About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

Homesteading After Retirement: Part 5
August 23, 2021 · · Homesteading

Retirement dreams often include plans to travel both near and far. Depending on your previous occupation, travel may not have been possible very often.

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
August 22, 2021 · · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed and a plan.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 9, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
August 9, 2021 · · Sheep

Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity of the Dorper sheep breed.

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Try Suffolk Sheep for Meat and Wool on the Farm
August 2, 2021 · · Sheep

Suffolk sheep were first recognized in 1797 in sheep breed books. Since 1888, the Suffolk sheep have traveled to new continents and become a staple of American and Canadian sheep farms.

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
July 25, 2021 · · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place.

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Canning Green Beans to Enjoy Later
July 13, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

Canning green beans fresh from the garden, preserves the taste of summer. Once you know how to grow green beans, you will want to enjoy the fresh beans all year long.

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
July 4, 2021 · · Pigs

While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs raised with good hygiene, appropriate shelter and nutritious food will have few problems but can still become infected.

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Homesteading After Retirement: Part 4
June 29, 2021 · · Homesteading

When we first began homesteading, I had zero thoughts about infrastructure for retirement in the future. Later when we first brought sheep to the farm, I had no idea what would help me manage the flock.

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Picking the Best Tractor for Small Farms

Buying the best tractor for small farm work requires searching for the right tractor for the job. Tractors can be used for many reasons.

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2021 · · Homesteading

What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are living in a more self-sustainable way, they may be interested in having a family milk provider.

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
May 2, 2021 · · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including sheep, goats, rabbits, camels, llamas, alpaca, bison, and yak!

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Homesteading After Retirement: Part 3
April 14, 2021 · · Homesteading

Is running a market garden business a good fit for retirement life? This installment of the Homesteading After Retirement series involves an area of homesteading that I have absolutely no experience in doing.

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
March 26, 2021 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs …

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Homesteading After Retirement: Part 2
March 24, 2021 · · Homesteading

Buying land or an established farm property is one of the first decisions facing you after deciding to homestead after retirement. First, research the area where you would like to settle.

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