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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…

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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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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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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More Music from our Friends

More Music from our Friends

Today we have another installment of wonderful music from a local family “The Song of Durin” from the Hobbit movie: Please remember to subscribe to their channel or support them through iTunes!

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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(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

Well its the middle of winter, and since I can’t get a whole heck of a lot done on the land, I decided it might be a good time to start the process of halter breaking our Milking Devon heifer Beatrice.  The wife and I went out and slapped the halter on her, and we’ll you’ll see…  

The New Milking Devons are Home! (video)

The New Milking Devons are Home! (video)

Well its been a week or so since we went and picked up the newest additions to the cattle operation on the Traditional Catholic Homestead, so I thought I might as well shoot a quick introductory video of the new kids.  We’ve added a bred cow, a heifer calf, and another bull calf to the herd!  I feel like we’re set for a while (especially on bulls!), but we’re super excited to bring in the dairy animals for the homestead!…

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More Cattle Coming to the Homestead!

More Cattle Coming to the Homestead!

That’s right we’re bringing in more cattle for the Traditional Catholic Homestead…you know for the winter!  I know it’s not really the best time to be bringing in more livestock for the homestead, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and strike when the iron is hot!  We’ve been considering getting a dairy animal of some sort for a while (especially since our source for Jersey milk dried up…literally!).  Well I’ve been seeing an add for some American…

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Regenerating Soil Using Cover Crops & No-Till w/ Gabe Brown (Mercola Interview)

Regenerating Soil Using Cover Crops & No-Till w/ Gabe Brown (Mercola Interview)

Our soil health is the key to creating the best, most nutritious food possible.  Conventional farming methods have decimated our soils in this country, and the nutrient content of our foods has plummeted.  Gabe Brown is a conventional farming convert from North Dakota, regenerating his soils using cover crops and no-till methods.  He runs cattle and conventional crops on his ranch.  He’s seen fantastic result on his ranch and is spreading the word on how he’s been able to do…

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