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Winter Homesteading: A Must-Read Guide to Staying Ahead

Winter Homesteading: A Must-Read Guide to Staying Ahead

There’s a misperception shared by some that farmers have it pretty easy, relatively speaking, in the winter months compared to the high production summer months.  This isn’t exactly true.  Summertime means longer daylight hours and more time spent working outside, but...
10 Brilliant Ways to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer

10 Brilliant Ways to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer

Chickens can withstand a lot of weather extremes, but heat is not one of them. Did you know that a sudden increase in temperature is more dangerous for a chicken’s health than a gradual temperature climb? Chickens can become very stressed with sudden increases...
Food Freedom: Backyard Strategies You Can Try Today

Food Freedom: Backyard Strategies You Can Try Today

  Food freedom – now that’s a loaded statement. Is there such a thing? How many of you go to the store every week to get produce and meat? I would venture to guess almost all of us. Over the last several years, a substantial amount of our wealth has...
Child Friendly Livestock

Child Friendly Livestock

As our move to the new homestead draws near, I have talked with the children about the idea of caring for livestock, the responsibilities we will each have for these animals, and what the animal’s purpose will be for our family. We have discussed how these...

Home Remedies for Livestock

Just like humans, animals tend to get ailments, and without proper care, those ailments can turn into serious infections.  As the price of pet/livestock medicine continues to rise, some are falling back on natural remedies to alleviate symptoms in their animals. Look...
What to Expect When You’re Goats Are Expecting

What to Expect When You’re Goats Are Expecting

We’re on Kid Watch here- goat kid, that is.  Several of our does are bagging up and we’re hoping the rest won’t be far behind.  All of our does were exposed to bucks over the summer and gestation lasts about 150 days (about five months) for standard sized breeds.  We...
Is Your Soil Getting Enough Calories?

Is Your Soil Getting Enough Calories?

What if we’re doing it wrong? What if the monocrop method we have familiarized ourselves with isn’t cutting it? It’s time to look outside of the garden box and really begin to examine and apply new farming strategies that are more symbiotic and...
Winter Beekeeping Maintenance for a Healthy Hive

Winter Beekeeping Maintenance for a Healthy Hive

When people think of bees, they imagine warm, sunny days and lots of blooms, but the dead of winter is the best time to get your equipment ready so you won’t be caught short when the bloom comes roaring in at the beginning of spring.  Bees, like any other livestock,...
5 Fertilizers You Can Grow

5 Fertilizers You Can Grow

If you want to get a good yield on more plants, you need to fertilize – but what do you do when everything collapses? When you can’t run down to the store and pick up a bag of 10-10-10 or bloodmeal? Read on. Here are 5 fertilizers you can grow yourself: Nitrogen The...
10 Seeds You Need for the Survival Garden

10 Seeds You Need for the Survival Garden

There are many different types of emergencies that can have long-term repercussions on our way of life. One of those impacts is on our food system. Due to our aging infrastructure and roadways, emergencies can stall the delivery of goods, leaving a community without...
4 Big Ways Snow Can Benefit the Garden

4 Big Ways Snow Can Benefit the Garden

All of the snow accumulation from the extreme temperatures occurring through the country could be doing your garden some good. That right, folks snow is great for the garden! Snow insulates plants and trees Snow cover protects plants from harsh, drying winter winds...
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