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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig
November 11, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Roger Sherfield – The hardest part of getting that homestead hog from pen to freezer is the part that most people don’t like to talk about: —harvesting. …

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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
September 16, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line. So …

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The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires …

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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

Add to Favorites By Nancy Pierson Farris – Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry …

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone; Photographs by S. Tullock Had the Pilgrims not brought and introduced abundant seed varieties to the New World, we would not be enjoying …

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Removing Porcupine Quills From Cattle

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas — Removing porcupine quills from pets, cattle, and other livestock is an unpleasant task for everyone involved.  The porcupine is a peaceful, timid rodent …

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Finnsheep are the Perfect Fiber Animals

Add to Favorites By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm johnandmaryomalley@yahoo.com An ancient variety, Finnsheep are both meat- and wool-yielding animals. Finnish sheep characteristics have been bred for thousands of years. Stentorp—the farm …

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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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Why a PTO Slip Clutch Needs to Make Your Farm Tools List

Add to Favorites Anyone who owns a proper farm tractor will tell you two things: they’re indispensable and they’re expensive to fix. I recently pursued a quote for repairs on …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

Add to Favorites By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
August 5, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites On a sleepy Sunday afternoon, on the grounds of an ex-horse stable, Nate Chetelat presents a wild plant identification tour for a local gardening group. The focus …

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Tractor Comparison: Thinking About Buying an Old Tractor for Your Homestead?

Add to Favorites By Ken Johnson – In the past 40 years or so, I have owned a few old tractors and liked most of them. When I was a teenager, I …

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

Add to Favorites By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As …

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DIY Fence Installation and Maintenance on the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – When building a new fence, you need to consider whether to go with DIY fence installation or hire it to be done. Probably …

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How to Add Calcium to Soil
July 10, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – Ensuring your soils have an adequate level of available calcium should be an essential part of your field fertilization practices for several reasons. …

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