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Scorched Earth: Current Regulations

In October of 2019 the FDA held a public meeting to discuss A New Era of Smarter Food Safety. Many ideas, concepts and agendas were introduced but for this article, I want to focus on just one. How implementation would be regulated. The meeting opened with remarks from Frank Yiannas, a food safety expert serving […]

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Scorched Earth: The Destruction of The Food System

There has been a torrent of proposed ideas and policy changes, that if implemented, would not only incinerate family farms, they would destroy our food system and bring about the greatest famine this country has ever seen. This is an introduction to this series, Scorched Earth, where we will take an up close and personal […]

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Animal Husbandry: An Investment

When adding livestock of any kind, there are some major concepts to consider and implement. I look at our livestock as a long term investment. As such, I have a few strategies I use to ensure a return on my investment of blood, sweat, tears, and money. The first is the why. Be sure the […]

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Cloth Diapers on a Budget

Im not sure why it took me so long to figure it out, but we decided to cloth daiper with our final baby. Actually I wanted to with baby number 3, but then our well pipe froze up. After a winter of no running water, all I wanted was convenience. But when I started searching […]

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Making Flock Blocks

This time of year everyone needs a pick me up. Something that’s packed full of energy, is filling and nutritious but feels like a cheat day. Even our livestock need this comfort food and for our chickens, it’s all about flock blocks. So what is a flock block? It’s basically a form of suet cake […]

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Making Pocket Soup

What is pocket soup? It is an extremely slow and tedious process to make home made bullion. Bullion is easily found in any grocery store so why on earth would you go through all the effort? This is the most common question one hears while working towards, or living a sustainable lifestyle. My simple answer, […]

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Herbalism Homesteading Paganism Wild Foods

Turning Stinging Nettle Into Cordage

Legends and folk tales are peppered with truths. My all-time favorite fairy tales is called the Wild Swans. It is a story of six princes who were turned into swans and their only salvation would be if their sister could knit them each a vest made of stinging nettles. There is a fantastic modern retelling […]

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Homesteading Wild Foods

Making Bone Broth

The history of bone broth is deep and rich, going back to our prehistoric ancestors. In a time when a successful hunt was rare, it is of no surprise our ancestors heeded the guidance of four legged hunters and found ways to access and use the bone marrow. Rather than sharp teeth and bite force, […]

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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. […]