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Farm Equipment Winter Maintenance

Farm equipment winter maintenance is necessary for any equipment that you own that is critical for harvest and in the coming months, to help prevent costly breakdowns.

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill
December 8, 2022 · · 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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Making a Wreath

An old-fashioned holiday 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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Do You Need Some Dough?

Contrary to what most people think, homemade bread is both easy and fun, and allows us to control the price and quality of our bread.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
November 22, 2022 · · Cattle

Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a sharp object penetrates the gut lining and damages some other organ or creates peritonitis (infection within the abdomen).

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DIY Seasoning Blends

I’d like to share a few of my favorite homemade seasoning blends, including ideas on what to grow yourself.

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Holiday Cranberry Recipes

Autumn is a time of wonderful flavors and big holiday meals. Try these cranberry recipes for your next autumn get-together!

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Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs for the Garden
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

What is considered a “good” reptile and amphibian will depend on where you live. For reptile species, there are a variety of lizards and snakes that are good for your garden.

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Anatomy of a Tree: The Vascular System
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Surprisingly, a vast degree of commotion occurs beneath a tree’s hard, protective bark. Take a peek into the anatomy of a tree.

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Regenerative Agriculture is More than Just a Buzzword
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Regenerative agriculture is a way of growing food with minimal to zero amount of damage to the land.

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Manure: Worth Its Weight in Gold
November 1, 2022 · · Growing

Ask anyone what the most valuable product from livestock might be, and you’ll get a list of delectable answers. But the true answer may be a bit more basic and a lot less appetizing: manure.

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An Introduction to The American Chinchilla
November 1, 2022 · · Rabbits

American Chinchillas — or AmChins as they are sometimes called by breeders — are large, quick-growing rabbits and are one of three Chinchilla rabbit breeds, named for the small, South American rodent with similar salt-and-pepper gray coloring.

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Sloppy Joe Loaded Baked Potato

Want to switch up your baked potato for something a little different? Try these Sloppy Joe Baked Potatoes!

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Old-Fashioned Potato Pie

This old-fashioned potato pie is a creamy and delicious way to use up some homegrown potatoes.

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From Start to Finish: Working with Textiles
October 5, 2022 · · Sheep

Work with textiles has moved to the machinery and technology age, but in the early days, textiles were created and crafted by hand, using the simplest of tools and devices.

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