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We live on a 20-acre homestead in north Idaho with a goal of food self-sufficiency. Originally we were products of the suburbs, so we had a steep learning curve: Milking cows. Making cheese, butter, and yogurt. Planting, scything, and threshing wheat. Dehorning and castrating calves. Growing a garden. Raising chickens. Canning and preserving.Followers of my blog, Rural Revolution, have watched our exploits over the years. They've seen our victories, they've seen our failures, and they've watched us build a homestead from scratch.
It’s an exercise which far too many people are finding themselves doing. Open the refrigerator, take out the bag of veggies or tray of meat, and check whether the contents are involved in the latest food recall. The newest scandals to hit the news involve romaine lettuce and ground beef. Dozens of people from nearly […]
“The most efficient and effective way to guarantee summer success is through planning your garden during the winter.” January and February, traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year, have one highlight… something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: The arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. The timing of these […]