How To Choose The Right Land For Your Permaculture Homestead

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post on here – and a lot has happened since I shared our first yearly homestead recap with you. We finished another year at the homestead: making maple syrup, continuing to plant our food forest and garden, and raising 11 heritage turkeys and 72 chickens. In March, we got three goats, milked them, and made goat cheese. We also suffered a tragic loss when our beloved chicken Toad and three others were killed by a hungry mountain lion momma. And like everyone else, we stayed home trying to survive...

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Setting Up A Permaculture Homestead Year 1 — Recap of 2019

There are two types of homesteaders: the getting-it-done-no-matter-what homesteaders and what I call the “YouTube homesteaders”. The first type doesn’t let excuses get in the way of his or her dreams. The latter watches every homesteading YouTube channel there is with passion while dreaming of how amazing life would be and they can’t wait! They are ready to go as soon as they have the money to buy some land. Or find the perfect piece of land. Or find others to get in on their dream and then they can do it together. Or, … you get the point. But...

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Which Permaculture Course Is Right For You?

(This post contains affiliate links.) A few years ago, someone suggested that I look into Permaculture when I was at my wits’ end trying to figure out how to grow anything in the woods we live in. I had never heard of the term, but only after a few minutes of reading up online, I was hooked. I read books, lots of books. But I wanted to learn more — especially practical skills like how to inoculate mushroom logs or make liquid fertilizer teas. I was craving real interactions with other like-minded “Permies”. As a result, I started looking into...

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Homemade, Kosher For Passover Chicken Feed Recipe (Incl. Chick & Turkey Starter)

(This post does NOT include any affiliate links, I have no relationship with the companies that I mention below other than being a happy customer.) Preparing for Passover can make you remember why there aren’t so many Jewish farmers. The craziness of cleaning your house of the last crumb of chametz (the leavened form of the five grains not eaten on Passover, namely wheat, rye, barley, oats, and spelt) is exhausting enough. But once you add livestock into the mix, we are talking a whole other category of craziness. This year, for the first time ever, we had 13 egg-laying...

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Zone Planning: Your Blueprint To A Successful Permaculture Design

Zone Planning: Your Blueprint To A Successful Permaculture Design

Designing a garden — whether it is on rolling wooded acres or in a small suburban backyard — can be overwhelming. Depending on your goals, you might ask yourself: “How can I use my space most efficiently? Where can I grow some vegetables to feed my family?” or “What are high-value cash crops I can grow here?” If you are planning on homesteading or working slowly towards self-sufficiency, you probably picked out your piece of land with your future goals in mind and looked for possible locations for your chicken coop, orchard or pastures. But these are huge decisions because you...

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Healthy Unicorn “Frappo” Alternative (Vegan)

Healthy Unicorn “Frappo” Alternative (Vegan)

Unless you have been living under a huge rock for the past three days, you couldn’t avoid hearing about Starbucks newest marketing gig, the Unicorn Frappuccino! For the past few days, Mashable, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even late night shows spoke of little else. Frappuccino is a Starbucks’ trademark for its line of blended, ice-cold coffee beverages. This particular one was marketed as “sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour” that will change its flavor as the ice melts and you mix it “to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink.” #UnicornFrappuccino?✨ Available at participating stores and the end of participating rainbows....

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