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How I Create Supplemental Feed for my Chickens

Chickens are one of the easier backyard livestock to have on our homesteads. One issue I’ve always struggled with, however, is buying feed for the chickens. On our homesteads, we’re always trying to close the loop. In other words, working towards importing as little as possible onto our sites over time. With a suburban homestead, […]

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What I do in January to Prep for the Growing Season

In my video today, I share the tasks that I typically do in January to prep for the growing season ahead. I call it a very slow easing into gardening mode. After the madness of what our growing season can be, I’m reluctant to ramp things up too soon. So here are the tasks I’m typically doing

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How I Established My Native Wildflower Garden

Despite a bumper crop of raspberries and tomatoes starting to produce, it’s not all unicorns and butterflies over here on the homestead. Weekday harvests in the food forest have been interrupted by the background noise of earthmoving machines.  You may recall that to make way for a new development, a substantial wildlife corridor was taken down

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My Top 3 Questions to Ask When Designing your Homestead

One of the most frequent comments I get from potential clients is, “I recently moved to our site, and have no clue where to start.”  It’s common to be immediately overwhelmed by the possibilities. How big should your garden be? How many fruit trees do you want and where do you plant them? Should you

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My Vegetable Planting Calendar for Cold Climates

As I write this, there’s about 4 feet of snow piled against the south side of the greenhouse, the pond is almost completely obscured and the chickens are getting a little stir-crazy having been cooped up in their house. The thermometer reads 10 degrees F, which seems balmy compared to the subzero temperatures that we’ve

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