8/30/2014
Like many things related to food, the free-range label misleads customers, so we explore the differences between free-range and pasture-raised.
8/29/2014
There are some goats you don't want, no matter if the price is right. In this case, the goat was free.
8/29/2014
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
8/29/2014
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.
8/28/2014
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).
8/27/2014
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.
8/27/2014
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
8/26/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates considers the burden of beef and explains why his Missouri family farm chooses to raise cattle.
8/21/2014
Allan Savory visits Polyface! This was a week of permaculture lessons, staying up late with birds, processing honey and winding down from Field Day.
8/18/2014
Starting a chicken flock and researching the Ameraucana chicken breed.
8/18/2014
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
8/15/2014
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.
8/13/2014
Polyface Farm Field Day! This week was all about prep for all our visitors, lot of processing and for some last minute hay making.
8/12/2014
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
8/11/2014
The fire moon shows up every year when the forest fires start up. Maggie Bonham has some recommendations for preparing to evacuate with animals.
8/11/2014
This blog covers baby chick nutrition and avoiding delayed starve out.
8/11/2014
How do you manage offers of used beekeeping equipment? This post describes some creative options.
8/8/2014
Download the MOTHER EARTH NEWS category-specific "Gazettes" apps, which are popular article collections for your mobile device that you can access on the go, no Internet connection required.
8/8/2014
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
8/8/2014
This video demonstrates how to get a shaving edge on a never-sharpened knife, quickly, simply, economically, and - perhaps most importantly - manually.
8/8/2014
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
8/7/2014
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.
8/6/2014
Chicken processing, capturing wild bees, gathering broilers, moving turkeys and making hay!
8/5/2014
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.
8/5/2014
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.
8/4/2014
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!
8/2/2014
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
8/1/2014
A big week of pig processing, morning chores with Joel Salatin and cattle sorting!






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