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how to thrive like the amish during bad economic times during

How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times

I love the Amish.  Why do I love the Amish?  Because everything about them screams of sustainability and self-preservation!  There is much to learn from these amazing folks, so here's "How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times"! Holmes County I discovered the Amish about 25 years ago, when we were trying to get out of debt and get our finances in order.  If you aren't familiar with the Amish, they are a fascinating group of people who escaped religious persecution in Switzerland and Germany to migrate to the United States in the early 18th century. They initially settled in...

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How to Rent Farm Animals

How to Rent Farm Animals

          Before you buy a farm animal, it might be worth learning "How to Rent Farm Animals"!   Yes, in the right situation with the right people, you just might be able to work out an agreement!  Boarding in exchange temporary ownership (hence, renting the farm animal) is becoming an option for over-stressed farmers and it just might work for you! First, let me begin with the "why" behind my idea to rent an alpaca, actually a pair of alpaca, for one year.  Bottom line...I wanted to try out fiber animals without the commitment.   I know that there are...

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How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners

How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners

  Why buy plants every year when you can easily learn "How to Start Seeds Indoors for Beginners"?!  I just finished up my order form with White Harvest Seeds  for heirloom, non-GMO seeds and I can hardly wait to get planting when they arrive! You will need: * A tall sturdy shelf, preferably metal. * Seed trays (I re-use my trays year after year, until they fall apart) with covers *Potting soil (I prefer organic) *Good quality seeds (I buy some but save seeds as well) *Plastic garden markers or Popsicle sticks *Permanent marker I like to take my seed starting trays outside and pour the potting soil...

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how to have a weed free garden

Weed-Free Gardening

Is weed-free gardening possible? Without using pesticides and herbicides?  Sure it is! While no method can guarantee absolutely no weeds, you can definitely avoid most of the weeds that want to grow in your garden this year! It takes a little forethought before the growing season.  You will have to spend some time out in the cold and mud, but it will be worth it. Preparing for the growing season is part of gardening!  There is no success for those who just put plants in the ground without any soil amendments or preparation.  Take the time to fertilize your soil each year prior...

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How to Grow Garlic Indoors

How to Grow Garlic Indoors

Who doesn't LOVE garlic??  Ever wondered how to grow garlic indoors?   The beautiful thing about nature is that much of our food can be easily reproduced to create more food!  Such is the case with garlic!   First things first, let's understand that while you can grow garlic indoors, the entire head of garlic will not develop until it's outside in some cold weather and can go dormant.  So, at some point, you'll need to put your pot on the balcony or patio, or plant in the ground for a nice long freeze.  But in the meantime, you can enjoy garlic greens! And...

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how to preserve eggs without refrigeration

Preserving Eggs in Lime Water

It's Springtime here, and that means our hens are laying eggs....lots and lots of eggs.  How can we preserve eggs without refrigeration? Check out "Preserving Eggs in Lime Water"! Back in the day, before refrigeration, there were several different methods to preserve eggs.  Some work better than others! I've tried the oiling method without any luck (and it was super stinky!), so I've been excited to try this method using pickling lime!   Essentially, you place farm fresh eggs (NOT eggs from the store) in this lime water mixture.  Word has it that the eggs can last from 8 months to 2...

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how to start boxed plants inside

How to Start Boxed Plants Inside

You've just begun to see them...those boxed plants are showing up everywhere they sell gardening supplies!  But, what exactly are you supposed to do with these boxed plants when it's far too cold to plant outside?  By learning "How to Start Boxed Plants Inside", you get a jump on the gardening season and be ready to plant healthy, beautiful plants come Spring! Many times, people purchase boxed plants and put them in the ground immediately.  My experience has been that the plant usually dies.  Keep in mind, those roots have been in stagnant conditions for months, without any new nutrients. ...

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9 things to consider before getting livestock

9 Things to Consider Before Getting Livestock

One of the most exciting parts of being sustainable is raising livestock!  Raising animals is wonderful and rewarding.  However, far too many people bring home livestock before truly counting the cost.  So, let's take a look at "9 Things You Should Consider BEFORE Getting Livestock". This is an important subject, especially now as Spring arrives.  "Chick Days" begin at local farm stores and springtime babies are being born on every farm!  Baby bunnies are popular Easter gifts, only to become a burden after the holiday is over.  I can't tell you how many "Free Bunnies" I see after Easter, and...

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What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?

What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?

You might be asking yourself "What Can I Feed My Chickens to Keep Them Healthy?" Chickens are an investment that take time, money and energy!  The last thing I want is to lose a chicken to illness, and the best way to avoid that is to build their immunity.   Things You Can't Control There are so many unavoidable circumstances that can arise on your farm.  For example, a couple of weeks ago, a huge flock of grackles decided to invade one of the animals barns.  Gross!  They made a total mess and wouldn't leave for days.  I don't know where those birds are from or...

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