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It’s CSA chicken season (Almost)!

It’s CSA chicken season (Almost)!

The snow is melting. The sun is shining. The kids are shedding their snowpants and coats. Spring! That makes me think about Chickens. Also, my chicken corner in the freezer is almost empty, so that makes me think about spring and chickens, too. This week I've worked...

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Reading Lists for the homestead

Reading Lists for the homestead

Books are a homestead farmer's best friend.  Right up there with YouTube and Google. And older farmers.  On our LIVE YOUTUBE Q&A programs, we've been asked what books we use as resources and reference. There's a whole list right here:  Homestead Farm Books The...

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The value of a life: Homestead Hog Harvest

The value of a life: Homestead Hog Harvest

This is our project this weekend: teaching a valuable homesteading skill. Appreciating your food and knowing that it was raised, harvested, and prepared with care from field to plate is part of a healthy lifestyle. Your food is your nourishment and an investment you...

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Building fences

Building fences

    Setting good fence posts is the foundation of a good fence. https://youtu.be/xOoTeXsIgSk We've chased our share of pigs. And cows. And goats. And sheep. It's not an experience we look forward to. It makes for a good "Farmfit" exercise. And lots of...

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Summer scenes on the farm

Summer scenes on the farm

Every year is a new adventure on the farm.  Every summer brings it's own challenges and joys.   What's up this summer?  We're still raising our chickens out on pasture in mobile chicken tractor pens and giving them GMO free feed along with the grass and bugs.  We're...

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It’s all about who you know

It’s all about who you know

"Do you like doing this job?" Someone asked me this once about chicken processing as I was loading her processed chickens into her car.  That question often comes back as I'm heading into the shop on Friday morning.  Friday is the day we process chickens for other...

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Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

We love to grow our garden.We love to eat from our garden. (Mark calls it "drive by eating" when you just eat lunch off the plant.)We even love to share our garden with other people.We do NOT like to share our plants with garden pests who eat the plant or produce...

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Anyone Can Farm with spring weeds!

Anyone Can Farm with spring weeds!

Anyone Can Farm weeds! I’ll show you how today.  Beyond a doubt you can procure something for yourself to eat.  You are a natural farmer, you just don’t know it yet.  And this farming probably won’t cost you anything.  It’s the ultimate free lunch.  Salad, at any...

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Farmers and Freedom: a Memorial Day reminder

Farmers and Freedom: a Memorial Day reminder

Freedom.  Liberty.  These are important words in our human being.  They are as important to the human spirit as life.  As I write this it is Memorial Day weekend.  For us in the U.S. it’s a time to pause and honor those who have paid the ultimate price for other...

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Making butter a superfood: how to make ghee

Making butter a superfood: how to make ghee

Ghee is an ancient practice of clarifying butter to give it a longer shelf life and to increase the digestibility of the fats.  It basically amounts to heating the butter and "rendering" it to separate the water, fat, and proteins.  It stores well on the counter in...

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