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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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Homestead Update Aug 2016

Homestead Update Aug 2016

I know it’s been a while since we’ve put out some content, so I thought it would be appropriate to start things off again with a little homestead update: We’ve had a pretty busy spring, spent a lot of time working on our cattle systems, building fence, shifting paddocks, and trying to get the coriography of rotational grazing down.  We’ll be splitting the heard and putting the bulls out to breed the cows here shortly, and weening a heifer or…

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Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Here in the remote reaches of North-Central Idaho raising livestock, like chickens, pigs, sheep or even cattle can be quite the ordeal!  It is part of our moral responsibility to give our animals the best possible life until it comes time to harvest.  Each species requires different elements for them to express their unique God given pigness or cowness or chickness… or whatever, but one thing they all have in common is not being eaten or harassed by predators before…

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