Sea Lavender Farm薰衣草海漾農場

We're just two guys who want to farm for a living.  We both have day jobs -- Louie works for his family's seafood market, and John works for a real estate company.  But our dream is to be able to live in the country, grow healthy food for our family and our customers, and to do it in a way that is natural and sustainable.
Creating sustainable and diverse food circles and using natural inputs is our goal in both our aquaponics operations and our planned outdoor farming systems.  We have agreements to get coffee grounds from Starbucks, blemished fruit from a local grocery store, horse manure from a nearby stable, and even soybean meal from a tofu maker.  We will use all this to make compost and to raise earthworms.  The worms will feed our tilapia and freshwater prawn, while the worm castings will fertilize our vegetables.  Waste water from tilapia and prawn will provide nutrients to vegetables raised in hydroponic grow beds as well as our outdoor gardens, with most of the water being cleaned by filters and plants and re-circulated back to the fish tanks.
We have started breeding Hawaiian Gold tilapia and have over 300 baby fish ready to go into our grow tank within the next month, with hundreds more hatching each week.  Our breeding stock of tilapia is still young, and once they reach full size each female can produce 1,000 to 1,500 eggs a month!
Our first breeding tilapia

Our hatchery

Unused parts of tilapia will be made into fish emulsion for fertilizer.  Sheep will be rotated on pasture, while heritage breed chickens raised in movable  "chicken tractors" behind the grazing sheep will clean up after the sheep and also eat the earthworms we breed. Trimmings from on-farm chicken processing will be cleaned up by dermestid or "flesh-eating" beetle larvae.  The larvae will provide still more food for tilapia and prawn, while the cleaned bones left by the beetles will be ground into bonemeal fertilizer for outdoor vegetable production.
Heritage breed Wyandotte chicken

We have also started growing duckweed and comfrey
-- plants noted for their high protein content and rapid rate of growth -- as feed for both fish and livestock.  By feeding these plants instead of grain to our animals, we hope to produce a better product than factory raised chickens and eggs and pond produced, imported tilapia.
Our ultimate goal is to see how much and how diverse a range of food we can raise on a small farm using natural methods.  We believe this model of farming is better than the single crop, chemical pesticide and fertilizer, genetically modified seeds model practiced by the mega farms.  After all, our model is how farmers used to do things before all the ammunition manufacturers switched to making pesticides and chemical fertilizers after the world wars of the last century. 
If we are successful in raising the funds we need, we will be able to get portable electric fencing, sheep, movable chicken cages, a used tractor, everything we need to get things started in one growing season.  If we are not successful, it would take us two or three years to get all we need to have everything growing together. 
We are a "local" farm, with no plans to ship our products.  But that doesn't mean you can't support us if you don't live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.  We have made some cool-looking stuff with our logo on it through Cafe Press that we will send you for all our reward levels.  If you are local to us, we hope you will donate at a level that lets you sample our of our food baskets.  But regardless of how much you donate, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you did something that will have a lasting, positive, rippling effect on the environment and for a couple of appreciative guys and our families.
Thanks, and please check back here and on our website to see our progress.  We will also post videos on our Youtube Channel as we work on different projects on the farm.
With warm regards,
Louie and John, Sea Lavender Farms




全日照  8個小時日照 瓜類、茄果類、豆類、山藥、豆薯(地瓜)。番茄、黃瓜、茄子、辣椒等喜溫中、強光性









菜豆生育過程中,主要吸收鉀和氮較多,還要吸收一定量的磷和鈣,才能良好發育。結莢期吸收磷鉀量較大。磷鉀肥對菜豆植株的生長發育、根瘤菌的發育、花芽分化、開花結莢和種子的發育等均有影響。缺乏磷肥,菜豆嫩莢和種子的品質和產量就會降低。缺鈣,幼葉葉片捲曲,葉緣失綠和生長點死亡。缺硼,則根係不發達,影響根瘤菌固氮,使花和豆莢發育不良。 耐陰半陰(大概3-4小時日照) 應選擇耐陰的蔬菜種植,如萵…


Dried lemons are actually limes and are used heavily in Persian Gulf and also Iranian cuisine where they add a strong bitter flavor in addition to sourness. They are made by boiling ripe limes in salt water, and then sun drying until the insides turn black. The outside color varies from tan to black. They are sold whole or ground.

Black Lime is a spice used in Middle Eastern dishes. It is made by boiling fresh lime in salt water and sun drying until the insides turn black. The outside color varies from tan to black. It is sold whole or ground.

USE Black limes are usually used in legume, seafood or meat dishes. They are pierced, peeled or crushed before adding them to the dish. After cooking they become softer and edible. They can also be powdered and added to rice dishes. Powdered black lime is also used as an ingredient in Gulf-…


為何冰箱冷凍室非得是零下18度? 不少家庭的冰箱有led面板,可顯示冷藏室和冷凍室溫度。每次看到那個零下18℃,不少人,包括筆者在內就會禁不住提出一個小疑問:為什麼冷凍室溫度非得是零下18℃?最多零下1℃不就結冰了嗎?搞這麼低溫度實在是浪費電呢。















一般來說,能引起食物腐敗和食物致毒的嗜溫菌,在低於3 ℃情況下不產生毒素,當然,個別菌種例外。

而對於嗜冷菌,一般得在零下10 ℃到零下12 ℃時才會停止生長。

有的黴菌甚至要到零下15~零下18 ℃時才會停止生長。