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Adding a CAP to Your Farming Plan

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas, Idaho Most people who raise cattle cannot increase their land base, so in order to increase production, they need to use the land more …

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How to Make Elderberry Wine

Add to Favorites By Kevin Greer What a surprise to learn that the berry bushes and trees scattered around my ranch, growing wild, are elderberries. They’re everywhere, grow vigorously, and …

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Hyden’s Classic Cheviots

Add to Favorites By Tim King — Dean Hyden, of Chewelah, Washington has been raising Border Cheviot sheep for more than four decades. And after all those years, he continues to …

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Fire In Your Pasture: Friend or Foe?

Add to Favorites Originally published in the March/April 2017 issue of Sheep! magazine. Subscribe for more great stories!  By John Kirchhoff, Kirchhoff Katahdins Renick, Missouri Fire in your pasture is …

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Raise Meat Sheep Breeds to Boost Profits
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro – There is a growing trend today away from the very large sheep ranches specializing in meat sheep breeds toward an increasing number …

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Fill Your Pantry With Help From Mother Nature

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds — Worried about how you’ll be able to supply the household food needs this winter without breaking the bank? You can fill your winter pantry …

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Seeds, Anyone?

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone When I had the pleasure to attend “The Value of Seed Banks” seminar held at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina, …

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Going Organic Saves Me Work

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, The Homesteader’s Bits & Pieces I was a bit skeptical to try organic agriculture because I thought it meant more work for me. But …

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Deer Fencing Tips to Protect Wildlife and Gardens
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites If you homestead near wildlife, you may have only two options: good deer fencing or no garden. “What’s wrong with sharing your bounty?” I often hear newbie …

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Sack Plants: Go Landless

Add to Favorites By Anita Stone, North Carolina When you think about the cost of goods and work involved in traditional land gardening, the first item is ground soil, which has …

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Winter Bird Feeding Tips
February 25, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Winter bird feeding is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy at a time of year when outdoor chores are at a minimum. It’s a …

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Dirt 101: What is Loam Soil?

Add to Favorites By Miriah Reynolds, Montana What is loam soil and how does it differ from silt and sand? What is the best mix for the best farming? Soil, …

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Soil Health: What Makes Good Soil?

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – What makes good soil? Virtually every person on this planet sooner or later comes in contact with earth and soil. Whether they are …

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What is Soil Erosion?
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What is soil erosion? You don’t find many homesteaders talking about it. If you research soil erosion, you’ll find information mostly aimed at commercial agricultural farmers, not …

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How Open Range Ranching Applies to Non-Ranchers
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites The laws surrounding open range ranching are opposite what you’d expect closer to civilization. But you need to know the rights and responsibilities of both yourself and …

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