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Countryside Contributor

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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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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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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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