With the fence in (just barely), this rainy Wednesday looks just perfect for planting.
In previous posts, we have looked at how guard donkeys work and we’ve examined the pros and cons of using a donkey as a livestock guardian. If you are contemplating using a donkey, let’s look now at how to select a good candidate and how to integrate him or her into your stock.
Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.
Silvopasture is a newfangled word for wooded pasture. Basically, all it means is that you are using wooded land with trees and forage for pasture. The trees can be managed for firewood production and/or saw logs and provide welcome shade and shelter for your livestock and forage.
How to flush a small engine and repair a clogged carburetor.
A well-thought-out garden design will make your work enjoyable and manageable and will encourage the gardener's presence and attention.
Plants abound for Mother's Day, and lupine flowers and spring Brussels sprouts are among the best gifts for mom.
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
Understanding and effectively executing a breeding program depends on understanding the calving cycle and when and how to dry a cow off in preparation of calving.
Smallholder farmers around the world have practiced traditional, subsistence farming for as long as farming has been around. Using manure as a natural fertilizer can make the difference between barely scraping by and growing enough to earn an income.
Beehive happenings since my last blog post.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
Making our own compost is not only a way to meet our need of fertilizer, it's also a way to redirect the garden scraps, chicken manure, leaves and grass cuttings from the waste stream to the resource river. Another area where this applies around our homestead, is our use of a composting toilet. For us, the difference between what goes down a flushing toilet and what accumulates in the buckets in the outhouse is the difference between waste and resource.
My bees shipped early - here we go!
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares how she built a cheap greenhouse out of mostly scavenged materials - and how you can, too.
Chocolate peanut butter cups make a lovely Mother's Day present. They're all the better when you can make them organically, inexpensively, and sustainably.
We can all help to save rare breed genetics for future homesteaders by raising and using these animals ourselves. Furthermore, we can help preserve the animals by sharing their valuable genetics with others.
There are weeds in the pond, what to do and what to use. A description of what to do with pond weeds and how to manage them with the various pond weed tools available on the market and a description on how they work. In this article we do not discuss chemical treatments and stick to natural methods.
How to cope mentally with living in a remote location.
How is it May already? Our list of to do's grows daily as our workable days fly by.
Clearing overgrown land can be a daunting task. Choose the right tool for the job and it can be a breeze! Here are 5 of my favorites that make clearing overgrown land satisfying and fun!
For the hobby beekeeper, try treating Varroa mites with natural remedies.
Monsanto's Roundup Ready system transformed typical weed problems into a national superweed crisis, only healthy farms can correct the damage done.
Finally some sun, too bad it is during the work week!
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
A homestead is about so much more than just mindful ways of producing one's needs; the health of the land and landscape is nothing if the health of the homesteader isn't there. The most sustainable homestead is one where the homesteaders like what they're doing and therefore will keep doing it. The self-fulfilling prophecy that we're all too busy is a highly unsustainable way to attempt sustainability, whether it's for a homestead or a summer business.
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.