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Winter Wheat: The Good of Grain
September 2, 2022 · · Growing

Winter wheat may have the potential of changing agriculture across the Great Plains.

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Preserving Sweet Corn

Whether you’ve grown it yourself or found a wonderful deal at your local farmers market, fresh sweet corn is an absolute delight! This is a guide to preserving sweet corn.

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Preserving Peaches for Easy, Delicious Desserts

50 pounds of peaches is a decent amount of fruit to preserve, but we managed it. So how do you go about preserving all those peaches?

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Making Fruit-Scrap Vinegar

Don’t toss your fruit scraps, use them to make vinegar. My excursion into fruit vinegar came after canning peaches, pears, and apples. I looked at the scraps and decided to play with the garbage.

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Homesteading as a Family
September 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

While wanting clean, healthy food for my family was my motivation for homesteading, the richness of life it has provided is immeasurable.

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Survival Essentials for Safe Adventures
September 1, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Giving 10 “essentials” for survival and emergencies is Royce Jones, Wilderness Patroller I of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness which is located on the mountain that overlooks Palm Springs, California.

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Heirloom Seeds: Not Just Tomatoes
September 1, 2022 · · Growing

When many think of heirloom seeds, they believe that it is just tomatoes; however, it is far more vast than a common tomato.

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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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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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