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A list of informational posts and tutorials.

Seed Saving

Our vegetable garden

Fruit tree grafting

Peak Water/Hydraulic Water Ram

Do I really want a family cow?

Root crops for the family cow
Common Barnyard and Garden weeds

 

Hand milking video

How to make butter

I Heart Cows

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Butchering meat chickens

Butchering turkeys

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Home canning 101

Country Style Breakfast Sausage

Meat and vegetables in the same freezer – safety issues

Get many meals from one chicken

Rhubarb juice

Bread & Butter Pickles

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Maple Bars

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Woodstove cooking

Is sewing important?

Homemade soap

Calendula salve

Healing Cottonwood Salve

Is there any difference in salt?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2009 12:51 pm

    Thank you, Thank YOU, THANK YOU for this really great post. I have studied your calendula salve and hope to make some this year.

    Now I know this is a stupid question, but where do I find beeswax?

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  2. February 27, 2009 3:55 am

    Love love love it. I know I will be coming back here often as the seasons progress… as a newbie, this is invaluable to me, learning info from someone with so much knowledge to share.

  3. February 28, 2009 6:31 pm

    Your ricotta post would be a good one to add to this too. Another thing I’d like to do.

  4. Kenny permalink
    November 5, 2009 8:46 am

    are you on dial up internet since you live so far out? if so it must be a pain to run this site on dial up.. :)

    • November 5, 2009 12:32 pm

      Kenny, ahhh we don’t live far enough for me, and alas DSL is available :) Otherwise, photos would be nigh on impossible.

  5. November 25, 2009 5:54 pm

    I just found your blog; I think I’m in love. Can’t wait to read about each of the projects and all the great categories! Love the Matron of Husbandry name, too.

  6. February 24, 2010 7:18 am

    Good morning, what is a rule for square footage per chicks as they grow into meat chickens? We are going to do the mobil pen, & have lots of room. Is more better?

    • February 24, 2010 7:51 am

      Odemfamily, 1 1/2 feet if you’re using Cornish X, if you’re using a heritage breed, a little more space per bird would be better. 75 Cornish X birds in a 10 x 12 Salatin style pen is plenty of room. I know people rail against that, but the birds do fine.

  7. Jennifer permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:22 am

    I want to thank you for this blog, all of the fantastic photographs, and the wonderful, well-written advice. I don’t currently homestead but I am very interested for the future and am learning as much as I can about it while I wait.

    Your blog has taught me more than several books that I have already purchased. I believe that if you put your writings into a book aimed toward people like me who need practical, REAL advice, full of pictures showing how things really work, you would have no trouble in its selling. I know I would buy a copy in a heartbeat!

    Thanks again and please keep writing!

  8. Pam G-O in Monroe WA permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:34 am

    I took your suggestion and ready Janisse Ray’s books: Ecology Of A Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt. Absolutely loved every page. I am now working my way thru some of the recomendations she offers. Great sharing ~ many thanks!

  9. Connie Simpson permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:01 am

    I love to read your blog. Thank you for sharing with us, very educational.

    I have a question for you, I was reading that you use Fertrells Nutribalancer, but I don’t see that product on their web site. In the same post/comment you also said you could not get your cows to use Fertrells Grazier’s Choice. So, where do I find the Nutribalancer or if you are using something different, what is it? We just got cows last spring and we have not given them anything other than grazing or hay. Which reminds me, I also saw where you salt your hay. Why do you salt the hay? Definitely a novice here.

    The closest Fertrell dealer for us is where you live and that is about 166 miles. Kind of far to drive. I have emailed Fertrell to see if we could just purchase direct from them.

    Thank you again for all that you write about. It has been extremely helpful!

    Connie

    • December 13, 2010 9:25 am

      Connie, I use the Poultry Nutribalancer, the Graziers Choice has DE which seemed to slow down the cows consumption of the mineral.
      http://www.fertrell.com/poultry.htm

      I can get mine in Portland or Vancouver at the dealer. If you call the dealer he may be able to ship some to you from Vancouver/Portland cheaper than from Fertrell in Vancouver. BeeRite Sales 360-256-8650 Jonathan He does a lot of shipping and has other minerals too. Great guy!

      As for the hay salting, we put our hay up a little tough (moist) and it draws the moisture out of the bale. Not to say we are putting up wet hay, but the salt helps. It’s an old practice but not necessary if the hay is bone dry.

  10. July 21, 2011 12:03 pm

    Hello! Found your blog via SouleMama. We will in just a few months be moving to a farm ourselves, but for now live in town. So your blog provides much information as well as fodder for daydreaming. :-)
    Thanks for lighting the path, and for the inspiration!

  11. October 19, 2011 7:26 am

    May I come and stay with you when things get bad for the world? Your wisdom on all matters astounds me. When so many of the world are heading for the grocery store three times a week instead of making this effort that you do, what will the rest of us do? Anyway, you amaze me! My harvest is small, living in the suburbs…but I’m trying…composting, mixing veg in with the flower beds…I had an awesome yield of tomatoes this year. Anyway, I want to tell you that I’m inspired by you!

  12. Colleen Wood permalink
    November 17, 2011 12:47 am

    I was referred to you for this question. I want to cook my home raised turkey in my deep pit but I have also been reading about brining a turkey before roasting. Can I brine a turkey before deep pit cooking or would that be over kill?

    • November 17, 2011 12:19 pm

      Colleen, you know I don’t really have a good answer, I think it can’t hurt to brine, but I never have brined ours, finding them pretty succulent compared to store fare :)

  13. Colleen Wood permalink
    November 18, 2011 7:46 am

    This is the first time I have raised my own turkey so maybe I shouldn’t do so many things then I can really judge the difference. Thanks

  14. betsy permalink
    January 17, 2013 12:39 pm

    do you sell your milk?? i am new to your blog and enjoying it. i am having
    a hard time finding a source of raw milk in Portland w/o having to drive far.
    any recommendations? thanks
    betsy

  15. May 1, 2013 6:31 pm

    Could you explain how you use muslin as your milk filter?I am down to my last week or two of commercial discs and would like to use something reusable.The commercial filters are also not compostable,I tried.
    What cloth do you use and how do you manage it from use through cleaning and reuse?
    I really want to do this,but am not sure of the best way to manage it.
    Thank you,Lisa

    • May 2, 2013 7:47 am

      Lisa, I use the muslin as a strainer on my bucket, instead of using a strainer with filters. It means more washing for me, but it’s worth it not to have to buy filters, or a strainer. I am sure you could use the muslin in your strainer too. I buy regular muslin at the fabric store, prewash and then cut it to size, which would be variable depending on how you were straining it. I use a rectangle, but a square would probably work better for a strainer. To wash, soak in a warm water with a drop of unscented soap and a teaspoon of baking soda. I hand wash and rinse, and hang to dry. The muslin works best to strain with if you wet it first with cool water.

      • May 2, 2013 1:45 pm

        Thank you.Yes,that will be some washing,but I do not live in a water constrained area and purchasing baking soda is better than filters I throw away.I appreciate your blog and the info and opinions that you share.

  16. June 18, 2014 6:32 pm

    Howdy MOH,
    My wife and I are longtime subscribers (3 yrs, is that a long time?) to your blog. Each of your posts sparks something new for us to talk about. I have a special request for you. Would you mind doing a post about finishing grass fed beef? I am learning about it now, I have 5 cattle now, all about 14 months old. Too early to finish, but not to early to start thinking and learning about it. I have Allan Nation’s book “Grassfed to Finish”, it’s a great resource. I’ve also read that it’s more art than science. So in that respect I am thinking of butchering one steer soonish (I’m expecting lean and tough) and butcher his brother in a year (expecting grass fat). It’ll be a great learning experience, but at the same time a bit of a waste… I’d like to know what you do and your general opinions about it. Thanks, John
    (We lived in Bend for many years. We love Oregon and reading about it makes us happy. Now we’re in my wife’s hometown in SW Colorado. You know the song “Hometown Blues”?)

    • June 19, 2014 5:05 am

      John, I can’t touch Allan’s info that he continually puts out, but the keep it simple plan works pretty good. Butcher at 2 years old+ while your animal is gaining weight and your grass is the best. Late June and July is the best here in NW Oregon, you can fudge a little on that with irrigation. Avoid spring and fall green up times and you should be fine. Your boy will be tasty but if he’s still growing bone he won’t be marbling yet.

      Thanks for reading. :)

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