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Countryside Contributor

Guest contributors stop by from time to time to share insight into their homesteading practices. Take a minute and learn something new from one of our Countryside guest contributors.
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sheep! May/June 2019
April 26, 2019 . · Sheep

Sheep! May/June 2019. Calley Oak Wool Mill; Pirc’s Profit Plan; Drill Gun Rug Making; and Much More!

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sheep! March/April 2019
March 18, 2019 . · Sheep

Here’s what you’ll find in the March / April print issue of sheep! magazine! Subscribe so you never miss another issue.

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Making Money with Goat Milk Soap

By Heather Hicks — We didn’t plan to have a soap business, in fact, I didn’t plan for dairy goats! Some of life’s best adventures are from following your children’s lead and that was …

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IPM: An Ideal Approach to Natural Pest Control in Gardens and Farms

By John Hibma – Pests and diseases are an unavoidable reality in agriculture. In this immensely diverse biosystem that we call Earth, humans must share with other species and compete …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of dirt. The system …

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All About Karakachan Livestock Guardian Dogs
March 14, 2019 . · Sheep

By Cindy Kolb – The Karakachan livestock guardian dog is an LGD breed that has been used for centuries as an integral part of the life of the nomadic shepherds of …

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Owning a Horse 101

If you are new to country living and are just beginning to look for a horse, it is probably time to take a long and honest look at yourself first. …

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6 Signs of a Horse Hoof Problem

By Bryan Farcus MA, CJF of “Farrier-Friendly” – A much-needed tune-up on your truck or used livestock trailer might be on your “must-do” list. Have you considered the possibility that avoiding …

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Buying a Horse Checklist: 11 Must-Know Tips

By Stan W. Caudell – When choosing a horse it is more important to choose the type of horse rather than the breed. Within almost every breed you will find …

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4 Homestead Kitchen Tips for the Visually Impaired

By Jackie Waters – My husband’s sister, who has been visually impaired since childhood, recently came to live with us. While we were excited to welcome her, we knew our …

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill

By Bob Robinson – Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen …

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DIY Airlift Pump Design: Pump Water with Compressed Air

By Clifford E. Jones – There is no reason to pay a lot of money for a water pump when this DIY airlift pump design will do all you want. The cost …

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A Wood Stove Hot Water Heater Heats Water for Free

By Patricia Greene – A good hot shower or bath is essential to everyone’s well-being. A shower or bath on a cold day with free hot water from your wood-burning …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed and planned much. …

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How to Build a Homemade Barrel Stove

By W. Wayne Robertson – Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a homemade barrel stove. An effort has been …

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