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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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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
July 19, 2019 . · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place. The sheep farmers …

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
July 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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Akaushi Cattle Provide a Delicious, Healthy Meat

By Heather Smith Thomas – The word Akaushi means red cow in Japanese. Akaushi cattle were introduced to the U.S. in 1994. “This is the only free-grazing beef cattle breed in …

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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

By Mel Dickinson – The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, but sometimes …

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Recycling a Deck into Standing Raised Bed
June 24, 2019 . · Growing

Not wanting to add to the landfill, I started drafting up ideas on how I could transform my dilapidated deck into a standing raised bed. It was perfect timing as …

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What Not to Feed Pigs

By Mel Dickinson – As important as it is to know what to feed pigs, it is just as important to know what not to feed pigs. Raising pigs on …

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
June 7, 2019 . · Pigs

While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs raised with good …

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How to Build Durable Pipe Corrals

By Spencer Smith – It’s important to know how to build pipe corrals because of the availability of material and, if done correctly, it will only need to be done once …

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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig

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. While using such …

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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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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Just like any other type of livestock, pigs have three basic requirements: food, water, and shelter. Compared to other animals, housing for pigs can be fairly minimal as long as …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 . · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here are 14 cost-cutting and …

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