About the Author

Maat Van Uitert

I’m Maat, and I’m a homesteading and chicken expert. I help people who are happy with their lives except one thing — they want freedom from a food system that no longer serves them.
I’ve contributed to magazines such as Countryside and Backyard Poultry, and been featured in Chickens magazine, The Heritage Breeds podcast, and Mountain Woman Radio.
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Articles by Maat Van Uitert

What Can Pigs Eat Out of Your Garden?
June 15, 2022 · · Pigs

One common question I get is “What can pigs eat out of my garden?” The short answer to this question is pigs can eat pretty much anything, and a better question might be “What won’t they eat?”

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Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots is Perfect for Everyone
May 2, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites No matter your location, if you have access to even moderate sun, growing cherry tomatoes in pots is for you. With the right varieties and soil nutrients, …

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5 Meat Rabbit Facts to Know Before You Buy
March 22, 2022 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Add to Favorites Raising rabbits for meat is a wonderful way to harvest your own meat in a small area. But there are some rabbit facts you should know before …

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
January 18, 2022 · · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners.

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Creating a First Aid Kit for Livestock
June 6, 2021 · · Homesteading

Having some basic items always available in your emergency kit means you’re better prepared for problems that might arise, whether it’s a dairy goat that’s been bitten by a dog and has deep wounds, or a chicken struggling with bumblefoot.

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Using a 2-Acre Farm Layout to Raise Your Own Meat
December 2, 2020 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Although the idea of using a two-acre farm layout to raise your own meat is both bewitching and bewildering, by the end of this article, you’ll have …

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Try Perennial Peanut Grass Hay as a Healthy Alternative Forage
April 18, 2020 · · Growing

You might never have heard of perennial peanut grass hay, but it’s one of the best-kept forage secrets of the southeastern United States. It’s also an excellent forage for livestock, including pigs, horses, dairy goats, sheep and rabbits.

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Basic Horse Equipment List for the First-Time Owner

Add to Favorites Owning your first horse is exciting, but you likely have a million questions. With this basic horse equipment list, you’ll have a better idea of what to …

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7 Canning Myths: Inventing Canning Recipes and Other Bad Ideas
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites There’s a lot of advice floating around the internet about canning, including the idea that you can make up your own canning recipes. Although it’s tempting to …

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When to Plant Winter Wheat to Harvest Your Own Chicken Feed
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites One way to reduce your chicken feed costs is to grow as much food for them as possible. Winter wheat is one option and hens love it. …

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Choosing Electric Fencing for Horses

Add to Favorites Installing electric fencing for horses is probably one of the smartest decisions we’ve made on our homestead. The heart of owning a horse 101 is fencing. Without it, …

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Rabbit Cages or Colonies: Which is Better?
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Add to Favorites If you want to try your hand at raising rabbits for meat, fiber or as pets, you’ll have to decide whether to keep them in rabbit cages …

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What Fruits Can Rabbits Eat?
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Add to Favorites A frequent question I’m asked is “What fruits can rabbits eat?” It’s a good question. While there are a variety of fruits your rabbit can safely eat, …

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A Guide to the Best Feed for Rabbits
February 13, 2019 · · Homesteading, Rabbits

Add to Favorites Although there are varying opinions about what comprises the best feed for rabbits, there are a few rules of thumb you should consider if you want to …

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Use This Sweater Mitten Pattern to Bring New Life to Old Clothes
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites When my husband shrank one of my cashmere sweaters, I decided to use an old sweater mitten pattern to breathe new life into an item of clothing …

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