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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Homestead
September 17, 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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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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Wash With Nuts…Soap nuts!

By Rebecca Snowden Want to save a ton of money on laundry detergent and household cleaners? The long unnoticed soap nut is nothing but 100% natural and has a plethora …

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A Guide to the Best Survival Foods
September 10, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better for long-term storage …

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Burdock Slivers Can Cause Eye Irritations

By Heather Smith Thomas — Eye problems in livestock and horses can be caused by foreign material in the eye, and one of the most challenging problems is burdock slivers. Burrs from …

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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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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · Pigs

Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its docile, friendly nature. …

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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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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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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 2019 · · Cattle

After you unload the first cattle onto your property, your next biggest concern will be how to keep up with the demand for food. Knowing a ballpark estimate of how …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
August 5, 2019 · · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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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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How to Make a Hydrosol

By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosols are becoming more well-known in the home and natural health care communities, and this is causing many to wonder how to make a …

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