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Countryside Contributor

Guest contributors stop by from time to time to share insight into their homesteading practices. Take a minute and learn something new from one of our Countryside guest contributors.
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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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Artisanal Sheep Cheese: Shepherds Manor Creamery Part 1 of 2
July 11, 2022 · · Sheep

The artisanal sheep cheese from Shepherds Manor Creamery is what makes this creamery stand out with its award-winning, product — 100% sheep milk cheese.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
July 5, 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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Rowdy the Buffalo

After driving down the long driveway past two large pastures and a small herd of bison, we arrived. We walked through a large expanse of fresh-cut green grass in front of the house and onto a large and sturdy, welcoming porch.

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Cooking with the Sun

Do you enjoy cooking outdoors? Then stretch those outdoor living skills by cooking with solar energy.

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Black Currants: America’s Delicious Forbidden Fruit
June 16, 2022 · · Growing

Black currants are easy-to-grow, requiring very little care, which was perfect for us! One spring, we were buying baby fruit trees at our local nursery and were excited about starting a small orchard on our 10-acre homestead.

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Incorporating Homesteading and Homeschooling

We homestead and homeschool with our eight children. Incorporating the two lifestyles just comes naturally. I’m a huge proponent of life schooling.

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Ten Ways to Simplify your Life

Here are 10 ways making good choices can simplify your life. Some of these suggestions are relatively easy, some are unbelievably difficult, but all will contribute toward a simpler life.

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How To Build A Permanent Home Herb Garden 
June 7, 2022 · · Growing

Herb gardens are one of my very favorite things to have around our homestead. They serve so many purposes, including beauty, pollinator attractors, herbal teas, medicine, and seasonings.

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Fried Fruit Pies
June 6, 2022 · · Recipes

I think most folks can agree that pie is a crowd-pleasing dessert. These fried pies are sure to be the dessert that you and your loved ones didn’t know you were missing!

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Easy Brunch Panini
June 3, 2022 · · Recipes

Brunch is a meal that doesn’t get enough acknowledgment. These brunch panini are exactly what brunch should be: a little breakfast and a little lunch and I sure hope you enjoy them.

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So, You Want to Raise Farm Kids.

I only really thought about the benefits of rural life and didn’t consider the potential drawbacks. Like most things in life, there are both good and bad things about raising farm kids, just ask my teens!

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Be Careful With Plants: They May Be Toxic!
June 3, 2022 · · Growing

Some plants are toxic to people or pets. So before handling plants afield, bringing home that new houseplant, or growing that new addition to the garden, do research about any dangers that might exist.

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Bear Country? It Bears Watching!

They’re interesting. They’re unlike other animals. They’re wild. And they’re dangerous. Bears can inflict serious injury or even cause a fatality. They bear watching.

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Go Fish!

Remember catching your first fish? I do. Mine was hooked using a wooden stick baited with a nightcrawler — a backwoods fishing rig if ever there was.

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