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The American Persimmon
September 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

Also known as the common persimmon, American persimmon is not to be confused with the smaller Asian variety. In fact, at a height of 30 to 80 feet, the American stands several times taller than its counterpart.

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Our Side Hustle with the Harvest Host RV Camping Network
September 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

The Harvest Host program is a membership network for self-contained RVers. Because campers are not charged nightly fees to stay at member sites, Harvest Host campers are strongly encouraged to support their hosts by purchasing products or making a monetary donation in exchange for unique, off-the-beaten path places to stay.

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A Year of Self-Sufficient Living
September 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

We decided to focus on growing vegetables and fruits and procurement of wild game. This is our year-long self-sufficient story.

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Starting Your Own Soap Making Business
August 27, 2022 · · Soapmaking

I remember when I first discovered I could make my own soap and started my own soap making business. I was intrigued and obsessed with the various scents and ingredients.

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Pressure Canning Kale and Other Greens

Pressure canning kale and other greens leave your freezer space available for other things that aren’t as well-suited for canning. If you’re like me, you fill up your garden beds to maximum capacity and then have trouble keeping up with all of the summer bounties!

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Cold Weather 101: Help Lambs Beat the Winter Chill
August 24, 2022 · · Sheep

For sheep raisers in cold climates, winter is a time to take special precautions to ensure lambs grow healthy and strong.

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Tips To Help Homeowners Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Knowing beforehand what to do when a natural disaster hits is pivotal.

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From Start to Finish: Working With Textiles
August 20, 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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Keeping it Cool With a DIY Walk-in Cooler

The time was drawing near to process lambs. My husband and I had processed our own venison for years. We were ready to venture out and try something new.

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Artisanal Sheep Cheese: Shepherds Manor Creamery Part 2 of 2
August 11, 2022 · · Sheep

The Histons considered producing “mixed milk” cheese (where goat or cow milk is added to the sheep milk), but have found that their niche in sheep is what makes them stand out. All of the artisanal sheep cheese produced at Shepherds Manor Creamery is made from 100% sheep milk.

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Raising Lamb for Meat and Selling it at the Farmers Market
August 5, 2022 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Matthew Ernst – Nikki and Scott Royer took on the duty of managing her family’s 125–acre farm in Clinton, Indiana, in 2000, after Nikki’s father’s untimely death. …

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Different Types of Fire Extinguishers and Their Uses

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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Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
August 1, 2022 · · Sheep

Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams dangerous?

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Aquaponic Systems for Homesteaders
July 25, 2022 · · Growing

Aquaponic systems could be a top-notch method of gardening for homesteaders. Why? Because it is a simple agricultural system that can be placed almost anywhere: in your backyard, in a greenhouse, or indoors.

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Dead Ram Walking: Treating Sick Sheep Symptoms
July 18, 2022 · · Sheep

One day the ram was walking around and looking totally healthy — the next, he was just standing under a tree with his head hanging down. I knew I’d have to examine him for sick sheep symptoms.

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