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5/26/2016
Farm life has its risks and we don't need to add to them by acting in unsafe ways. Read more for 10 Simple Ways we follow here on Serenity Acres Farm to keep us safe.
4/18/2016
While chickens are natural incubation experts, many breeders find that utilizing an incubator can give them more control over their hatch, ultimately leading to higher hatch rates than nature provides. Want to increase chicken egg hatch rates? Check out these fives tips to help you become an egg-incubation master.
4/1/2016
Follow these 11 easy tips to experience a good kidding season as shared by Serenity Acres Farm.
2/18/2016
Finding balance between farm work, work life, family, fun and business.
1/6/2016
Serenity Acres Farm shares its experiences with WWOOFers so yours will be a good one.
12/8/2015
The work of growing, hunting, and shopping natural comes together to bring an epic dinner for friends together for Thanksgiving.
12/3/2015
After three weekends with no harvest or animals seen, Kiara finds out they were probably right in front of his face.
11/30/2015
Hunting is frustrating because mostly you do nothing but wait, and then wait some more.
11/27/2015
The local environment and pests place obstacles in the way of the project, much like the Pilgrims had to face.
11/24/2015
Dinner guests force a slight change to the menu of the The First Feast Project.
11/24/2015
When you learn to use cast iron properly, you'll never want to use a Teflon pan again.
11/23/2015
The First Feast Thanksgiving Project runs into its first obstacle as guests quibble about eating foods harvested directly from nature.
11/20/2015
How am I going to grow all these vegetables for Thanksgiving when I don’t own land? Easy — with a community garden.
11/19/2015
What exactly was the menu at America's first Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and Indians? It’s not what you think, or have been told!
11/12/2015
Have you ever wondered what was served at the very first thanksgiving feast? If the question has ever crossed your mind, follow Kiara Ashanti as he answers the questions and describes how he creates the First Feast for Thanksgiving 2015.
10/15/2015
Serenity Goats has discovered a sustainable farm revenue stream in creating and selling goat's milk goats. Follow the farm's path from the USDA grant in 2014 to the finished product 18 months later.
10/5/2015
After you have dehydrated and vacuum-sealed your garden's goodies, it's time to store them either for use during the winter and early spring months, or for those people who wish to have on hand an emergency supply of food — this post covers both! From Mason jars to plastic lidded bins, here are safe food-storage tips right here on MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
9/15/2015
How to vacuum seal dehydrated food for long-term storage. Tip: get good bags and use oxygen absorbers. I'll be the first to admit that vacuum-sealing is the noisiest of our six steps, but it's the step where the kids can join in and have fun!
9/9/2015
Conditioning dehydrated food is a step often missed - but it's vital for mushrooms.
9/2/2015
By composting meat, vegetables, paper and all organic material in your trash, you can reduce waste by more than 50 percent!
8/31/2015
Discover how to dehydrate frozen foods. Have plenty of healthy snacks on hand year 'round.
8/31/2015
Use these three tips to make an eco-friendly crafting space.
8/21/2015
We're dehydrating food in six simple steps. Today is step 2: Prepare It! See the 3 easy methods and one surprise food prep step!
8/14/2015
Six simple steps is all it takes to dehydrate food at home. Preserve your garden's bounty by utilizing our easy-to-follow steps in this overview. In subsequent posts, I'll delve into vacuum-sealer bags so you can store your survival food safely.
8/13/2015
Are you planning to buy a goat? Here are 12 tips to consider when you are shopping for a goat.
8/7/2015
There are many useful accessories for electric food dehydrators. Here, we explain the Nesco and the Excalibur brand dehydrators' flexible tray inserts which help in the clean-up department. See our money-saving tips, too, for accessory substitutes you can make at home.
7/27/2015
Consider these Food Dehydrator pros and cons before buying. Featuring the Nesco™ and the Excalibur™ brand dehydrators. A tip: Use an electric outlet strip for models with no on/off switch.
7/21/2015
Here is a brief introduction to the Nesco™ and Excalibur™ electric food dehydrators. We'll help you decide which size best suits your family's needs and teach you about food safety and long-term food storage.
7/15/2015
A green outdoor lifestyle doesn't need to remain outdoors. There are ways of "greening" the interior of your home as well. Here are some ideas to make that happen.
5/20/2015
Composting doesn't have to be a perfect process that takes place in neat little piles. You can compost almost anything organic, including meat, bones, junk mail, logs, pet waste and more. Throw out the rules and start returning almost everything to the soil!
5/5/2015
Warmer weather brings greater focus to porches, patios, and outdoor spaces in general. Here are some tips to ensure that outdoor space makeovers are done in an eco-friendly and environmentally safe way.
4/24/2015
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.
4/14/2015
Repurposed pillow covers are an easy way to wake up your stale sofa and chairs, not to mention they offer a second life to household items that normally would have ended up in a dumpster. Here’s how to repurpose your castoff fabrics into fun, fresh pillow and cushion covers.
3/9/2015
How farm life will keep you fit so you can live a healthier and happier life.
1/14/2015
In the year of the goat we must compare the personalities and characteristics of goat people with goats.
11/24/2014
Composting doesn't have to be tough! Learn to make easy compost without the stress.
11/14/2014
Here are 12 simple tips that will help you to fight the war on worms and coccidia in goats.
10/2/2014
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.
9/29/2014
Chaya is one of the most delicious greens you've never tried. Learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful perennial!
9/16/2014
Fungi help your soil, your composting and your plants. Add fungi to your homestead activities and let 'em grow!
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.
8/14/2014
Ancient Florida shell mounds, early days of bar-b-que, and all that.
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.
7/9/2014
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
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.
4/28/2014
Life on a family farm is never dull and full of surprises to keep a farmer on their toes.
4/7/2014
Nested amongst the skyscrapers and tucked between white-powdery beaches and either the buzz of South Beach or nature preserves in Hollywood are some eco-minded hotels and restaurants offering patrons a taste of local and sustainable cuisine.
3/31/2014
Natural escapes to ecological preserves minutes away by bike in Hollywood, Florida. A vast sawgrass and gator-inhabited wilderness, including the Everglades National Park, found less than an hour’s drive from the Miami skyline. What surprised my family and me the most on our recent ecotourism adventure in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas were their accessibility – and beauty.
3/11/2014
While some visitors to the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area spend much of the time baking in the sun, hitting the clubs or running up credit cards shopping, my family and I discovered that a subtropical ecotravel adventure awaits less than a half hour away in every direction from the big city bustle.
3/5/2014
Growing peach pits doesn't get much easier than this.
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.
2/7/2014
21 things you should know—or wish you had known—before starting a goat farm.
1/27/2014
The adventure in the water, on the water or on dry land does stop with the ecotravel activities in the Florida Keys, many of which help preserve and conserve the very things we came to see. Some of the lodging options – and restaurants or food options – are an adventure in and of themselves.
1/23/2014
More goat babies and finding ideas to make money on a farm.
1/20/2014
The rich and diverse marine life of the Florida Keys can be experienced without ever getting wet: in a kayak, on a sailboat or at one of the many animal rescue or rehabilitation centers scattered along the Keys.
1/15/2014
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
1/13/2014
With more than 1,700 islands that encompass the Florida Keys, they provide refuge to hundreds of bird species, a spectacular diversity of tropical plants and abundant sea life. In other words, it’s the ultimate place for tropical eco-adventure without leaving the continental US. No passport needed.
1/8/2014
How to prepare for a successful kidding season.
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.
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!
11/15/2013
The Coturnix Quail egg is very nutritious, has been in many civilizations as the treatment for many ailments, now it is back in our era as the only dietetic egg due to its amazing components.
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!
11/11/2013
Tackling the GMO issue is a priority for food activists, but there are a number of perspectives on how to go about it. The Great GMO Debate will help you decide how and who should inform consumers about what biotech ingredients are lurking in their food.
8/27/2013
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
7/31/2013
Save the date for the Polyface Farm "Save Your Bacon" event.
7/30/2013
Can’t grow temperate berries? Jump into the tropics with these seven amazing fruits.
2/5/2013
Grow Red Thai Roselle hibiscus for a tea, health drink and sauce. Roselle, also known as Florida Cranberry, can be grown outside the sunbelt if you have the right variety. Red Thai is that variety.
7/22/2012
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
6/27/2011
Growing up in rural north Florida, Elizabeth Hollingsworth shares her family’s self-sufficiency experiences, from storing redskin potatoes to making jam; drives in the country to extended-family potlucks.




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