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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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Why and When to Thin Your Apples….

Why and When to Thin Your Apples….

Well now that Spring has finally arrived up here on the homestead in North-Central Idaho the grass is growing and the apples are finally starting to bloom.  I don’t know about you but I’ve always kind of wondered how you can have so many apple blossoms and only have a few take hold and produce and actual apple!  Well here you go…..a beautiful explanation of the why, when, and how of thinning your apples………………….   I noticed one of the…

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TCP Repost-Music For the Month of May…

TCP Repost-Music For the Month of May…

Since May is the month that is devoted to the Mother of God, I thought it a great idea to provide another review on an album I have been listening to as of late. The album is entitled Sacred Songs Of Mary and was put out by Valley Entertainment. This is the same company that… via Music For The Month Of May – Sacred Songs Of Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

Comfrey Propagation Video (by Spirko)

Comfrey Propagation Video (by Spirko)

It’s getting to be that time of the year when things are really starting to thaw out up north here and getting out to work the land and gardens is beginning to become a very real possibility on the old homestead!  We are still a couple month shy of our last frost though so I really have to be careful not to get too ambitious.  That’s where planting and propagating some of the more hardy perennials can hold a guy…

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Homestead Homeschool

Homestead Homeschool

For a long time I’ve been trying to put together a solid post on what it’s like to be a homesteading homeschool family.  Well low and behold someone beat me to the punch and really kinda’ hit the nail on the head with some of the issues and drama that inevitably surround two highly time intensive lifestyles combined into one.  Any way while I continue to ponder how to most effectively portray our Homestead Homeschool I thought I would share…

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