backyard chickens, chickens, farming, homesteading

The Reality of Life on the Homestead

Homesteading shows on television give you a glimpse into the reality of life on the homestead.  There are trials and tribulations along the way and the don't always work themselves out.  The reality of living this life style is that animals and plants must give their lives to allow us to live.  Nature can be… Continue reading The Reality of Life on the Homestead

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Tools Make The Homestead

When we think about homesteading we always think of images of chickens and fall harvests.  We rarely see pictures of the tools that make homesteading possible.  No two homesteads are alike, and neither are their tools.  What makes homesteading great is that you get to do it your own way.  You can choose your own… Continue reading Tools Make The Homestead

backyard chickens, chickens, farming, homesteading

From Rooster to Baby Chicks, New Life on the Homestead

Although it is still cold, spring has been in the air on the homestead.  We have been starting seeds, making maple syrup, and our rooster has been active making baby chickens.  We keep a small flock of chickens for egg production.  Usually we have enough eggs to avoid buying any from the store.  Last year… Continue reading From Rooster to Baby Chicks, New Life on the Homestead

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How to Make Corned Venison Move Over Corned Beef

Every Year when St. Patrick's Day rolls around everyone thinks of corned beef, but here on the homestead we do it a little different.  We make corned venison and it has now become sort of a tradition, which we love.  We have no illusion that this is some sort of  long lost traditional Irish meal.… Continue reading How to Make Corned Venison Move Over Corned Beef


Keeping Honey Bees

The closer to spring we get the more I want to see my bees working

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getting started

A few years ago we decided to add honey bees to our homestead.  We had noticed that they were absent from our garden and small orchard.  And after a few years of poor apple crops we decided to take matters into our own hands.  After months of research we took the plunge and ordered our first package of bees. As soon as we placed the order we started getting ready for their arrival.  We picked a site close to the garden and orchard with access to water.  This spot receives sun throughout the day so we knew it would keep them active and also warm in the winter.  We have bears in the area so we built an electric fence with a solar charger, which we were later able to also utilize for our pigs. We then began construction of the hives.


We chose to build our…

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