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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!
Square glass bowl full of freshly picked sunflower microgreens
Grow Your Own Food

What Type of Microgreens Should I Grow?

Are you interested in growing microgreens, but don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with all of the microgreen seed choices?  I know how you feel because I’ve been there! There are pages and pages of options and it’s hard to know what to know what type of microgreens to choose. In my comprehensive

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4oz jar of whipped tallow balm sitting on a wooden table with a spoonful in front of it

DIY Whipped Tallow Balm

Are you looking for an anti-aging solution to your skin care routine? What if I told you that you could have glowing, nourished skin in the middle of winter with simple, local ingredients? Tallow balm has been prized for skincare for centuries because it’s highly compatible with our skin and packed full of anti-aging nutrients.

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Several brown roosters looking at the camera. They are inside a chicken tractor and standing on grass.
Raise Chickens

Why You Should Raise Red Ranger Chickens

Are you getting fed up with the shortages at the grocery store?  Have you been questioning the quality of the chicken you find there?  Are you looking for more ways to increase your self-sufficiency? Then you’re in the right place. Raising your own meat chickens is one of the best ways to solve all of these

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A skinless young chicken in the crockpot to slow cook
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Cooking a Rooster: The Basics

Cooking a rooster is pretty easy, but it can be intimidating for first-timers! It’s definitely a lost art that was daily life in our great-grandparent’s era. Let’s bring it back! Roosters are delicious and make for an easy meal. We harvest 10-15 of our extra roosters from hatching every year, and they nourish our bodies

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Glass canning jars filled with carrots to be fermented on an outside deck table.
Preserve Your Harvest

Principles for Food Preservation in 2023

Growing your own food is an excellent start to self-sufficiency, however, once you master the main principles for food preservation while maximizing nutritional value… you’ll be unstoppable!   There’s nothing more fulfilling than enjoying your homegrown veggies on a -20 degree day in January. It’s also incredibly comforting in today’s world of food insecurity. In this

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Girl looking at map to find raw milk
Health & Homesteading

Where Can I Find Raw Milk Near Me?

You’ve been hearing about the benefits of raw milk, however, you can’t seem to find it anywhere at your grocery store. When you ask about it, people tell you that it’s dangerous and even illegal. Maybe you’ve done your homework and determined that raw milk is the right choice for you, but you don’t know where

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