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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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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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Holding up a large handful of chopped straw inside a chicken coop
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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2 glass jars filled with dehydrated carrots in front of 3 whole carrots also in a mason jar
Preserve Your Harvest

How to Make Dehydrated Carrots (EASY!)

Making dehydrated carrots is SO EASY and a great step to becoming more self-sufficient! Not only that, but they are super simple to add to your dishes and they last up to a year in the pantry. A win-win! In this article, I’m going to walk you through step-by-step (with photos!) how to make these

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A photo of a small hooped greenhouse covered with polyethylene plastic in the fall

What is the Best Plastic for a Greenhouse?

You have your greenhouse structure picked out, but wait… what’s the best plastic for a greenhouse? Polyethylene or polycarbonate? 6 mil or 10 mil? Clear or opaque? There are SO many options out there and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m here to help! While I’m not a big fan of plastic in general, it

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Pumpkin seeds laid out on a kitchen island in a swirl pattern with 3 dots of pureed pumpkin.
Preserve Your Harvest

Delicious Soaked & Dehydrated Pumpkin Seeds

Have you been disappointed with the chewy, dense texture of roasted pumpkin seeds? Or maybe they give you a stomach ache? Then, you’re going to LOVE my delicious soaked & dehydrated pumpkin seeds! While it may seem counterintuitive, the soaking action is an often forgotten about step and where the magic happens. Not only that,

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