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

Becoming a Shepherd
February 23, 2021 · · Sheep

Shepherding has been part of humanity for thousands of years. And I was drawn to this lifestyle. I do not come from a background of shepherding. My family roots are deep …

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Choosing the Best Farm Dogs for Your Farm
February 8, 2021 · · Homesteading

Size, temperament, and training ability are a few criteria that go into choosing one of the best farm dogs.

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American Guinea Hogs
February 8, 2021 · · Pigs

American Guinea hogs could be the best choice for homesteading families. The all-black, small-sized hog is a champion at foraging for food and requires little to no additional grain feeding.

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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
November 2, 2020 · · Homesteading

Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people roamed thousands of acres while raising sheep and cattle.

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
September 16, 2020 · · Pigs

Sow care during gestation, farrowing and lactation is the key to healthier piglets. When piglets have a strong start in life they are more likely to thrive, develop quickly, and wean easily.

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
July 24, 2020 · · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they can be, were weaned, and fed for a few weeks (and even months in some cases).

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Farm Piglets for Sale in Today’s Market
July 20, 2020 · · Pigs

Finding you have extra farm piglets for sale can happen occasionally. Pig breeders have a product that is more popular at certain times of the year.

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How to Spin Wool Using a Commercial Mill
June 22, 2020 · · Homesteading

Learning how to spin wool using a commercial mill is an option. When we first began raising fiber and wool animals, I had grand dreams of producing yarn myself.

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
June 10, 2020 · · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything.

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Important Piglet Care Facts to Know
May 29, 2020 · · Pigs

What kind of piglet care should you be prepared for when raising pigs? Fortunately, the sow normally does all of the hard work for you.

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
February 10, 2020 · · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation?

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Castrating Pigs, Lambs, and Goat Kids
February 4, 2020 · · Pigs

Castrating pigs and other livestock is often done right on the farm. The supplies needed are found in a farm first aid box.

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
December 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few …

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Recognize Signs of Parvo in Your Dog
November 21, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Quickly recognizing signs of parvo in your dog greatly increases his chance of full recovery from this fast spreading virus. Any unvaccinated puppy or mature dog is …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown …

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