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10/17/2011
GO Home, built by architecture and construction firm G•O Logic LLC, received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year Award.
10/8/2010
Snake attack! OK, maybe it’s just a creative picture of snake gourds. Keep submitting for your chance at Photo of the Week!  
7/30/2008
Stick with culinary sage whenever you don't know if a specific type of sage is edible.
9/6/2012
Musings on growing and eating garlic, and why you should "Never Eat Your Seed Garlic"!
6/11/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares exciting information about the Google PowerMeter, a new device that helps homeowners find ways to reduce their electric bills.
9/29/2008
Abuse of the environment has been linked to the demise of empires.
1/18/2012
Janice Spaulding teaches goat husbandry both at her farm in Maine, and around the country with her "Goat School."
1/1/0001
These kids just won’t quit! Jumping up and standing on horses is one sure way for goats to get up higher than the rest.
4/23/2013
There are so many different “types” of goats! My last post was all about Angora goats and their fiber; this post will be about the meat aspect of goats. So what makes a goat a meat goat?
7/24/2012
I learned to love the Earth while studying a globe, now I can see it all on Google maps.
5/23/2013
Submit your goat stories for possible book publication.
2/19/2014
This video of goats playing shows how simple it is to keep your goat herd entertained.
7/27/2010
Perfect for an evening of socializing out on the deck or an intimate meal at a table for two, GoodLight candles keep the mood bright and the air clean and are now available both online and in stores nationwide.
9/29/2010
GoodLight is first to offer sustainable, non-toxic candles for restaurants.
10/1/2012
This is an announcement inviting you to participate in a global web cast discussion on climate crisis on November 14, 2012. This is hosted by the Climate Reality Project and Al Gore.
4/18/2012
The technique for making these easy cheese puffs is the kind of recipe that every cook should have up her sleeve.
2/16/2012
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
10/8/2013
Learn how to make your own bushcraft knife using only simple tools and materials, including an old file.
4/14/2012
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
5/11/2012
An all-day adventure to the Oregon Megabucks show!
8/14/2013
For decades, corporations have been able to skirt past being held accountable for any environmental irresponsibility, and that has helped propel us into a time where pollution is out of control, and our natural resources are at a constant decline. Raising the standards for these faceless corporations is becoming evermore necessary.
5/8/2013
There is no “one size fits all” bunch of information that works every time in every location, every person, and for every goat.
5/29/2013
"Garbage in, garbage out," is as true to goat nutrition as it is to the computer world and more folks should take heed!
7/12/2013
Maine and Minnesota Goat Schools are over, and a great time was had by all; Janice Spaulding recaps the events and prepares for the next one is in Ohio in September.
11/20/2013
The goat herder extraordinaire, Annie Warmke, talks about the care of breeding bucks, and a life in the day of a goat herder.
1/8/2014
Introducing Alpaca-Gold, a new company producing 100% all natural, organic Alpaca fertilizer.
3/29/2012
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
5/28/2012
Getting ready for Goat School is always a daunting task, but once all of our new friends start arriving, we get excited! What a great time learning all about goats!
7/10/2013
David Goodman tests the Meadow Creature broadfork on his Florida farm and finds it to be amazing as heck.
12/31/2009
When we're trying to achieve our dreams, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the steps between where we are today and where we ultimately want to be. MOTHER EARTH NEWS writer Jenna Woginrich suggests a great idea for a fresh perspective and making your goals more attainable. If you look at the next 60 minutes, what can you do in the next hour to get closer to your goals?
9/8/2011
Merry Graham will help represent Bob’s Red Mill in the 2011 Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship in Scotland
6/28/2011
Characteristics of early summer apples and an applesauce recipe from MeMa’s Bakery in Kansas City.
11/23/2011
Learn about the Ben Davis Apple, one if not the most important commercial apple of the late 1800s, and get a recipe for Apple Dumplings.
11/5/2010
A heart warming story about a feral cat that traveled many miles across harsh terrain to be back to familiar ground.
2/6/2013
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
1/15/2009
Governor Sarah Palin announced that the State of Alaska will sue against the decision to place beluga whales on the Endangered Species List.
9/16/2011
Survivalists and others who yearn for a better way of life, and a better world, would be best served by studying the successful tribal cultures and ways of the past. Based on an interview with Vine Deloria, author of "God is Red."
2/2/2009
Former Vice President Al Gore thinks 2009 needs to be the year that America creates a climate bill. And he's got a plan to back it up!
10/8/2012
Advocating for biking during election season can result in the government focusing on bikeability and walkability.
5/11/2011
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
5/10/2012
Read about new legislation that would stop the government from funding the fossil fuel industry. Then, sign your name to the petition and make a difference.
1/27/2011
In Simran Sethi's final post, she describes her philosophy on sustainability.
1/25/2012
Traveling with Goat School on the Road, and learning all about newborn kid hoofs.
1/31/2012
Kidding is quite a process! This blog covers the very first signs of impending birth.
2/16/2012
What to look for in a buck, and how to choose a herdsire.
2/29/2012
The second part to choosing a herdsire for the dairy goat herd.
3/12/2012
The third and last part in choosing a herdsire.
3/15/2012
Chad Gadya. Not just a Jewish song anymore, but now the future name of Goat Song Farm's herdsire.
4/4/2012
No babies yet, so a few anecdotes about Angora kidding,labor
6/1/2012
Overdue does, goats with bloody milk, harried milkmaids... Oh where does it end?! Life isn't ALWAYS roses in the goat life; sometimes it does leave you tired frustrated.
6/22/2012
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
7/19/2012
The summer days are getting longer, and so is the list of barn chores! Goats are kidding, cows are arriving, and a dream of having a raw milk dairy is becoming tangible.
2/10/2012
A look into each dairy breed, on how much milk each one averages and what to expect in taste.
1/13/2014
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick gets through winter — and goat breeding — by taking a page from her herd and sticking together.
9/19/2012
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
12/17/2013
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
2/11/2013
Learn how to grow, harvest and process cassava – an amazing staple crop.
2/28/2013
Rather than toiling away with annuals, consider creating an edible perennial food forest.   
7/4/2012
Talking about the back up generator failure along with recent golf cart modifications.
7/11/2012
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
3/13/2012
In each of us is an innervoice that really knows what we want to be and what we want out of life but we continually ignore it for the sake of security or out of fear of failure or a million other reasons. Listen to the innervoice and heed its advice.
3/28/2011
Pruning apple trees to a three by three central leader shape for strength against high winds and to prevent fungal infection.
4/25/2011
The search for the long lost apples of Isaac Bowen Essex, the Fulton County Apple.
7/9/2009
Helen and Scott Nearing's farmstead, near Harborside, Maine, is now The Good Life Center, where you can tour the grounds, listen to lectures and participate in workshops.
2/21/2013
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
5/5/2011
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
7/30/2013
Hmmm - not feeling so well. Was it those chicken wings?
2/18/2014
In the last few years, gourmet black garlic has become an in-demand culinary ingredient. But what exactly is it? And what can you do with it?
4/18/2014
In the second of this series of blog posts, I'll be discussing what are arguably the caviar of the garlic world: Rocamboles!
12/11/2012
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
2/4/2013
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
2/19/2013
A profile of Japanese and American persimmons, excellent trees for the deep south.
5/2/2013
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
8/27/2013
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
7/30/2013
Can’t grow temperate berries? Jump into the tropics with these seven amazing fruits.
5/17/2013
Ways to fertilize organically without breaking the bank.
11/29/2013
It's freezing out - but that doesn't mean it's time to quit gardening. Learn how fall and winter are the key to next year's gardening success.
11/20/2013
If you live in the South, you can grow your own sugar cane. Learn to plant, harvest and make delicious syrup at home!
11/14/2013
Composting doesn't need to be complicated. It's time to throw out the guide book and start letting nature take its course. Meat? No problem. Bread? Don't worry about it. Human waste? Why not? It's easy!
7/15/2008
An experienced homesteader discusses the pros and cons of one family keeping either a cow or a goat for their milk supply.
8/12/2013
Goat School will be traveling to British Columbia and then to Ohio in September.
9/26/2012
Folksinger Michael Johnathon is on tour nationwide. Visit his homepage: www.MichaelJohnathon.com
8/31/2011
Cole Ward - AKA The Gourmet Butcher - introduces himself
7/2/2012
Google’s unofficial motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” could be expressed as easily in the positive, “Be Fair.”
6/26/2012
Abundance is the most fundamental building block in the Google DNA.
7/17/2012
Google can be the most enlightened power-user on the planet. Because it is so successful, and because it uses a lot of electricity, Google has the opportunity to set a new global standard for clean power.
7/9/2012
The company’s founders seem to be as proud of the company’s culture as they are of its financial success. Can the Google culture persist when the company’s economic power declines?
5/29/2012
The decade between the turn of the millennium and 2010 might justifiably be called the Google Decade. The company may have built more influence in less time than any other human endeavor in history.
6/19/2012
Google’s mission is making information available. That includes all the beauty in the world (along with everything else, of course).
6/12/2012
Conscientiousness is woven into the company culture, quite intentionally. The more prosperous and powerful the company becomes, the more strident the criticism. Any institution as powerful as Google has great potential for evil, and for good.
8/9/2012
A brief story of how a creek was damaged and how it was reported to the authorities properly.
9/9/2012
Dealing with a government agency to save a creek.
2/15/2011
Green products rule at Ambiente 2011, the world's most important consumer goods fair, in Frankfurt, Germany, this week.
8/27/2012
This posting present comments by leading scientific organizations, individual scientists and government leaders pertaining to human induced climate changes. All agree that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.
1/20/2013
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
9/13/2011
One woman's journey from life in urban America to a small town in Austria, then back to a suburban homestead in Dallas on which she tries her hand at keeping dairy goats.
2/6/2012
The tale of Carlotta's last day. A trip to the processor. Real happenings on a goat farm, it's not always lollipops and rainbows.
2/12/2012
Be prepared for kidding season! Set up your kidding kit ahead of time. This information will help you have the right equipment at your fingertips.
2/26/2012
Baby kids do not always present in the correct position when descending the birth canal. Learn about the different positions and how to handle them.
3/2/2012
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
3/23/2012
Spring clean up on the farm doesn't only include cleaning fallen branches, but cleaning up the goats too! Getting ready for kidding and making sure the goats are all set is our most important spring task.
3/26/2012
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
4/16/2012
The kids have finally arrived, and we have plenty of photos of them!
5/1/2012
Horns or no horns, that is the question! Why should you disbud your goats, or is it okay to leave the horns on? This post discusses both options with a link to a great article about horns and their beauty.
5/15/2012
Why raw milk? Why goat milk? Things to consider for good health and nutrition for you family. Also a trick to get stubborn kids to nurse from a bottle.
6/14/2012
Goat School is over for a few months, and now the routine will be a little more normal! Great questions were asked at Goat School and some of those answers are shared.
8/30/2012
Milking is a fun and easy chore! Here are some hints on milking in an easy fashion.
3/3/2012
Creating the life you want, both personally and professionally, requires clear goals. By establishing the direction of your journey and sticking to your goals, you can achieve anything you want.
3/9/2012
Many people admit that their lives haven't turned out the way they'd hoped. Fortunately, it is never too late to re-design and re-create your life so that you live up to your full potential and find the happiness and fulfillment you seek.
3/11/2013
Angora Goats are not the easiest of the breeds to raise, however, even though the work can be intensive, the rewards are incredible!
8/9/2011
I've been living in my tipi for almost a month now. Last night, under a chorus of screech owl trills and whinnies, I spent a little time reflecting on some things I've learned about this curious way of living. Enjoy.
9/26/2012
talking about building a composting toilet and how well the Seed Swap went on Saturday. Hauling capacity of a golf cart compared to an ATV generated some useful and helpful comments regarding electricity vs internal combustion engines. No till works!
9/12/2011
Chef Gordon Hamersley's Vegetable Tian makes use of tomatoes, squash and eggplant--all in their prime right now.
12/23/2010
Simran Sethi explains how the green faith movement can provide common ground among different groups.
8/8/2013
“The Gourmet Butcher” Cole Ward breaks down the meanings of Kosher, Glatt Kosher, and Halal.
10/22/2013
This is the first in a 5-part series of blogs on the process and issues involved in plating gourmet garlic. Part 1 discusses options for acquiring seed and also provides information regarding calculating the amount of seed required.
12/26/2013
Another easy way to enjoy the fresh taste of gourmet garlic year-round is with these convenient cubes!
6/17/2014
In this post, I'll be discussing the Marbled Purple Stripe garlic variety, also known as the 'everyman' of the garlic world!
7/1/2014
Introducing glazed purple stripes, the beauty queens of the garlic world!
3/25/2014
Often at a farmers market you'll see garlic designated as 'gourmet.' But what does this mean? Is it a marketing gimmick? Or is there actually something special behind the name?
1/28/2014
A new guide-to-meat book.
10/30/2013
When you have goats, you need to do something with all that milk. Why not try making Queso Blanco, an easy cheese which tastes great and cooks well.
3/19/2014
How to make cajeta, Mexican-style goat's milk caramel.
4/8/2014
Made from creamy chevre (fresh goat cheese) instead of the typical cream cheese, this surprising cheesecake is sure to please cheese lovers and dessert lovers alike.
5/25/2011
A flea market basket that called to me, my grandmother's hand-embroidered linens and a quilt made by a circle of women in Minnesota are among the wabi-sabi items that I wouldn't want to be without.
9/27/2010
Simran Sethi reflects on her first summer of yard-care and gardening.
3/11/2013
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
4/3/2013
A look at the wonderful mulberry tree.
6/11/2013
Taking a new look at non-native invasives, such as wild yams.
1/15/2014
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
3/5/2014
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
3/14/2012
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
3/24/2012
LIfe is full of adversity. Whether you succumb to it or bounce back is up to you. Knowing that no matter what life throws your way you will emerge stronger will help you become more resilient and stronger and will help you create a happier life
4/2/2012
Life presents many challenges, but if you consciously choose to be strong and resilient you can recover more quickly and grow even stronger. Your experiences will make you better able to cope and will help you live a happier, more productive life.
4/10/2012
Adversity is a part of life. Enbrace the hard times. Sometimes, adversity can lead to new opportunities that allow us to pursue new paths, sometimes even re-invent our lives. Knowing something good may arise can help us cope with adversity, too.
2/25/2011
Sherry’s son worked hard to raise a goat. Read how he, with the help of family and friends, butchered and prepared the meat for a homegrown Chevron treat.
12/23/2013
Dairy goat farmer Julia Shewchuck learned a lot about keeping dairy goats in her first few months (and much more since). It was a learning curve too steep to be repeated willingly, but which has saved many other goats’ lives since.
7/14/2014
Spending the time to get to your goats is more important than you may think
5/9/2012
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
5/25/2011
Learn to let go of associations with price, value, age and prestige and just appreciate beauty without judgment. Nature is the best muse for cultivating wabi-sabi.
9/14/2011
Over the past 15 years the noise level in cities has increased sixfold; urban noise doubles every eight to ten years. Even in the country, we can't escape the sound of airplanes and engines. What can you do?
7/25/2011
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
8/15/2011
Beginning a discussion on top bar hives and standard hives in a question and answer format, getting the best of each for users of both kinds of hives.
10/24/2012
Ed and Laurie struggle with making time for visitors while dealing with all of the daily business and homesteading tasks.
10/31/2012
Design features we incorporated into our new off grid home.
12/19/2012
Fun facts about our first year of blogging for Mother Earth News.
1/3/2013
A brief description of how we grow fresh vegetables in our long cold winters.
3/13/2013
HOMEGROWN.org introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.
9/25/2011
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
3/15/2011
Do easy ways to save money exist? Absolutely! Blissful saving is only a trip to the bulk section away! When you get home from the store, keep track of your finances on Mint.com; then look for Groupon's daily deal. Search the house for unused items and sell them on eBay. Use these tips to start saving today!
6/6/2008
Try this expert advice to keep goats from getting out of the pasture.
2/16/2006
Of all the baby animals born on the farm — the chicks, lambs, puppies, calves —  the goat kids are in a class of their own. Racing, playing, causing mischief, find out what makes kids so much fun and so invigorating to watch.  
3/14/2014
Preparing for kidding time is always crazy, and sometimes things never go the way you planned.
1/8/2014
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
2/7/2014
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
10/4/2010
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
4/11/2011
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
5/9/2011
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
9/6/2010
Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.
5/16/2012
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
6/6/2012
Crushing a truck, harvesting garlic, and fixing a broken flywheel shaft key are just a few of the things that got done over the last week at WaldenEffect.org complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.
1/25/2013
Launching Anna's new E book on cover crops in a no till garden and talking about the recent power failure that prompted us to do some Off Grid Homesteading which taught us a few lessons on using golf cart batteries for supplemental lighting.
10/3/2010
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
7/9/2014
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
1/27/2012
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
2/1/2012
An introduction from a goat-crazy Oregonian.
7/28/2014
There are some questions worth exploring, find out if there is a BEST way to clean your goat's udder before milking.
6/12/2014
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
5/5/2011
Confrontation with life and death situations are unavoidable when living on a farm. Seeing baby animals come into the world is beautiful, but sometimes these beautiful moments can be full of anxiety if things aren't going just right.
6/17/2011
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
7/22/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel recounts how she went from half-hearted to full-breed-ahead when it comes to breeding goats.
8/5/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick honors the determination of women farmers, even as she observes a bittersweet month on her farm.
4/15/2011
Play on the farm in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
10/30/2013
A dairy goat owner chronicles the frustrating beginning of her first breeding season.
11/25/2013
Follow Sarah Cuthill's search for a dairy mentor and her very first experience milking a goat.
11/16/2013
Owning an intact male goat can be difficult, even if you know about their little idiosyncrasies. Learn about (and laugh at) one goat owner's attempt at doing something simple, like switching female goats in a buck pen.
12/11/2013
Goats will get into and out of everything. Some thoughts on why you need to keep your feed secured.
1/23/2014
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
1/20/2014
When the temperature drops below zero Fahrenheit, you have to keep an eye on your goats.
6/16/2014
If you have dairy goats and plan on getting milk, inevitably you have to deal with difficult kiddings. Most of the time, you walk in the barn and there’s mom and her kids staring at you, all dripping from birth slime. To be honest, that’s how I like it. All I have to do is dry the kids, tie off the umbilical cord, and dip it in iodine. Not yesterday.
6/2/2014
Do you know where your Goat is NOW? A quick overview over fencing materials, fencing type, fencing do's and don'ts.
7/11/2014
When you have too many bucklings, you need to neuter or wether if you're going to keep them. Here's how I do it.
4/14/2014
Since Lulu and Belle had their kids, I'm now waiting on three more does to have their babies. Only, they aren't. So here is how the experts claim you can discover if your goat is going to kid. Only, it's really wishful thinking...
4/2/2014
When it rains, it pours, when it comes to kidding goats.
12/16/2013
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
2/12/2012
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
5/13/2012
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
9/21/2012
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
10/20/2012
Our experience with our local cooperative.
11/14/2012
Costs associated with providing your own water.
11/21/2012
Things we have done to earn an income from home in a down economy.
12/13/2012
A snapshot of winter life living remote and off grid.
1/16/2013
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
2/26/2013
According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and FamilyFarmed.org asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!
10/10/2012
Teddi Irwin sent us this great update on a Homesteading Education Month event held at IN A GOOD WAY, a training farm established to use therapeutic methods of farming to improve the lives of Native American men.
11/7/2012
Things we did to make our new home more sustainable.
4/30/2012
Life is full of amazing things and remarkable people that make our lives richer and worthwhile. However, many of us hone in on what's wrong with life and others. Focusing on the good will bring great happiness to you. It will turn your life around.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
8/30/2010
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.
11/1/2011
This post offers tips for winterizing a top bar hive - insulating, mouse guards, wrapping, closing entrances, protecting from wind. All things you can do to help get them through!
11/1/2011
This blog post by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees describes some techniques for getting bees to draw straight comb in a top bar hive.
11/6/2011
A TED talk by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees: Making the Connection: Honeybees, Food, and You.
12/24/2011
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
7/25/2012
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
5/6/2011
Michael Funk's 6,000-square-foot off-the-grid home and retreat center on 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevadas is an heirloom, handbuilt with reverence for the spectacle that surrounds it. He hopes it will inspire every visitor to preserve the paradise.
1/10/2011
Home energy management, electric cars and solar gadgets take starring roles at consumer electronics industry’s biggest trade show.
6/29/2011
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
7/27/2011
Natural beauty is priceless. We can take in and appreciate a great view because we don’t have any hope of owning it, and we can’t manipulate it. With our egos out of the way, we can learn to simply observe.
6/18/2009
Jenna gets a pack goat to help carry gear for hiking trips. Share her experience of buying a buck kid and raising him to be a pack goat.
8/5/2012
Why keep a buck? Because they are wonderful, friendly, lovable creatures! Here are all the reasons why having bucks on your property is a good thing.
12/11/2012
Often time choosing the right name for your kids is the most difficult part of kidding! Here is a little help on picking out names that are appropriate!
1/17/2012
The Africans showed up at our door on a sunny, chilly November afternoon. Two men introduced themselves as Stone and Abraham. In the background stood a young woman with a gregarious little boy, Henry, about 2 years old. They were looking for goats.
10/22/2013
Author Maggie Bonham recounts the various ways she's managed to obtain free goats, including Craigslist ads and trading for chickens.
11/12/2013
A chemical-free way to keep goats' teats clean and the milk pure.
10/21/2013
A new homesteader commits some classic mistakes when buying her first goat.
2/7/2014
21 things you should know or wish you had known before starting a goat farm.
3/17/2014
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.
3/10/2014
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
7/2/2014
HOMEGROWN.org blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm says keeping animals in the garden improves her soil and fights weeds and pests.
10/6/2011
Fifteen family farms and over 50 restaurants have committed to participation in No Goat Left Behind, a new program developed by Heritage Foods USA.
2/26/2011
How we prepared and ate all the meat of the goat Caleb raised and butchered.
9/14/2011
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
12/12/2012
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
7/8/2012
Many of us listen to negative internal messages about ourselves that drag us down, robbing us of happiness. To find happiness, you must change the dialogue inside your head. Focus on what is good in you and all that you do to brighten others' lives.
12/2/2012
Growing some of the most delicious and sometimes expensive gourmet vegetables doesn't have to be hard. Artichoke, bronze fennel, kohlrabi, leek, and savoy cabbage are among the vegetables that grow well from seed.
12/31/2011
Ordering bees in January doesn't seem to make sense, until you understand that April is the cruelest month. Plus, if you order bees in January, and then you don't need them - that's just a reason to celebrate! Order early!
6/24/2009
Life with goats, sheep, cows, chickens and other livestock isn't all roses. Publisher Bryan Welch considers the value of finding and keeping the right partner for tackling life on the farm, goose poop and all.
10/5/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner!
10/24/2011
Even dairy goats can have self-esteem issues...
2/19/2012
Stony Knolls Farm has a new dog and getting him here was a wonderful, and amazing journey that is well worth sharing! Rescue dogs are so grateful for their new homes.
6/11/2012
So, yes, I have become a lover of goats (and ducks have won me over, too). But the truth is, I can’t wait to eat the boys.
7/12/2012
Hand milking and the ease of doing so, always lends itself to many questions. I try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.
10/11/2012
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my short time of being a goat herder, it’s that at breeding time, the goats are in charge.
10/23/2012
At breeding time, things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes things can really go awry!
10/30/2012
Dyan writes about the changing season at Bittersweet Farm, and introduces us to the newest member of the flock, a black sheep named Little Man.
1/9/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Dyan recalls how the seasons affected her childhood and how they guide her activities now on her Maine dairy farm.
2/18/2013
A beginning farmer learns that keeping does and keeping bucks are two different things.
8/16/2013
The cold, hard facts about how Annie Warmke, goat herder extraordinnaire, found her calling in a barn with Eleonore Rigby and her two tiny kids.
8/28/2013
Who would think it’s possible to discover the artist in me, incubate a business, plus milk goats, grow a garden...all in one unforgettable summer. I'm a rich woman by any standard.
12/17/2013
A homesteading family undertakes Extreme Home Makeover: Goat Edition at the possible expense of their sanity.
1/1/0001
Raising dairy goats has benefits that extend beyond fresh milk and cheese.
12/10/2013
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
3/3/2014
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.
12/26/2013
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
12/30/2013
After a rocky start, the second half of breeding season ends happily for both goats and owners.
1/28/2014
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
5/28/2014
Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.
6/30/2014
One woman's vision of a family farm comes to life in her back yard thanks to one friendly goat.
12/26/2012
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
4/26/2013
If you want to achieve your goals, stop making excuses for the things that go wrong on your path to success. Learn from them. Never stop trying to improve. And never stop trying. Work smart and hard.
3/25/2013
Get out of your shell and lend a hand to those around you, even perfect strangers – you’ll be amazed at what you become and how your kindness touches others
3/29/2012
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
10/10/2011
Learn from the trials and tribulations of a beginning dairy goat owner.
10/24/2011
Rachel and her husband committed to a year without groceries, and they made it! She shares her experiences in local food in this post.
1/4/2012
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
2/10/2012
This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with
5/4/2012
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
1/14/2013
Keeping goats inside during nasty weather isn't easy, but it's worth the time! Dealing with sick goats, fever and runny noses isn't fun, so taking precautions makes things much easier.
6/4/2011
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
2/3/2011
Farm life is not always predictable, and some of the surprises turn out to be the most valuable lessons. This story from the ranch about some strong winter-born goats, a protective cow with motherly instincts, and a calf that’s making it against all odds will not only inspire you, but it may teach you something about the wonderful spirit of community support.  
1/28/2013
OK,I'm giving no hints as to why you should think like a chemist...Read it and see for yourself. At the very least, you'll be entertained by a crazy new way of thinking about life.
9/27/2012
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.


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