Feb 282014
 
Homestead Goats - What breed should you choose? Five Popular Dairy Goat Breeds for the Homestead. Basic goat care - What Do You Need to Raise Goats?

Nimbrethil, an Alpine doe, takes a break from carrying gear on a multi-day pack trip in the Oregon Cascades.

Raising your own homestead goats as dairy animals is a great way to get connected to your food source. Goats are not only a fabulous source of high quality milk, but are an incredibly versatile animal on a homestead; they can also provide meat, fiber, carry a pack, clear brush, or serve as a livestock companion. Dairy goats have endearing personalities, which make them a joy to keep on virtually any size homestead.

What Goat Breed Should I Choose?

If you asked five dairy goat owners which breed to pick, chances are you’d get five different answers. When choosing the right goat for your homestead, consider the following factors: Continue reading »

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Jul 092013
 

Getting Started with Essential Oils - Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions + Giveaway

Getting Started with Essential Oils – Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions

When I started looking into living more naturally the first thing I was concerned about was what was lurking in my medicine cabinet. I started pouring over ingredients and expiration dates. To say I didn’t love what I found is a slight understatement. Did you know that most medicine contains artificial colors and flavoring, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, as well as ingredients that could cause liver damage, drowsiness, stomach ulcers, hyperactivity…you get the idea. Continue reading »

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Feb 222013
 

Getting Started Vermicomposting - Raising Worms @ Common Sense Homesteading

Vermiculture composting (Vermicomposting) is the act of creating rich, organic humus for your garden or lawn by allowing red worms to help in the decomposition process. The resulting castings enrich soil by improving texture, increasing nitrogen, trace minerals, and natural growth hormones from the worms themselves.

In this article I will discuss how to get the absolute most out of small scale, indoor vermicomposting without expensive or complicated equipment.  You probably already have most of the tools you’ll need to get started. Continue reading »

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Sep 142012
 

Getting Started Beekeeping @ Common Sense Homesteading

This is a guest post by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm sharing their experience with getting started beekeeping.

It’s amazing to see our little farm growing, taking shape in the nooks and crannies of our property. So steady, so quiet, it moves along. I look out over our pumpkin patch and see the giant gourds, orange and globular, almost alien-like against the green grass. I think back to the spring, where the little sleeping seeds awoke in the ground. With time, rain and sunshine we now have enormous trailing vines, wrinkled star- like blooms and huge voluptuous fruit. Continue reading »

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Apr 172012
 

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This is part two of a guest post mostly for the ladies, but I suspect some gentlemen may find this useful as well. To those who have considered getting a gun for self-defense, this is for you.  Today we cover selecting a firearm, some common gun related terms, and why you need proper training.

How to Find a Firearm

“No – you don’t want the P220, you need something that’s girl sized”. The last time I heard that was from the gun store employee who DIDN’T make a $850 sale.

It’s not as common as it used to be, but on occasion you will find a gun store employee who either ignores you or suggests a “girl gun”.  Take your business elsewhere.  You wouldn’t buy a new outfit at a store where the clerk thought you were fat when you’re not, so why buy a gun at a place where they assume you’re an idiot because you have breasts.  It’s getting better all the time ladies. On a business trip to St. Louis I walked into the Gander Mountain in St. Louis, asked about 1911′s in .45 and the store clerk didn’t bat an eye though his smile went up about 2000 watt at a new customer. Continue reading »

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