Growing Hemp on the Homestead
July 5, 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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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images of a well-done corpse hanging off a prison fence.

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DIY Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
July 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

The kids and I had a wood-fired pizza at a restaurant and we liked it so much that we decided to build a pizza oven, not only for making pizzas. If done properly, it can bake bread, chicken, and for up to 72 hours after the fire goes out, it can be used as a grill.

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 3, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities of this beautiful golden herb.

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What is the Best Way to Store Firewood?
July 2, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

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 best way to store firewood?

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How to Start Pig Farming Today

I’ve always wanted pigs and been curious to learn how to start pig farming. I’ve never owned pigs, never even was a close friend of someone who raised homestead pigs.

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Summer Green Smoothie Recipes
July 1, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

Whether making a green smoothie or adding summer greens to a fruit smoothie, these blended concoctions are healthy and revitalizing.

The last year or so of high school through college, a close group of friends and I would go rollerblading or bike riding along the river.

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Driveway Graders For Small Farm Tractors

A driveway grader implement is one of those often forgotten but surprisingly useful compact tractor implements. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have homesteads with any appreciable amount of acreage can agree; long dirt driveways can be challenging.

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You Can Be a Watering Expert
June 29, 2020 · · Cattle

Each species presents their own unique challenges when it comes to keeping them happy and healthy, but there’s one thing they all have in common — the dependence on fresh, clean water.

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

Most homesteaders dream of having their own cow to provide fresh milk and dairy products for the whole family. The challenge is, a milk cow must become pregnant before she can lactate, and that means you’re going to need a bull—unless you use artificial insemination (AI).

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