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Starting a Petting Zoo Business

Why not make use of the resources you already have on hand — farm animals, land, and a love of sharing them with others — and try starting a petting zoo business?

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Growing Garlic For Backyard Chickens
September 5, 2022 · · Growing

I often get asked what can chickens eat? Garlic has some really amazing health benefits for chickens (and humans!). Find out how to feed it to your backyard chickens and how easy growing garlic can be.

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we noticed that the number of wood piles on our neighbors’ properties increased dramatically.

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Food Preservation Methods for an Abundant Tomato Harvest
August 5, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites As an herbalist, I’m always thinking of ways to use the abundance of herbs this time of year. Couple that with a huge tomato harvest and it’s …

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How to Sell Produce to Restaurants: 11 Tips for Modern Farmers
August 5, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Knowing how to sell produce to restaurants is another part of farming, says Wendy Baroli. “If you’re in the business of farming, you also have to be …

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A Homemade Dandelion Wine Recipe
May 11, 2022 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites This dandelion wine recipe all started with violets. I know that might seem like a strange statement, but violets were my introduction to foraging. My neighbor introduced me …

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Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
May 10, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Mulch, mulch, and then mulch some more. Knowing how to lay mulch is one of the greatest skills any gardener can have. Using organic mulch is how …

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Growing Shiitake Mushrooms on a Log

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, North Carolina – If you ever wanted to grow mushrooms on the homestead and make a decent wage, growing shiitake mushrooms is the way …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
April 20, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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Recycling Water at Home: Grey Water for the Garden
April 13, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Using pure fresh water in the garden — while sending only “slightly used” grey water into the septic or sewer system  — is considered wasteful in some …

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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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Crop Rotation: Benefits and Why it Matters
March 14, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Not sure about crop rotation benefits? Here’s a science lesson for you. Our produce contains wonderful nutrients. After all, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are the reasons our …

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Beat Colds and Flu with this Fire Cider Recipe
February 15, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

My eight-year-old son seems to bring home a new cough or cold from school every other week. Since busy moms and dads don’t often get sick days, I make sure that I make up plenty of my favorite fire cider recipe to keep on hand.

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10 Things Kids Learn From Homesteading Today
February 1, 2022 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Rebekah White from New Life on a Homestead – Homesteading today is an idyllic lifestyle. While days are filled with seemingly never ending lists of tasks, dirt, and literal sweat …

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A Guide to Natural Cold Remedies
December 21, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As cold and flu season comes upon us, more and more people are looking for natural cold and flu remedies. My family has used and benefited from …

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