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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!!!

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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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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Fruit Tree Propagation

Fruit Tree Propagation

There’s an old saying that goes something like “The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago, the second best time in today!”  Productive, healthy fruit and nut trees are a must for the modern homesteader.  The next question is how to afford all of those trees.  Well the good folks over at Deep Green Permaculture put together a nice article on the ins and outs of fruit tree propagation I thought you all might enjoy!  Ever wonder…

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DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

We’re experimenting with sprouted barley fodder as a feed supliment for our grassfed cattle and pastured dairy production on the homestead this winter.  We’re calling this fodder system 0.7, and there’s already improvements in the works for the upgrade!  Any how enjoy the tour of our current fodder  setup, and let me know in the comments section or email me ( dave@traditionalcatholichomestead.com ) if you would like a more in depth post on the specifics of how to build this…

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Milking Parlor Tour….

Milking Parlor Tour….

January 2017 milking parlor tour!  Our pastured dairy journey continues…. and a rundown of our milking procedure…. This is just a temporary structure to get us through until we design a permanent facility. Enjoy, share with your friends and have a joyous New Year!

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Garlic is one of those homestead staples that goes in just about everything around our place so we grow quite a bit.  With this season’s garlic harvested, cured, and next season’s planted it seemed like it was time to do something with last season’s leftovers.  We had a pretty good crop last year so when harvest time came around this year we still had a bunch of garlic left over.  We took out all of the bulbs that were still…

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