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Roscoe RIP – Culling versus Mercy Killing

The hardest part about homesteading isn't the work.  It's figuring out the right thing to do and having the strength to do it. This morning before breakfast, I went into the coop, picked up our big daddy rooster Roscoe, and... Continue Reading →

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Goodbye Sweet Corn

Oh Sweet Corn! Those ten foot stalks of homegrown goodness, with their wind-talking tassels, and shimmering pink threads of promise that give way to milky, sweet kernels of creamy, crunchy candy-like wholesomeness. Sweet corn is the stuff that American dreams... Continue Reading →

The ABCs of Homesteading: M is for Meat and Choosing your Battles

I've got a new post up on the Mother Earth News blog - The ABCs of Homesteading: M is for Meat.  I know I've been writing about meat a lot lately. But, for whatever reason, that feels like my battle.... Continue Reading →

Lessons from a Duck Hatch Disaster

When I say my first hatch of the year was a "disaster", I mean of the "makes you question if you should even be doing this" kind.  It prompted a whole lot of research, a bit of soul-searching, and a... Continue Reading →

Decadent Duck Lard, Rillette and Super Stock!

There are lots of ways to make rillette.  You can use rabbit, duck, pork, and maybe even deer (if you use pork lard as your fat source).  You can go super fancy with lots of herbs, expensive ingredients, precision techniques... Continue Reading →

The Tale of the Short, Complicated, but Meaningful Lives of Meat Ducks at the reLuxe Ranch

Tuesday and Wednesday, of this week, were duck slaughter and processing days for us. Unfortunately, due to some incubation challenges (to be shared shortly in a separate post), this first round of ducks, were born in California at Metzer Farms... Continue Reading →

Worm Bed Maintenance

A while back I wrote a blog about Vermicomposting for Rule Breakers.  Here's a video of what that bed looks like and how easy feeding the worms is. This is my second attempt at a video.  It's no Hollywood Blockbuster since... Continue Reading →

May and the Making of a Homestead Video

May was a busy month.  Our farmers markets were in full swing.  Our new summer intern, Abby Doyle, joined us and got started on a few projects she'll be writing about on this blog soon.  My mom and sister came... Continue Reading →

Goats, Chickens, Parasite Prevention, and the Pleasures of Pasture

The image below shows a snip of our chicken run and coop, goat house and pasture, and our garden. The garden is bookended by the goat and chicken shelters and the goat pasture is on the uphill side of th... Continue Reading →

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