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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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Raise Chickens

Brooding in Poultry – Everything You Need to Know!

If you are raising baby chicks this year or in the near future, then you definitely need to know the ins and outs about brooding in poultry! There’s nothing more exciting than having baby chicks around in the spring. They don’t need much, but making sure that they have the proper set up and care

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Preserve Your Harvest

Water Glassing Eggs for Storage

Have you made the dreaded “trip of shame” to the grocery store to buy eggs when your ladies have slowed down in the winter? Ugh. Me, too! That is, until I discovered water glassing eggs! Water glassing eggs is a simple, old-fashioned way to preserve eggs for long-term storage.  In this article, we’ll discuss everything

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Stalks of rhubarb laying on the grass next to a purple kohlrabi
Grow Your Own Food

Rhubarb Companion Plants: Friend or Foe?

If you are planning to grow rhubarb this year or want some tips to grow it better, this article is for YOU! Companion planting is a common method used to maximize space and improve the health of your plants. A little planning can go a long way. Rhubarb has a lot of companion plants (friends),

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2 bottles of kombucha, a measuring cup of water, a cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of tea sitting on a kitchen island
Farm-to-Table Recipes

The BEST Kombucha Ratio for a Tasty Brew

The key to a tasty brew is getting that kombucha ratio just right! You’ll find many different kombucha ratios on the internet, but how do you know which one is best? My recipe has been perfected over many years of brewing with careful attention to all of the factors involved. Am I just lucky? Nope!

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A spoonful of refried beans in front of a copper pot
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Homestead Refried Beans (Plus, Canning Tips!)

No journey toward self-sufficiency is complete without cooking and canning refried beans! Dried beans are inexpensive, shelf-stable, nutritious and complete meal on their own! They just take a little preparation, but it’s totally worth the effort. In this recipe, I’ll share how to properly soak beans and make the BEST refried beans you’ll ever have.

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A spoonful of tallow and a spoonful of lard. Spoons are crossed in an x shape.
Health & Homesteading

Tallow vs Lard: Which One to Use?

Are you unsure when to use tallow vs lard, and if they really are healthy to use? As a traditionally-trained dietitian and child of the 80’s where saturated fat was universally shamed, I understand the hesitancy! Tallow and lard have been common ingredients in kitchens for centuries and they are starting to make a big

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