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Keep Chickens in the City

Do you live in the city or suburbs, but still want to gather your own fresh eggs? Find out how to have a laying flock without upsetting the neighbors or breaking the law.

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Livestock Guardian Dogs on the Small Farm

Saturday March 22, 2014

Having a livestock guardian dog, or even multiple dogs, on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm can be a big decision. There are many things to consider: what will your LGD do? What breed suits your needs? How will you train your dog?

Learn a bit more about LGDs: what they do, how to train them, what breeds are most common, and whether they are the right choice for your small farm.


Homestead Where You Are

Thursday March 20, 2014

You don't have to have dozens of acres of farmland or wilderness to begin homesteading. Homesteading is a frame of mind, a way of life: a commitment to self-sufficiency.

There are steps you can take right now to homestead where you live, even if it's a tiny apartment in New York City.

Get Busy With Bees!

Tuesday March 18, 2014


If you haven't ordered honey bees for the spring yet, what are you waiting for? It's definitely time to place orders for equipment, too. Order now, before the apiaries get swamped, and before they sell out! Demand is soaring for starter sets of package bees that the beginning beekeeper can install into a hive, because so many people are wading into beekeeping these days. It's a rapidly growing hobby.

So, read up on how to keep bees, the supplies you'll need, and where to buy them, and happy beekeeping!


Raising Rabbits

Monday February 17, 2014

Rabbits are an easy, prolific animal to raise on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Typically raised for meat, they can also be raised for wool (Angora) or pelts (Rex).

There are some basics you'll need to master before you bring home your first breeding trio: what to feed them, how to care for them, how to house them, and how to process them humanely and efficiently. Winter is a great time to read up on new species you may add come spring!

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