How to Care for Chickens in Winter

Homesteading

How to Care for Chickens in Winter

Caring for chickens in the winter is pretty similar to caring for them during any other season: It doesn't have to be that difficult. With just a handful of modifications to their enclosure, your chickens can be perfectly happy and comfortable in the winter months. Here are the most important...
Abbagail McRuer Jan 18, 2022
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How to Make Sweet Birch Tea

Foraging

How to Make Sweet Birch Tea

Most of my favorite childhood memories rush back to me with a whiff of mint because I likely had a birch twig clamped between my teeth when they happened. This was thanks to my best friend's older brother. He was a born-in-workboots kind of farm boy with a talent for cussing so impressively that he...
Jenna Rozelle Jan 17, 2022
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How to Grow Microgreens

Gardening

How to Grow Microgreens

Microgreens are most often found in high-end restaurants and culinary publications. They have become synonymous with extravagance and “style-over-substance” cooking, but in reality they are dirt cheap to produce at home and an excellent way to inject fresh homegrown produce into your diet. I’ve also...
Jordan Tony Jan 13, 2022
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How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms

Gardening

How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) grow wild in both tropical and temperate forests all over the globe. They have likely been foraged by many cultures throughout history, but they were first intentionally cultivated by German soldiers who grew them on stumps in the forest during World War I. In...
Jordan Tony Jan 3, 2022
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How to Plan a Homestead

Homesteading

How to Plan a Homestead

Homesteading can mean a lot of different things. For some, it’s having a vegetable garden or a stocked pantry. For others it means being completely self-sufficient. In any case, having and planning a homestead is a lot of work. To me, homesteading is not only growing your own food, it’s also...
Abbagail McRuer Dec 27, 2021
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The Best Organic Pest Control for Gardens

Gardening

The Best Organic Pest Control for Gardens

When I finished my degree in biology in 2013, I decided that instead of getting a job at a laboratory or going to graduate school, I would get a hands-on ecology education by completing an apprenticeship at a research farm in rural North Carolina. I worked on the Small Farm Unit where we practiced...
Jordan Tony Dec 23, 2021
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10 Best Egg-Laying Chicken Breeds

Homesteading

10 Best Egg-Laying Chicken Breeds

Farm fresh eggs are one of the greatest joys in life. Eggs are such a versatile food with amazing health benefits. But getting your chickens to lay them is not quite as simple as it might seem. To cover the basics, every hen lays eggs, no rooster needed. However, if there's a rooster present and...
Abbagail McRuer Dec 16, 2021
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How to Harvest Chaga Mushrooms

Foraging

How to Harvest Chaga Mushrooms

The name “chaga” is a borderline buzzword these days. So, I feel it’s safe to assume you’ve either heard it or seen it on the label of some trendy health product. However, I’ve found that the actual organism is still pretty vague and mysterious to many people. I support its popularity wholeheartedly...
Jenna Rozelle Dec 13, 2021
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How to Sow Seeds in the Winter

Gardening

How to Sow Seeds in the Winter

When I discovered winter sowing, it was one of the biggest “aha” moments of my gardening life. I didn’t immediately understand the reasoning behind the method, but after a little research I distilled that its root goal is to allow natural processes to simply happen rather than forcing them. This...
Jenna Rozelle Dec 9, 2021
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How to Not Overgraze Your Homestead

Homesteading

How to Not Overgraze Your Homestead

To understand how not to overgraze your homestead, you must first understand what rotational grazing is. Managing your pasture is an art and rotating your animals on pasture consistently and effectively makes a huge difference in the health of your livestock and the health of your land. Rotational...
Abbagail McRuer Dec 1, 2021
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5 Weird Things Chickens Do and What They Mean

Homesteading

5 Weird Things Chickens Do and What They Mean

Raising chickens is enriching work. They’re often one of the first farm animals people consider when starting to homestead. They're a true dual-purpose animal, providing you with both meat and eggs. It’s economical to start raising chickens due to the low up cost of feed and housing. They are also...
Abbagail McRuer Nov 26, 2021
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