which it was derived.

At the board meeting about the PDR, many statistics were tossed around. I don’t recall anyone on the board saying ” the main reason behind its decision was to keep taxes down”or “the purchases will save the town an estimated $1M per year”. I do believe that was a person in attendance. She had many statistics, of course, statistics only reflect what you want them to say. Gather information from many years, divide by the number of years and you get the average. This doesn’t forecast the future.
Many years ago, in my winter months, I was a collector of farm information for a statistic service. I was sent many forms, the names of the farms were on them. My job was to contact these people and ask them to fill out the info. I was required to try 3 times, if after 3 times I couldn’t get the info from them, I was told to fill it out myself. “They don’t like blank forms” I was told. From that moment, I found statistics to be suspect. I wonder if all statistics are done that way?
This was a Town Board Meeting, with an agenda to follow. Three people felt they were above the rules. They are too important to wait until the business was conducted to have their say? There is a time for Privilege of the Floor, perhaps the board should not allow the interruption again. It was rude and uncalled for by the persons who did this. ALL should be required to abide by the rules. If some were not taught how to be polite, let me help. When someone is speaking, you don’t interrupt them. You wait your turn.
Some food for thought: I have heard from several people the “winners” of the PDR are nice people. I don’t know them, I will concede to those who do. My problem is not with these people,it is with ANYONE who takes for themselves, when they don’t need it, from those that do. I was taught, if you don’t need it, don’t take it. Leave it for someone who does. No matter how needy one is, there is always someone with even less. I find nothing to cheer about with this selection for PDR. If people are civic minded and can afford it, they should be GIVING Conservation Easements.
I was wondering how this PDR “value” will be used by our assessor. Will the land be added to the new value as an improvement? I look forward to see how the “development rights” are assessed. Black Dirt farms had these rights TAKEN from us years ago. Yet our assessment has never reflected this encumbrance or asset, I assume the same will be done for the “upland”?
I have heard having “open space” next to a development is a selling point for them. Perhaps the purchaser should be paying extra for that view, to the TOWN residence and not the developer? Afterall, WE are the ones being billed, seems fair to get some back to pay down the debt, NOT to purchase more.
I hope everyone enjoyed their corn last week. My daughter told me I have to stop “force feeding” people our corn. I am sorry, I think it is the best and want to share with everyone. The look on some faces
after the first bite was well worth it. It is rewarding to see others enjoying our products as we do. Makes it all worth while. Thank you for tasting our raw corn.
Music this week and a cooking demo. Hope to see many there.
Don’t forget, you can call your Town Board or Town Clerk to give your opinion.

Neighbor to Neighbor January 2, 2012

 

Welcome 2012!!! This year WILL be better for everyone. Many years ago Sonny said to his mom , after a very tough year, “it can’t get any worse”. She just smiled and said ” they were the same words we used in 1939.” I understand that to mean, no matter how bad we think we have it, it can always be worse.

We have been able to complete things around the farm that have needed work for several years, but we didn’t have the time. This year we had extra time away from farming due to very few crops to pick, so we had that “repair time” available.

One pole barn, built in 1965, with metal sides and roof, needed to be renailed so the winds wouldn’t keep lifting the metal from the wood. Eventually the metal would blow away and all the tractors would be at the mercy of the weather. Instead of using nails, like they originally did, we now use screws. Screws take more abuse from the wind before they can lift out. This was a very good improvement to our building industry. Things SHOULD stay together longer. Like the County Building. How many screw did they use?

The floods did give us added work, repair of culverts was a big one. Since we don’t own an excavator we were at the mercy of those that did. A wonderful young man worked on Sunday’s, his day off, to help us out. He can make an excavator work like an extension of his arm. Amazing to watch what he can do, place a rock like you were doing it by hand.

This young man has 2 different buckets for the excavator. He was able to put the wide one on and clean out our ditches. Unfortunately he had to do them 3 times. There was so much water in them he couldn’t get all the mud out with 2 times. Seldom do we need them cleaned that much. When was the Wallkill last cleaned, farmers do it every year. If you don’t keep your ditches clean, water can’t leave. HINT, HINT, HINT.
According to a search of the Wallkill River this info came up:
The Wallkill has 69 tributaries in New York alone. to name just a few:

Wildcat Brook Papakating Creek, Beaver Run,Pochuck Creek,Wawayanda Creek, Rutgers Creek, Monhagen Brook, Quaker Creek, Masonic Creek, Mannayunk Kill, Muddy Kill, Tin Brook, Dwaar Kill, Shawangunk Kill, Plattekill Creek, Kleine Kill

You can click on them and see where they are.

With all the flooding we had, just in the town of Goshen, has it dawned on “the powers that be” that EVERY waterway ends up in the Wallkill. It is the MAIN waterway that removes unwanted water from our landscape. If you don’t maintain this vital exit nothing will ever improve near your home.
Many years ago, Sonny went to a meeting with a federal Senator on the river. Sonny explained that as the water goes up and down, it takes land from behind our home and has come within 25 feet of our walkway. Sonny asked this man WHO is responsible to maintain the river and stop it from eroding the land near our homes? The Senator told Sonny, WE, as the home owner, have the right and responsibility to PROTECT our homes from any and all assaults. It was at that time we took it upon ourselves to protect our home. It took 15 years before the DEC came here and said we can’t do what we had been doing. By that time we had saved our home. Yes, it did cost us a great deal of money, but my home was worth it.

” It is easier to beg forgiveness than get permission.”

Neighbor to Neighbor Dec. 20, 2011

    With Thanksgiving behind us and the turkey finally gone, we are preparing for Christmas. Which will mean another turkey and leftovers for a week or more, perhaps even soup with these bones. 

      Christmas, to me, means a beautiful snow, drifting down quietly and making the world look clean. Everyone safe in their homes. Our military resting, after securing our safety.     
     I had taken all my photos off my walls and kept them in the barn until we could move back in. They were in crates and the crates were brought back and stacked all over my home. I finally put them back on the walls, since the nails were gone I had to replace them all. Being old, I couldn’t quite remember where I had them before, of course, Thomas noticed they were in different places. (note to Doris) take a picture of things before you remove them.
   
      We are almost “bundled up” for winter. Our markets are over for the year and all of the trucks, tractors and implements have been winterized and in a building. They have been put to rest up for the coming season. Now it’s our turn to rejuvenate the old bones. We have one mini market this coming Wednesday, December 21, then we can rest a bit.
      By the second week of January we will need to have our seeds inventoried and our plants ordered for next season.
     The Wallkill River is taking it’s good sweet time to get back to normal level. Why is that? What has happened down stream that is holding things up? Perhaps no maintenance? The county takes no care of the ONLY water way that removes the water from our entire county, sound like the county building?
      Do YOU maintain things or just let them fall to ruin? Do YOU wait until things can not be repaired and MUST be replaced? Our disposable society must learn to repair not replace. Our landfills are full of “things” that may have just needed a tweak. Tweak it, don’t toss it. 
     I am very concerned about the county closing/selling Valley View. I am not worried about the workers, they really have the ability to find other jobs or retire early. I am worried about the residents. When a person gets older, change can put their lives is jeopardy. They go into a panic and end up in the hospital. I hope this doesn’t happen to our local people. Very sad how we treat our elderly.
    I want to wish all a very Merry Christmas and If you don’t celebrate Christmas,  a Happy Hanukkah to you.
    Please be safe and happy and I will be back after Jan. 1.
    Happy Birthday, Kasha.
    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have never done it…..don’t tell others how to!

Face to face encounters are wonderful.  At our markets, we often see people who haven’t seen each other in a long time and spend many minutes catching up.  It makes our hearts warm with joy.

There are other times when people interact, loudly and I step in to answer the questions they are asking each other.  Everyone uses the internet to become “experts” in everything.

I butted into a conversation on Saturday.  The 2 men were speaking loudly about aspects of farming they didn’t know about, but they knew the answers.  I was taught to question everything, prove it to me if you want me to believe it.

These men were speaking about Monsanto (surprise) and how they are running our food supply. This is NOT true. “But…but…I read it on the internet, it must be true.”

People often say “what if”?                                                                                        I watched a program on TV many, many years ago. It was panel of consumers and the moderator posed situations, the panel then voted, yes or no. One of the situations was 😦 I am paraphrasing)  should we allow a company to make a product, allow us to put it in our yards? This product has killed many children since it was invented, should we now ban it? Predictable response was given, yes we should ban it. Then the moderator told the panel, he was speaking about swimming pools. He did many scenarios like this, all of them were things we use every day. Life can be dangerous, be more careful.

Back to my story: These men spoke as if they knew about farming. The one man said he couldn’t get his potatoes to grow. I asked where he got his seed, the other man said it was a GMO, that’s why it wouldn’t grow. I gave him “the look” and he stopped speaking. The first man told me he bought it from the supermarket, figured it got sprouts so he would plant it and grow his own potatoes. I mentioned, most farmers spray a sprout inhibitor (not a Monsanto product)  on their potatoes while they are growing, we don’t want them to sprout, we want to store them for the future for us to eat. I told the man, we buy “seed” potatoes from a farmer in upstate NY. He DOESN”T spray inhibitor, he wants them to grow for us. Cycle of life.

The  first man said we shouldn’t use Monsanto’s Round up. I said we use it around our barns, I continued, if we sprayed it on our crops, it would kill them.  Round up is made to kill weeds. I also mentioned, we aren’t stupid. I asked him how many years he farmed for his livelihood, he never did, yet he knows more than one who has done it for over 40 years. The man didn’t like what he was hearing, so he left.  The other man and I had a nice talk. I did invite him to speak with hubby about the exact chemical that he uses, I only know he does it, because I pay the bills.

The first man was studying to be a nurse, the one that stayed was an electrician. He also never farmed for his living. I asked him if he would set up his lighting so that the person who turned it on would get electrocuted? He, of course said, NO. I said we wouldn’t do something to kill our customers either.

 

Neighbor to Neighbor Nov. 27, 2011

We are finally in our home. Our poor little dog has acclimated well, although I think she likes camping. It seems weird to reach for something and it’s not there. Many crates to unpack and put in their place. Right now, that place may have been destroyed, so a new place must be found. This should be fun for the old mind to remember where I put things when I change them. I am a scheduled and consistent person. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”.

    It took years of twisting and turning around to figure out the best place for all the junk I have. I’m serious, I have yard sale things that I use as “eye candy”. Most of the chairs around my home are ones I got for a buck, fixed and refinished them. I even learned how to cane so they would look original. I would collect things that make me smile when I look at them. I do try to use whatever I bought, but some is just junk, but I love junk better known as “pre-loved”.
I try to find tools or odd farm items that will fit in my home and I may be able to use them one day. I collect nothing specific, just the stuff that catches my eye. I haven’t been to a yard sale in years, with a market on Saturday, Sunday is too late for the “good” junk.
   Locally, I can’t believe how our legislators feel it’s okay to RE vote on something. Give me a break, he didn’t know HOW he voted?? I want a revote on a few things too, what do you think are my chances of that happening?
   Our markets are almost over, 3 more Saturdays and I will be open on a day before Christmas. This has been a tough year for so many of your farmers. They will have no extra money to spend and may be late on payments, be patient please.
   We need to set up a credit line to get through the winter, we are lucky to have a small onion crop to sell. Things need to be done on a farm, each year, so the following year will start out right. We will be ordering our seeds and plants very soon. Most of the seed companies we do business with extend us credit until the end of August, with no interest. That really helps out when you live and work on borrowed money until your crops come in. But, like most farmers, we will get by, tighten the belt another notch and move on.
   Unlike farmers, government only know how to spend. Since it’s not all their money and they don’t write their own check to cover it, seems to be Monopoly money to many. They are not alone, how many people EXPECT someone else to pay their way?
  We MUST get rid of the pension system for public employees. We keep hearing about being fair, well this system is NOT fair to the general public. NO ONE should be paid for 20 years of work then 40 years of retirement. That is just outrageous, expecting the rest of us to keep working so they don’t have to. I don’t care what your union negotiated, it is wrong. A system can not survive if more take out than put it.
  DOL has moved the workers from our farm labor department and has hired 13 NEW people. They have not been required to take any tests and have jumped to the head of the line for the jobs. Please tell me why a state in the last throes of life would hire more people? Governor Cuomo’s good friend from HUD was the instigator of this assault. “Politics makes for strange bedfellows”

Neighbor to Neighbor Nov. 14, 2011

My life here hasn’t changed much in the past 2 weeks, still living in the barn and carrying water. How did our ancestors do it without drugs? Imagine how strong they were to do the every day things, called living, and still have time for a smile. What would they have thought was a “better life” for their kids, running water IN the house? Did they foresee the future with electricity or was their time consumed with living? Did they feel they were poor or that someone owed them something? I don’t think so, they knew what had happened in the past and learned from it. If you want to get ahead, you have to work for it and work harder than anyone else.

If you notice 100 year old homes or buildings, these are the things the “uneducated” built, the ones that learned by doing and remembering the mistakes. They took good care of their possessions, it was very hard to replace them. They didn’t take tomorrow for granted, they worked hard to get there. Many of these homes are still standing today. People are proud to be in living in them, and they should be.

So many of our new buildings can’t get by for 40 years without giving in to nature, what are we doing wrong? Why didn’t we learn from our history? Government Center ring a bell?

November is flying past us and soon we will see a new year with the hopes of a better one for many people. On the farm things have to progress no matter what kind of year you have.

We had been planning to re-cover our smallest greenhouse, so we were prepared for “when the time was right”. Plastic had finally been delivered, after a month wait, and the days were warm. Now all we needed was a warm day AND no wind. Last thing you want to do is hoist a piece of plastic 100′ long and have a gust of wind pull it out of your hands. Tuesday was the perfect day. At the drop of the hat, Sonny pulled everyone off their original jobs and set the process in motion. We started around 9AM removing the old plastic and cleaning under the plant beds. Sonny got the lathes ready while the rest covered the ends of the green house. Ed found an old screen door to replace the “beaten to a pulp” door we had.

Everything needs to be in place before you start, once you get going it has to be quick and correct, no going back. The first plastic sheet went over with ease, we are able to stand on the beds for height and quickly fastened down with staples, the second sheet was a bit more difficult. With only 2 people on ladders at the ends of the greenhouse, they must be able to pull the plastic up one side and get it across the top to helping hands on the other side. Have to be careful not to pull too much, just enough to staple with plenty on the other side.

The one end is stapled first, then the other end is pulled tight to remove any wrinkles, winkles block sunlight and don’t allow for an even air barrier. After the ends are finished the sides are then stapled to ensure the wind won’t pick it up while we put the lathes all around it.
Once the lathes are secured and the plastic is sealed, Sonny takes a small fan and secures it on the inside of the greenhouse. The tube from the fan is then put between the two layers of plastic. When he starts the fan, it blows the plastic apart and we now have an insulated greenhouse. Wonderful system, and we only need to do this once every 5 years, as opposed to every year with the old plastics we had available.

Although many people ran unopposed this year in the elections, it was sad to see so few people voting. I understand if it’s the “new” machines. They are horrible to use and a waste of paper. Why aren’t the “tree huggers” up in arms about this?
NEW IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.

I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for what you have and thank those who have fought to secure your choice to have them.