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Growing Hemp on the Homestead
October 21, 2021 · · Growing

Recent interest in growing hemp as an agricultural crop isn’t as recent as you might think. Hemp is an ancient plant. Evidence points to the plant’s use 10,000 years ago where it has been used for centuries as a form of textile fiber. Read More

Why is Phenology of Plants Important?
October 21, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow – I started studying the phenology of plants when I missed out on my fresh asparagus harvest one year. Next to my goat barn is an … Read More

Spring Rose the Geep: a Goat-Sheep Hybrid
October 6, 2021 · · Goat Breeds

Sheep have 54 chromosomes while goats have 60. Because of this difference in the number of chromosomes, their offspring rarely survive to birth and are usually aborted. Read More

Goat Journal November/December 2021
October 1, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal November/December 2021 is in homes October 21st, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on a vaccine for mastitis, spoiled vs. sour milk, and an exclusive story on one of the world's only genetically confirmed geeps. PLUS: Can goats eat Christmas trees? Read More

Human Pregnancy Risks When Raising Goats
October 19, 2021 · · Health

Zoonotic diseases are infections that can be passed on from an animal to a human. And while the human is pregnant, she has more to lose should she get sick. Read More

Backyard Poultry October / November 2021
August 27, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry October/November 2021 — 16/5 is in homes September 23rd, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on turkeys and geese, rodents that can be a problem for backyard chickens, and Squirt: the pigeon that hatched a chicken. Read More

How a New Chicken Waterer Changed My Life
October 20, 2021 · · Coops

It’s not often that something as simple as a chicken watering device generates a profound improvement in the life of a person. However, that is precisely what I experienced one Christmas, and three years later I’m still thankful for it. Read More

Backyard Beekeeping October/November 2021
August 26, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

The October/November 2021 issue of Backyard Beekeeping is here! Subscribe for stories including The Origin and History of Beekeeping, Wrapping Hives, Combing Through Your Combs, Winter Feeding, and Ask the Expert answers to reader questions! PLUS: Is honey really antimicrobial? Read More

You’re Invited to Become a Member of Backyard Beekeeping

We have some EXCITING news to share! There is something new in our community ... introducing the brand-new Backyard Beekeeping Membership and Magazine! Read More

Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them. Read More