Like many things related to food, the free-range label misleads customers, so we explore the differences between free-range and pasture-raised.
There are some goats you don't want, no matter if the price is right. In this case, the goat was free.
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
Can I use a Great Dane as a LGD? Or a St. Bernard? How about a heeler and Golden crossbred? Being a LGD is not a job you can train any other breed to perform. LGDs are a specialized group of breeds.
This week was a lot of fence line and firewood work, a water systems discussion with Joel Salatin, fun with turkeys and my birthday on the farm (with a surprise guest).
Our little farm received the USDA Value Added Producer Grant and we are embarking on an exciting future. Be with us from start to finish.
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates considers the burden of beef and explains why his Missouri family farm chooses to raise cattle.
Allan Savory visits Polyface! This was a week of permaculture lessons, staying up late with birds, processing honey and winding down from Field Day.
Starting a chicken flock and researching the Ameraucana chicken breed.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
If your loved ones were depending on you to start a fire for their warmth in a pouring rain, could you do it? Survival expert and author of PRACTICAL OUTDOOR SURVIVAL, et al, shows you how it's done.
Polyface Farm Field Day! This week was all about prep for all our visitors, lot of processing and for some last minute hay making.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
The fire moon shows up every year when the forest fires start up. Maggie Bonham has some recommendations for preparing to evacuate with animals.
This blog covers baby chick nutrition and avoiding delayed starve out.
How do you manage offers of used beekeeping equipment? This post describes some creative options.
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In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
This video demonstrates how to get a shaving edge on a never-sharpened knife, quickly, simply, economically, and - perhaps most importantly - manually.
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
It's not always easy to use natural remedies on your chickens. Here's a trick to keep up your sleeve that will have them begging for their medicine.
Chicken processing, capturing wild bees, gathering broilers, moving turkeys and making hay!
Time management tools can help a homestead run smoothly as well as make the work more enjoyable. By focusing on different tasks in different seasons, assigning different tasks to different days and by sharing tasks, the work becomes both manageable and fun.
Bucket milkers offer small and micro-dairy farmers affordable and reliable system for milking cows. Here are my basics for how to use a bucket milker on a micro dairy.
Did you know that you can learn a lot about the condition of your beehives simply by watching the entrance of the hive? Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain what to look for, and what it might mean. No smoke or hive tool necessary!
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
A big week of pig processing, morning chores with Joel Salatin and cattle sorting!