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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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Using a 2-Acre Farm Layout to Raise Your Own Meat
May 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Although the idea of using a two-acre farm layout to raise your own meat is both bewitching and bewildering, by the end of this article, you’ll have a good idea …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
May 4, 2019 . · Pigs

Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly and require a …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 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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Antibiotic Use in Livestock Feed
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Watch a short video on A History of Antibiotics By Aidan Connolly Question 1: Why is there antibiotic use in livestock feed in the first place? Antibiotics have been good for …

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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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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of alfalfa, they slowly …

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What I Learned From My Life As A Forester

By F. Diane Pickett If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? You’re darn right it does if it is …

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How to Process a Deer: Start with Sharp Knives
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

By Ellen Grunseth – Deer hunting and processing has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. As kids, my brother and I would joke that this …

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What is Sous Vide Cooking Off the Grid?
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

If you lose power, how will you cook your food? Whether you have acreage or an apartment, cooking methods are crucial no matter what. Is sous vide (soo-VEED) cooking the …

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Masonry Stove Plans: An Ancient Art Re-Discovered

By Heike Holthaus – Much has been written about the construction of masonry stoves. Plans, materials and the finished products are as versatile as the masonry stove itself. Though originally meant to …

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Stocking Your Food Pantry with Emergency Essentials

By Nancy Farris – When planning your emergency food pantry, you should first ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; …

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Simple Homesteading: Food Culture is About Sharing
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

I’ve always gardened and cooked for my family. But I didn’t realize how much my simple homesteading centered on them until I no longer had family to feed. My husband …

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The Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs

My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue ribs have intense …

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How to Cook Venison and Elk: A Healthy Indulgence
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Toward the end of the year, deer and elk seasons open. Avid hunters trek into the wilderness in search of wild game. And if you’re a friend to these hunters, …

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