Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (24)

Do You Have What It Takes to Homestead? (Part 1)

The Happy Homesteader Blog

When we dream of the country most of us envision something like walking barefoot through a field of lush green grass as the wind kisses our faces and the animals bask in the sun.  Everything is bliss!  Well, while I actually have done this and felt this on more than one occasion, there are many other sides to country living that you must also deal with in order to realize the bliss that is possible.  I think…

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Added by Daisy on January 31, 2012 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Farm Gymnastics - The Balancing Act of Life

The Aspiring Farmer Blog
 
While walking through the farmer’s market yesterday I bumped into a couple friends, which was really nice. These were folks that I worked with when I helped coordinate a CSA distribution in our neighborhood last year. Everyone involved in the CSA distribution effort had a “real life” with real jobs and families, etc, yet they dedicated a meaningful portion of their “free” time to volunteering…
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Added by Little Seed Farm on January 30, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

What's in Your First Aid Kit

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 30, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments

Farm Dreams Farmcast Episode 2: Legality of Farm Interns and Apprentices and Deteriming Farmstead Size and Scale

This week's hour long podcast is now live. You can listen/subscribe directly here, or at itunes here.  If you prefer just click here to listen now.

Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 28, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Labor Law and Interns On the Farm

The Food Lawyer

At midnight on December 31, 2011, a Washington State law expired which  exempted farm interns from the state's minimum wage requirements. It is now illegal for unpaid interns to work on farms in the state, depriving farmers an economical opportunity to provide young, aspiring farmers with on-the-job training. 

A farm owner is a…

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Added by Jason Foscolo on January 27, 2012 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Accomplishments in Potatoes

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 27, 2012 at 12:47am — 1 Comment

Stock Ponds: Why Have Them & How to Keep Them Clean

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 26, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Getting your preparedness up to PAR

The Practical Prepper

Sponsored by: Nitro-Pak

In the weeks since starting The Practical Prepper, we've…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

7 Tips to Successful Chicken Raising

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 25, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Getting Connected to the Weather

The Happy Homesteader Blog

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When you farm or homestead you realize how important the weather is.  It often feels like Mother Nature is working against you and you can't figure out what her master plan is.  I don't know how many times I've asked where the balance is!  It's either too…

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Added by Daisy on January 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

What do YOU Want?

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 24, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Farm Scale - How Big Do You Need to Be?

The Aspiring Farmer Blog
 
The idea of scale is anathema to those of us wanting to start a small farm. By definition we are trying to get away from big operations, not start them. This concept, however, can only be taken so far. At too small of a scale your operation may not be sustainable, and then it’s not even a matter of small vs. big, it’s a matter of survival.
 
There’s not…
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Added by Little Seed Farm on January 23, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

So You Wanna Be a Farmer

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 23, 2012 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Farmstead Landscaping

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 21, 2012 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Strict Liability: The Bogey-Man of the Food Business

The Food Lawyer

Lately I have run my mouth a bit about the importance of shielding your personal assets from the liabilities and debts of the farm before. This post is about why I advocate so strongly for using a limited liability entity to run your business - strict liability. There is no greater source of liability to your assets, your operation, and your land than strict liability. 

Strict liability is the…

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Added by Jason Foscolo on January 20, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A Real Hare Raising Tale...Bunny Basics

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 20, 2012 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Dirty Little Farming Secrets

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 19, 2012 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Food storage is the first step in food preparedness

The Practical Prepper

Sponsored by: Nitro-Pak

In my last post, we talked about the basics of water preparedness.…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on January 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Barn on a Budget

This is a guest post and entry in Round 1 of the Farm Dreams writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A $300 gift certificate toward any purchase of Featherman Poultry Processing Equipment, including pluckers, knives and more!

Second Prize: A 164' roll of electric…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on January 18, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Natural Medicine - You Have the Power to Heal Yourself

The Happy Homesteader Blog

Sponsored By: Gurneys! - Get $20 off any $40 Order!

We are taught to believe that we need an expert to heal us.  If we have an ailment then we must immediately make a doctor appointment and trust whatever prescription they give us.  If our symptoms are less severe then  we are supposed to visit the closest…

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Added by Daisy on January 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

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