Raising Meat Pigs – Lessons Learned

There is nothing quite like gazing upon a freezer full of pork that you had a hand in raising yourself, to make you do a little bit of reflecting. There are always intricacies in doing something for the first time, especially when it comes to animal husbandry. As par for the course, it’s easy to…

The Cost of Raising Pigs for Meat

This is the second in our “Cost of” series- a bunch of blogs I am compiling to record the real cost of growing our own food, running our homestead/farm startup, etc. Today’s topic is PIGS! Piglets – This is a time of year thing- spring piglets are between $75 and $125 each. We purchased ours…

The Cost of Raising Chickens For Meat

This was a summer of firsts- and one of the most important ones was our first time raising our own chickens for meat. We went big, raising enough for not just our expanding family for a whole year, but also raising a years worth for my parents. We are very excited about how the whole…

Raising Meat Chickens- Lessons Learned

We are less then 24 hours away from sending our first batch of birds to the butcher and I’ve had some time to reflect. This was our first year raising our own meat- we tend to never do anything halfheartedly so we started out big by raising 120+ meat Cornish Rock Crosses and 4 pigs….

Wild Chamomile Aka Pineapple Weed

Wild chamomile (aka Pineapple Weed) is a herb that grows abundantly around the northern hemisphere. The little yellow bulbs pop up late spring into the late summer. It grows pretty much anywhere, but especially loves areas where the ground was disturbed recently, or is gravelly in nature. We have a large patch growing where are…

Raising Pigs for Meat

This last winter, I published a blog about why we had decided to raise our own pigs for meat this summer – Well I am proud to say, we are! Early May, we brought home 4 Tamworth piglets- a heritage breed from the UK known for its long, lean body, red hair and hardiness. And…

How We Are Raising Our Meat Chicks – The First Two Weeks.

I recently published a blog about why we are raising meat chickens this year- now I am here to outline how ridiculously easy it has been to raise them, so far (knock on wood). Meat chickens are not unlike regular chickens, really. They need some basic essentials to start life out on the right foot….

Why We Are Raising Meat Chickens

We’ve been dipping our toes into the waters of homesteading for about 8 years now. Our journey really began about 10 years ago after watching some very eye opening tv shows and documentaries about the food industry, specifically the horrific conditions under which most of our food supply is produced. It all started with a…

Weekend Warriors- April 2018

Its been a crazy month- we’ve still been solidly locked into winter weather with a very slow melt of the snow all around our area. But we have kept ourselves busy, because that helps pass the time even tho winter seems to be moving along at a crawl. The first half of the month was…