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How to Process a Rabbit

I struggled with the idea of doing this article because I have always felt it would cheapen the sacrifice made by the animal. But peoples need for this knowledge out weighs my personal feelings on the topic. TOOLS: A sharp filet knife is what I like to use best, but the fat and skin will […]

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Herbalism Homesteading

To Buy or Be an Asset?

A major swath of the United States economy and jobs is leisure and service. In this year of covid lock downs, many of these businesses are hemorrhaging. Businesses that have been around for over one hundred years are shutting their doors. We have had almost thirty straight weeks of nearly one million new jobless claims. […]

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A Homeschoolers Words of Encouragement

As parents, we have moments when we question our abilities or doubt ourselves. So, it’s only normal to question our abilities when it comes to being our child’s educator.  One of the major aspects to being a parent is TEACHING! As parents, we are our children’s first teacher, as homeschoolers we just extend our time […]

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Staying Productive and Avoiding Burnout on the Homestead

For many lifestyles there is always work to be done, but building or running a homestead this is especially true. There are many ways to stay productive and avoid burnout, and the obvious answer seems to be, get organized and manage your time well. HA! I’m not either of those, but after some trial and […]

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Processing Furs at Home

There is more than one way to skin a cat and there’s more than one way to tan it’s hide too. Home tanning is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, determination, and a hell of a lot of sweat equity, but it is well worth the time and effort. I am a […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Native Harvests: Lambs Quarter (Chenopodium Album)

Lambs quarter is one of the most common garden and backyard weeds. Don’t let its commonplace fool you, this plant is a force to be reckoned with. It is one of THE most nutrient dense wild foods available, even out performing many common vegetables in both vitamin and mineral content. With high levels of phosphorous, […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Wild Foods

Native Harvests: Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

Many of our common weeds and herbs are transplants from colonial settlements, but Oxalis Stricta, or common yellow wood sorrel is native to North America. It’s a beautiful summer plant often mistaken for clover. It grows to an average of 10 inches tall and enjoys partial shade. Has three heart shaped leaves and dainty five […]

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Homesteading

Cutting Feed Costs For Livestock

Our homesteading journey is still in it’s infancy, going into our fourth year. We have put most of our efforts into our garden, wild crafting, food preservation techniques, and raising rabbits for meat. As complete and total novices to every aspect of this lifestyle, it has been well worth it to ease into the livestock […]

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Let’s Make Soap

Making soap at home isn’t nearly as difficult as I had originally thought. All you need is a few tools, ingredients and a few hours. When choosing tools and utensils for soap making be sure to use them for just this purpose. Also be mindful of what each is made of. You want to be […]

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Homesteading

Bacon Drippings for Soap

For as long as I can remember my family has always kept containers under the sink for bacon grease. Occasionally we’d cook with it, but most of the time it was just tossed into the garbage. I continued this practice until a couple of years ago. I had fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole while […]