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Naturally Fermented Brined Pickles Recipe
Learn how to make naturally fermented pickles, a delicious way to preserve the harvest and to add to your repertoire of value-added farm products.

How Much Wood Is in a Cord?
Do you heat with wood? Want to be clear how much wood you're really buying when you buy

Creative Ideas for Your CSA
Community supported agriculture programs, commonly called CSAs or farm shares, are a great way to market your farm products. More than just a box of veggies, some CSAs are getting very creative about how and what they offer their shareholders.

Cooperative Extensions and other Farmer Resources
Learn about your Cooperative Extension service, USDA grants and programs that may be available to you, and how to connect with resources in your area.

Design a Small Farm - Assess Your Land and Resources
One of the most important steps in designing your small farm or homestead is to have an understanding of the resources - land, buildings, time and money - that you may already have on hand. This process will help you in designing your farm.

How to Start Seeds
Learn how to start seeds to grow indoors or in a greenhouse. Starting plants from seed is a key skill for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer.

Protect Bees and Beehives From Bears
Bears can seriously damage or totally destroy a beehive. Learn how to keep your honey bees safe from these large predators who happen to love to eat honey and bee brood.

Top 10 Tips for Marketing Your Small Farm Products
Ten tips that will help you market your small farm products successfully.

How to Make a DIY Seed Starting Shelf
Learn how to make your own shelf for starting plants from seed indoors. Handy if you don't have a high tunnel or greenhouse but still need to start lots of plants for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

What Kind of Small Farm is Right for You
Hobby farm, homestead or business: which small farm type is right for you?

How to Sell Small Farm Products Online on the Internet
Learn the basics for how to take your small farm to the web and sell products - produce, value-added goods, and anything your farm crates - online.

How to Keep Farm Records - Records to Keep and Why
Learn what farm records you need to keep and why: income tax returns, monitoring progress, meeting your small farm business plan, and allowing you to get small farm loans and grants.

Sugar Syrup and Hard Candy Recipes for Beekeepers
It can sometimes be necessary to feed bees sugar syrup or sugar candy. Here is a collection of sugar syrup and sugar candy recipes for your honey bees.

Start a Community Supported Agriculture Share Program
CSA or community supported agriculture programs allow small farm customers to buy shares in a farm's entire season, resulting in a weekly box of produce and farm goods. Learn how to start your own CSA on your small farm.

How to Start a Ginger Bug and Make Natural Ginger Soda
Learn how to start a ginger bug, a natural soda starter that can be used to make delicious, healthful fizzy brews.

How to Pick Sweet Corn
When should you pick your ears of sweet corn that you've so carefully grown and tended? Learn when sweet corn is ready to pick, and how to cook it once you've picked it.

Ameracauna Chickens - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Ameracaunas, an egg-laying chicken breed that lays unique blue eggs. This breed has a related mixed-breed called Easter Egger.

Review of The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
This review of The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman will help small farmers, homesteaders and hobby farmers decide if this book is right for their needs.

Review of Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon
Steve Solomon's book, Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times, is a great resource for the beginning homesteader or survivalist who wants to plant a thriving backyard food garden.

Review of From the Garden to the Table by Monty and Sarah Don
From the Garden to the Table: Growing, Cooking, and Eating Your Own Food by Monty and Sarah Don is a lovely, practical book that helps farmers, homesteaders and hobby farmers make delicious food.

How (and When) to Requeen a Honey Bee Hive
The first step in requeening a hive is knowing when to replace an ailing queen, or how to identify a queenless hive.

How to Requeen a Beehive - Buy a New Queen
The next step in requeening your beehive is to buy a new, newly mated queen bee.

How to Requeen a Beehive - Remove Old Queen
If you're requeening but there is still a live queen in your hive, you need to remove her.

How to Requeen a Beehive - Open the Hive
Now it's time to install the queen. Begin by opening the hive.

How to Requeen a Beehive - Install the New Queen Bee
Next it's time to install the new queen bee in the cage, in the beehive.

How to Requeen a Hive - Leave the Hive Alone
It's time to wait, leave the hive alone, and let the bees accept their new queen.

How to Requeen a Hive - Inspect the Hive
You've installed the queen and left the bees to do their thing. Now it's time to check on your new queen.

How to Combine Two Beehives
In beekeeping it is sometimes necessary to combine hives. Learn when and why to combine colonies or hives, and how to combine beehives in the right way.

How to Set Up & Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

Electric Net Fencing: How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing or Electronet
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!

How to Make Elderberry Tincture (DIY)
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Make Elderberry Tincture - DIY Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.

How to Grow a Cover Crop (The Basics)
Cover crops are a great way to add fertility, suppress weeds, and fill a niche in your small farm crop rotation. Learn when, how and why to plant them, and which ones to choose for your needs.

Korean Pickled Cabbage (Kimchi) Recipe
Learn how to make kimchi, a spicy, fermented Korean cabbage dish that is a popular value-added farm product.

How to Grow Microgreens on the Small Farm
Microgreens are a tasty, nutritious addition to salads and meals, and high-end restaurants and chefs use them to top dishes with extra bursts of flavor. It's easy to grow microgreens and this article will tell you how to do it whether it's on a home or small farm scale.

Definition of Chicken Tractor
Just what is a chicken tractor, anyway? Is it a tractor? No, it's a type of movable chicken coop.

Scoby - Definition of Scoby
What exactly is a scoby? Small Farms.

Should I Build or Buy a High Tunnel?
Learn why you might, or might not, want to invest in a high tunnel - an unheated, plastic-covered space for growing vegetables and other small farm crops.

Fencing on the Farm - Electric Net Fencing
Electric net fencing is a popular choice to keep poultry and sheep contained on the farm. Learn the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether electric net fencing is right for your management method.

Top 10 Reasons to Use a High Tunnel or Hoop House
High tunnels can be a great additional tool for the small farmer. Learn the top ten reasons why a high tunnel might be right for your small farm.

How to Make Your Own Farmstead Yogurt
Making your own farmstead yogurt is easy, fun and a great way to use up extra milk and keep it around for longer.

How to Market Your Small Farm Products
If you're wondering where and how to market your small farm products, find out the best places: the farmers market, direct farm sales, community supported agriculture or CSA shares, and the Internet.

Is It Safe to Order Baby Chicks at an Online Hatchery?
Are you wondering if your precious new baby chicks will survive shipping from an online hatchery? I will address common concerns about shipping baby chicks.

Warré Hive - Types of Beehives for Beekeeping
Learn about the Warré hive, which is a type of beehive used in natural, foundationless beekeeping.

How to Choose Pig Breeds
Learn how to pick a heritage breed of pig to raise on your small farm.

Goals for Raising Goats - Milk, Meat, Breed or Show
Decide what your goals are for raising goats on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead: do you want to raise goats for milk, meat, show or to breed?

Processing Pigs on the Small Farm
If you want to process your own pigs on your small farm or homestead, learn what's involved in the slaughter and processing steps.

How to Start a Hobby Farm
Learn how to realize your dream of having your own hobby farm.

Woven Wire Fencing - Woven Wire Fence on the Farm
Learn about woven wire fencing, a good choice for many types of livestock on the small farm.

How to Grow Sprouts on the Small Farm
Growing sprouts can be done on a windowsill, but you can also grow sprouts on the small farm to sell at farmers markets or to food stores. Sprouts are a delicious, nutritious crop that's easy to grow.

How do I start a hobby farm?
Leann how to start your own hobby farm.

Should You Raise Goats?
Wondering whether keeping goats on your small farm is right for you? These are the key questions to ask yourself if you're thinking of raising goats on a small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

Benefits and Uses of Dandelion
Learn the benefits and uses of dandelion, a weed that you can wild harvest or grow on your own small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Top 10 Tips for Raising Goats
These tips will help you raise goats on your small farm more easily, efficiently, and enjoyably.

Barbed Wire Fencing - Learn About Barbed Wire Fencing on Farms
Learn about the pros and cons of barbed wire fencing on the small farm.

How to Brew Water Kefir
Learn how to make water kefir, a great value-added product for the small farm and a great homesteading activity.

Benefits of Raising Goats
Learn why goats are such a great animal for the small farm or homestead.

Nest Box - Definition of Nest Box
Wondering what a nest box is? Wonder no more; here's an explanation.

Seed Suppliers and Seed Catalogs for Small Farming
Learn where to buy the best seeds and garden supplies for your small farm and homestead. Use this list of seed suppliers and seed catalogs for your farm and garden planning.

How to House and Fence Pigs
Learn how to house and fence your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Raise Pigs on the Small Farm
Learn everything you need to know about how to raise pigs on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Recipes for Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes
Here are some great recipes for Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, for you to share with your CSA customers and others.

How to Plant Garlic
Learn how to plant garlic on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Are Eggs From Hens on Pasture More Nutritious?
You know the eggs from your grass-eating, pastured hens taste better, but are they really better for you than supermarket eggs?

How to Grow Onions on the Small Farm
Learn the tips and tricks to grow great onions on your small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

How Bees Make Honey - Learn How Honeybees Make Honey
Learn how honeybees take nectar and make it into sweet, delicious honey.

Recipes for Turnips
Turnips are a popular crop on the small farm, homestead, and hobby farm. Learn how to make use of your turnips and help your CSA and farmers market customers make the most of them, too.

Definition of Queen Bee - Honey Bees
What's a queen bee? Small Farms.

Definition of Brooder
What do people mean when they say you need a chick brooder for your new chicks?

5 Easy Animals to Raise on the Small Farm
Wondering what are the five easiest animals for the beginning small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer? Here are my choices.

How to Raise Rabbits on Pasture
Raising rabbits on pasture is possible and can be a great alternative to conventional methods for raising rabbits on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Beehive - Start Your Langstroth Hive - Beginning Beekeeping Supplies
Learn about what parts make up a beehive, specifically a Langstroth bee hive.

How to Make Calendula Oil
Learn how to make calendula oil - for salves, lip balm, and lotions - on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.

Garlic - Description and Varieties of Garlic
Learn all about the types of garlic - hardneck and softneck - and various varieties, and basic information on what type of soil, pH, and other key factors you need to grow it.

Should You Raise Pigs?
Find out whether raising pigs on the small farm is right for you.

How to Harvest and Dry Calendula
Learn how to harvest and dry calendula properly on the small farm. Calendula is used in many beauty products and is great for the skin. Plus, it's easy to grow.

Build a Raised Bed - Plant It Out
The final step in building a raised bed is the most satisfying and fun - filling it with delicious vegetables, gorgeous flowers, or yummy fruits!

How to Build a Raised Bed - Fill With Soil
Now that you've got your raised bed built and ready, it's time to start thinking about how to fill it - how much soil and what type.

Build a Raised Bed - Line the Sides
Depending on the material you used to construct your raised bed, you may need to use weed block to line the sides of the bed as well as the bottom.

Build a Raised Bed - Cover Bottom of Bed
The next step is to give your raised bed a proper bottom so that weeds can't come through.

How to Build a Raised Bed - Make the Frame
Learn, step by step, how to build a raised bed to grow plants in. Grow strawberries, tomatoes, or any vegetable in a raised bed.

How to Choose Turkey Breeds to Raise
Trying to decide what breed of turkey to raise on your small farm? Learn the most common heritage breeds and the pros and cons of each one to help you choose.

Common Goat Diseases - Small Farm Animals
Preventing goat diseases by keeping your goats healthy is definitely the first line of defense. You should also know about these when buying a goat.

How to Start a Value-Added Farm Business
Learn how to start a value-added small farm business, or add value-added product to your existing small farm or hobby farm.

How to Start Homesteading
Start homesteading, right now, even if you live in the city.

Do I Need a Small Farm Business Plan?
Wondering if you need to write a small farm business plan? Find out whether you do and if so, how to write one. Even if you don't have to write one, you'll learn why it might be a good idea to go through the business plan writing process.

Book Review - Fairy Gardening
This is a review of a book called Fairy Gardening, which describes how to make adorable miniature gardens that feature fairy figurines.

How to Homestead in the City
Living in the city but have the urge to homestead? You can do it! Homesteading in urban spaces is possible and it's fun, too.

4 Small Farm Agritourism Ideas
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Using a Pressure Cooker on the Small Farm
Learn all about pressure cooking and pressure canning and why you might want to pressure cook on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

How to Create a Brand for Your Small Farm
Learn how to create the perfect brand for your small farm.

Review of Fagor Duo Pressure Cooker
A review of the Fagor Duo 8.5 quart pressure cooker.

Review of Fissler Vitaquick Pressure Cooker
A review of the Fissler Vitaquick 8.5 quart pressure cooker.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.

All About Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes on the Small Farm
Learn about the unique and delicious tuber, Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes, so you can tell your customers all about them.

How to Grow Mixed Salad Greens on the Small Farm
Growing your own specialty salad mix can be fun and rewarding for the small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to grow salad mix - an easy, enjoyable and profitable crop on the small farm.

Season Extension - Starting Spring Seeds Early And Harvesting Late Winter Crops
Want to get a jump on planting crops and your food garden this season? With season extension ideas like cold frames and polytunnels, you can get your small farm or homestead garden going earlier than you ever imagined.

What Animals Should I Raise? - How to Choose Animal Breeds to Raise on the Small Farm
If you're just starting your small farm or homestead, figure out what animal breeds - from chickens to goats - are a good fit for your goals and plans.

How to Keep Your Goats Healthy
Keeping your goats happy and healthy is key to success as a goat farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to know when they're sick and how to keep them from getting sick in the first place.

Storing the Harvest for Winter
Maximize the harvest by storing your fruits, vegetables and other crops so that they last all winter long.

How to Choose Rabbit Breeds
Learn which rabbit breeds are best for your purpose: meat, pet, or wool/pelts.

Preventing Turkey Problems and Diseases
Learn how to prevent and treat problems and diseases in your turkey flock - including protecting them from predators.

How to Barter - Bartering for Goods and Services on the Small Farm or Homestead
Bartering for what you need with products from your small farm or homestead can be beneficial and great fun, too! Learn what you need to get started trading or bartering goods and services.

How to Feed and Water Pigs
Learn how to feed and water your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

Choosing a Livestock Guardian Dog Breed
A livestock guardian dog can be a great addition to your small farm, homestead or hobby farm. But which breed of LGD is best? Here's a guide to some of the more common LGD breeds in the United States today.

Dog Training Collar Review - SportDOG SportHunter 1225 Electronic Dog Training Collar Review
This is a review that looks at the features of the SportDOG SportHunter 1225 electronic dog training collar.

Book Review - The Weekend Homesteader
A review of the book The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess.

Poult - Definition of Poult
What is a poult? Small Farms.

Double Digging - Definition of Double Digging
Learn what double digging is and why you might want to use this method to improve the soil on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.

Top 10 Tips for the Beginning Homesteader
Learn from those who have done it before and get some tips for starting your own homesteading adventure.

How to Start Agritourism on Your Small Farm
Learn how to start an agritourism operation on your small farm.

How to House Rabbits
Learn about how to build a rabbit hutch that will keep your rabbits happy and healthy on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.

How to Build Raised Beds
A complete guide to building your own raised beds for small farming, homesteading and hobby farming intensive growing methods.

Definition of Larvae - Honey Bees
What is honey bee larvae and what does it look like?

Raise Animals
Learn how to raise chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guinea fowl, sheep, goats, bees, cows, and more. Everything the small farmer or homesteader needs to know about animal husbandry.

Beehive Review - Evans Cedar Beehive Review
A review of Evans Cedar Beehive, a Langstroth style hive for keeping honey bees.

Should You Raise Goats?
Wondering whether keeping goats on your small farm is right for you? These are the key questions to ask yourself if you're thinking of raising goats on a small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.

Projects
Do it yourself! Here are some ideas for projects you can do on your small farm or homestead. You'll find everything from canning food to building a chicken coop.

Start a Farm
Want to start farming but don't know where to begin? Start right here!