I was the coordinator for the Southeast Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association in the mid to late 1990s. It was a wonderful position for a dedicated homesteader to be in; I got to see lots of other people’s farms and homesteads and learn about the newest/oldest, most sustainable, least expensive techniques for raising livestock and growing so many vegetables and fruits.
On one visit to a gal’s farm, we observed that she was raising her chickens and rabbits together in the old chicken coop. Well, that is not so rare to have caged rabbits with chickens under them, but no, this
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Homesteading, self-reliance and survival may depend on the maintenance of your vehicle. Although it is hard to be a backyard mechanic on today’s newer, computerized vehicles you can still do a lot of basic maintenance and occasional cobbling.
However, there are always dangers to jacking your car up and going underneath it, even with a floor jack. And although mechanic’s pits in garages were once fairly common, most states have now outlawed them as a person can become overtaken with fumes in an enclosed pit. Oil changes, muffler and exhaust repair, etc. are all easier and more enjoyable done in
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This article was originally featured on ModernSurvivalOnline.com, a very useful emergency preparedness website that I highly recommend. This article has since been updated by the author and re-published here as part of our new homesteading series.
When I was a little girl visiting my great-grandfather’s farm, I remember watching out the upstairs window, from the straw mattress that I was bedded down on, and seeing my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother standing around a fire on which a great black cauldron was set, stirring, stirring, and talking. They were stirring pig’s blood in the cauldron
Continue reading The Homestead Hog: Husbandry and “Getting it Done” Butchery (Updated and Revised) by Bev