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$50 Worth of Chicken Recipes from a $15 Bird

Think of these simple chicken recipes the next time you enjoy a tasty roasted chicken dinner, and know that you’re only a few meals away from turning that single bird into $50 worth of food.

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Creating An Evergreen Christmas Wreath

An old-fashioned Christmas tradition is to hang an evergreen wreath on your door to welcome family and friends.
Wreath making is quick and very inexpensive.

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill
November 23, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen present in the water. Oxygen is essential to the metabolism of all aerobic (air breathing) organisms.

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Homemade Lefse

Add to Favorites By Becky Pederson – I have fond memories of making lefse at my grandma’s house back in the early to mid-1950s. Grandma would gather wood to get …

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5 Tips to Developing a Permaculture Food Forest
November 19, 2021 · · Growing

Food forests, also known as edible permaculture forest gardens, are growing in popularity worldwide. A food forest is taking the old-fashioned monocrop orchard and adding many more layers of utility to it, while making it more self-contained and lower maintenance.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Hügelkultur Raised Bed
November 12, 2021 · · Growing

Do you wish that you had more gardening space, but you don’t want to add more summer watering chores to your to-do list? Then a building hügelkultur bed may be the perfect solution for you.

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Zombie Soil
November 4, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By JenniferMaynard – Anyone with a rudimentary level of understanding about how soil works knows that its purpose is to supply nutrients and moisture to the crops …

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Farm Estate Planning
November 2, 2021 · · Homesteading

Farm estate planning is essential to the process of passing a  farm on to the next generation as smoothly and successfully as possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Startups Service reports that family-owned farms account for 97% of the 2.1 million farms in the United States.

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Different Types of Fire Extinguishers and Their Uses
November 2, 2021 · · Homesteading

Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home, but it’s also the law in many states. Many of us do not realize that a single fire extinguisher does not work on every type of fire.

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Sheep Breed Profile: Bluefaced Leicester
November 2, 2021 · · Sheep

In today’s world, the term “BFF” is a texting shortcut that stands for Best Friends Forever. In the world of sheep, however, “BFL” is the common nickname for the Bluefaced Leicester, and it might as well be interpreted as “Best Flock for Life,” because of the wonderful characteristics of this breed of sheep.

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Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

Here’s a short course in the three different worlds of three very different equines — horses, donkeys, and mules. Their various characteristics, foibles, and behaviors are interesting, and knowing more about them will give you a better ability when being around them.

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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.

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Growing Cold-Hardy Vegetables
October 12, 2021 · · Growing

Many of us put our gardens to bed once winter arrives. However, by using an abundance of strategies and knowing which cold-hardy crops to plant, we can harvest food, even in snow-driven territories where temperatures may drop to zero degrees F.

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Planting Bulbs in Fall for Early Spring Flowers
October 12, 2021 · · Growing

You will find that planting bulbs in fall will bring great joy come spring. Discovering the first crocus emerging from the barren ground in late winter gives us a clear message that spring is not far behind.

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
October 7, 2021 · · Growing, Recipes

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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