As homesteaders, all the homesteading rewards are directly ours to keep and our work provides most of our necessities but the multiple returns we get from our homestead also give us what money couldn't buy, such as the self reliance, sense of security, dignity, the beautiful place where we spend our days and the choice to set our own schedule.
We called in friends to help us with brain-tanning a buffalo hide that was donated to us.
This week at my Polyface Farm Summer Internship, I spent working with turkeys, touring our local USDA inspected abattoir, prepping for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s annual fundraiser and processing stewing hens.
Goldenrod is starting to bloom in the beeyard now that the cooler weather is on its way.
Solar energy solutions can reshape the future. It can help sculpt the world we live in and can help solve some of the greatest environmental problems facing the world today including climate change and our reliance on fossil fuels.
Make a winter checklist to follow in preparation for winter in the mountains.
Week thirteen of my Polyface Farm summer internship brought two high volume chicken processing days, lots of chicken catching, moving pigs and catching a loose steer.
"Folk Medicine" by D.C. Jarvis, M.D., written in 1958, explains how humans would do well to watch animals that know instinctively how to stay healthy. Jarvis advises drinking raw honey and apple cider vinegar for good health and vigor.
No wonder hatching chicks and producing eggs is such a big business - take a look at the numbers since 1926.
How and why I started using leftover raw milk as a natural soil supplement and fertilizer on my dairy farm.
Homesteader Cam Mather describes integrating new backyard chickens into his existing flock and the wonderful life his "ladies" lead.
How to go from buying everything at Wally World to growing organic vegetables, raising livestock, building an efficient home, and a Do-It-Yourself, self-sufficient lifestyle.
While summer's still lingering, tasks of fall have begun.
This week of my Polyface Farm summer internship included a forestry lesson from Joel Salatin, installing my first fence, and the introduction of Polyface’s new guardian dog puppy, Cody!
Jennifer Ford, of Bees of the Woods Apiary, explains how to produce comb honey, and why it is such a valuable product of the hive.
Learn how and why to utilize a queen excluder in your beehives.
This week at Polyface Farm was a lot of fence installation, turkey processing and the making of some major life choices for some of my fellow interns.
To make liquid hand soap all you need is a bar of soap and a cheese grater. What could be easier?
Canning won't heat up your house when you set up your own portable outdoor canning kitchen.
This week at Polyface Farm included mornings with rabbits, fence line work, moving calves and my first foray into canning.