Washboard road is often considered a fact of country life. It's uncomfortable, wreaks havoc with your vehicle, and can cause expensive damage. Here's the one simple trick to preventing it almost completely!
You’ve done your homework – examining your needs, situation, and breed preferences – and now you are ready to select your LGD. This is an expensive, long- term commitment of time and energy. This LGD will be protecting your farm and stock. Please take your time to choose your pup carefully.
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
It takes a village to build a backyard chicken coop.
Essential oils can be a useful supplement for honeybees. Lemongrass, spearmint and thyme essential oils are being used to encourage brood development and the overall health of bees.
Beekeeping supply arrived, it's light out and I have a fever!
Darning socks is a simple thing to do - and a statement for self-sufficiency!
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
Fly season is upon us. Here are some helpful and easy hints to control those buzzing beasts at your homestead this year.
Anticipation of warm weather, bees, flowers, and HONEY!
Western Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares his thoughts on the USDA's once-in-five-years census.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Managing the feed regimen for cows in a micro dairy environment is a matter of setting clear goals and understanding what your cows need.
If you’re considering buying a new log splitter, you may have begun to debate whether you want an electric log splitter or a gas-powered model. What’s the difference? DR Power Equipment has some useful insight for you.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
Raising chicks is easy as long as you pay attention to their needs for food, water, and housing. It also helps to learn their language.
The best sources of chicken nutrition, as outlined by specialist Jeff mattocks, include feeding birds whole wheat and field peas, and providing them space to peck on a polyculture pasture.
Starting seeds with children indoors is a project that extends into outdoor planting of the seedlings in spring and harvesting produce in the summer. It allows you to share success and satisfaction with children and makes it more likely they'll eat their vegetables!
Intensive grazing management can answer questions regarding field carrying capacity, how much forage your animals need each day and how to manage what you have. Pizza, anyone?
It is officially spring at The Pomponio Homestead despite the icy drizzle and the date. I asked the universe, and it delivered - three hens.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick recounts a poignant start to lambing season on Bittersweet Heritage Farm.
One of the most exciting facets of raising goats is when kids are born on your farm. Knowing how to prepare for the grand event makes for a smoother and more successful kidding process.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.
Pre-spring work up for beehives coming out of winter.
Our first trip to the New England Meat Conference and some of the lessons we learned.
Sawing oversized sycamore logs with my Norwood portable sawmill was a huge job, but yielded a lot of great lumber, and salvaged the logs instead of dozing them into a pile and burning them.
When I asked some chicken-keeping friends what they wished they'd known about chickens when they first got started, the answers were varied.
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss some techniques for helping beehives survive through the end of winter.
Keeping your pond healthy and its inhabitant healthy can be a challenge, but knowing the basic steps to a healthy ecosystem can keep the pond alive for years, even reverse the aging process. Let’s look at two highly recommended tools for pond maintenance, aeration and beneficial pond bacteria.
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
Learn about the benefits of baking with this ancient grain.
For children to develop a love of nature and avoid Nature Deficit Disorder, they need to spend more time there.
This is the story of how I learned to make yucca rope.
Looking for land? HOMEGROWN.org blogger Michelle Wire shares resources and practical advice for anyone considering buying a homestead.
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
Inspired by the recent Mother Earth News article, "65 Money Saving Tips", this piece shares how we at the Be the Change Product spend little and live better.
A would-be farmer finds chills and perspective during a long winter on the farm.
From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.
Easy handmade soap recipe using tallow and lard.
The blog describes the experience of applying for a federal grant and shares some advice for others who might want to follow in those foot steps.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service held its 25th conference from Feb. 27 though March 1. Here are the main takeaways about where organic farming has come from and where it's headed.
When and how to feed your honeybees.