The urge to eliminate clutter and create space for ourselves is a healthy sign of self-respect. Why, then, is it so darn hard?
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.
Tall Goldenrod is a fall favorite of the honeybee. Although it is most likely the bees are foraging on a variety of flowers, it is natural to assume the most prevalent flower at any given time is the strongest influence in the honey.
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
Choices are available when it comes to feeding a new package of honeybees. Three of the options are discussed in this post. Choose the one that is right for you.
Learn how and why to utilize a queen excluder in your beehives.
Developing a checklist can help when loading up for a trip to the bee yard. Here's how I'm trying to eliminate unnecessary trips back to the house for a forgotten tool.
A small apiary uses a unique system to extract honey from frames.
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
Do you know where your Goat is NOW? A quick overview over fencing materials, fencing type, fencing do's and don'ts.
Locating a queen in a hive full of thousands of bees can be hard. Here are a few tips.
How do you manage offers of used beekeeping equipment? This post describes some creative options.
Sometimes a colony of honeybees dies. Colony-collapse disorder is all over the news, but what else might have happened?
Beekeepers need a consistent way to document hive inspections including prompts to address all relevant areas while looking at a colony of honeybees.
When honeybees are unable to store enough food for winter, the beekeeper must decide how to support the colony through the winter.
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.
Take a look around your property and decide where to put your new beehives. Some considerations for hive placement.
21 things you should know or wish you had known before starting a goat farm.
Essential oils can be a useful supplement for honeybees. Lemongrass, spearmint and thyme essential oils are being used to encourage brood development and the overall health of bees.
Here are 12 simple tips that will help you to fight the war on worms and coccidia in goats.
Which grows better in Pacific Northwest gardens - kale or collards?
What is a beekeeper to do during the long cold winter months? Eat honey of course.
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.
Bees do not live on honey alone. Pollen provides honeybees with necessary protein.
Life on a family farm is never dull and full of surprises to keep a farmer on their toes.
For the hobby beekeeper, try treating Varroa mites with natural remedies.
There are some questions worth exploring, find out if there is a BEST way to clean your goat's udder before milking.
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 basic overview of why shelter and bedding are must haves for your goat operation. Also, some of our personal experience with a few options.
It's time to harvest honey and there must be a way to evict the bees from the super. This post covers three possible options.
Don't wait until spring to get into beekeeping. Order your package honeybees now.
Being stung is the most often quoted reason for not keeping honeybees. This was also my fear before I started keeping bees. There are ways to reduce your chances of being stung. With just a few precautions, you don't have to let this keep you from a rewarding hobby.
In the year of the goat we must compare the personalities and characteristics of goat people with goats.
Seed starting techniques and timing for an urban homestead in the Pacific Northwest.
Three essential tools for opportunistic canning.
Chicken tractors, which sit directly on garden beds during fallow times, maintain soil, reduce insect pests and even provide fresh eggs.
How farm life will keep you fit so you can live a healthier and happier life.
Spring tomato rituals and a discussion of good varieties for the Pacific Northwest garden.
Includes a list of 21 must-have medical supplies a goat farm should never be without and a list of some nice to haves we have at Serenity Acres Farm.
Julia Butterfly Hill understands the need for extreme measures when it comes to environmental activism. In the late 1990s, she spent 738 days living in a redwood tree named Luna, to bring attention to the plight of the world’s ancient forests. Through her vigil, she negotiated to permanently protect the 1,000 year-old tree and a nearly three- acre buffer zone. She says that our forks are also powerful change agents.
“I love food!” Hill told Natural Home & Garden. “I love preparing meals that are both decadently delicious and happily healthy. I’m a joyous vegan, and I celebrate how fabulous this lifestyle is for my body, my world, my planet, and for the animals as well.”
Hill eats animal-free food that’s organic, local, in season, and free of added junk—food that she calls “a celebration of life.” Her recipe for delicious vegan lasagna takes about a half hour to prepare and provides plenty of opportunity for interpretation. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon each of the dried herbs or 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning.
This Meatless Monday, whip up a batch of Julia Butterfly Hill's Top Anything Sauce, made with peanut or almond butter, and make a meal out of fresh veggies and quinoa.