How to finance your micro dairy and manage your budget for success.
We’re all in this for the glory projects: the garden, chickens, bees, and wind turbine. But there’s one thing all new homesteaders should do before getting started on these other projects.
By: Matt Kelly
The birth of an internet business.
If know you're destined to live in the country, or just more self-reliantly, but are overwhelmed by all the choices, here's a place to start.
"Garbage in, garbage out," is as true to goat nutrition as it is to the computer world and more folks should take heed!
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
The joy and sustainability of a greenhouse made of salvaged everything (well, almost).
Fire ants are a pain. In this post, I talk about the solution to conquering fire ants once and for all!
Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!
Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines, Iowa, helps refugees transition from growing food for their families to operating small businesses that sell produce at farmers markets, local grocery stores and to area restaurants.
Forming a food producers and artisans cooperative brings together farmers, crafters and consumers hoping to revitalize their community, preserve skills and continue the economy of neighborliness
Here are some ways we use natural materials to improve our garden and orchards.
Missouri farmer and HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates tackles the Enbridge Flanagan South Pipeline, which would cross 1 mile from his area's water intake.
A few thoughts on why so many people are hesitant to make the transition to produce their own power.
Ban disease-carrying mosquitoes from rainwater collection sites with window screen and scrap materials.
In praise of the garden fork.
It has been fifteen months since heritage breed hog farmer Mark Baker sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop the implementation of an invasive species order (ISO). The swine ISO supposedly targeted feral swine but could be applied to any domestic pig not raised in confinement. Baker has yet to have his day in court and it is still not settled when his trial will take place. It is common for lawsuits like this to turn into wars of attrition; the state has virtually unlimited resources while the farmers are bled of theirs over the course of the litigation.
Two national directories of chickens for sale, plus advice on where to buy poultry locally.
Getting rid of fire ants can be hard. In this article, I explain the background behind these pests and my own personal experience with them.
When done right, you can reduce your feed costs by up to 75 percent - even after taking your fuel costs into account.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
Egg miles: the distance eggs travel from hen to table.
I made body cream for Mother’s Day presents for my family.
But maybe, at the end of the day, I am just a person with weak nerves doing something that depends on so many unknown factors – the weather, the bug population, the quality of seeds and some plain ol' luck.
A look back at how we’ve become addicted to electricity and its conveniences since the Great Depression.
One week after moving our chickens, there now stands a chicken “duck and cover” shelter for them to dive under in the event of a hawk attack. It’s not perfect as a strategy, and the hawk may still get a chicken or two. But these magnificent birds crave a greater measure of freedom than they have in their chicken tractors, and I aim to see that they get it.
Suggestions for the interior of your chicken house, including; feed storage, access to nest boxes, dividing the chicken-living area, and making a loft for storing bedding material.
It is a busy time for planting here. Not tomatoes, peppers, or squash, though. We got in our order of trees from the Missouri Conservation Dept. last week. In the past, we had planted mostly walnut, but we have a good enough supply of our own walnut seedlings that we are focusing on native trees that could use a boost to restore the forest to what it once was. So we are planting pecan on the bottom areas, shortleaf pine on ridge tops where the soil is poor, and burr oak on the better upland areas.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Dyan Redick divides her time differently these days, Before Milking and After Milking, in the wake of spring births on her Maine dairy farm.
This installment explains what complainants might encounter during the time between the State’s pesticide drift inspection and the results of this inspection.
A permaculture-based, 2,000-acre farm in Northern California integrates grassfed livestock with orchard farming.
Gather a few pallets and get geared up to make your very own spacious rabbit hutch with just a few supplies for under $25 dollars!
Household hints from 1909 reveal useful tips for hanging clothes out to dry.
I can deal with a lot of things- floods, frosts, Japanese beetles, but one thing I can't stand is fire ants. Living in the north for a good portion of my life, I was close to unaware of their existence until I moved to the south. Then, everywhere I looked in my yard I saw the same thing; enormous mounds of orange clay filled with irritating stinging ants.
Why do certain individuals care about the environment while others do not? Is it an intrinsic moral obligation? Are we born with an innate instinct to want to protect the earth and its natural resources?
The emotional realities of butchering and processing your own livestock.
There is no “one size fits all” bunch of information that works every time in every location, every person, and for every goat.
Tools and techniques for sustainable living.
As Congress considers the 2013 Farm Bill, it has the opportunity to enact legislation that protects and supports the nation's family farmers and market gardeners, in addition to protecting consumers and the environment.
If you have a bike, your freedom of moving around is endless. Cycling is swift and bikes are easy to navigate where cars sometimes can't go.
This stone fascia is a practical solution for wildfire prevention. It's attractive and uses local natural resources.
Homemade transplant pots from newspaper save money and reduce waste.
The story of two ladies and their small CSA in the Rocky Mountains.
A 1909 household-hints book reveals old-time method of filtering rainwater for drinking.
Guidance for aspiring micro dairy owners and managers when navigating regulations and permitting on the local and state levels.
I’m becoming a flexitarian (eating some meat), and learning from it.