white tailed deer
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.
If you want whiter teeth but don't want to buy chemical-heavy products at the store, these food and DIY home remedies will help you get whiter teeth, without the cost and chemicals.
The new adapter, from Worksaver, Inc., allows John Deere 400/500 series loaders to be used with Euro/Global attachments.
A university study found that two commercial deer repellents are nearly as good as a fence.
Cole talks about the horrors he's seen when people butcher their own deer.
Should The Gourmet Butcher produce a deer butchering DVD?
How we were adopted and befriended by a deer.
These compact pallet forks incorporate many of the same durability features found on larger Worksaver units and utilize Class I forks (1” x 3.5” x 42”) rated at 2,000 lbs. for optimal lifting capacity.
A homesteader's year is over for this time. Nothing cleans the yard up as a foot of snow, and I think it's here to stay. winter on Deer Isle is great, so great I consider it something we deserve after getting through the summer, both for us as homesteaders and for us as a part of this community.
The beauty of the Shenandoah National Park comes to life in this Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own images, and yours could be featured next!
Warmer weather proliferated the rise of a viral infection in deer dubbed Episodic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), carried by a tiny biting fly called a midge. Unfortunately, individual state deer management, once based in science, has now grown to be political. Influenced by farm agency and insurance company lobbyists, legislators regularly appoint natural resources directors who are not faithful guardians of wildlife.
I never butchered a deer before, having always spent the money to have someone else do it. But I discovered it is surprisingly easy and worth the extra effort.
What if I find land where I can homestead but it's at a location where no one does the same thing? The lack of a homesteading community can be a discouraging factor when looking for land, but over time, if one is patient, it is very likely you'll find others that are drawn to the basic, sustaining, diverse and positive actions of homesteading.
A good gardening tool is lightweight, ergonomically correct and has a positive impact on the soil. We only use hand tools (non-powered) in our gardens since we find that we can get the job done easier and more efficiently with a more correct impact on the soil and less impact on our bodies than we would with any machines.
It wasn't many months ago the seed catalog for this year showed up, but at that point I had just, just, managed to finish off the garden season, slightly traumatized from all the work. To receive a catalog then seemed mostly like an ill-conceived joke, a way to rub it in; don't think you can relax too much.
California condors are on the verge of extinction, and lead ammunition has something to do with it. But they're not the only animals being hurt. Based on recent studies, people that eat venison risk exposure to lead as well.
MAX finally got a deer deflector, after three years of writing about how much it needs one. It'll give a bit of extra rollover protection, too.
The new apple orchard we're planning for our homestead won't be the classical lawn-layout most people are accustomed to. Our edible landscape will mimic a natural landscape with the goal to reduce interference such as spraying while providing organic fruit, berries and herbs for many months of many years.
Up against China, the tar sand extraction, dysfunctional global summits and the endless cry for economic growth, any individual's actions to halt global warming might seem insignificant. But conscious decisions that bring us closer to nature can make a difference and might be the best we can do.
Even with the daylight hours lately, we still have quite a bit of winter left. Good health – both physically and mentally – might require a little bit more effort than in the summer but can still be achieved and maintained though this homestretch before spring.
February can be a hit or miss for us here at Deer Isle Hostel - snow and cold demands more creativity to stay busy, but also provides a great chance not to do much. Planting onions from seed, shoveling snow and planning for the Hostel season 2015 are some things I do to keep the cabin fever under control.
One of my best pieces of advice to those wishing to establish a homestead is to reach out to the community. Happy neighbors are a big part of a happy homestead and for us it was not only a way to drum up support and engagement for our project, but it was also transformative for our experience and for our business.
A description of farmers' even tempered dispositions.
It's snake season, and I found a black snake out my back door!
If you think Bambi is cute, try keeping him out of your strawberry field!
Robert White explains why he's attending the Growing Farmers workshops, and describes what he learned in the first session.
The different sounds that you hear in the city or country are as different as the people that live there.
Sarah is a friend to the farm who taught Ilene Freedman how to make "Farm Chi." Farm Chi is Sarah’s version of kimchi, fermented mixed vegetables from the seasonal farm harvest.
If you are challenged by growing carrots, you might consider transplanting them and growing some dancing carrots.
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
Dealing with potties out in the country.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
Humorous real-life stories of moving and adjusting to farm life.
Baby greenhouse plants are spring babies too, just like the birth of baby animals. Here’s a way to keep them warm in the hoophouse.
The “hygiene hypothesis” could explain the rise in asthma and allergy rates, according to some scientists. Learn more about why exposure to germs isn’t always a bad thing.
Are you looking to do your own environmental audit at your home or workplace? Here's what you need to know.
We use some old and tried techniques for how to process the meat, like curing and smoking the big cuts so they'll keep without being put in a freezer. We're constantly striving to learn new, mostly old ways of utilizing and preserving more of the pigs for our own consumption, by making headcheese, confit and lard.
Our true story about Junior a very unique deer.
Many aspects of my homesteading life lie close to what we as humans have evolved for: the outdoors, physical activity, whole food and days and years that follows the rhythm of the seasons and the sun. But there are other, less obvious biological aspects for why I believe homesteading can improve health and well being.
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
Guidance for aspiring micro dairy owners and managers when navigating regulations and permitting on the local and state levels.
It takes a few good rationalizations to get through the busiest part of the growing season.
Making garlic powder is easy, and a good way to preserve a crop of split garlic.
Curing sweet potatoes so their starches turn to sugars; plus my three favorite recipes.
Growing corn early by transplanting may be unconventional, but its a great way to beat the challenges and...eat corn in July!
An auspicious start to our beekeeping? Maybe!
Learning to raise cows is more of a challenge than you would imagine!
The White House will launch an open-to-the-public farmers market.
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
I cure my spring fever by planting in a hoop house.
President Obama plans to help earn the White House LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
A humurous description of the beginning of an adventure in farming.
Discover what antioxidants are, how antioxidants work in your body, and which antioxidant-rich foods to choose.
Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.
Making your own spice mix is a quick, easy DIY project. Ilene White Freedman shares her chili powder DIY project woes. Learn from her discoveries before you start your batch.
Learn about three consumer-driven green energy trends for 2015 that will have a direct impact on our pocketbooks in the coming year, including net-zero energy homes, electric vehicles, and green energy production.
After fire took her friends’ award-winning historic, renovated home only a year after its completion, Ilene White Freedman asks “Who will rebuild their spirits?” A follow-up to her post about the home's renovation.
The surprising connection between the drug trade and the environment.
Put together your own mini-indoor garden with these clever ideas.
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
Winter is over and the colors of spring are here!
Listen to what happens when you have a hole in your jeans and angry bees!
Learn about the dangers of radon in the home and what can be done about it.
Learn about five easy ways for companies to help the environment by implementing a few simple changes to their building and operations.
Repurposing for functional home décor, featuring four recent household projects.
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
How to measure tomato seedlings for success before planting into your garden.
After a long trial-and-error process, Ilene White Freedman finally found a sustainable, weed-suppressing mulching system for her farm.
Transforming a crock full of cucumbers into old-fashioned dill pickles is a bit of magic.
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
Ilene White Freedman celebrates with her friends at their homestead-warming, after over two years of living in a trailer while renovating a dilapidated house. Their restoration includes the original logs and stone kitchen of a historic cabin. Some uninvited guests from the farm’s livestock take a house tour too.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.
Wintertime for a farmer is full of projects and planning.
Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
Some things have come full circle, so now we have a chance to fix it right this time!
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
In this blog, Robert White of Quail Acres Farm shares some of his experiences in the Growing Farmers workshops as they relate to planning for his upcoming move to the farm to establish his market garden and small livestock business.
Blackberry picking only happens at the height of summer, but is well worth the thorn wounds!
For homes in warm climates, white roofs, aka cool roofs, can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 20 percent.
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
Help grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Here are some easy ways you can participate.
Is your garden providing you with zucchini overload? Ilene White Freedman offers some tips and recipes to keep it bounty, rather than burden.
Canning won't heat up your house when you set up your own portable outdoor canning kitchen.
It took a year for Ilene White Freedman to make homegrown, homemade Ancho-Chili Powder. Find out how she did it.
What you need to think about to prepare your cows, barn, feed and yourself for the cold weather.
Feed and hay management tips to get through winter.
Finding time to make improvements on a small dairy is difficult but making a few improvements as the seasons change can often make a micro dairy or any size small farm more efficient. Here are 7 steps to help you prepare your barn for the cold winter months.
Helping your cows transition from fall to winter can be easy to do. Here are five steps to consider when the cold weather starts settling in.
A bombilla is a Latin American tea straw used to drink yerba mate. Why not use it to enjoy all kinds of loose herbal teas? Ilene White Freedman shares a story, a tea recipe and links to others recipes.
Learn about the different types of earth-sheltered homes and why you should consider digging in the ground to find your next residence.
As farmers, we know the importance of creating a milking environment that is clean and healthy for the animals. In Part 2 of Making Clean Raw Milk, we outline the steps needed to milk your cow or goat in a manner that keeps it clean.
Rabbit is delicious and extremely good for you.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick discovers a kindred soul in E. B. White when she reads the essay Memorandum, from his 1944 collection, 'One Man's Meat.'
Virtual farmers markets make buying and selling fresh farm goods easy and can grow into a thriving business!
Ilene White Freedman starts her cheesemaking trials with an aged pressed cheddar cheese with goat's milk from the farm.
Four easy steps to guide small dairy farmers to filter, chill and clean properly to ensure delicious, farm-fresh milk, yogurt or cheese every time.
Some businesses toss around the word "green" to be hip and fit, but the question is just how green are their products and buildings anyways? Let's take a closer look.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
We dipped candles from our hive's beeswax to celebrate winter. Candlemaking is a nice seasonal craft. Here’s how we did it, plus some tips to get you started.
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
In this blog we explore making your own ricotta and kefir, with recipes!
Bleached, colored, preserved and flavored, white bread is practically devoid of nutrition.
The hoophouse on our farm is filled with greens all winter long. It’s almost hard to switch gears for summer tomatoes.
Micro Dairy Industry Leader, Bob-White Systems, Launches E-Commerce Site.
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Germany have developed a new type of insulating foam.
How many people wonder (pun intended) about industrial white bread? A new book out by Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows that he has. It is a fascinating description of how white bread got to be where it is today politically, economically, and culturally.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
If you want to have some wonderful food, great scenery by the ocean, lots of things to do, I have a place for you: Nova Scotia, Canada.
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.
If you just happen to need white dinner rolls for a crowd at Thanksgiving, here's the recipe. Also, check out some really cool contests and special offers from King Arthur Flour.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.