Sometime ago, in late summer, we brought in a new bull - a proven bull. It seems our little bull (Sampson), was first declared a young bull, by a neighbor... then a dud, by us. Which means we skipped a year of calving... we were calf-less in 2010. Now that we are over half way through Jan., we are starting to count the days before our calving season is slated to begin, this year. We are counting down the 9 months from the day we first exposed our "lady cows" to the rent-a-bull that…Continue
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(Pisum arvense) — About a year and a half ago, I received an email from a reader asking me about…Continue
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I make luscious sheep's milk castille soap using the milk from my own flock of Icelandic sheep. And right now, I'm giving some away.
I make all of my soap in small batches, and pour it into molds that hold about 6 lbs. of soap at a time. Sometimes after filling the molds, I have a little bit of soap left over. That…
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After your first or second year playing around in your garden/balcony, window planters, etc. it's easy to get an itchy green thumb! Once you've gardening for several seasons, you're more able to notice what grows well where in your area, better understand the micro-climate you provide your plants, your sun/shade setting, etc.
If you're at that point, it might be time to truly dive in to this homestead adventure that many of us are…Continue
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Speedy Delivery just dropped-off a package from the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture. It was the prize from their fall photo contest. It seems we won 3rd place for the below photo of one of our Royal Palm heritage turkeys. Isn't he beautiful?
The prize was a very nice baseball style cap from our friends at Minnesota Grown. Below is the hat we won from the MN Dept. of Agriculture
Are you interested in making your own cereals this year? There’s less packaging involved, especially if you buy in bulk at a food co-op and bring your own containers.
We can also think of the…Continue
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The waiting is killing me. I have four pregnant Guinea hog sows, all supposedly due to farrow within the month, and no reliable due dates on any of them. Clearly it's time for a game of "Guess the Piglets"!
Tell me in the comments to this post which sow you think will farrow first and what on what date. Anyone who is correct will be allowed to name one of the piglets!
Here are the contestants (all photos taken today):
Circe: She was supposed to be due on…
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[This is my first blog post here at Homegrown. Actually I didn't realize it was this easy. Is it this easy? Is this how I'm 'sposed to do this thing-a-majigger? Anyway, here's a go. This is a recent from my blog, Apron Strings: Diary of a…Continue
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I am on the move to collect vegetarian and vegan recipes. These…Continue
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I made a wonderful chili for dinner out of my homegrown cranberry beans and a pound of local farm-raised pork. I just tried cranberry beans for the first time after I grew them in 2009. If you haven't eaten them yet I really recommend them. Not only are they gorgeous while growing in the garden, they are big, plump, creamy beans. Can you tell I'm a fan?
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