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Rhonda Crank

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.
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Articles by Rhonda Crank

Which Cover Crops for Gardens Work Best in Your Climate?
November 2, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When it comes to cover crops for gardens, the list of benefits is extensive. Choosing the best cover crop to accomplish the job in your climate is where …

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7 Steps for Preparing Vegetable Gardens for Winter
October 31, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank Our farm, Fairhaven Farm, is in U.S. growing zone 8, so we are able to have a garden pretty much year-round. Late January and February is …

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7 Things to Consider for Insulated Sheds
October 13, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites Sheds are used for all sorts of things nowadays. Many of these uses would make insulated sheds a necessity. Certain things, like electronics and specialty tools, store …

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its …

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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
August 15, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the …

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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be …

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 19, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites You’ve put in all the hard work of chopping the tree, splitting the wood, and now you’re ready to stack it for storage. But what is the …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken …

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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
May 28, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many …

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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
May 18, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers. For three years now, we’ve enjoyed more …

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 2, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in …

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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the …

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Help Your Animals Adjust to New Homesteading Land
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites You’ve made the successful move to your new homesteading land. The hardest part is behind you, but how are your animals coping? Moving to a new home is …

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Apple Cider Vinegar on The Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is not a new trend among homesteaders. Using raw apple cider vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and has …

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The Truth About Farmsteading
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank Among new or wannabe farmsteaders (or homesteaders), there is often a sense of romanticism. They begin their journey to a simpler, self-sufficient lifestyle and are quickly overwhelmed by what …

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