Raising Highland Cattle for Beef

By Gloria Asmussen – “As cute as they look, that is as good as they taste.” That statement is something I live by. Raising Highland cattle since 1990 has not only …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
June 30, 2019 · · Homesteading

In their call to preserve biodiversity, the FAO stresses the importance of preserving heritage breeds and avoiding the results of inbreeding.

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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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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a …

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Protect Your Poultry With Livestock Guardian Dogs

By Brenda M. Negri, Cinco Deseos Ranch LGDS – Free-ranging poultry is all the rage these days as cage-free eggs from “happier, healthier hens” bring premium market value and health benefits for the …

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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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On Holiday

By Marshall Nych, Pennsulvania Holidays on the farm are a bit removed from the traditions the rest of society observes. Let us work (a fitting word on the farm) our way around the calendar chronologically, stopping at …

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8 Laws an Urban Homesteader Must Know
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Today’s urban homesteader can’t just raise food with wild abandon. Not if they want to coexist with neighbors. Being a successful urban homesteader involves researching laws first; it’s a lot …

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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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Homestead Heritage: Bringing Thanksgiving Back to the Farm

By Steven Hall – You’ve bought property and moved to the country. You’re living the rural lifestyle you imagined and embracing the homestead heritage. And yet, when the holiday season …

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Try My 7 Best Beet Recipes
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

I have been growing beets in my garden for a couple years now. They are so easy to grow! I always end up with an abundance; so I’ve been on …

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Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil

By Habeeb Salloum – In the world of mythology, the olive tree is supposed to have been first grown in the Garden of Eden. More realistically, according to historians, it has …

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Heat and Eat on a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

By Gail Reynolds, Missouri – Among the most common of homestead essentials is learning how to cook on the wood-burning cook stove. For most Countryside readers, the ultimate focus of the …

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How To Make Sauerkraut

By Linda Baccei This is a method I adapted that combines getting things started with dry salting and then using a brine solution as needed. You will need a large glass or crock container—no …

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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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