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

Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

There are numerous sheep breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and …

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place. The sheep farmers …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different types of meat …

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

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 an amazing way …

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

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 beans all year …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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

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? With so many …

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Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd
February 26, 2019 . · Fences, Sheds & Barns

The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east coast or some …

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Selective Cutting and Sustainable Forestry Plans
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

Selective cutting is a term used in the management of forest land. Selective cutting and clear cutting both have a place in the proper management of timber growth. Protecting trees …

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to keep things all …

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Picking the Best Tractor for Small Farms

Buying the best tractor for small farm work requires searching for the right tractor for the job. Tractors can be used for many reasons. Identifying the jobs and eliminating the tractors that won’t …

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Tractor Paint Colors — Breaking the Codes

Today’s tractor paint colors identify which manufacturer made the machine, but it is not always this simple. The common John Deere green is a more modern addition to the history …

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What Happens at the Tractor and Machinery Show

Attending a local tractor and machinery show is a wonderful way to reconnect with the agricultural history of our country.  What can you expect to find?  Tractor and machinery shows …

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation? Milk production varies within dairy cow breeds. The content of milk fat …

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
February 19, 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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