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Here you'll find my most most recent blog posts. Explore everything from companion planting and vertical gardening to raising meat birds and water glassing eggs. Don't miss my farm-to-table recipes!
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Health & Homesteading

30 Unique Gifts for Homesteaders: The Ultimate Wish List

Finding gifts for homesteaders can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Homesteaders are practical people who are looking for tools to help them get the job done faster. Gifting some of the items below to an aspiring or seasoned homesteader will undoubtedly bring a smile to their face. In this article, we’ll

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Raise Chickens

How to Grow Chicken Fodder (and save money!)

Did you know that you can easily grow chicken fodder in just 7 days? Heck yes! Chicken fodder is an amazing way to multiply your feed inexpensively, while also providing fresh greens for your chickens in the winter. No soil or fertilizer is even needed! I’ve been growing chicken fodder for many years now and

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Preserve Your Harvest

Can You Freeze Mason Jars? 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid!

Freezing is one of the easiest food preservation methods out there, but can you freeze mason jars? The short answer is absolutely you can!  However, there are some essential steps that you need to take to prevent complications such as jars shattering or rusty lids. In this article, we’ll chat about the right way to

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Farm-to-Table Recipes

Roasted Swede Soup with Chickpeas

Roasted Swede Soup with Chickpeas is an incredibly delicious and nourishing dish to enjoy on a cold day. It’s one of my favorites and something I look forward to each fall when I harvest my swedes.  Swedes (also known as rutabagas) can be used in many different ways like roasting and mashing, but I love

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Health & Homesteading

The 22 BEST Homesteading Books

If you’re looking for the BEST homesteading books on the market, look no further! These books will help you learn how to grow and preserve your own food, raise chickens, make herbal medicine, and put meat on the table. Bonus: My top 3 homestead cookbooks! These are excellent books to have on your shelf whether

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Raise Chickens

The 5 BEST Chicken Bedding Options

There are MANY different chicken bedding options out there, but which one is the best? Some people swear by using sand, where others prefer straw, wood shavings or even leaves. Feeling confused? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll discuss the purpose and best features of chicken bedding so you know what

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