A growing number of homeowners are realizing how useful chickens can be in the backyard: They offer pest control, fertilizer, comedy relief, and their business end doles out concentrated protein like a Pez dispenser. Unfortunately, novice chicken-owners can encounter problems when they expect more than chickens can deliver, either in food, companionship or general co-operation.
Each season brings its own work on a homestead. In the autumn, the garden and animals still require work, but this is also the time to put in a cistern and begin a smoke house.
In preparation for a large chicken harvest later in the season, a few homesteaders perform a trial run to test their chicken harvesting capabilities.
A healthy and great-tasting muffin recipe.
Using rabbit hypnosis and a pair of wire cutters we successfully perform dental surgery on one of our does.
Learn how to make a simple "mealworm farm" out of readily available materials you probably already have in your home. Raise your own mealworms to feed to chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, and other poultry as a protein rich treat.
Beekeeping basics and how to keep bees safely and simply.
We've got several homesteading-related giveaways going this week.
Follow Sarah Cuthill's search for a dairy mentor and her very first experience milking a goat.
Renewable energy is often seen as a way to have it all and still feel “green” and it is indeed at a glance more environment friendly than conventional power, but no power has as low footprint as the power not used.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
A healthy comfort food!
Here are three easy observations you can make every day to see how your animals are performing. Use them to constantly adjust your grazing program, instead of “flying blind” until sale day or weighing. They can help you adjust paddock size or give supplemental nutrients.
You have read every garden, homestead and back to the land book in your library system. Your dreams of coffee at sunrise set to the chatter of fowl made real. With hoe in hand and 914,760 square feet rolling out from your feet like a magic carpet; where do you start?
You can make a simple but effective root cellar out of a junked fridge and $10 worth of hardware.
A brief overview of keeping bees in a top bar hive from setup to overwintering.
Honey from our backyard bees provide us with a sweetener, but just as important, honey has many health benefits.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares why he values reading (Eliot Coleman, especially) and how it impacts his fall growing season.
As winter approaches, we switch out our wood cookstove for the winter woodstove
A young homesteading family experiences their first harvest season and is able to preserve enough produce to last the winter.
The goat herder extraordinaire, Annie Warmke, talks about the care of breeding bucks, and a life in the day of a goat herder.
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
The many problems associated with recognizing, treating and reporting pesticide drift exposures.
The first bite of frost brings a frenzy of activity.
Jan Dohner explains how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors.
Managing expectations and learning more about your pond or lake are key in being satisfied with the benefits of having a natural body of water on your property.
Owning an intact male goat can be difficult, even if you know about their little idiosyncrasies. Learn about (and laugh at) one goat owner's attempt at doing something simple, like switching female goats in a buck pen.
When honeybees are unable to store enough food for winter, the beekeeper must decide how to support the colony through the winter.
The Coturnix Quail egg is very nutritious, has been in many civilizations as the treatment for many ailments, now it is back in our era as the only dietetic egg due to its amazing components.
The benefits of limited lighting and no electricity.
Helpful tips on keeping earth stewardship alive this holiday season.
Cabin Fever: noun, ‘Boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a remote, sparsely populated region or a confined indoor area‘.
Kim Walter shares how she became interested in beekeeping and what she has learned from her bees.
A chemical-free way to keep goats' teats clean and the milk pure.
One thing that gardening has done to me, as to so many others probably, is that I've started to pay attention to where the food on my plate comes from, and usually the answer is “from our garden."
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel discusses using manure in the garden, including which type of animal waste is best for which crops.
Tackling the GMO issue is a priority for food activists, but there are a number of perspectives on how to go about it. The Great GMO Debate will help you decide how and who should inform consumers about what biotech ingredients are lurking in their food.
This summary of a Warré Beekeeper’s regular seasonal activities gives you both a general idea of what this method entails in the long-term if you are considering adopting this method, and to provide you with a beekeeping calendar that you can use as a guide after you have gotten started.
Though the rumors that spaghetti squash is a good pasta substitute may seem far-fetched, I’ve found them to be true.
The farm is looking into buying some TB-free Ayershire cows.
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary explains how they prepare their beehives to survive the long cold winter in upstate New York.
This overview of the yearly activities of a Warré beekeeper is for people trying to decide if they have the time to become beekeepers and experienced beekeepers who are curious about the Warré method. It also serves as an index of the many of the main topics that will be covered in depth by this blog.
A different way to make these old time favorite crocheted dishcloths.
Jenna Woginrich’s latest book, “One Woman Farm,” whisks readers away.
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
Where is our economic security?
Beekeepers need a consistent way to document hive inspections including prompts to address all relevant areas while looking at a colony of honeybees.