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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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DIY Toxin-Free Raised Bed Liner

Raised garden beds are excellent to grow vegetables in, however, finding inexpensive and toxin-free materials can be a real challenge. You’re probably thinking about using a raised bed liner to create a safe barrier, and you’re onto something there! I’ve been experimenting with different raised bed materials for years and have finally landed on the

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Finished homemade granola on a sheet pan with a wooden spoon
Farm-to-Table Recipes

Homemade Granola (EASY & Gluten Free!)

Are you eager to make your own homemade granola and ditch the expensive, sugar-laden, store-bought stuff? Heck yes!  Today, I’m excited to share my classic homemade granola recipe, which, in my humble opinion, happens to be the best one out there. Everyone who has tried it has eagerly asked for the recipe! So, it was

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Grow Your Own Food

10 Tips for Starting Pepper Seeds Indoors

It’s that time of year when we’re getting ready to start our pepper seeds indoors – wahoo! Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, you’ll find something helpful in this article. While peppers seem like a simple vegetable to grow, starting pepper seeds can be a bit tricky, especially when it comes to temperature.

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Raise Chickens

Raising Baby Chicks – A Beginner’s Guide

You just ordered some baby chicks, but now what? What do they eat? How much heat do they require? How big of a brooder box will they need? You likely have a lot of questions (I did too when I first started out!), but, rest assured, my article will help answer all of them. Thankfully, baby

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A wooden spoonful of lard and a spoonful of tallow sitting on a wooden cuttingboard with acorns, cheese cloth and some greens
Health & Homesteading

The Health Benefits of Tallow and Lard

You’ve probably been hearing people talk about how animal fats are back, but is there truth behind this movement? Are there really health benefits of using tallow and lard? Keep reading to find out! We’ve already tackled the overarching topic of saturated fat in my article The Saturated Fat Controversy (definitely check it out if

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Health & Homesteading

Tallow and Lard: The Saturated Fat Controversy

Is tallow and lard really okay to use now? Isn’t saturated fat bad for us? As a conventionally-trained dietitian and child of the 80’s when saturated fat was universally shamed, I understand the hesitancy! Now that I’m no longer practicing in the conventional medical system and have been able to look at the research critically,

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