Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Being able to secure your cow while milking is one of those unique homestead pleasures that you don’t really appreciate until you have to try to do without.  I’ve tried milking out in the field, and while that 3 oz of fresh milk was delicious it was a far cry from being anything that I wanted to attempt on a larger scale!  That’s why when we made the leap to in house homestead dairy production one of the first things…

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Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

I couldn’t decide whether to go with a Homestead Health segment on this one or Preserving the Harvest….elderberry syrup can literally go into either category!  I extolled the virtues of the humble elderberry in my last post, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear how beneficial it can be for your health.  Elderberry syrup is a traditional preventative and cure for both colds and flu.   The juice is naturally high in vitamins A, B, and C to stimulate…

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Homestead Heros Plants of Promise: Elderberry

Homestead Heros Plants of Promise: Elderberry

The common elderberry is oftentimes overlooked in its value on the homestead.  While it is native in many areas it has also naturalized in so many places that most folks take it for granted.  Elderberries can easily be wild harvested in many parts of the country.  Until fairly recently, improved cultivars have been rare and relatively expensive here in the States. The elderberry forms an attractive shrub or can be trained into a small tree reching 10 to 15 feet…

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Pasture Based Dairy….

Pasture Based Dairy….

So we’re trying to figure out if pastured dairy is not only doable, but economically viable on our homestead.  Like so many of the other experiments on our place our primary goal is to provide for our family the absolute best tasting, most nutritionally dense, and uterly healthy food posible.  Secondary to that goal is minimizing inputs (financial, labor, etc.) while maximizing outputs….basic frugality and convenience.  Enter our pasture based livestock production! Grass grows pretty good here, heck you can’t…

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How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry (pt. 2)

How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry (pt. 2)

In part 1 of How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry  I addressed a low cost, easy to implement technique for stocking your homestead pantry shelves with shelf stable food staples.  This go around I’ll try to give you guys some ideas for covering your other food needs.  Keep in mind that we are not creating some kind of obscure prepper pantry here, these are the  normal food items that you use on a daily basis from the list of…

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On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

On today’s feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Augustine writes in the old Divine Office: “Dearly beloved brethren, the day for which we have longed, the Feast-day of the Blessed and venerable and Ever-Virgin Mary, that day is come. Let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great… via On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

A Case for Raw Milk…(Slide Show)

A Case for Raw Milk…(Slide Show)

Raw milk has gotten a bad rap over the years!  The good folks over at RealMilk.com and the Weston A. Price Foundation are on a crusade to change that.  Here’s a nice educational slide show laying out the benefits of raw milk consumption and the case against pasteurization…

How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry pt. 1 of 2

How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry pt. 1 of 2

The sad reality of our modern world is that most people would find themselves in a desperate state should they, for any reason, not be able to run down to the local grocery store to stock up at least once every couple weeks. It wasn’t too very long ago that every household kept a well stocked pantry with at least a six to eight weeks food supply at their beckon call.  In years past this was a matter of necessity,…

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Preserving the Harvest….BACON!

Preserving the Harvest….BACON!

So it turns out making your own bacon is super easy, way cheaper, and way tastier! A while back I attended a butchery course taught by Brandon Sheard of the Farmstead Meatsmith. We were cutting a beef, but one of the things we talked about quite a bit was curing meat. Brandon has used a super simple cure on all types of meat with great success, and I’m gonna let you in on that secret here…. A basic dry cure…

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New Look for the TCH Website!

New Look for the TCH Website!

We’ve changed the look of our site, added some new functionality, and just cleaned things up a bit!  Check it out, and let us know what you think!   Leave some comments, we’re always open for suggestions…

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