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wildbranch
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Posted: Mar-27-11 at 9:53pm | IP Logged  

It has been so long since I last checked-in that I lost my password and I no longer have the email I originally used to register so I guess my old handle "Rest and Trust" is retired. 

Just wanted to check-in and say hello to everyone!

Was perusing some of the latest threads and they are rich with live and truth as always.

Grace to you all!

Joe
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luvin
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Posted: Mar-27-11 at 10:24pm | IP Logged  

Hi Joe!

I had been thinking about you over the last few
months. Wondering what you were up to and such. Catch
us up when you can?

Adam

      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

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Dignz
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Posted: Mar-28-11 at 12:18am | IP Logged  

hi joe!     so good to hear from you!    i have thought of you often as well and wondered how you were and the fam and all.  hadn't heard anything from ya for a long while.  i wondered for the longest time whatever transpired from all those fires that were going on in california the last time we heard from you.  that was the last i remember hearing from you.  are you still in california?

catch us up if ya so desire.    if not, that is of course okay, too.  just know it is good to c'ya and read ya again!          




      

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mary
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Posted: Mar-28-11 at 8:44am | IP Logged  

Hi Joe!

Wonderful to hear from you again!

      

Mary
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Connie
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Posted: Mar-28-11 at 10:04pm | IP Logged  

Hi Joe,

So glad to have you come by!



      

Connie
"Wow!It's so bright in here!"
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the shovel
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Posted: Mar-29-11 at 2:40pm | IP Logged  

Hello Joe!!

I thought I had responded to this. Probably started it and got side-tracked by something. Anyhow, I am so glad to see you pop back in. Just so you know, I can reset your password and you can log in and change your email and other stuff if you want. It's still there waiting for you to return! :)

Jim


      

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HarryTick
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Posted: Mar-29-11 at 8:19pm | IP Logged  

Hi, Joe! I am another one glad to see you drop in again.



      

Love,
Bill
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luvin
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Posted: Mar-29-11 at 8:31pm | IP Logged  

Um, Bill , can I say the same of you??
Welcome back dude!



      

It is peace[the kind we long for] to know that my life patterns do not distract or derail the Living God"-Adam

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wildbranch
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Posted: May-01-11 at 11:10am | IP Logged  

Hi Everyone,
I really appreciate the kind thoughts!

Apologize for just now getting back to this. Have so much going on lately its difficult to have any kind of a social life...

How are you and the family doin Adam? You still in Colorado? my daughter Kim is attending Air traffic control school there.
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Wow Sherry you remember that record fire season we had a couple years back. Nerves were a bit on end by the time they finally went out. Since we were the most remote area with fires in the nation they opted to fight the fires going on around us last. Thank God there were no injuries or serious property damage around us other than millions of board feet of timber burned up.

I am still working in Ethiopia. I reside here the majority of the time.

We still have the farm in Cal. Just about have the house completed. Installed the wood stove the lat time I was home. Good thing to- it snowed several feet right after that.

We have been living in a 40' fifth wheel RV until the house is completed and we can finally move in.

How are you doing? Did you make the jump from Florida to Tennessee yet?
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Jim if its no trouble to reset my password for Rest and Trust that would be great. I can email you my email address if that works.

Thanks,

Joe






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the shovel
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Posted: May-01-11 at 11:35am | IP Logged  

Hello again, Joe :)

I just sent you a PM with info to log back in on your Rest and Trust profile.

We're still in south Florida, where we are much needed.

Did you say Social Life? 

Love, Jim


      

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Rest and Trust
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Posted: May-01-11 at 1:21pm | IP Logged  

the shovel wrote:
Hello again, Joe :)

Did you say Social Life? 

Love, Jim


Yeah you know its bad when you dont even have time for a social life on the net...

Thanks Jim for making my RT handle available.




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the shovel
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Posted: May-01-11 at 2:42pm | IP Logged  

I'm only glad to do so, my friend! :)




      

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Dignz
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Posted: May-01-11 at 2:51pm | IP Logged  

i don't think i even knew you were in ethiopia??  

explain how that came about when ya get a chance.     i am intrigued to say the least.    i just thought you were in california still. 

hmmm ...   i think i vaguely remember something about you being in ethiopia now that i think about it, but ... really ... that is all i know about it.  not any of the why, how, where, who, etc.  fill us in?  that would be great fun.   






      

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Rest and Trust
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Posted: May-04-11 at 4:25am | IP Logged  

Dignz wrote:
i don't think i even knew you were in ethiopia??  

explain how that came about when ya get a chance.     i am intrigued to say the least.    i just thought you were in california still. 



Not much to tell really- just boring farming stuff.

2 years ago one of my brothers approached me with an offer to work with him in Ethiopia to introduce a couple of new wheat varieties that do well in drought conditions in the U.S.. 

The Government of Ethiopia offered us 300000 Hectares of raw land in the Somalian region of Ethiopia to clear and grow our varieties of wheat.

We opted to start with 10000 Hectares (25000 acres) and see how it goes.

In the last 12 months we have built all the necessary infrastructure, imported the necessary equipment from the U.S. and cleared 3200 Hectares of land. We are currently planting our 3rd crop.

We are also involved with introducing dairy cattle breeds from the U.S. into Ethiopia. The breeds in Ethiopia typically produce around 5 liters of milk per day where some breeds in the U.S. produce up to 20 liters.

By law we are not allowed to actually bring cattle into Ethiopia from the U.S. but we can import necessary supplies to inseminate the local breeds. So far we have around 40 hybrid calves.

We recently received an offer from the government of Angola to do there, what we have accomplished in Ethiopia.

Who knows before its over we may introduce these drought resistant wheat varieties to all of Africa...
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Dignz
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Posted: May-04-11 at 9:14am | IP Logged  

wow ... quite an adventure in a far off distant land.     is it really boring to you, or did you think it would be boring to us to talk about? 

i am sure the farming is very hard and laborious work, and you must get absolutely exhausted.  has it gone the way your brother had hoped?  did you start out with all the equipment you needed for such a task, or was that hard to come by?

i bet you have some interesting stories you could share if we all got together in a room.   i know verbally sharing them is a lot easier than typing them all out for most folks. 

do you like it there?  what do you like and what do you not like?  how much longer do you think you will be there?  is your family with you?




      

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Dignz
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Posted: May-04-11 at 10:18am | IP Logged  

joe ~  with all that spare time you have have you had a chance to go to the Valley of Marvels yet? 

i suppose you live quite the 'dusty' life out there?  <we need a little dusty face here.  would LOVE to see pics if you ever get a chance! 

so much long hard work.  i so hope that all goes well with your endeavors and that the wheat will prosper quite well to feed so many hungry people.  please do keep us updated! 

have you had any problems with bandits or rebels out there?  i read an article that said something about: "... OLF fighters who are especially interested in capturing foreigners to attract international attention ..."  ???  is any of that going on around you?

i also read about a historical sight called:  Alibilal Cave in the Erer District - about 6 miles from Erer town.  prehistoric paintings of cows, giraffes, gazelle, etc.   Are you familiar with that?

also found the following:  "The Somali Region is much stronger on cultural attractions. There aren't many places left in the world where you can see camel herders living much as they did centuries ago. You can drink fresh camel milk in traditional domed huts made of mats. Try shay Somali, Somali tea that's mixed with sugar and camel's milk and tastes a lot like Indian chai. The culture here preserves itself by oral traditions. Sitting with a clan elder and listening to his stories can be a one-of-a-kind experience. The Somali region is the easiest place to experience Somali culture, being cheaper than Somaliland and far safer than Somalia.Most Somalis don't speak English ... Harar makes the best base for seeing the Somali region. It's much cooler and more interesting than the dusty lowland regional capital of Jijiga, and only adds an hour to your trip.

"... Somali officials .... recommended Dado Park, which has lion, giraffes, and elephants.  A traveler has testified to seeing three families of baboons on the highway between Harar and Jijiga. Another attraction are the Somali Region's many hot springs. Like hot springs everywhere, they're reputed to have healing qualities and people come from all around to "take the waters". The easiest to get to from Harar or Jijiga is in the Erer district near Erer town, not far from the Alilbilal painted cave. The town is 113 km (68 miles) from Harar and the cave and hot springs together would make a good day trip from Harar. The Erer-Gota hot springs are located on the grounds of one of Haile Selassie's palaces (now gone to ruin) and it's still popular with people looking for cures of various diseases. Hot springs are popular with herders too, who wrap their lunch up in cloth and stick it in the water to cook it."

from a tourist plug, i suppose. 

by the way ... what do you do for water?    is there any there on your land at all ... wells?  do you have to import it?

lots of questions from this curious feline. 





      

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Rest and Trust
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Posted: May-05-11 at 3:37am | IP Logged  

Dignz wrote:
wow ... quite an adventure in a far off distant land.     is it really boring to you, or did you think it would be boring to us to talk about?

Lol...you do get intrigued... I would think most people farming issues usually boring.

I am still very passionate about the project. I enjoy most of the many challenges we face as well.


i am sure the farming is very hard and laborious work, and you must get absolutely exhausted.  has it gone the way your brother had hoped?  did you start out with all the equipment you needed for such a task, or was that hard to come by?

There is really nothing to compare our project to since we are the first to try this type of thing here. So up til now everything has been considered research and development. Where we began planting a couple weeks ago has germinated and is out of the ground enough where it is like an ocean of green. We are expecting to realize a yield from this current crop somewhere between 25 to 50 quintals per hectare. (1 quintal is 100 kilograms.) If we end up with these numbers we will be doing well.

i bet you have some interesting stories you could share if we all got together in a room.   i know verbally sharing them is a lot easier than typing them all out for most folks. 

do you like it there?  what do you like and what do you not like?  how much longer do you think you will be there?  is your family with you?

The family are all in California. I wish they had time to join me but our girls are attending college and my son has a good job. Laurie prefers to stay at home and take care of all the animals and the farm.

I do like it here very much here in Eth.! My rotation is in Eth. 2 months and in the U.S. 1. I dont know if I would enjoy it as much as I do without the break.

Because the routine is demanding mentally and physically- I self prescribed the therapy treatment to stop-off at a different European city for a few days each time I travel to and from...






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Rest and Trust
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Posted: May-05-11 at 4:24am | IP Logged  

Dignz wrote:
joe ~  with all that spare time you have have you had a chance to go to the Valley of Marvels yet?

Have not heard of the Valley of Marvels but it sounds cool.  

i suppose you live quite the 'dusty' life out there?  <we need a little dusty face here.  would LOVE to see pics if you ever get a chance!

Yeah a Dusty face would work.... Will post some picts when I get the chance.

so much long hard work.  i so hope that all goes well with your endeavors and that the wheat will prosper quite well to feed so many hungry people.  please do keep us updated! 

have you had any problems with bandits or rebels out there?  i read an article that said something about: "... OLF fighters who are especially interested in capturing foreigners to attract international attention ..."  ???  is any of that going on around you?

We have been attacked several times by disgruntled nomads. No OLF to date but we get reports whenever they are spotted in the area. The first day at the project site a group of around 100 men armed with AK47s, machetes, and axes came at us. When our armed guards started to run the other way we decided retreat was best. That particular group was local nomads who used the area to graze their camels on. They had not been informed that the government issued the land to us to farm. after the attack the local police spoke with the disgruntled nomads and the issue was resolved later that day. The same group apologized and pleaded with us not to scrap the project.

On another occasion our project director was hit in the back of the head with an ax by a religious extremest. He survived but now has a plastic plate attached to the back of his skull.


Several weeks ago one of the tractors was shot at several times while cultivating.

Because
the nomadic cultures who inhabit the Somalian region of Ethiopia are unpredictable and have a tendency to use violence to solve minor issues, most people think were crazy for choosing the region to start a farm.

Who knows, we probably are?...


i also read about a historical sight called:  Alibilal Cave in the Erer District - about 6 miles from Erer town.  prehistoric paintings of cows, giraffes, gazelle, etc.   Are you familiar with that?

also found the following:  "The Somali Region is much stronger on cultural attractions. There aren't many places left in the world where you can see camel herders living much as they did centuries ago. You can drink fresh camel milk in traditional domed huts made of mats. Try shay Somali, Somali tea that's mixed with sugar and camel's milk and tastes a lot like Indian chai. The culture here preserves itself by oral traditions. Sitting with a clan elder and listening to his stories can be a one-of-a-kind experience. The Somali region is the easiest place to experience Somali culture, being cheaper than Somaliland and far safer than Somalia.Most Somalis don't speak English ... Harar makes the best base for seeing the Somali region. It's much cooler and more interesting than the dusty lowland regional capital of Jijiga, and only adds an hour to your trip.

"... Somali officials .... recommended Dado Park, which has lion, giraffes, and elephants.  A traveler has testified to seeing three families of baboons on the highway between Harar and Jijiga. Another attraction are the Somali Region's many hot springs. Like hot springs everywhere, they're reputed to have healing qualities and people come from all around to "take the waters". The easiest to get to from Harar or Jijiga is in the Erer district near Erer town, not far from the Alilbilal painted cave. The town is 113 km (68 miles) from Harar and the cave and hot springs together would make a good day trip from Harar. The Erer-Gota hot springs are located on the grounds of one of Haile Selassie's palaces (now gone to ruin) and it's still popular with people looking for cures of various diseases. Hot springs are popular with herders too, who wrap their lunch up in cloth and stick it in the water to cook it."

from a tourist plug, i suppose. 

The part in this article about the Somalian culture and Baboons in our area is right-on. I have not had a chance to check-out any of the other things.

by the way ... what do you do for water?    is there any there on your land at all ... wells?  do you have to import it?

For the first several months we were bringing water in by truck. Now we have drilled 2 wells.

lots of questions from this curious feline. 

Im happy to share...



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Dignz
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Posted: May-05-11 at 11:19am | IP Logged  

wow! thanx so much for taking the time to share all that!  it was awesome!  you are almost a real INDIANA JONES, aren't you?  

pretty scary stuff there, dude!  yyyyIKEs!  

my heart and mind goes out to you for god's providence of safety and clarity of mind from day to day.  you are certainly in a challenging environment in more ways than one. 

it is awesome that you get to also visit other lands, cultures, etc.   i am happy for you about that. 

i also hope that you will be able to finish your own home projects and enjoy life at home-base with the wife, land and animals. 

please do continue to keep us posted ... updated ...  as you can and are able and willing. 




      

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Rest and Trust
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Posted: May-06-11 at 4:53am | IP Logged  

Sherri, thank you for your interest and all your kind thoughts!

Your right- there are some very interesting challenges to this gig.

It is what is on my heart to do so there is no fear.

Like either st Francis of Assisi or Martin Luther said (not sure which one, probably both in various ways)-

"Love God and do as you please"...

Ill try to post some picts at harvest time....


Grace to you...

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