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

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 when it comes …

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

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 that cold. It …

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Raising Highland Cattle for Beef

By Gloria Asmussen – “As cute as they look, that is as good as they taste.” That statement is something I live by. Raising Highland cattle since 1990 has not only …

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How to Pick a Good Used Livestock Trailer

By Hope Holland – There are lots of fancy trailers out there on the market for those of you who are going out solely to horse shows or trail rides, but, …

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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

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 lined with the …

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Propagating, Collecting and Saving Seeds

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 a diverse variety …

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Removing Porcupine Quills From Cattle

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 whose unique method …

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Finnsheep are the Perfect Fiber Animals

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 of Jill Christensen …

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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
August 15, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

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 job. We have …

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

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 our John Deere …

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

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 noticed that the …

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

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 of the tour …

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

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 helped local farmers …

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

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 We Know It) …

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DIY Fence Installation and Maintenance on the Homestead

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 the most crucial …

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