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Homesteading And Livestock

Beekeeping

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Backyard Solitary Bees

 This article is also in audio form for your enjoyment. Scroll down just a bit to find the recording. Solitary bees are quickly becoming the new bee to host in your yard. One of Mother Nature’s best pollinators, they’re gentle, easy to care for, and critical pollinators for food and ecosystems. Unlike the social honeybee, solitary bees live and work alone, and they also ...

Staff

Sustainable Farming

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The Benefits of Agroforestry

I once rented a pasture that adjoined a yard containing two apple and two pear trees. Every fall when the fruit ripened, the loaded trees would drop any blemished fruit early. The homeowner hated mowing around the fallen fruits, and my cows liked to eat the ones that rolled across the fence, so when they were in the adjacent paddock, I’d throw the windfall fruits across the fence. ...

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Livestock

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Source and Safely Compost Large-Animal Manure

For folks who don’t farm or garden, a malodorous pile of manure is usually a fly-attracting eyesore to be avoided. But most farmers and gardeners won’t turn up their noses at such a deposit; where some might see rank waste, they instead see nutrient-rich material that can be composted and spread over pastures or plants to help them flourish. According to the University of ...

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Pets

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Guide to Natural Dogs

From dog breeds to dog feed MOTHER EARTH NEWS has all your dog needs. Our dogs are more than companions, they’re partners. Laboring before sunup and after sundown, they’re some of the hardest workers on the farm and ranch, and they’re often the most reliable hunting partner you can find. They’re also joyful family members and fierce property protectors. Whether you’re ...

Poultry

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Animal Advice They Tell You

The older I get, the more I realize that most of what I’ve been told or have read about raising animals wasn’t applicable in my situation — and, I bet, in many situations. Sometimes, the information is offered in a dogmatic way, perhaps to make it readily reproducible and easier to master than a more open-minded approach. There’s also the one-size-fits-all syndrome, ...

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Power Equipment

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What to Consider When Buying Compact Tractors

You’ve decided to take the financial plunge because your back just won’t take all the lifting. You’ve put off those earth-moving projects long enough, but you need a machine that can do much more than dig. In two years, you want to make a little hay, but the driveway needs grading too. You’ve decided that a compact tractor will fit the bill, but there are so many choices. ...

Hank Will

Self Reliance

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Harvest Pond Ice to Fill an Ice House for a Year of Off-Grid Refrigeration

Last week, our good friend William, along with his wife and nine children,  invited us over for dinner at their homestead. This was an honor and turned out to be an amazing (and perhaps life-changing) experience. Watch the video. You see, William and his family are the ultimate homesteaders. They grow all of their own food. They heat their home with wood they harvest. ...

Kerry Mann