15 Plants that are Natural Sweeteners

stevia plants in garden

I’m sure we all enjoy a nice, sugary drink every now and then; maybe you like to put loads of sugar in your tea or coffee. Maybe you eat a lot of sugary foods/sweets. Whatever the case, it’s clear that humans have developed quite the sweet tooth since we first started using sweeteners/sugars in our … Read more

Ancona Duck Breed Guide – Start Here

Ancona duck

Ancona ducks are both rare and beautiful poultry birds. These domesticated ducks have unique and broken – colored feathering patterns that makes them both easy to identify, and engaging to watch. Ducks of this breed are classified as multi-purpose or dual-purpose because they are raised for eggs as well as meat. The beauty and friendly … Read more

25 Ways to Keep Homeschooled Children Learning Even During Breaks

children play-learning near creek

Keeping your homeschooled children learning during breaks is probably a whole lot easier than you think. In fact, the kiddos will most likely not even realize they are still being educated as you work in mind and imagination enriching activities outside of the regular homeschool environment. Parents and educators in public school frequently worry about … Read more

Raising Ducks for Eggs and Maximizing Production

Rouen and Pekin ducks

Raising ducks is practical as well as entertaining. Not only will ducks produce more eggs than chickens annually, the eggs are significantly larger. Unlike chicken hens, duck hens lay well into their sixth to even ninth year of life – making them perhaps the most sustainable small livestock one could keep on a homestead. Getting … Read more

How to Can Hot Peppers Step by Step

cans of hot pepper

Hot peppers are literally the spice of life. Left with the decision of leaving my mother-in-law or my hot peppers behind at the end of the world…. Well, I’d at least ask her to carry a case of peppers on her lap. I love fresh hot peppers, but what is the best way to enjoy … Read more

12 Safe and Delicious Duck Treats

ducks on the homestead

When I was a kid, we used to go to this place in Johannesburg called Zoo Lake. It was a tea garden with a park playground, and a popular picnic spot. The highlight of these trips was always the lake itself, and the ducks and geese that called it home. We used to take bread, … Read more

Are Rabbits Actually Profitable?

Are you thinking about moving to a homestead or off-grid lifestyle? If so, you might want to consider keeping rabbits – a popular choice for homesteaders because they are quiet and don’t need a lot of space. When you’re homesteading, you probably have a few primary goals in mind. You need to be able to … Read more

The 12 Best Egg Laying Duck Breeds

ducks on homestead pond

Farm fresh duck eggs are creamy, delicious, and are typically more durable than the thinner eggs laid by chicken hens. Raising ducks for eggs is not any more time consuming or difficult than raising chickens for the same purpose. In fact, I truly believe it is actually easier to raise ducks for eggs – or … Read more