What can you learn from my failed small farm?
In this article I explain how to make your own castile soap using both the hot and cold process methods for bars or liquid soap!
"How much hay do I need for the winter?" In this article, I'll discuss how I calculate how much hay to buy each winter without buying too much or too little.
For next to no money and almost no effort (yay!), you can make your own all-natural liquid laundry soap and say bye to expensive, harsh commercial laundry detergent forever.
Cage-free, free roaming, and ranging rabbits for meat—does it work? Read on for what I did and what I learned.
Crucial information that could save the life of a lamb that is cold, chilled, or has hypothermia. Hypoglycemia and starvation are addressed as well.
Here are my top five picks of sheep breeds for the small (or hobby) farm, plus bonus material!
An easy to use, novice-friendly guide to setting up and energizing an electric net fence for the purpose of containing livestock animals.
Stock-piling cash, moving halfway across the country, shopping for, and finally deciding to purchase, a small farm. (Or, why has Farmer Rachel been away from Hubpages for so long?)
Raising animals for the purpose of human consumption appears to be something of a moral and ethical dilemma, and here's why: Animals including cattle, sheep, chickens, hogs, geese, ducks, goats, and all others are living, thinking, feeling beings...
Five chickens breeds that are weird-looking, interesting, uncommon and downright different.
Whether you're planning on breeding your pet sheep, the sheep on your homestead, or you're interested in trying to earn some extra money getting into the markets for lamb, mutton, or wool, this article will provide you with the information that you'll need to get started breeding sheep.
In the past, it was necessary for people who lived out in the country to know how to split fence rails out of logs for the purpose of building fences to protect their crop fields, their property boundaries, or to contain their livestock. But what's the point in knowing how to do it today? Well,...
What's so great about chopping wood? How about more self-confidence, stronger and tighter abdominal muscles, and relief from stress and frustrations.
Hot process soap making is one of the ways to make all-natural soap at home. But can you make the soap really, really pretty? What can you add to it to make it more interesting? Here's an account of some of my recent adventures in hot process soap making. You should be able to learn something, too!
Looking for a little more self-sufficiency? This article will tell you what you need to know about producing your own chicken and pork.
Everything you need to know to get started raising your own chickens for eggs, meat, or both.
This article shares a bit about scythes; why I like mowing with one, and why you might like it, too.
My top five picks for egg-laying chicken breeds.
If no one has suggested that you consider farming as a career, then let me be the first. Within the next 20 years, more than half of all the farmers in the United States will be too old to work, retired, or deceased.
A hard apple cider recipe with a twist! Simple, easy-to-follow instructions for making apple-pear cider.
The best way to suppress your appetite is to feed yourself properly.
Country wines are so much fun and perfect for those of us who aren't brewing or wine-making experts! Here's a simple recipe with easy-to-follow instructions for making peach wine from whole peaches.
There's so much to do in Lancaster County, PA! Here you can read about local markets, horse-and-buggy rides, Amish buffets, and more; and take a little picture tour of my most recent visit to Amish country.
This is my simple, easy-to-follow recipe for delicious home-made ginger beer.
Raising geese is a lot easier than you may think. The effort is well worth it especially if you use the natural tendencies of the geese to benefit you. Read on to learn about weeder geese, pet geese and security alarm geese!
Whether you're new to soap making or a seasoned vet, why use artificial ingredients to color your all-natural home made soap? Check out these easy to use natural ingredients that will give your soap the beautiful colors you're looking for!
How to go from no garden to new garden using simple methods and only hand tools.
What's so great about working with horses? An article about utilizing the horse as a source of power, based on my personal experiences using them to perform farm labor and other tasks.
Learn how to make simple, natural, authentic soap at home, using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Soap making does not have to be a costly hobby - in fact, you may find that it's ultimately cheaper than buying soap!
Who doesn't love oak trees? They're big, beautiful, useful, and can live for hundreds of years. Here's a list of some common oak species in the US with detailed descriptions and photos of bark and leaves to aid in identification. Happy oak hunting!
Chopping firewood is fun, and it's great exercise. If you use wood to heat your home and you're not chopping your own yet, it's high time you learned that firewood should warm you twice! Here's just about everything you need to know to get choppin'.
If you want to try your hand at soap making, this is a very simple, easy to use recipe with only three ingredients: Lard, lye, and water.
Aside from being an important agricultural commodity, sheep are often kept as pets. This article discusses what you need to know if you have pet sheep, or are considering acquiring some in the future.
Splitting firewood by hand can be really fun, and it's a great source of exercise. Read on to learn about five different types of hardwood trees and how they stack up to one another in terms of heating, "split-ability," and more.
A simple recipe for fermenting apple cider.
A simple, easy-to-follow recipe with instructions for making homemade raspberry wine from whole raspberries.