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Month: February 2014 (page 1 of 3)

We Have Chickens!

I would think that most people who launch out into homesteading bring on chickens first. After all, they’re relatively low maintenance and can be instantly productive.

We did not follow that path, however, because frankly we had other more important issues to deal with. Issue #1 was tick control. We raised guineas from a couple weeks old to help us eat the ticks. FYI, if you don’t already know this, guinea fowl are your #1 bird for tick control. You just have to accept the noise as part of the package. Read more

How to Build Goat Shelter from Reclaimed Materials

This process is not for everyone. To be totally fair, I’m not saying I invented THE DEFINITIVE method for building an A-frame goat shelter, but I’d say I’m probably in the top 5 ever. In fact, this is what you do when you have a death wish. It involves stripping tin off a rotting roof in the sleet and snow. And hauling reclaimed materials across 40 acres of uneven terrain in an undersized wagon. Which is CLEARLY stated as the preferred method in the how-to-build-an-A-frame rulebook. I checked. Read more

The Recipe That Almost Got Me

We got a little too busy one morning and left some hardened coconut oil on the stove to melt. Heather’s yell startled me to focus. Smoke was rising to the ceiling as a three foot fire leapt up from the pot. Read more

Weighing The Price of Intervention

This is one of those quotes that applies to so many different areas of life, it bears mentioning. This is NOT a pesticide debate. I am unequivocally opposed to pesticides. Spraying our crops is but one example of human intervention and the responsibility one assumes upon intervening in natural processes. Read more

Setting up the Electrofence for the First Time

Setting up electric fencing must take quite a while, right? Turns out it was no big deal. My daughter and I set up 200 ft of fencing in half an hour. Granted, the prospect of properly grounding the fence was a bit intimidating due to the lack of instructional materials provided. But as it turns out, we just connected the solar energizer to the fence and grounded it to a nearby metal fence and DONE. Read more

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