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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!
A red ranger chicken sitting next to a layer chicken
Raise Chickens

The 7 Best Meat Chickens for Your Homestead

So, you want to put meat on the table yourself, but what are the best meat chickens to raise? There are a lot of different breeds of meat chickens available, each having its own pros and cons. It’s important to do your homework before you jump into raising them. We’ve been raising meat chickens since

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Raise Chickens

Can Chickens Eat Grapes? Are They Safe?

Have you ever wondered “can chickens eat grapes?” They aren’t safe for dogs, but what about your flock? Chickens like most fruits and vegetables, but grapes may seem questionable at first glance.  Are they safe? I’ve done the research for you and below we’ll tackle all aspects of this topic: Are grapes safe for chickens?

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A rooster outside with hens pecking at the ground
Raise Chickens

How to Care for Chickens: A Beginners Guide

It can be overwhelming to figure out how to care for chickens when you’re first starting out. With my 6 easy steps, you’ll be well on your way to having a flourishing flock and doing it with confidence!  In this article, we’ll discuss everything from what breed to consider and how to build (or find)

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Fire cider in a mason jar sitting on a wooden cutting board
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Homemade Fire Cider Recipe

My homemade fire cider recipe is sure to help you fight inflammation, knock out a cold and stimulate digestion, all in one swoop! Fire cider is super easy to make and is an incredible tonic that is revered in the herbal medicine community. Elderberry syrup and Fermented Honey Garlic seems to steal all of the

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Chickens surrounding a mat of chicken fodder than is propped up in a rainbow shape
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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3 mason jars filled with frozen applesauce sitting on a kitchen island
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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