A dog can be a chicken’s best friend against predators once he finds common ground and bonds with the flock.
Farming + Rural Living
Farming + Rural Living

Preparing your Farmyard for Chickens

So you've decided to start raising chickens --  the next step is to prepare a space for them. There is a lot more that goes into getting your farmyard yard ready beyond simply setting up coops. An often overlooked element is other pets you Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Make Homemade Butter in a Mason Jar

The first factory in the United States dedicated exclusively to making butter was established in 1856 in Orange County, New York. It was owned by one R. W. Woodhull, and the butter maker’s name was George George. (So nice, he was named Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Learn to Speak Chicken Like Part of the Flock

People who don’t have chickens tend to think the only sound they make is that of a rooster crowing. Nothing could be further from the truth! Chickens have a language all their own, which they use quite often. In Backyard Chickens Beyond the Read More

Sustainable systems, like this old-growth forest, are self-perpetuating sponges. They are built to capture and hold onto sunlight and water. Nutrients are continually recycled between the active soil ecosystem below ground and the productive forest above ground, maintaining a productive, layered, and diverse forest ecosystem.
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

The Philosophy of the Soil Sponge

Learning about soil health can be like cannon-balling into the deep end of a pool: there’s a lot to learn, and the details can get complex very fast. You know you need to care for your soil, but how do you know where to begin? Elizabeth Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Living with a Rooster: What to Expect

Like nearly every farming decision, deciding to add a rooster to your flock requires researched and informed consideration. If you’ve never had a rooster in your flock, you’ll find the dynamics change with a rooster in the mix. Hens that Read More

A goose sitting in a nest.
Farming + Rural Living
Farming + Rural Living

Living with the Modern Goose

The modern goose was domesticated as far back as 5,000 years ago, but they still retain some wild qualities. Unlike some domestic chicken and duck breeds, geese are seasonal egg layers. They can lay up to a hundred eggs a season. A goose Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How Do Straw Bale Gardens Work?

We’ve been enthusiastically talking about Straw Bale Gardening for a while now – Joel Karsten started a revolution for gardeners everywhere, and his ground-breaking methods (that don’t actually involve breaking literal ground!) have Read More

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies. Photo: Paul Markert
Gardening
Gardening

10 Best Vegetables to Grow with Kids

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating habits for kids is to bring them into the garden, introducing them to the sensory experience, patience, play, and reward of nurturing a plant from seed to plate. Experiencing vegetables as a Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

How to Harden Off Seedlings

When you start your own seeds, it typically involves beginning them indoors where the climate is controlled and the young seedlings are protected. Then, when they’re strong enough and the weather is right, you transplant them outside Read More

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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

What to do When One of Your Chickens Isn’t Eating

The two factors that will most govern the success you enjoy with your backyard chickens are the quality of the feed you give them and your ability to maintain a constant supply of fresh and clean drinking water. Appetite is a useful Read More