How to Prepare Your Family for a Food Shortage

Would you know how to prepare your family for a food crisis, should one happen?  Or, do you think that because you live in the US that such a thing would never happen? Unless you've been in a cave for the last few months, you've watched the world become an entirely different place due to a virus called the "coronavirus". Not since the Y2K crisis have I seen such wide-spread, worldwide panic. But it seems that every year brings it's challenges. Last year, we dealt with certain food shortages due to #noplant19, brought on by catastrophic rains that kept farmers from planting their spring...

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How to Clean a Chicken Coop

How to Clean a Chicken Coop

Every chicken owner asks the same question.  What's the best way to clean my chicken coop and how often should I do it?  I'm going to show you the best way I've ever discovered to keep my coops clean, without odor and with less work.  So let's get down to business and check out "How to Clean a Chicken Coop", using the Deep Litter method. How Often Should I Clean My Chicken Coop? This is a great question and one asked by every chicken keeper. I spent far too much time cleaning out my chicken coop every week when I first got...

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The Gently Sustainable “Homestead Planner and Calendar”

I've always kept a planner and calendar.  Planners help to keep track of errands, appointments and lists, right?  But what about the homesteader?  The average planner/calendar has no idea what the homesteader thinks about, plans for, does during the day and needs to keep track of!  That's why I created the "Gently Sustainable - Homestead Planner and Calendar"!   I love all of the different tools that I get to use on the homestead, from hand tools to tractors.  But of all the tools I use everyday, there is one tool that precedes everything I do around here and that's my "Homestead Planner...

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How to Rent Farm Animals

How to Rent Farm Animals

Before you buy a farm animal, it might be worth learning "How to Rent Farm Animals"!   Yes, in the right situation with the right people, you just might be able to work out an agreement!  Boarding in exchange temporary ownership (hence, renting the farm animal) is becoming an option for over-stressed farmers and it just might work for you! First, let me begin with the "why" behind my idea to rent an alpaca, actually a pair of alpaca, for one year.  Bottom line...I wanted to try out fiber animals without the commitment.   I know that there are folks who love their animals,...

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9 things to consider before getting livestock

9 Things to Consider Before Getting Livestock

One of the most exciting parts of being sustainable is raising livestock!  Raising animals is wonderful and rewarding.  However, far too many people bring home livestock before truly counting the cost.  So, let's take a look at "9 Things You Should Consider BEFORE Getting Livestock". This is an important subject, especially now as Spring arrives.  "Chick Days" begin at local farm stores and springtime babies are being born on every farm!  Baby bunnies are popular Easter gifts, only to become a burden after the holiday is over.  I can't tell you how many "Free Bunnies" I see after Easter, and...

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what can I feed my chickens to keep them healthy

What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?

If you keep chickens, you might be asking yourself how you can keep your chickens healthy!   Chickens are an investment that take time, money and energy!  The last thing I want is to lose a chicken to illness, and the best way to avoid that is to build their immunity. Let's discuss some of the top tips for raising healthy chickens! Things You Can't Control There are so many unavoidable circumstances that can arise on your farm, making it quite a challenge sometimes to keep healthy chickens! Diseases and bacteria can show up on your property, sometimes without you knowing. For example, a couple of...

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how to hire a farm sitter

How to Hire a Farm Sitter

There are times when we need to be away from the farm and  will need to know how to hire a farm sitter.  Perhaps it's for a well-needed vacation, but other times there are weddings, funerals, business trips and college visits that require us to leave town.  Don't worry!  Let's talk about everything you need to know about how to hire a farm sitter! Finding a farm-sitter that you can depend upon to take good care of your property and animals isn't easy, I've been through a few of them. I've got some advice and tips about how to hire a...

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37 Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

37 Balanced Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Our dogs are not only livestock guard dogs, but they are also a part of our family!  Further, they are an investment in the framework of our homestead, and we strive to keep them healthy!  That's why I make and use these 37 balanced homemade dog food recipes. It wasn't until the 1940's or so that there were commercial pet foods on the market.  Prior to that, dogs ate what the humans didn't finish....food scraps.   Later, by the 1980's or so, the pet food market picked up steam and became the mega-business it is today. In 2011, it was a $61...

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How to Get Started with Aquaponics

How to Get Started with Aquaponics

Aquaponics is one of the fastest growing, home food production methods in the world today!  Globally,  the aquaponics (and hydroponics) industry is expected to reach $1.98 billion by 2022!  It stands to reason, if only because growing food with aquaponics uses just a fraction of the water that standard agriculture does!  Want to know more?  Here's "How to Get Started with Aquaponics". Personally, I've been fascinated with aquaponics for a long time, but haven't gotten around to implementing a system.  That's why I reached out to Josh Butz from JKS Homestead for some advice and pointers on how to get a...

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