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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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Articles by Countryside Contributor

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

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 or stone. However, …

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

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 wool products. Some …

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