Community Part II

Community Part II

**Warning this is a repost from the early days of the Traditional Catholic Homestead a couple years ago, but I feel like community is so important and so lacking in much of the world that it bears being touched on again and opened up for more thought and perhaps discussion….this is a three part post that I will share again over the next couple days, or if you like you can dig the rest out of the archives—PAX Dave  …

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Community, Can’t Live With it Can’t Live Without it! Part I

Community, Can’t Live With it Can’t Live Without it! Part I

**Warning this is a repost from the early days of the Traditional Catholic Homestead a couple years ago, but I feel like community is so important and so lacking in much of the world that it bears being touched on again and opened up for more thought and perhaps discussion….this is a three part post that I will share again over the next couple days, or if you like you can dig the rest out of the archives—PAX Dave  …

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Music for the Season…

Music for the Season…

The season of Advent is upon us, and everyone is gearing up for the Nativity!  What better way to lift your spirits and those of your loved ones than with some beautiful music performed by our friends at Clamavi De Profundis (check out their YouTube channel here). I hope you enjoy their Christmas Medley and many other offerings…

2017 Huglekulture Greenhouse Update….Year in Review!

2017 Huglekulture Greenhouse Update….Year in Review!

It’s been a while since I talked much about our hugelkulture fortified greenhouse experiment.  This last season has seen some significant changes in the old greenhouse so I thought I would share a little about what we’ve done and what our experiments have taught us, so here goes…. We’ve reskinned the hoophouse with a product called Solawrap….it’s basically bubble wrap on steroids and it has been a significant improvement over the single layer of greenhouse poly! The solawrap creates dual…

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Monastic Herbalism: Part One — Traditium

Monastic Herbalism: Part One — Traditium

The treatment and curing of the ill and infirm is a long standing tradition within the Catholic faith.  The ability to propagate and properly administer herbal remedies is a homesteading stalwart.  I recently stumbled onto a series of articles documenting the Monastic tradition of herbalism from medieval times that continues to this day.  I thought it was interesting so I figured I’d share….hope you find it as informative as I have

Homestead Meat Chicken Primer…

Homestead Meat Chicken Primer…

Deciding which breed of chicken to invest in on the homestead can make  or break your chicken experience.  While many of the heritage breeds make a fine meat bird for the homestead you just can’t beat the dedicated meat breeds for flat out production and feed conversion efficiency.  Here’s a short primer on choosing the right bird for your homestead poultry enterprise…   What Chicken Should I Raise?  

Pastured Turkey Basics….

Pastured Turkey Basics….

I know it’s not really the time of year to start your hol(y)iday turkeys out on pasture, but it is the time of year to start thinking and planning for next year! I dug up a great resource for all things pastured livestock related over at On Pasture and I though I’d share a little insight into what it takes to raise turkeys on the old homestead utilizing our pasture based model… Pastured Turkey Basics Hope you all enjoy!!!

Homesteading Must Have?—Scythes!!!

Homesteading Must Have?—Scythes!!!

The more I use the scythe the greater the appreciation I have for the versatility and tranquility of using this age old homestead standby.  I’m not talking that $5.00 yard sale find that looks like something from a grim reaper cartoon.  If you’re going to experiment with a scythe do yourself a favor and get one of the European or Austrian style scythes.  They’ll take a razor edge relatively easily and are feather weights compared to the more common American…

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Real Chocolate Pudding — Spirited Rose Homestead Dairy Farm

Real Chocolate Pudding — Spirited Rose Homestead Dairy Farm

Here’s a bit of homestead dairy goodness sourced from a farm here in the Inland Pacific Northwest that I thought I would share with you all!!!  Nothing satisfies that glut of milk that you get from a newly freshened Jersey quite like a delicious desert…. Did you grow up thinking pudding was something made from a box of powder found next to Jell-O in the grocery store, or maybe a single serving container from Kraft? I did too, but recently…

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Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

Building Soil With the Help of Weeds

There comes a time for anyone who manages any sort of land resource when the decision of what to do about unwanted or undesired plant growth (aka “weeds”) needs to be made.  There are a couple different schools of thought on the subject.  They essentially boil down to to camps…..you either address the symptoms  (i.e. spray, pull, or poison the weeds) or you address the problems (i.e. determine what is causing the weed infestation and rectifying that situation).  I personally tend…

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