Avian Flu (H5N2) Recommended Precautions For the Backyard Farmer

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This morning on my drive to work, I was listening to an NPR update that consumers should expect egg prices to rise in the few months due to the Avian Flu.  The proceeded to go over the details and interviewed a Small Poultry Farmer with a flock of 500 and detailed the precautions he was taking. Although, the […]

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‘The Blynd’ by Plastic Vacuum Forming: From Box to Build

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 A Review  Since we moved to our favorite little Ghost Town named Fort Lonesome, I have been very interested in hog hunting.  So, from the beginning, I had been looking at hog hunting blinds and studying the different styles and construction.  I had seen ‘The Blynd’ by Plastic Vacuum Forming in several applications and was very […]

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A Bee Removal Story: Bees Under the Neighbor’s Shed

So over the weekend, during our pig roast, one of neighbors mentioned he had been planning to relocate some bees from under his shed and he asked if we would help out. He had already built a beautiful Top Bar Hive from plans he found online , but wanted a more experienced hand to help out during […]

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How We Roast a Whole Pig

This weekend we held what we hope to be the first of many Annual Community Pig Roasts. (Full album of photos here.) It was a great success mostly because everyone in the community came together, brought what they could and shared a good time.  We are lucky to live in a place with such wonderful neighbors […]

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‘The Hoginator’ by Bartee Outdoors

 A Review  One of the reasons we moved so far out away from the city was our personal decision that we wanted to be more self sufficient and subsist from the land.  So for several months now, I have been hunting and trapping wild nuisance hog and am looking forward to my first deer season.But as time […]

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Thoughts to Consider When Expanding Your Goat Herd

This week we received an offer we could not refuse. We were given the opportunity to essentially triple our goat herd.  Over the last few months, our herd dwindled to just three via the trading acumen of The Beekeeper.  Leaving us with our buck, Pepillo, aka “The Goat Who Thinks He’s a Dog” and two sweet ladies, one […]

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How to Handle Emergencies on the Homestead

Over the weekend, we had a bit of a scare.  We are very much into preparedness and handling our own emergencies but this weekend we faced a challenge that really put our emergency preparedness to the test. On an otherwise lazy Saturday afternoon, as our family sat down to have a quiet dinner a piece of artichoke […]

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Spring on the Homestead

I am still trying to get over the fact that it’s already April. Mid April EVEN! Spring has sprung and our famous Florida Rain is getting started. We hope to get our garden done this weekend or at least the beginnings of it. Hubby and I have a laundry list of things we want to […]

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Homesteading, Homeschooling and Using ABCMouse.Com

Our son is way ahead of the curve in a lot of ways.  He knows how to read, he knows how to write, though he does it mostly on the walls. He very much enjoys anything to do with learning so, for Christmas, my husband and I agreed a membership to ABCMouse.com would be something we thought […]

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‘Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst,’ by Julie Sczerbinski

 A Book Review  When I received my copy of the ”Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst,’  the debut book by Coach Purse Carrying Prepper Julie Sczerbinski, I was quickly impressed by the clean structure and ease of use, quickly flipping from topic of interested to another. As I later sat back and […]

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What We Learned Our First Year

What We Learned from Our First Year on the Homestead

This week we are celebrating our first year at our little homestead and as we marvel how time flies we wanted to share some lessons are learning and how the little things we learned after six months on the homestead continue to change and evolve and how the drawbacks become less noticeable to us. I […]

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Tax Prep Checklist for Farmers and Homesteaders

With only 29 days until tax day, as we prepare to sit down with our experienced Tax Professional, I am scurrying to get all my chickens in a row and all my papers in order.  I want to make sure every i is crossed and every t is dotted and that our experience is a quick and […]

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