Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolution

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I am not an expert gardener and have only spent the last few years taking a stab at preserving what we eat and eating what we preserve. Every year, though, I grow more and more excited because every year we are learning, producing, and preserving more. I have learned that amazing things can happen when you simply choose to work at producing and preserving foods rather than spending time doing other things. I have been greatly encouraged and informed by the new book Surviving Off […]

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested in getting more information about beekeeping as a hobby. Keeper of the Home invited me back and asked me to put together both a “Beekeeping 101” intro for those of you who are interested in possibly starting beekeeping and another snippet on “Welcoming Honeybees” that […]

Chickens Coming Home to Roost – In Our Backyard

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer Backyard chickens – we have eight of them, each with her own personality. They’re named after some of the female characters from the Andy Griffith show – Helen Crump and Thelma Lou (Black Stars), Elly and Juanita (Golden Laced Wyandottes), Mrs. Mendelbrite (Plymouth Barred Rock), Aunt Bea and Clara Edwards (Rhode Island Reds) and Hilda Mae (Black Australorp). Though they’ve only been in our backyard for a little over a year, it has been great fun. Why we decided […]

A Year of Herbs: Dandelions

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**Have you been following A Year of Herbs? Learn more about common herbs and ways that you can use them as simple remedies in your own home.** I joked last year about how my husband was trying to convince me to view the yearly explosion of dandelions in our yard as a “harvest season”. Ahem. Last week the members of our church small group came over to our home and my dehydrator was busily whirring away in the background. A friend asked what I had […]