Obviously the easiest way to keep critters out of your garden is to put up a good fence. The higher and tighter the better, while burying the bottom will go a long way toward keeping critters from digging beneath. What if you don't have the time or materials to get a fence up, however? Read on for some tips that will help keep your vegetables flowing to your family, instead of … [Read more...] about Naturally Animal-Proofing Your Garden
The Benefits of Beef Share
Almost a month ago, we published a story on the benefits of cow share for those looking for access to raw milk. In the article, we mentioned that options also exist for those looking for steady access to organic beef, but glossed over the details. As it turns out, however, folks are curious about beef (and pig) share too, so read on for a little information on what this is, and … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Beef Share
Homegrown Eggs: Are They Safe?
Amidst the nationwide egg "crisis," I've begun to notice two distinct trends among folks. The first, and the more heartening, are those who are (albeit belatedly) using the situation as an excuse to jump into poultry ownership, so they are better prepared for whatever comes next. The other, more worryingly, are those who seem to wish to do so, but who are resisting the jump out … [Read more...] about Homegrown Eggs: Are They Safe?
The Benefits of Cow Share
If you're in the homesteader community, chances are you already have heard of the benefits of raw, unpasteurized milk. There are, obviously, quite a few controversies surrounding the health risks concerning raw milk, hence the stringent regulations surrounding its consumption in most US States. Most who regularly consume it agree, however, that the benefits far outweigh the … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Cow Share
How to Clean a Gizzard
Plenty of people eat ducks and chickens, but many are unaware they are throwing out some of the best bits with the entrails. Hearts, livers and even gizzards can make excellent eating, though that last one will take some serious prep work. Read on for how to clean a gizzard for use in gravy, or as even more substantial fare. Method 1: The Shallow Slice The easiest way to … [Read more...] about How to Clean a Gizzard