Building a BBQ – Turning a Lemon Into a Hog Roaster

Building a BBQ -Great ideas don’t always work as planned on the homestead.  Mark’s biochar building learning curve produced a failed burner, but left him with raw materials for a new BBQ!  We’ve BBQ’d our share of hogs on the roll around grill he made almost 20 years ago at our Montana farm, and he’s ready to up the game.  The plans include being able to cold smoke meats for ourselves, so there are more than just BBQ possibilities here.  But, here’s Mark to tell you about it himself:

Past Homestead Blogs – Anyone Can Farm

Corned Beef: a tale of taste and triumph

Irish corned beef. Contrary to its name, corned beef has nothing to do with corn, and isn't really an Irish dish. This meat also has a deliciously middle class, “beat the man” flavor to its history.  Interestingly enough, beef...

Fat is for you: suet pudding recipe

Did God have a small over sight for those of us in northern climates? Apparently he didn't realize that the sun doesn't shine regularly in some places. Good thing we figured out how to manufacture Vitamin D and put it in a pill so it's easy to ship all over. WAIT A...

Not just a drain: Farm kids

Farm kids. Why do you do this farm thing? It's a question you need to have a good answer to, or you won't have a strong enough reason to do the hard things farming requires. In our case, and for many of you, it's farm kids. Our kids, and your kids. It's about raising...

Raw Ice Cream

When it comes to frozen treats, few things can rival the sheer joy of indulging in a creamy scoop of ice cream. But imagine savoring an ice cream that not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also brings a wealth of nutritional benefits. Raw ice cream, especially if...

Bull Adventures

Bulls. Looking across the rickety "Michigan gate" into the eyes of Endeavor the Guernsey bull, I started asking myself a few questions. "How serious is he about his bully threats? Do I dare bluff him?" "Why the heck do we still have a bull??" "How fast can I still...

Meet Tiger Lily: Homestead dairy cow

Tiger Lily (Mark calls her) or Striped Cow (as Frank dubbed her) is the newest member of the milking line-up.  She joined us in December as a "commercial dairy rescue." She was for sale from the dairy because she has an udder irregularity.  One of her back quarters...

Meet Ruby from the dairy cow herd share

What herd share is complete if you don't know your cows? Even in a big dairy cow herd you get to know certain cows and they may earn themselves a name. In a small herd like ours, and most herd share herds, the cows all have a name and a presence.  We thought it's only...

A milk day and a product review

Milk. It's a thing we do every day. Once a day. Every week. All year. Some days collecting the milk is awesome, some days it's a little challenging.  Mark is gonna tell you a bit about that in his "day in the life" video. We do the milking for our herd share members....

A Good Business

Our business isn't exactly a glory business. Custom chicken processing. But it's a service and we are professionals. Even the ten year old. These kids are awesome, and our business has facilitated so much good for them: understanding the finances of a business (they...

Gathering is a revolutionary act

Gathering is a revolutionary act. There's a great power in gathering with like minded people. When you choose to step out of the flow of "normal" life, it helps a great deal to have folks to lock arms with, to connect to, for help and support. That is how you...