Top 12 Pig Breeds to Raise on Your Homestead

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Homesteading with pigs offers a plethora of delicious and money saving possibilities. With proper shelter and sturdy fencing, pigs can be raised on even small homesteads, and not merely on large rural farmland where I am blessed to live. Pigs (or hogs as we call them in my part of Appalachia) grow quickly, and can … Read more Top 12 Pig Breeds to Raise on Your Homestead

Growing Gourds – Everything You Need to Know

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Gourds are one of the first plants ever cultivated. They were grown not only as a food source, but perhaps primarily to make eating utensils and make portable storage containers for a multitude of items – water in particular. There are multiple different varieties of gourds. Some boast edible young fruit and seeds, others are … Read more Growing Gourds – Everything You Need to Know

DIY Natural Baby Wipes and Why You Should Make Them

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Would you rub formaldehyde and hormone disrupting chemicals on all of your baby’s bottom? I am sure you answered no to that question. Well, if you are using some brands of commercially manufactured baby wipes, odds are you are doing just that. Learning how to quickly and ultra cheaply make DIY natural baby wipes can … Read more DIY Natural Baby Wipes and Why You Should Make Them

10 Things Kids Shouldn’t Do in the Kitchen (and 66 Others They Should)

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Passing down family traditions while teaching skills in the kitchen is all part of the homesteading lifestyle for American families. Children can and should be an integral part of this process. The key to kids in the kitchen success requires parents take into account both the age and the maturity level of the children before … Read more 10 Things Kids Shouldn’t Do in the Kitchen (and 66 Others They Should)

20 Clever and Free Ideas to Feed Your Chickens

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Most homesteaders choose to keep chickens as part of an effort to put quality, humanely raised, and incredibly inexpensive food on the table. Whether you are raising chickens (and other poultry birds) for their meat and eggs or solely for the eggs, doing so as cheaply as possible helps the birds pay for themselves over … Read more 20 Clever and Free Ideas to Feed Your Chickens

Chicken Buying Guide: Where and How to Find Healthy Chicks for Your Flock

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Adding to your poultry bird flock during the twice annual chick days event – or any time, is always an exciting event. So exciting in fact, some folks enter “chicken addiction” mode, and forget to carefully look over each baby bird before agreeing to purchase. Even those rare folks who can resist the urge to … Read more Chicken Buying Guide: Where and How to Find Healthy Chicks for Your Flock

What Rabbits Can Eat – And What They Shouldn’t

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Rabbits have incredibly simple dietary needs. Most rabbits are, sadly, kept in hutches off the ground and never get the chance to touch grass when they are commercially raised. Homesteaders can (and should) go an entirely different and more healthy route with their meat rabbits allowing the animals to feed far more naturally, and costing … Read more What Rabbits Can Eat – And What They Shouldn’t

Pygora Goats – A Miniature Fiber Goat for the Homestead

Pygora goats are a relatively new addition to the fiber goat industry. They were developed in the United States during the 1980s – and became hugely popular with keepers both large and small. These miniature goats are one of the smallest of all 300 or so goat breeds on the planet and are the smallest … Read more Pygora Goats – A Miniature Fiber Goat for the Homestead

How to Make Natural Foaming Hand Soap

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DIY foaming hand soap is simple and cheap to make – and your kids might just even wash their hands more diligently because they enjoy all of the little bubbles so much. To reduce your family’s exposure to plastic, and to the harsh chemicals it contains, you can buy nominally priced glass foaming soap dispensers … Read more How to Make Natural Foaming Hand Soap

Chick Days Survival Tips and the Dangers of ‘Chicken Math’ Class

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I dedicate this column to my homesteading friend and fellow New Life On A Homestead writer, Sarah Rodriguez. I once received a text from her as she traveled back from a doctor’s appointment – passing Rural King on the way. The text read, “I tried to call you. I was just as Rural King and … Read more Chick Days Survival Tips and the Dangers of ‘Chicken Math’ Class

Drip Irrigation for Beginners

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Drip irrigation, sometimes called trickle irrigation, has become popular with many gardeners as an easy way to conserve water without sacrificing plant growth. Drip systems use less water than sprinkler systems and can also help prevent some plant diseases. How hard is it to install a drip irrigation system? The simple steps for installing a … Read more Drip Irrigation for Beginners