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I really like that journeytoforever.org site. It has a LOT of awesome information. Thanks for posting attention to the sunflower oil.

Did you grow a lot of the oil sunflower seed?
 

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Great read, Its now bookmarked. It may well be that there will be A use for A small producer to Extract oil for the Community in A few years! just think.
 

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What did you do to keep critters and birds out ??

Mine were a real 'pest' magnet this year ..

I can't imagine what steps one would have to take to
protect several acres of sunflowers or whatever amount
one would need to grow to produce sufficient oil ..

Triff ..
 

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my general strategy for all plants is to plant one for God, one for the animals and one for myself.
 

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Ravenlost said:
We grew the oil type sunflower seed this year and I found this interesting article about making oil. Thought I'd share in case anyone else was interested:

http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/oilpress.html
Check out http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/oilpress.html and http://www.haitiinnovation.org/en/2007/04/14/biodiesel-haiti-appropriate-technology-micro-lending just to name a few.

If you google "appropriate technology" you will find there are a lot of really neat things out there that have been designed for developing contries which would be very useful on the homestead. There is a multi CD set called the "appropriate technology library" which I might buy one of these days - but it is expensive as heck. Here is just a sample of some of the information that is contained in them.

http://www.thefarm.org/charities/i4at/library.html

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Ohhh... thank you for that link Ravenlost!
I have been struggling to make/use a solar cooker for quite some time now. This Link has some new ideas for me to try! I haven't had time to go through the whole site yet though.
Gloria
 

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Can someone please tell me the difference in 'black oil sunflowers' and the rest? I grow sunflowers for animal feed and never thought about the difference.Also where can I get some seed.
 

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Donsgal, Thank you very much for the link to 'thefarm' website.
I've only spent a few minutes checking it out, but it's up there with 'journeytoforever' for the practical information it contains.

Shin
 
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