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Free-Ranging Chickens- The Pros vs The Cons

Free-Ranging Chickens in the Backyard

A lot of people love the idea of free-ranging their chickens and I’m definitely one of them. Like with anything in life and homesteading, there are some pros and cons to free-ranging chickens. Free-Ranging Chickens- The Pros vs The Cons Chickens are known as the “gateway animals” in homesteading. So, you get a few baby […]

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What Is a Homesteader? with Joel Salatin

We’ve brought Joel Salatin’s “What is a Homesteader?” talk out of the Homesteaders of America Conference lecture vault for everyone to enjoy as we get ready for another “agrarian Sabbath” this week! Below you’ll find the key points from his transcript but set aside some time to watch the full lecture and enjoy Joel’s masterful […]

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3 Ways to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home

Whey Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Ricotta cheese is one of the easiest homemade cheese recipes you can make! And it doesn’t even need special ingredients, like rennet or starter cultures, so it’s one everyone can make today. Let’s learn 3 different ways you can make homemade ricotta cheese! Making cheese at home can be intimidating. Like pressure canning and soap […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Sugar-Free Jam

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Jam: The Ultimate Guide to Sugar-Free Jam

If you’ve ever shuddered at the amount of sugar in a recipe for homemade jam, you’re going to love this guide to sugar-free jam.  Because yes, it’s totally possible to enjoy homemade and home canned jams that are both delicious and free from refined sugars.   How to Make Sugar-Free Jam When it comes to canning […]

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Cornish Cross or Freedom Ranger? Which Meat Chicken Breeds Should You Raise?

Cornish Cross vs. Freedom Ranger Chicks

Are you wondering which meat chicken breeds you should raise, Cornish Cross or Freedom Ranger? There is an increasing selection of meat chicken breeds available to the consumer these days, not to mention the option of raising larger, traditional, dual-purpose, laying hens. The two most popular choices right now are the white Cornish Cross and […]

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Building A Simple Cedar Raised Bed

Raised Garden Bed

As mentioned in my Small Gardens Can Make a Big Difference post, I completely changed directions with my garden this year. I built my first raised bed not thinking we’d actually get it set up in time for this year’s garden, but we did. Buy a Raised Bed Kit or Build it Yourself? There are […]

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Introducing Polyface Designs

IT’S HERE!! The long-awaited Polyface Designs is finally available! Now you can dig deep into the brain of Joel Salatin and the workings of Polyface Farms. Discover EXACTLY how the structures and systems of “The Lunatic Farmer” are built and put into practice. This is the book you always wished Joel would write! Polyface Designs […]

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Small Gardens Can Make a Big Difference

Sowing Seeds for Small Garden

Think you have to grow a huge garden to be self-sufficient? Think again! It’s amazing what a big difference even a small garden can make in securing food independence and security! By Cheryl Aker, Pasture Deficit Disorder Hello, fellow Homesteaders of America! I’m a new contributor here and I’m excited to share my homesteading journey […]

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