How to Make Milk Soap: Tips to Try
November 24, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Learning how to make milk soap provides another use for that excess goat milk. It’s not as hard as you’ve probably heard!

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Growing Hemp on the Homestead
November 22, 2020 · · Growing

Recent interest in growing hemp as an agricultural crop isn’t as recent as you might think. Hemp is an ancient plant. Evidence points to the plant’s use 10,000 years ago where it has been used for centuries as a form of textile fiber.

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home
November 22, 2020 · · Soapmaking

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Making Biodiesel: A Lengthy Process
November 21, 2020 · · Homesteading

When James began looking into the process of making biodiesel as opposed to buying petrodiesel (what we buy at the gas station), he was hoping for a cheaper alternative to the $4 per gallon that he was spending at the pump. While he did not find that cheaper alternative, biodiesel is much better for the environment.

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
November 20, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Growing up, I got in big trouble for turning on the heat. And we walked to school uphill both ways and then came home to milk the pigs, right? Actually, we did have a house rule prohibiting electric heat.  Firewood was much cheaper.

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How to Make Green Soap: An Excursion Through Time
November 20, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Ancient Syrians knew how to make green soap used by Queens Cleopatra of Egypt and Zenobia of Syria. It’s a timeless method that abounds today.

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
November 19, 2020 · · Growing

Cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes.

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
November 18, 2020 · · Growing

We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves.

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Flammable Materials on the Farm

Flammable materials are abundant on every farm and homestead. Barn and coop fires are an unfortunately common issue, but there are a few critical things we can do to avoid a catastrophe.

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Safely Castrating Calves

The best age and method for castrating calves may vary, depending on your situation. Some stockmen feel that a calf should be allowed to grow all summer before being castrated, since calves grow faster as bulls.

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