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Morel Mushroom Hunt 2015

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We love Morels and look forward every year to mushroom hunting time! Morel mushrooms are truly a seasonal food because they only grow in the wild. Morel spawning kits are available, but most people who have tried them will tell you that they don’t work. They are impossible to cultivate, …

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My 5 Favorite Ways to Help Your Garden Grow!

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Spring is here and the last frost date is finally past!  While that doesn’t mean that we won’t see one last frost, it’s a good bet that the all clear sign has been given and that means its time to start planting. We are excited to finally get our seeds …

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8 Things I Like about My Chicken Coop

I’m sure most of you have seen chicken coops that have some kind of a “wow” factor.  They may make you wonder why they are called chicken coops at all because they really are chicken palaces.  A quick google search will bring up images of coops that have much more …

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The Homestead Guard Donkey

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Her name is Matilda. We call her Tilly for short.  She comes from a long line of guard donkeys which are raised about 20 minutes from our farm. When we were first researching having livestock for our farm, we knew we wanted to have sheep and some cattle.  We have …

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Harvesting and Eating Sunflower Seeds

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I have been a lover of sunflower seeds for as many years as I can remember. I don’t know why, but they are so fun to pop in your mouth, crack open, eat and spit. Gross? No way. Maybe it was playing baseball as a kid in little league. I’m …

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The Importance Of The Homestead Rifle

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The Importance of The Homestead Rifle There are many reasons that every homestead needs a rifle. We have written about how we carry handguns on a daily basis out here and if you have seen our videos, you can see our holstered firearms. Everyone on the homestead has easy access …

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4 Ways We Battle Garden Pests

Pests in the garden. This is an issue that everyone who grows their own food has to deal with. Pest pressures can be very frustrating and it’s important to not feel overwhelmed when it seems the advancing hordes can’t be turned back no matter what you do. Now, it’s easy …

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Our “Tiny House” Outhouse

Have you ever used an outhouse? What comes to your mind when you think of an outhouse? Too small, crescent-moon on the door, hot inside, and smelly? All of these adjectives describe outhouses I have used. My first outhouse experience was on my grandfather’s farm.  It had the typical outhouse …

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How to Brood Chickens without Electricity

This last spring I finished building our chicken coop and ordered 50 baby chickens that needed a brooder.  I know how to brood chickens, but I had never done it without electricity.  So I started looking online to see what others were doing.  There was a lot of great information …

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