Getting started canning

Before this year, I had never canned anything. The process seemed complex, and like a lot of work. That, and we didn't have any food to put in a can, until our hard work in the garden started to pay off. Once it was harvest time though, the kitchen was quickly flooded with much more fresh produce than we can eat, and we had to do something quick. We started preserving our c...
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Why we keep Guinea fowl

"A Guinea... What?" is perhaps the most frequent question we get about our free-ranging Guinea Fowl. Ever since we tested the avian waters with our chickens, and found birds to be an easy and rewarding addition to the farm, we've been looking to expand the menagerie. Our requirements were simple: they should devour garden pests like the chickens - but not destroy our garden...
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Building Our Chicken Coop

In 2007 we would daydream about owning an island with a double shower. We thought we wanted to lay around on a beach all day. Over the years, we have realized that we like to work. We like to build, maintain and improve the things around us and to then share our spaces with great friends and family. (Not that a week or two on the beach doing nothing sounds terrible...) Cultivat...
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Making compost from table and yard scraps

The benefits of composting are abundant. By making your own compost, you can cut down on household waste, improve your soil to grow healthier plants without chemicals, and reduce the costs associated with your garden. So the decision was easy, but starting this adventure was not quite so straight forward. First things to consider... Space - For starters you'll need to ...
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How to Start Your Garden from Seeds

Starting a garden  from scratch can end up being a big investment. We didn't even have a shovel to break ground with when we started this adventure, so after we purchased our shovels, rakes, trowels, gloves, materials to build raised beds, I could keep going... equipment which will serve us for years, the last thing we wanted to cut a large budget for was plants. So, we decided...
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