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When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try

  It’s been kind of a rough week here on the Homestead. We are unfortunately mourning the loss of a family member who we were all very close to. So, instead of succumbing to the sadness, my husband told me I needed “dirt therapy”. I have heard the term before, even just recently from a… Continue reading When Life Gets You Down, Give “Dirt Therapy” a try

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Our Amazing Bees

After you have grown all of your own veggies, and after you have mastered raising chickens, your next challenge will almost certainly be beekeeping.  Maybe it's the homesteading magazines that push us toward this very zen pursuit.  Maybe it's the endless internet articles about the bees decline.  Or maybe we just love honey.  Whatever the… Continue reading Our Amazing Bees

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Harvest Season, “it’s not what you have to do, it’s what you get to do”

  This blog has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to get a new blog out for our loyal, as well as new, followers, but our fellow homesteaders will agree that finding the time between August and October is nearly impossible because……It’s Harvest Season! My husband recently shared a post with me… Continue reading Harvest Season, “it’s not what you have to do, it’s what you get to do”

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Raising Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner

its almost that time again

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When we decided to raise our own turkeys it seemed like something we should have been doing already.  Thoughts of a huge Thanksgiving dinner complete with our own bird ran through our minds.  We had several years of knowledge with other types of poultry,  so we dove right in.  Once we started our research, we found that we would need to order our turkeys fairly early and that a local farm store would be a better option than mail order.  Mail order required a 6 bird minimum and shipping was very expensive.  Because room is at a premium on our homestead we opted for the farm store, their price per bird was less, and they only had a 4 bird minimum, perfect for our needs. We also chose broad breasted whites, due to the fact that they had the best feed conversion (2:1), and grew the quickest.  Now that the…

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Homestead Harvesting, When the Real Work Begins

its that time of year it always seems overwhelming but with some persistence you can reap the rewards

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As summer begins to wind down and the warm days of August begin to get shorter, we are blessed with the fruits of our hard labor. Plans made in February have now come to fruition. If we are lucky, large bags of produce begin to come in from the garden.  In some years we have failed crops, which have turned into lessons.  This time of year is a busy time and it is easy to see why our forefathers would have a party or festival after harvest time ends.  A few times of year will test your resolve as much as harvest season, that is why it is important to not only have a plan, but to posses the skills needed to make the most of your harvest.  Another consideration is space for your freshly grown food.  Early on we would often run out of freezer space and/or mason jars. …

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