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Countryside Contributor

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

Add to Favorites 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, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Adventures with Miniature Cattle
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Learn How to Felt Wool for Fun or Profit
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Robyn Scherer – Sculpting is an art form that takes time, skill, and an attention to detail. Usually, people think of sculpting as an art form using clay …

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Why Teach Classes on How to Knit, Spin, Weave or Felt
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Tim King – Teaching classes on how to knit, spin, weave or felt can be a way for the small flock master to develop markets and customers for …

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