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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow

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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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2019 . · Pigs

There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely used. Shelter, secure …

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A Guide to the Best Trees for Firewood
May 2, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

All of us who live off of renewable energy have to know what are the best trees for firewood. After all, if you’re going to put in the time to …

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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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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
March 14, 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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Water Systems For Off-Grid Living

By Dan Fink A steady supply of drinkable water is the single most important factor in deciding where to settle down and live. It has shaped humankind’s migrations since prehistory, …

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Solar Water Heating Off the Grid

Solar electric systems are getting a lot of exposure these days, capturing media and public attention with massive utility-scale photovoltaic arrays covering acres, entire commercial rooftops covered with solar modules …

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

It’s a dream held by many: buying a homestead and getting back to the land, raising children in a wholesome environment or retiring with a slower, simpler life. But what …

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Tornado Safety Tips to Keep You Ahead of the Storm

By Amy G. Hadachek – “We have a tornado warning!” I yelled to our storm chasing team. “A tornado warning is now in effect until 7:30 pm,” squawked the automated voice …

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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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Surviving Weather-Related Power Cuts and Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

It’s all fun and games until it’s lights out. But a little preparation can help you survive power cuts and outages. Losing power during summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You …

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How to Dig a Well By Hand

If you’re a homesteader, there’s value in knowing how to dig a well by hand. Of the three main types of wells—dug, drilled and driven—dug wells are the oldest and …

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Are Off-Grid Hydropower Systems Viable on the Homestead?
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

When my grandfather was a boy, his family operated the only grist mill in the parish. He had to quit school when he was in the third grade to help …

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Wind Energy Facts: Is Wind Power For You?

By Dan Fink – My interest in wind energy facts started with a particularly brutal winter up here off-grid in the Colorado mountains at 8,200 feet elevation. It howled, it roared, …

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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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