5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken keeping, the peace …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of dirt. The system …

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Starting a Petting Zoo Business

By Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg Have you ever thought of starting a petting zoo business? Have you ever smiled at the sight of a teen’s cool facade vanishing, as they tentatively …

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9 Common Homesteading Supplies and Hacks
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Nifty gadgets have their place on the homestead but sometimes you just can’t go down that often-pricey path. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a hopeless fan of wonky inventions …

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10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and many more!) on …

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Your Guide to Farm Pond Design

By Crow Miller – You can create an effective farm pond design, whether you live on a few acres or 500. The water from a small stream is sufficient. A fraction …

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Pavlova Dessert: Easy and Elegant
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Pavlova. Does the name intrigue you? Well, you’re not alone. I first encountered a recipe for Pavlova years ago in cooking school. I was intrigued and impressed not only with …

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Cooking Duck Breasts

Photos & Story By Janice Cole, Minnesota If you’re looking for something special to serve this holiday season, think duck. That is, duck breasts. Yes, you can do the traditional …

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Recipes: Marshmallow World Using Chicken Eggs

By Janice Cole, Minnesota I love the first snowfall, especially when it falls near the holidays, covering the bare branches and brown grass. My chickens don’t share my enthusiasm however, as they skid …

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Victorian Farmstead

By Alan Harman When Adam and Laura Parks were launching their northern California-based meat business in 2010, Twister Hill Ranch owner Bruce McGlochlin sold them their first load of sheep …

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RamGo for Your Flock of Sheep

By Geoffrey Clifford Photos Courtesy of Tecnogen, Mexico City, Mexico RamGo is a revolutionary, new concept in the delivery of frozen semen through the sheep cervix. Sheep artificial insemination (A.I.) …

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Fill Your Pantry With Help From Mother Nature

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 quite generously at …

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The Secret To Small-Lot Homesteading?

By Jeremiah Robinson, Madison, Wisconsin You could say that I’m an odd duck. A homesteader and agriculturally-minded Mennonite, I grow a good portion of the food needs for my family—at least by dollar …

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Best Barns, Chicken Coops, and Hutches for Homesteads
February 26, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Building the best barns, chicken coops, hutches, and other shelters adds value to your homesteading land. How do you know what to pick for housing your animals? With so many …

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The Magic Greenhouse: How to Make a Cheap Greenhouse
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

For as long as I can remember, my husband has wanted a greenhouse. But we weren’t sure how to make a cheap greenhouse — all of the greenhouse plans we had …

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