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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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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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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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Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Last time I exlained why we went with the portable design, provided the materials list, and showed how to make the head gate for our portable milking stanchion (goto Part 1 here).  This time around we’re going to be talking about building the elevated milking platform, installing the head gate, and putting the whole thing together.  I’ll be sharing some tips, tricks, and tweaks that we came up with to optimize our design as well! Now onto the milking platform…….

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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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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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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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