About the Author

Maat Van Uitert

I’m Maat, and I’m a homesteading and chicken expert. I help people who are happy with their lives except one thing — they want freedom from a food system that no longer serves them.
I’ve contributed to magazines such as Countryside and Backyard Poultry, and been featured in Chickens magazine, The Heritage Breeds podcast, and Mountain Woman Radio.
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Articles by Maat Van Uitert

Using a 2-Acre Farm Layout to Raise Your Own Meat
May 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Although the idea of using a two-acre farm layout to raise your own meat is both bewitching and bewildering, by the end of this article, you’ll have a good idea …

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First Aid Kit Contents List and Their Uses With Livestock
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

When it comes to a first aid kit contents list and their uses, you’ll find that many common items can be used on different species of livestock. Having some basic …

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Basic Horse Equipment List for the First-Time Owner
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Owning your first horse is exciting, but you likely have a million questions. With this basic horse equipment list, you’ll have a better idea of what to purchase before you …

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7 Canning Myths: Inventing Canning Recipes and Other Bad Ideas

There’s a lot of advice floating around the internet about canning, including the idea that you can make up your own canning recipes. Although it’s tempting to follow this advice …

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When to Plant Winter Wheat to Harvest Your Own Chicken Feed
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

One way to reduce your chicken feed costs is to grow as much food for them as possible. Winter wheat is one option and hens love it. Although when to …

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Choosing Electric Fencing for Horses
February 26, 2019 . · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Installing electric fencing for horses is probably one of the smartest decisions we’ve made on our homestead. The heart of owning a horse 101 is fencing. Without it, you have a …

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Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots is Perfect for Everyone
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

No matter your location, if you have access to even moderate sun, growing cherry tomatoes in pots is for you. With the right varieties and soil nutrients, you can have …

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Try Perennial Peanut Grass Hay as a Healthy Alternative Forage
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

You might never have heard of perennial peanut grass hay, but it’s one of the best-kept forage secrets of the southeastern United States. It’s also an excellent forage for livestock, including pigs, horses, …

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What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

One common question I get is “What can pigs eat out of my garden?” The short answer to this question is pigs can eat pretty much anything, and a better …

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners. When we first acquired …

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Rabbit Cages or Colonies: Which is Better?
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

If you want to try your hand at raising rabbits for meat, fiber or as pets, you’ll have to decide whether to keep them in rabbit cages or in colonies. …

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5 Meat Rabbit Facts to Know Before You Buy
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Raising rabbits for meat is a wonderful way to harvest your own meat in a small area. But there are some rabbit facts you should know before buying your first …

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What Fruits Can Rabbits Eat?
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

A frequent question I’m asked is “What fruits can rabbits eat?” It’s a good question. While there are a variety of fruits your rabbit can safely eat, there are a …

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A Guide to the Best Feed for Rabbits
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Although there are varying opinions about what comprises the best feed for rabbits, there are a few rules of thumb you should consider if you want to raise healthy, happy …

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Use This Sweater Mitten Pattern to Bring New Life to Old Clothes
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When my husband shrank one of my cashmere sweaters, I decided to use an old sweater mitten pattern to breathe new life into an item of clothing I would otherwise …

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