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Springtime Rhubarb Pie

The first fresh pie filling available in my part of Wisconsin is rhubarb. It’s ready to pull at 8 to 10 inches tall.

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Secrets of Raising Katahdin Sheep
May 18, 2022 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By John Kirchhoff – For many people, mentioning hair sheep evokes either “I wouldn’t have anything else” or a “No way would I have them” response. My wife …

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Raising Heritage Breeds

Heritage livestock breeds are facing extinction worldwide, and some in the United States are in critical danger. Heritage livestock breeders play a critical role in conservation, but raising them is not the best choice for everyone.

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Much Ado About Mulch

From flower gardens to homestead veggie gardens, mulching is an integral part of bed cultivation. But are you mulching the right way?

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An Introduction to Angora Rabbits

Angora rabbits can be an adorable and productive addition to a homestead because of their wonderful capacity to produce a fiber that is highly sought-after by hand spinners and mills.

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All About Beans

Even in prehistoric times, our ancestors were enjoying the flavor and nutrition of beans. For thousands of years, beans have served us as a source of good nutrition, especially in protein, B vitamins, and fiber.

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Tips for Growing Sweet Corn

When I was a kid, it seemed like everyone in our rural community had tips for growing sweet corn as everyone grew it. I can remember that we planted a field full of it and harvest time was rather busy.

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Florida Weave Tomato Trellising System

I don’t know about you, but there’s one thing about growing tomatoes that I don’t care for — caging them.

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Disposing of Disposables

It’s time to rediscover the wonders of reusables — and a healthier bank account once you’re no longer wasting money on single-use products. Dispose the disposables.

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How to Take an Accurate Soil Sample
April 19, 2022 · · Growing

Do you want your garden to produce the best-tasting food in town? Do you want to maximize production to fill your farmers market stands?

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5 Best Rural Rice Recipes

Rice is extremely versatile and a rice recipe can go with just about any cuisine. According to Ricepedia, more than half of the world’s population (or 3.5 billion people) derive 20% of their daily calorie intake from rice — and for good reason.

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American Tarentaise Cattle
April 12, 2022 · · Cattle

When I first heard about American Tarentaise cattle back in 2015, I was intrigued to learn all about a widely unknown breed. My husband had a coworker who was raising these cattle.

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A Salute to the Mighty Come-Along Tool

Thanks to the fabulous come-along tool, an endless variety of monumental pulling tasks can be performed by one individual. In countless sheds and barns across this nation is one of the greatest tools known to man.

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Sheep Breed Profile: Bluefaced Leicester
April 5, 2022 · · Sheep

In today’s world, the term “BFF” is a texting shortcut that stands for Best Friends Forever. In the world of sheep, however, “BFL” is the common nickname for the Bluefaced Leicester, and it might as well be interpreted as “Best Flock for Life,” because of the wonderful characteristics of this breed of sheep.

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Sloppy Joe Loaded Baked Potato

Try this filling, delicious baked potato for dinner!

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