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Self sufficiency, homesteading, raising livestock, beekeeping and more.

Micro Farming

The Truth About Starting a Micro Farm Today

It is still possible to create a sustainable, profitable micro farm on a small piece of land. However, the truth is that the methods and tools that worked in traditional pioneering and homesteading days just won't cut it anymore. Here's the truth about starting a micro farm today.
Food Storage

Surviving a Food Shortage for Preppers

Natural disasters can also occur and you may find yourself at a loss of options that you can use to feed your family. It is for the above reason that many people, especially the...
Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency – It’s a Full Time Job

Often we confuse self sufficiency with self reliance. The two are related but they're very different. Think back to the days of the pioneers heading west. They were very self reliant, but they also worked...
Early Garming

Early Farming Practices in 1800s Ohio

Have you ever wondered how the pioneers got their bread? After all, there were no brightly-lit grocery stores boasting shelves of different varieties of bread. For the early settlers in southern Ohio and other...
Selling Organic Food

Making Money on The Community Demand for Local Organic Herbs, Spices and Produce

Selling locally grown organic herbs and vegetables provides an opportunity to create a business from one's own yard or garden.
Raising Chickens

An Essential Guide to Chicken Health for The Small Scale Chicken Keeper

It is becoming increasingly more popular to keep chickens in your back garden. In addition to the benefits derived from having delicious, free-range eggs easily available for your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits...
Rabbit Farming

An Introduction to Rabbit Farming

Rabbit farming is becoming popular all over the world, especially in third world countries as rabbit is being recognized as a new source of low cost protein, with minimal set up and minimal maintenance...
Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens in Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

How Does the Climate Affect Backyard Fowl? Although chickens seem like fragile creatures, they possess certain characteristics that allow them to survive through many different weather climates. While some chickens can withstand winter, others thrive in...
Native American Cooking

Native American Cooking: Pemmican

Native American cooking and recipes cover a broad spectrum. From the east, south, west and northern regions each with their own indigenous food sources. This article covers the Western Plains Indians, specifically Lakota (Sioux)....
Echinachea

On My Walk: Echinachea (Purple Coneflower)

On my walk I discovered the native North American Purple Cone Flower otherwise known as Echinachea spp. It’s also known by many other names such as Black Sampson, Black Susan, Hedgehog, Indian head, Rock-up-hat...
Raising Chickens

Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit

A small flock of chickens can become a great living compost pile. And with new understandings of the superiority of grass-fed organic animal products, including higher Omega-3 fatty acids coming from the eggs of...
Raising Chickens

Favorite Rare Breed Chickens

Humans have bred chicken breeds for thousands of years from wild jungle fowl. Today, there are an estimated 350 combinations of physical features for chickens. Here is a sampler of colorful breeds considered rare...
Summer Riches

Summer Riches: Coal Oil Lamps, Cool Well Water, and Blackberries with Cow’s Cream

Summertime brings back memories of the smoky smell of coal oil lighting, the feel of cool dank air rising from the well with the scent of the wet hemp rope, and the warmth of...
Red Clover

From My Walk: Red Clover

From my walk today, I discovered this pretty little gem the Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) also known as purple clover or trefoil (three leaflets). The leaves and dark pink blossoms can be eaten raw...
Farming

Farming in The 13 Colonies

Today, we have all the modern equipment to make farming an easier task. However, this was not the case when the Puritans and Pilgrims made their way to the New World to start a...