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

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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. …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do …

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What is Parvo in Dogs?
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites What is parvo in dogs? Should you be concerned about this disease if you are raising a farm dog? Canine parvovirus is actually an extremely fast-acting and …

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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people …

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How Bot Fly Larvae Affect Livestock and Farm Income
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Bot fly larvae are a disruptive, destructive threat to your livestock and not something you or the animals want to deal with during the summer months. The bot …

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Treating a Dog Paw Pad Injury
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites A dog paw pad injury can come from many types of mishaps. Scrapes, cuts, punctures, blisters, and burns are some of the ways a dog paw pad injury …

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How to Raise a Barn Cat Right
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites It’s a tale as old as time. Cats go with barns. Our hard working barn cats are essential as a natural way to get rid of mice. Not …

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Simple Homesteading – How to Start Successfully
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Starting a new homestead can be an overwhelming experience. We start out full of hopes and vision. We look for a better quality of life through simple …

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How to Make Peach Jam
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites It’s good to know how to make peach jam before the peaches come into season. Peaches are delicious right off the tree and buying from the orchard is …

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Canning Green Beans to Enjoy Later
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Canning green beans fresh from the garden, preserves the taste of summer. Once you know how to grow green beans, you will want to enjoy the fresh …

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Best Barns, Chicken Coops, and Hutches for Homesteads
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites Building the best barns, chicken coops, hutches, and other shelters adds value to your homesteading land. How do you know what to pick for housing your animals? …

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