About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
July 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
July 12, 2019 . · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including …

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
June 23, 2019 . · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
June 21, 2019 . · Sheep

Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an ideal animal for …

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Try Suffolk Sheep for Meat and Wool on the Farm
June 20, 2019 . · Sheep

Suffolk sheep were first recognized in 1797 in sheep breed books. Since 1888, the Suffolk sheep have traveled to new continents and become a staple of American and Canadian sheep …

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
June 11, 2019 . · Pigs

The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth most recorded breed …

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
June 7, 2019 . · Pigs

While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs raised with good …

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Canine Parvo Recovery Timeline and Treatment
May 31, 2019 . · Homesteading

Both the best farm dogs and the most pampered house dog can catch parvovirus, and the parvo recovery timeline is lengthy. Canine parvovirus is more serious in puppies and older dogs that …

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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
May 27, 2019 . · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig …

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Choosing the Best Farm Dogs for Your Farm
May 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Size, temperament, and training ability are a few criteria that go into choosing one of the best farm dogs.

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
May 4, 2019 . · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they …

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2019 . · Homesteading

What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are living in a …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 . · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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Matching Dyeing Techniques to Fibers
March 22, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Janet Garman – Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise …

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It’s Time to Milk the Cows!
March 14, 2019 . · Cattle

What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk for sale and …

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