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“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for the household use. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.”

From my favorite homesteading book,
Homegrown & Homemade

Ask a Homesteader – May 27, 2016

Do you have a homesteading question or problem? Dear Jessica is here to help! Weekly homesteading advice column from The 104 Homestead.

Dear Jessica, what is the best way to get rid of ornamental Ginger? If I remove what I can then cover it with paper etc. will that be enough? – Christine from Sydney

Dear Jessica, is it too late in the Midwest to grow peas? – Syndie from ???

Dear Jessica, what combination of hay seeds should we plant in our field for sheep? – Kim from Michigan

Dear Jessica, can you pasteurize milk in a pressure canner? – Linda from West Virginia

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DWorm: A Natural Wormer for Goats

You may have heard all sorts of talk about rotating wormers and wormers loosing effectiveness over time. What if you didn't have to worry about that anymore

You may have heard all sorts of talk about rotating wormers and wormers loosing effectiveness over time. You may also be concerned about withdrawal times and chemicals leaching into the goat’s milk and/or meat. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you didn’t have to worry about that? A natural herbal wormer might be just what you’re looking for.

This is just my opinion, but the way I see it, chemical wormers are essentially just poisons. You’re poisoning the parasites and hopefully not poisoning your goat.

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Do Chickens Get Colds?

I am often asked by readers and local chicken keepers if chickens get colds. That is a great question and one I found myself wondering when I first began keeping chickens.

I am often asked by readers and local chicken keepers if chickens get colds. That is a great question and one I found myself wondering when I first began keeping chickens. I introduced you to my avian Veterinarian friend briefly in my book, Chicken Hot Topics, but today I’d like to give you his full answer to that question.

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