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Embracing the Spring

Sometimes the season of hope can feel like the season of too much to do.  When the days start to warm, and the snow is all gone, ideas conceived over a warm cup of coffee can seem daunting, when the real work begins.  One of the first signs of true spring here is the end… Continue reading Embracing the Spring

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Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

The weather has finally started to change here in upstate New York.  The maple trees are producing sweet sap that we turn into maple syrup.  The robins have also returned and so has the mud.  The spring means its time to get back to work after a long snowy winter.  The coop needs to be… Continue reading Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

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Planting Potatoes to Save Freezer Space

Homesteading is all about food.  Being self-sufficient should just be called surviving because that what the first homesteaders were doing.  They were not trying to shrink their "carbon footprint", or save "green space", they were trying to harvest enough food to make it through the winter.  After winter was over, and if they made it,… Continue reading Planting Potatoes to Save Freezer Space