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  • Mary Bossen
    Mar 3, 2014
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      I have been looking into below ground green houses for early and late season plants. The ground will remain at a constant and above freezing temp so long as you stay below 36 inches in Nevada. So you dig out and shore up a six foot deep hole with a ramped entrance and plop a green house roof on top to keep the warm in and frost out. I also read up on a guy in central Oregon's high desert who grows for an organic co-open and uses hoop houses to keep frost out and soil warm. He makes half his annual income that way and all I want to do is grow enough to feed a family of five and maybe offset the animal feed bill.

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      From: Elisa Liebelt <elisaliebelt@...>;
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      Mary, that's so exciting! I just downloaded my first homesteading book this year it looks like quite an adventure! Nv is a really tough place to grow veggies and such because of our incredibly short growing season. I believe a lot of the people who have had success here rely heavily on green houses. There is a wonderful woman out here in spring creek named carol who has an organic farm and she has been amazing successful! What an amazing learning experience!

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      On Mar 3, 2014, at 7:28 PM, Mary Bossen <mary.bossen@...> wrote:


      Thanks for the welcome. We will be building our house by hand for the most part. There is a math lesson and a half :) Our long term goal is to only have to go to the grocery store for things that just can not be grown in the image no matter what you do or things we use to much of to grow our own, like coffee and sugar. We have chickens and rabbits that will be coming with us. We will get milk goats as soon as we get things set up. Eventually want to raise some feeder hogs each year. Of course my girls have their hearts set on horses too. Girls will be girls.


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      From: Elisa Liebelt <elisaliebelt@...>;
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      Sent: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:38:44 PM


      Welcome!! Always awesome to welcome a new homeschooling family to the area!! Very exciting to see you are homesteading! What all does that entail? Will you be raising veggies and meat as well as dairy??? I have to agree, one of the things I love about Nevada, is that they are so into parent freedom and our right to raise our children the way we see fit!!! I haven’t seen this group doing a lot of field trips this year but you never know!! Hope you love living here we do!!

      On Monday, March 3, 2014 9:22 AM, "mary.bossen@..." <mary.bossen@...> wrote:
      Hello Everyone,

      My husband and I are relocating our family from the Oregon coast to around Montello, where we will be building a home and doing the homesteading thing.  We have three children, a 10 year old daughter, 12 year old son with special needs, and a daughter who turns 14 today. While they are currently in public school, we have homes schooled before. Since the birth of my oldest, we have move about every two years, although always within the state of Oregon since they reached school age.  For several reasons, including the freedom to home school out children the way we see fit, we have decided that Nevada is where we want them to grow up. 

      Amber, the oldest, is in to animals.  I raise and train AKC Labradors and for the last two years she has been right there for every litter of puppies with her hands covered in the goo as they are born.  She is looking forward to having more animals now that we will have land for them.  She also reads at a college level and even with her e-reader we can not keep her in books.  She struggles a bit in math, and comments that if there was a book to explain how to do all the math stuff she would not have a problem anymore.

      Sean, my 12 year old son, has disabilities that are both physical and developmental.  Everyone who sees him with his ten year old sister assumes they are twins. Sean enjoys hands on activities.  He can take a pile of junk and build a working simple machine. The way he thinks is unlike anything I have seen before and I think it will benefit him greatly.  He does have trouble reading, and after talking to several specialists and having him tested, nobody has any idea why reading is so hard for him.  While his other subjects are at a nearly fifth grade level, he only reads at a second grade level.  Now his verbal memory is just about perfect, which allows him to do many things without the need to read.

      Amy, my 10 year old, is very smart, but always doubts her abilities.  She enjoys reading and is good in math.  Amy is still at the stage where she has not expressed an interest in any directions.  She is still exploring different things looking for what interests her. 

      All three of them have been in children's choirs for the past two years.  I really think Sean joined for fun, but stayed because he was the only boy last year.  The girls love music in most any form.  For the past three years they have been in Camp Fire. The politics with that have gotten to be to much, and they will be joining 4H once we are settled.

      I am hoping to get to know other home school families in the area.  In the past my children have enjoyed field trips and meet ups with home school groups. I look forward to getting involved again.


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