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Pasture-raised ducks are happier and healthier than ducks raised in confined conditions. Give them fresh air and grass to forage...

Pasture Raised Ducks for Eggs and Meat

By Lisa Lombardo | May 10, 2019

Why Raise Ducks on Pasture? Pasture-raised ducks are happier and healthier than ducks raised in confined conditions. Raising poultry on pasture allows them fresh air, green space to forage for food, and room to exercise and stay fit. Ducks raised on pasture may forage for up to 30% of their food, saving money and providing…

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Making Cottage Cheese from Sour Milk

Cottage Cheese Made from Sour Milk

By Lisa Lombardo | May 2, 2019

Making Cottage Cheese from Sour Milk Making cottage cheese from sour milk is a great way to reduce waste, save money, and get some extra protein in your diet. Are you tired of dumping sour milk down the drain? Years ago I learned that there are uses for milk that’s past its prime. I’ve used…

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Your Practical Guide To Companion Planting

Your Practical Guide to Companion Planting

By Lisa Lombardo | Apr 30, 2019

Companion Planting – Is It Practical Or Nonsense? Companion planting has been a topic of intrigue for centuries. Ever since Pliny the Elder opined that rue was ‘very friendly’ to figs, gardeners have searched for perfect plant pairings. There are a myriad of planting charts and articles available online but many of these are based…

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Petroleum Free Jelly Recipe and Uses

Petroleum Free Jelly Recipe and Uses

By Lisa Lombardo | Apr 30, 2019

DIY Petroleum Free Jelly Petroleum free ‘jelly’ is super easy to make and only requires two ingredients. This ointment is often used to repair dry cracked skin and minor wounds, seal in moisture, and prevent or treat diaper rash. Homesteaders also use it for a wide variety of livestock applications. The regular stuff isn’t expensive…

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Fermented Foods: Why You Should Eat Them And Making Yummy Sauerkraut

By Kyle Erickson | Apr 25, 2019

Fermented foods have been part of the human diet in virtually every culture throughout recordable history.  Obviously, the main reason was to preserve food.  I’d argue that our ancestors knew full well what the incredible health benefits eating fermented food provided as well.

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Once a Month Canning

By Tessa Zundel | Apr 25, 2019

  Have you heard of Once a Month Meals?  The idea is, you take one full day to prepare the basics of a month’s worth of meals.  Typically, you freeze each meal base and take them out when you need to heat them and serve.  Well, here’s a schedule for Once a Month Meals –…

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Plants that Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

Plants That Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

By Lisa Lombardo | Apr 25, 2019

  Plants that attract pollinators to your garden are a great addition to your yard or homestead. Many plants will not produce a harvest without pollination. Hummingbirds and insects visit flowers looking for nectar and pollen to consume. In the process, they pollinate countless crops. A flower ovary must receive pollen to fertilize the ovum…

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How to Safely Heat Your Chick Brooder

How to Safely Heat Your Chick Brooder

By Lisa Lombardo | Apr 25, 2019

  Knowing how to safely heat your chick brooder is extremely important. Every year there is another news story about a barn or home burning down. Often it is due to a heat lamp falling or being set up improperly. It could be a life or death situation for your chicks, livestock, and even for…

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DIY Cane or Walking Stick

DIY Cane or Walking Stick

By Lisa Lombardo | Apr 25, 2019

  Make Your Own Cane or Walking Stick from a Sapling Tree A DIY cane or walking stick is a great thing to have if you need a bit of assistance with balance. A walking stick also comes in very handy for hiking in the woods. There are plenty of ways to make your own cane or walking…

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