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…

Growing Rhubarb

This spring we decided to get super serious about planting crops that will keep blessing us for years to come. One of those crops, by happenstance, was Rhubarb. In May, we found a total of 4 Victoria Rhubarb plants on clearance and brought them home to become part of our ever expanding homestead. We were…

Growing Garlic – Take 2

We’ve tried this once before– with clearance bin garlic bulbs… and it did not work. We never got a single bit of real growth, which I knew was a very good probability. So this time, we’re going about it completely differently. First- we did set up the patch in the same way, lots of alpaca…

Protecting your Chickens from Heat Stress

I’m an extremely inactive member of a lot of homesteading related forums & social media groups. I lurk, some might say, rarely posting anything more then comments offering bits of my limited wisdoms. One thing I see people posting a lot of is heat related ills and woes. Especially this last summer with record breaking…

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…

How to Build Alpaca Fencing

So really, MrGillis is the authority on this, but until he is willing to sit down and write a post himself, I guess I just have to explain it as best I can, myself. I decided to write this blog, because I am proud of our fencing. Like, really proud. We get complimented on it,…

Why We Decided to Raise Pigs

I’m going to preface this blog by explaining a bit of personal history. I was a vegetarian for over a decade. I decided at the ripe old age of 8 that eating animals was cruel, unnecessary and not something I wanted to be apart of. This lasted until I was in college. I am now…

Slow feed hay cage for livestock

Thursday afternoon I walked into a very messy barn housing some very happy looking alpacas.   This is a becoming an expensive mess. So being the DIY problem solver that I am, I made a quasi-slow feeder hay cage Saturday morning. The deal with it is simple. I took two pieces of similar sized welded…