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Working Morgans on Working Farms

Small-scale farming, sustainable living and homesteading often come with different needs than conventional or large scale farming operations. Economy, ease and hardiness often help make these endeavors more successful. With …

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A Second-Chance for Horses

The Horse Sanctuary Mission offers horses a second chance to be cared for, nurtured, and valued, and to provide shelter and humane treatment to horses that have been abused and …

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It’s Never too Late to Fulfill Your Dream (to become a Horse Farmer)

Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from his in-town job …

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Homeopathy for the Homestead

Alternative medicine holds a very important place in homesteading. Homeopathy is a natural, safe, holistic healing method that has been used for over 200 years. It is one of the …

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The Catastrophic Dust Storms of the 1930s, in Retrospect

More than eight decades ago, a serious transformation took place on the grasslands of the Midwest, commonly known as the Great Plains. Thousands of acres of the Short Grass Prairie, …

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Turning Trash to Treats

By Justin Thaxton — Four years ago, my family broke free from the bondage of suburban living. After 10 years in a subdivision, we were thrilled by the prospects offered …

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Foraging Safely

If you want to meet a true forager, it is imperative to visit one who lives solely off five acres of land. I was fortunate to meet Logan Parker, a …

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A Simple Solar Electric Backup System

If the electrical grid goes down, I need a backup to keep my freezers and wood furnace going. The furnace, a wood gasifier connected to a 500-gallon water storage tank, …

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On the Road Again (Hopefully)…

By Jim Cobb — For many, summer means vacation. Even homesteaders need to get away once in a while. Here in the United States, many families opt for the good, …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, entire commercial rooftops covered with solar modules …

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Wood-Burning Cook Stoves: How and Why

The sound of wood cracking against an ax, the hollow thuds of the blocks hitting the ground, the popping and hissing of evaporating moisture as the fire begins in the …

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How to Dig a Well By Hand

If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are the oldest and …

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How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

The challenge of learning how to build an energy-efficient home is not in the engineering and design: it’s in juggling the trade-offs. Every element of a home has ramifications on other elements. …

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Raising Sheep For Profit: Milking Sheep Offer a Small Farm Alternative
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By J.D. Belanger – Question: Like most homesteaders who weren’t originally interested in raising sheep for profit, I’d love to find a way to earn some money on the farm …

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Jamming with Rhubarb

I love rhubarb season. Here in Maine, where I live with my family in an old farmhouse on a few acres, rhubarb is one of the earliest fresh green edibles to …

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