6/6/2013 9:39:59 AM
Raising ducks can be difficult and frustrating. In this post, I share my tips to make this experience fun, stress-free and cheap!
6/5/2013 8:44:54 AM
What started out as helping a neighbor inspect her hive, turned into a day capturing two honeybee swarms!
5/15/2013 9:35:54 AM
Sarah is a city girl who grew up on styrofoam packaged meat and now shares her views and experiences on raising animals for meat herself.
5/13/2013 9:10:49 AM
The honeybee is fascinating. Along my journey of self-reliant living comes bees. I am setting up 2 colonies and will get about 80lbs a season from 1 hive.
4/17/2013 1:42:11 PM
To every thing there is a season...unfortunately, spring fever seems to be at odds with spring cleaning!
4/11/2013 1:51:48 PM
Creating your own rabbit breed the wrong way.
4/10/2013 9:02:17 AM
After overwintering two hives successfully, this first year beekeeper shares some valuable tips she has learning along her journey.
3/24/2013 10:39:54 PM
As a child visiting my grandparents farm, we would play outside until well after the sun set. Moonlight Starlight was one of our favorites
3/21/2013 7:49:35 PM
After a long, hard Michigan winter we give our bees a springtime boost to get them through till the flowers bloom.
2/20/2013 10:19:37 AM
The best time to begin raising turkeys on the homestead is late May or early June. Learn about what types of turkeys to raise, when a turkey is ready for butchering and how to roast one once the holidays arrive.
2/7/2013 7:40:15 PM
Mrs. D defines what homesteading means to her.
1/25/2013 9:27:07 AM
Here is a list of turkey facts that may astound you and hopefully inspire you to raise some of your own.
1/8/2013 10:45:14 PM
My attempt at the Hooligan and my resolution for the year. I'm ready for spring.
12/6/2012 12:35:15 PM
From laying birds to meat birds to dual-purpose breeds, there are many options for a small flock.
12/6/2012 10:19:22 AM
A small flock of free-range ducks can be a great addition to your garden by giving you tasty fresh eggs, natural fertilizer and effective pest control.
12/4/2012 1:31:34 PM
Feeding honey bees in freezing temperatures can be a challenge. Try making and using a candy board this year. Once in place, it might just last you the entire winter season.
11/29/2012 4:15:42 PM
Clean water in stock tanks and fresh air will help your livestock face extreme weather conditions.
11/29/2012 12:27:42 PM
The best fertilizer comes from a combination of organic material, including livestock manure.
11/5/2012 10:48:24 AM
Even the bees need a little bit of checking in on as they prepare for winter. Learn what this Cape Cod beekeeper plans for the winter and discovers in her hive on this final fall inspection.
10/17/2012 12:14:07 PM
Live Theater is alive and well and living all around the country. A very brief history of community theaters through the years in which this blogger was involved and his observations.
10/11/2012 8:34:34 AM
Crisp weather and brilliant colors usher in the harvest season.
8/30/2012 4:43:16 AM
The record-breaking heat and drought of 2012 compel us to listen to the urgent call of the land and to respond by the millions with immediate agrarian initiatives.
8/27/2012 10:13:39 AM
It's not the triumphs and monuments erected that are remembered. Sometimes it's what we have lost.
8/27/2012 9:47:38 AM
After severe summer storms, it was time to really ask ourselves how prepared our family was. This is the first post in Practical Preparedness where we'll share tips, simple ideas, and easy how-to's for keeping families prepared.
7/27/2012 10:06:46 AM
Summertime is filled with fun & adventure...but it's also a time of strong storms and possible damage. How prepared are we and what can we do to be better prepared?
7/13/2012 4:07:39 PM
When a friend mentioned he had time to waste, it got me thinking about priorities. I want my life to count! Living a purposeful rural life is extremely rewarding--and it's time well spent.
7/5/2012 3:20:46 PM
Sometimes disconnecting from modern technology allows for a greater connection with bigger things.
6/26/2012 9:26:10 AM
Learn everything about raising chickens, ducks and geese from incubating eggs to building a homemade waterer.
6/24/2012 12:08:43 AM
Sarah's faith in at least some of today's youth is restored when she is rescued in a teenager in a 70's Ford pickup.
6/19/2012 4:30:30 PM
Feeding rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong.
6/19/2012 3:03:30 PM
Before you begin your rabbitry, take a quick tour of popular rabbit breeds in this excerpt from “How to Raise Rabbits.”
6/8/2012 8:22:15 AM
Equustock, LLC’s 100% natural absorbent spill cleanup product, Absorb & Clean, was selected as a winner of Hardware Retailing’s Retailer’s Choice Award at the 2012 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
5/31/2012 7:43:05 AM
The legend of the rainbow warriors is part of the core mythos of the Americas, and tells of how people will come together to heal themselves, the land, and all the Earth.
5/22/2012 8:08:04 AM
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between chicken and duck eggs? Wonder no more!
4/23/2012 4:19:29 PM
Finally - a dream come true - we are living on our little homestead!! And we got our first ever packages of bees the same weekend!
4/16/2012 1:15:55 PM
When our family purchased ducklings, we did not expect them to turn into adventurers. Meet Passamaquoddy, Dunk, Drip, Donald, Daisy, Hooey, Dooey, Looey, and Phooey.
4/9/2012 11:21:08 AM
Advice for raising Peking ducks for first timers from a first timer.
3/27/2012 6:47:14 AM
Warm weather causes farmers to sprint to catch up with spring.
3/7/2012 12:11:16 PM
Spring is in the air and all species of boys are showing off.
2/29/2012 10:15:19 AM
Mild winter temperatures can be a blessing for farmers but big trouble for bees. Honey stores can become depleted faster than you think.
2/29/2012 9:09:46 AM
Oregon woman recalls living in the dust bowl and enduring invasions of grasshoppers during the depression era
2/26/2012 10:55:57 PM
On sunny days in winter, honeybees will leave their hives to relieve themselves and pitch out the dead.
2/22/2012 7:14:25 AM
Winter months are the perfect time to learn a new craft.
2/17/2012 10:41:14 AM
An excerpt from “Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits” provides information for those interested in showing rabbits.
2/16/2012 4:18:23 PM
Thinking about keeping a rabbit as a pet? Here are some of GRIT's favorite show and pet rabbit breeds.
2/15/2012 1:47:26 PM
Cook your rabbit meat nice and slow with this braising method.
2/15/2012 12:11:54 PM
Broaden your food horizons with rabbit meat from a healthy, domestic rabbit.
2/14/2012 4:21:01 PM
Pet rabbits have a way of stealing hearts and minds, turning their owners into enthusiastic and dedicated fanciers.
2/14/2012 3:34:20 PM
Turn your yard into rabbit food and start growing oats, wheat, beets and other tasty rabbit treats.
2/14/2012 2:17:42 PM
Feeding rabbits can get expensive, so start growing hay at home. It’s a cheap way to make tons of feed, and make raising rabbits a little easier.
2/13/2012 1:26:34 PM
Selling baby "Easter bunnies" allowed an Iowa woman to buy some candy eggs for local children's Easter egg hunt
2/13/2012 12:27:30 PM
An Iowan tells a story about a lesson she learned while raising geese for college money
2/13/2012 12:21:26 PM
An Oregon woman tells the story of how Mother Hen, one of her Leghorn chickens, raised a clutch of orphaned ducklings
2/10/2012 4:50:11 PM
Keep your baby rabbits safe with this simple DIY rabbit nesting box.
2/10/2012 3:45:39 PM
Your rabbitry dreams move from concept to reality with these plans for rabbit houses.
2/9/2012 10:44:20 AM
A Missouri woman talks about how her mother's hard work around their family farm, and hobby of raising geese, sustained their family and helped put her through college
2/9/2012 10:26:42 AM
An Iowa woman relates the story of how keeping geese on her family farm was an electrifying experience
2/9/2012 9:33:23 AM
If you’ve considered raising rabbits for profit, read this advice from a professional conservation breeder.
2/9/2012 9:28:23 AM
Raising geese during high school on her family farm gave one woman the added funds she needed to pay for her education
2/8/2012 4:39:14 PM
Raising rabbits was a family venture for GRIT editor in chief Hank Will.
2/7/2012 9:43:24 AM
The story of Frankie's Faux Pas in Pictures.
1/15/2012 5:48:31 PM
Mountain Woman thinks about what life would be like if she didn't live on a farm.
1/6/2012 10:18:46 PM
My thoughts about possible resolutions for the New Year. The hooligans Christmas gifts and resolutions.
12/20/2011 11:32:14 AM
Who says you can’t raise livestock in the city? Quail are an alternative that are rapidly gaining ground in urban centers.
12/10/2011 3:58:22 PM
After several tryst’s witnessed by the Diva that could have used a little candlelight, less scratching and biting to the MWM, and a bottle picked by Bacchus himself, the babies have finally arrived...
12/8/2011 11:57:06 PM
What exactly is an alpaca, and what do you do with them? Learn the answer to these questions and more as we provide an introduction to alpacas.
11/15/2011 10:06:39 PM
A broken walk in at work brings back memories of our milk route and handling milk in an old milk truck. The hooligans have other ideas again this year when I decide to make a Christmas card.
11/6/2011 5:02:15 PM
Birds are everywhere on Red Pine Mountain Farm.
10/28/2011 9:24:34 AM
Hank thinks Harvey Ussery's new book on chickens and other fowl may well be the most important poultry publication in 75 years.
10/24/2011 5:11:48 PM
A trip across the border to see the big trees.
10/13/2011 12:20:28 PM
The dollar store costumes are easy. But the handmade ones make memories.
10/11/2011 10:38:09 PM
A smarty pants two year old learns a sticky lesson when she refuses to move out of the way. One of the hooligans has surgery. Plus more photos of hummingbirds and flowers.
10/8/2011 6:45:22 AM
The establishment of the Hiawatha Institute, in partnership with Syracuse University, will help perpetuate the ancient wisdom streams of North America -- and place those streams in the service of addressing contemporary challenges.
10/4/2011 9:59:24 PM
Sarah, Hubby and Little Man take a learning adventure to Bend, Oregon, to find out about volcanoes.
9/9/2011 11:22:45 PM
Stacking rocks next to the Clearwater River leads to profound thoughts and a peaceful soul.
9/9/2011 8:15:27 AM
Mountain Woman discovers geese are the ideal exercise companion.
8/21/2011 5:03:18 PM
Our novice beekeeper learns the painful truth: bees do what bees do – sting!
8/19/2011 6:12:18 AM
Announcing the winners of the Flip Video Camera Giveaway sponsored by Purina.
8/15/2011 7:25:32 AM
A report from Nebraska's Lancaster County Fair on the informational presentation of US Senator Mike Johanns (R - NE), a member of the Senate AG Committee, and former Secretary of the USDA.
8/11/2011 9:35:57 AM
As any beekeeper soon finds out, bees have a mind of their own. Yes, you can give bees a box to live in, but you can't always make them stay there.
7/8/2011 8:37:26 AM
Mountain Woman learns to conquer her fear of geese.
6/21/2011 11:11:09 PM
Memories of times spent with my Dad.
6/2/2011 1:25:42 PM
Some might seem obvious, but reading these 10 urban beekeeping tips will make you a better beekeeper.
6/2/2011 1:10:51 PM
Problems with your honeybee hive? Beekeepers everywhere should be aware of these six honeybee diseases.
6/2/2011 11:52:22 AM
There may be snow on the ground and ice on the trees, but your bees are a balmy 96 degrees inside their honeybee hives. Here's the lowdown on wintering bees.
5/31/2011 7:10:26 PM
Upon reading about the Voluntary Simplicity movement, I chose to set 12 voluntary simplicity goals for myself to work toward in 2011. This is the 4th step in the series.
5/31/2011 4:22:19 PM
Honey is but one of the honeybee products created by ever-industrious honeybees.
5/9/2011 7:16:11 AM
Mountain Woman shares her experience with her Morgan mare.
5/5/2011 1:40:14 PM
Nineteenth-century invention is still on the job. Take a look at beehive history.
4/28/2011 4:09:58 PM
Find your favorite types of honeybees for your backyard hive.
4/19/2011 12:52:08 PM
These multipurpose lagomorphs require little and yield lots; an ideal quality that supports raising rabbits for meat.
4/18/2011 10:12:33 AM
Look for a camel milk dairy in your neighborhood soon.
4/14/2011 2:35:19 PM
Find the perfect historic meat rabbit breeds for your patch of paradise.
2/10/2011 11:25:10 AM
Raising ducks in your backyard gives you eggs, ducklings and entertainment.
2/10/2011 10:32:54 AM
Keeping a breeding flock of heritage ducks provides delicious eggs, meat, and fat while providing daily entertainment and wonderful bug control.
2/1/2011 1:34:28 PM
Guineas on your homestead are an investment in pest control ... I'm looking forward to letting ours free-range this spring and control the tick population. In the meantime, I find they have redeeming entertainment value.
1/24/2011 4:11:44 PM
Learn firsthand from an expert all you need to know about incubating chicken eggs.
1/14/2011 5:30:01 PM
It's not too late for your own 2011 On the Farm calendar!
12/31/2010 7:21:09 AM
If you were starting your homestead over from scratch how would you decide what animals to raise?
12/2/2010 12:51:57 PM
Hank reports on his adventures with Midget White Turkeys.