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!
Friday February 14, 2014
Soon, the days will be above freezing and the nights below, and it will be time to tap the maple trees and gather their prolific sap, boiling it down into delicious maple syrup. Whether you're using lines or buckets, it is a good time to gather the supplies you'll need for sugaring. If you don't have your own trees, consider asking a neighbor if they mind if you tap their trees. In exchange for some homemade maple syrup, they might be very obliging.
Thursday January 30, 2014
Deep in the heart of winter is a wonderful time to snuggle up by the fire with a sketchbook or paper and pencil and start thinking, planning and dreaming about the next season on the small farm. Keep those ideas flowing, and start with brainstorming without worrying about reality. Then, narrow down your ideas to what's really feasible for the coming season, prioritizing other goals for future seasons.
Wednesday January 29, 2014
If you're new to small farming, homesteading or hobby farming, you may be considering getting animals for the first time, or adding animals to your existing small farm operation. But which animals are a good choice for beginners? How about an easy-to-raise species to add, so that you don't overtax yourself?
Check out the profiles (and more in-depth info if you want it) on these five species of animals, all of which rank among the easiest to raise for the small beginning farmer.