Homesteading

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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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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Making Biodiesel: A Lengthy Process
May 20, 2021 · · Homesteading

When James began looking into the process of making biodiesel as opposed to buying petrodiesel (what we buy at the gas station), he was hoping for a cheaper alternative to the $4 per gallon that he was spending at the pump. While he did not find that cheaper alternative, biodiesel is much better for the environment.

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First Aid Kit Contents Checklist for Homesteaders
May 11, 2021 · · Homesteading

Using a first aid kit contents checklist is an excellent way to build a customized emergency kit, but with so many lists on the internet, which do you follow? This article will focus on preserving a human life.

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Farm Estate Planning

Farm estate planning is essential to the process of passing a  farm on to the next generation as smoothly and successfully as possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Startups Service reports that family-owned farms account for 97% of the 2.1 million farms in the United States.

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How to Attract Owls and Why You Should Give a Hoot
May 4, 2021 · · Homesteading

Learning how to attract owls to your homestead has many rewards including acting as a natural way to get rid of mice. The joy of spotting the magical birds on evening owl prowls is also a reward in itself.

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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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Silvopasture Explained

Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section of land. It is used to expand the use of unconventional farm land and diversify income.

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10 Alternative Agritourism Ideas for Your Small Farm
April 28, 2021 · · Homesteading

As a young entrepreneur, I tried many agritourism ideas. When the neighborhood kids were selling lemonade for pennies I created a lucrative program named, “Name a Duck for a Buck.”

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Are You Stumped?

We have had plenty of old tree stumps on our tiny farm over the years. In fact, there have been as many as a dozen stumps scattered all around the property at one time.

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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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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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Life on the Homestead Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many lives and livelihoods. Many of us have spent time hunkering down in our homes, eating too many goodies, wearing jammies and sweatpants with t-shirts, and swiping online apps, only to see hundreds of messages accumulate while we quarantine ourselves.

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How A Solar Powered Car Could Drive Your Homestead

In 2014 when my wife and I decided to power our five East Texas acres with solar, a solar powered car was not part of the plan. But a couple of thoughts we had, changed our minds.

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