Homesteading

Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
January 25, 2020 · · Homesteading

Got a rat problem? You can try traps, poisons … or rat-hunting dogs. This organic concept is the reason rat terriers exist today.

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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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10 Alternative Agritourism Ideas for Your Small Farm
January 21, 2020 · · Homesteading

As a young entrepreneur, I tried many agritourism ideas. When the neighborhood kids were selling lemonade for pennies I created a lucrative program named, “Name a Duck for a Buck.”

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The Importance of Animal Husbandry: New Insights
January 16, 2020 · · Homesteading

Animal husbandry currently focuses on health, reproduction, and security. We have built efficient and hygienic systems, which have been optimized commercially for production.

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Silvopasture Explained

Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section of land. It is used to expand the use of unconventional farm land and diversify income.

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From the Editor — March/April 2020
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

I always start with a lengthy list from the catalogs, thinking I should try this and try that, but after I add up the cost of it all, I decide to stick with what I know and I start sowing my seeds from last year’s plants.

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From the Editor — January/Feburary 2020
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

If you live in an area, like me, where winters can be cold, dark, and long, it’s now time to find things to keep ourselves occupied, making the long days not so unbearable. Maybe that includes crafting, reading, cooking, or getting outside and making the best of it.

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From the Editor — November/December 2019
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

Christmas has always been a special time for my family and me. The holiday season officially began the first Saturday in December. My dad, mom, sister, brother, and I would travel to our favorite tree farm and tromp through what, some years, was feet of snow, to find that perfect tree. After much deliberation, we finally would decide which tree was coming to spend Christmas with us.

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From the Editor — September/October 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing the homestead for the dreaded winter ahead. Your chicken coop will need to have some special treatment to get ready for the winter season. Janet Garman shares what she does in the fall to be sure her feathered friends will have a safe and secure home for winter.

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From the Editor — July/August 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

There’s always so much to do during the summer months. Whether that means working in the yard, pens, coops, gardens, or other activities such as camping, fishing, picnics, weddings … there’s never a dull moment.

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From the Editor — Spring 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

We at Countryside have created this special issue consisting of good ol’ homesteading hacks. After all, who can’t use a good hack now and then? These are some of our favorites and we hope they’ll become some of yours too.

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From the Editor — May/June 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

I’m so thankful and proud to call my parents my own. I have thousands of memories that I cherish just as much as I do the two I shared with you.

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From the Editor — March/April 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

I’d like to introduce myself as the new editor of Countryside, although I’m hardly new to the Countryside universe. I was hired by JD and Diane Belanger in January, 1996 and have done a little bit of everything

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Creating a First Aid Kit for Livestock
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

Having some basic items always available in your emergency kit means you’re better prepared for problems that might arise, whether it’s a dairy goat that’s been bitten by a dog and has deep wounds, or a chicken struggling with bumblefoot.

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
December 25, 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 sheep, goats, rabbits, camels, llamas, alpaca, bison, and yak!

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