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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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DIY Grey Water System for an Off-Grid Homestead
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

This simple DIY grey water system is such a great way to recycle precious water while saving lots of money! When I moved into my partner’s owner-built, off-grid homestead in …

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Rain Water Harvesting: It’s a Good Idea (Even if You Have Running Water)
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Wayne Robertson – In my grandparents’ day, rain water harvesting was one of the best ways of conserving water. My grandmother collected rainwater in a barrel at the corner of the …

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The Importance of Conservation Easements
February 25, 2019 . · Homesteading

Story and photos by Karin Deneke – How can we protect our productive land and open space from the never-ending encroachment by urban sprawl, especially prime farmland on the fringes …

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The Benefits of Deep Mulch Gardening
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Willene Overfelt – I got tired of having to wait for the ground to dry out to be worked in spring and decided to try deep mulch gardening. I would …

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The Jersey Cow: Milk Production for the Small Homestead
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Ken Scharabok – For those who only need one or two milk cows for the family and aren’t interested in large-scale dairy cow farming, one dairy cow breed in particular seems …

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Belfair Miniature Cattle: A Small, All-Around Breed
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

Belfair miniature cattle are the first dual-purpose miniature cattle developed in America. Developed by Tracy Teed of Conway, Washington, Belfair cattle are 50% Jersey, from high test Jersey cows bred to a small 35” Dexter bull, developed for the small acreage farmer who wants a small family milk cow which will also produce a good beef calf for the locker.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a sharp object penetrates …

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Adventures with Miniature Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Betty Foreman Washington – About two years ago, I started reading about miniature cattle. I was impressed by their grass-to-meat ratios and the feed requirements; I was also swayed mightily by the essential …

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Why Raise Miniature Cattle?
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Professor Richard Gradwohl Washington – As 100-500-acre family farms continue to disappear, the small acreage family homestead farm is becoming more common. Miniature cattle breeds are particularly well-suited to these …

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Your Guide to Dairy and Beef Cattle Breeds
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – There are so many cattle breeds and crosses that it’s hard to know which ones to choose when researching how to start a cattle farm. …

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How to Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch (Diagrams)
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Jaynelle Louvierre – I recently saw a letter in Countryside and Small Stock Journal from a lady who was seeking plans for a rabbit hutch. After sending her the plans for my design, …

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What to Feed Meat Rabbits
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Charlcie Gill, Zodiac Rabbitry – I read with interest Mary Kilmer’s article “Gleanings from Woodland Rabbitry” (Countryside – Volume 88/2). I have been breeding and raising rabbits for meat for 38 years, …

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Growing Sweet Basil: Don’t Let Good Basil Go Bad
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

Do you have any experience growing sweet basil? I’ve had a lot of success in growing herbs outdoors, but growing basil has always been our most successful crop. It’s also …

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs. …

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A Hand Spinner’s Primer Using Suffolk Sheep Wool
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Leigh Dudenhoeffer – I’m a fiber artist who is educated in almost all of the needle arts. I’ve been spinning wool since I was about 10 years old (I’m …

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