More and more families are choosing to purchase beef directly from a local farmer. It’s important to them to know where their food is coming from, and how it is raised. For many of us, that can be an overwhelming task – we weren’t raised on a farm, and we don’t always know the terminology, much less what questions to ask.Continue Reading
The following article is written by Edwin Shank, one of my farmers. Be sure to visit Edwin’s website Your Family Farmer. He delivers milk, cheese, eggs, meat and more to numerous locations in PA, but even if you’re not in PA, the website has recipes for everything from cooking pastured meats to making kombucha. And be sure to check out ‘Fresh Thoughts’ where Edwin posts articles just as good as the one below.
Note: My husband asked me to remove the company name and product name from the post. I think you’ll understand when you read. You don’t need to know either to ask your grass-fed beef farmer about chemical herbicides, pesticides, parricides, antibiotics, larvacides, de-wormers and hormone implants.
Sometimes I feel like a double agent privy to inside information. Often it’s sensitive, potentially damaging information on chemical farming to which, if the “chem farm” folks were wiser, really shouldn’t allow me access. Especially since they should know who I am. You know, one of those lunatic, chemical-free, organic farmers! But they don’t seem to know. They keep sending the incriminating info straight to my desk.Continue Reading
Does it confuse you that the simple life isn’t always, well, simple?
Maybe our culture has mistaken simple for easy, and no, the “simple” life is not easy. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding.
But I think another reason that it feels so hard at times is because so many of us didn’t grow up cooking from scratch, gardening, raising chickens, or chopping wood. We didn’t have a mentor.Continue Reading
Oh, wow! What a great idea. An online class – Urban Farming for Kids – taught by kids!! My kids are grown, but I sure would have loved this resource when they were little. It’s awesome to watch these kids – Ethan and Lydia – as they do such a great job teaching other kids how to garden, raise chickens, milk a goat, and more.Continue Reading
Want to get a jump start on becoming more self sufficient and getting back to basics? We’ve got some tips and tricks for you!
No matter where you are in your self-reliant journey I know that you’ll find information here that will add so much value to your life as well as peace of mind.Continue Reading
Teri and her husband, Brian, purchased land in Missouri the previous fall, and were setting up their off-grid homestead. I admit I was amazed. They had 2 small children and this was not a week-long camping trip. This was real life.Continue Reading