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General Homesteading Topics • Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs PA 15-17

September 10, 2017 Photon Guy 0

In Seven Springs PA on 15-17 there is going to be the Mother Earth News Fair. I hope to be there. They’ve got over 150 workshops that teach all sorts of stuff about homesteading and survival. Everything from bee keeping, gardening of all sorts, soap making, solar power, you name it and its most likely covered in a workshop. Here is the website.

https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Gunns 0
Permafrost wrote:
I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I imagine everything outside stays frozen in the winter where you are at.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Gunns 0
Permafrost wrote:
I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I imagine everything outside stays frozen in the winter where you are at.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Permafrost 0

I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Permafrost 0

I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Homestead

June 29, 2017 IceFire 0

According to dictionary.com homesteading is “any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.”

Nowadays, though, when most people use the term ‘homestead’ they are referring to a home where people are trying to be self-sufficient.

As to why it’s important, when the trappings of modern society collapse, people are going to NEED to be self-sufficient…producing their own food (or enough surplus of something that they can barter/trade with someone else for what they don’t/can’t produce themselves); having an accessible source of clean water; having the means to heat their home, cook, etc.; being able to have sanitation; and being able to provide for their other needs.

That’s why many of us have gotten OUT of the cities and towns, bought acreage, and are working to establish a homestead of our own.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Homestead

June 29, 2017 IceFire 0

According to dictionary.com homesteading is “any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.”

Nowadays, though, when most people use the term ‘homestead’ they are referring to a home where people are trying to be self-sufficient.

As to why it’s important, when the trappings of modern society collapse, people are going to NEED to be self-sufficient…producing their own food (or enough surplus of something that they can barter/trade with someone else for what they don’t/can’t produce themselves); having an accessible source of clean water; having the means to heat their home, cook, etc.; being able to have sanitation; and being able to provide for their other needs.

That’s why many of us have gotten OUT of the cities and towns, bought acreage, and are working to establish a homestead of our own.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Dolomite lime is not strong enough to work in the outhouse. The best, cheapest lime to use is construction lime used in mixing plaster and brick mortar, known as Flint Coat or Type F lime. Don’t know for sure but I think quick lime was placed on the hazardous materials list by the EPA people a number of years ago. Haven’t seen any for sale in many moons.

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General Homesteading Topics • Type of lime for an outhouse

June 20, 2017 SuburbPrepper 0

This is just a question for anyone who has an outhouse or uses lime on raw sewage. What kind of lime do you use? I’m getting some garden lime for gardening and was wondering what kind of lime is used to treat sewage; e.g. I’ve read stuff that says to throw some wood ash or lime onto excreta because it will help to inactivate pathogens, which is the same reason they used to use it on corpses in burial pits. I thought it would be good to have on hand for an SHFT situation. But, the more I look at it, the more confusing it is. There’s dolomite lime, hydrated lime, quicklime, garden lime, and that’s just a partial list. Any info. is appreciated. Thanks in advance to everyone.

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General Homesteading Topics • FREE Ticket for 3rd Annual Home Grown Food Summit.

June 6, 2017 dem 0

http://ddddddd.ontraport.com/c/s/7xR/YObX/6/sr/9iA/6ZtdGl/zTTH4qiz6l/P full week of experts in many areas, all online and FREE. :thumbsup:So for 38+ of the brightest minds in:

Permaculture

Natural health

Vegetable gardening

Homesteading

Urban growing, and

Sustainable living

… To freely give away their insights and teachings, all to help contribute to this shared vision?

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General Homesteading Topics • FREE Ticket for 3rd Annual Home Grown Food Summit.

June 6, 2017 dem 0

http://ddddddd.ontraport.com/c/s/7xR/YObX/6/sr/9iA/6ZtdGl/zTTH4qiz6l/P full week of experts in many areas, all online and FREE. :thumbsup:So for 38+ of the brightest minds in:

Permaculture

Natural health

Vegetable gardening

Homesteading

Urban growing, and

Sustainable living

… To freely give away their insights and teachings, all to help contribute to this shared vision?

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 27, 2017 Cin 0

Please be careful – permethrin is deadly to cats.

I have three cats to keep our mice population down. We use a spray with permethrin in it on our clothes when we go out in the woods, but we keep it away from the cats.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 27, 2017 Cin 0

Please be careful – permethrin is deadly to cats.

I have three cats to keep our mice population down. We use a spray with permethrin in it on our clothes when we go out in the woods, but we keep it away from the cats.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 anita 0

My tick population has increased since I’ve had to keep my chickens in the run, due to the local hawks that are illegal to do anything to. (I do mean local.)

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 anita 0

My tick population has increased since I’ve had to keep my chickens in the run, due to the local hawks that are illegal to do anything to. (I do mean local.)

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 rebnavy1862 0
Stahlrosen wrote:
That’s interesting. I may have to try that in spots.

Have you tried Guineas? They work too. Unless you are like my neighbor who has a resident Eagle and finds them a tasty meal :blink: I told her at least they are going for a good cause!

Guinea fowl are fantastic tick eaters. I don’t have ticks anymore. I trained them to roost at night in the coop with my hens. I don’t lose any to night predators. I have eagles and hawks, but the guineas are savvy about warning each other.
Reb

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

That’s interesting. I may have to try that in spots.

Have you tried Guineas? They work too. Unless you are like my neighbor who has a resident Eagle and finds them a tasty meal :blink: I told her at least they are going for a good cause!

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

WELL, HOLY CR@P!!!

I don’t care if it works….I’m going into business for myself!!!!

A $2 item selling for over $80 on amazon with a 4 star rating!!!???!?!…..WoW! lol,,,Must work pretty damn good I’d say…

There’s one born every minute folks…Yersiree.

https://www.amazon.com/Damminix-27203-Tick-Tube-24-Pack/dp/B000OWB7ME

Give me a few days to get setup and I’ll save you $5 off the above listing.. a “Special price” ..lol.

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Dunno for myself Outback but if folks are buying them at this price and rating them that high I’d say they’re certainly be worth the try on the homemade versions…….or you could buy them from me when I win the new buy-box in about a week on amazon….lol.

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General Homesteading Topics • Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 theoutback 0

If your place is anything like mine, you are infested w/ ticks. This makes a lot of sense to me. The key to pest control is breaking the life cycle, this shows that they are trying to do this, not just simple put a bandaid on the aftermath. I deal in pest control quite extensively in my orchards and I can tell you, breaking the lifecycle is how you bring pest levels down. In theory this seems to have merit. I’m going to give it a try.

Has anyone tried this?

https://www.homesteadnotes.com/make-tic … rid-ticks/

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Agrihoods/Agriburbia

April 9, 2017 Blondie 0

In the suburb of 40,000 that I used to live in a developer bought up land behind a shopping center to build a walkable community.

The quaint idea of walking to the grocery, Starbucks, etc. Keeping green and all that. The homes were so pricey that it took 2 incomes and no woman working 40+ hrs a week and 3 littles ones is going to walk to the grocery to lug home 12 bags on Saturday. That said, can they come home to plant, weed, take care of aimals, tend bees, etc?

My kids while out on their own can land back with me at any time so I keep that in mind.

ITA, not much on the market here, either. I decided to buy a parcel and build something modest. In over my head, for sure but why not?

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Agrihoods/Agriburbia

April 9, 2017 Blondie 0

In the suburb of 40,000 that I used to live in a developer bought up land behind a shopping center to build a walkable community.

The quaint idea of walking to the grocery, Starbucks, etc. Keeping green and all that. The homes were so pricey that it took 2 incomes and no woman working 40+ hrs a week and 3 littles ones is going to walk to the grocery to lug home 12 bags on Saturday. That said, can they come home to plant, weed, take care of aimals, tend bees, etc?

My kids while out on their own can land back with me at any time so I keep that in mind.

ITA, not much on the market here, either. I decided to buy a parcel and build something modest. In over my head, for sure but why not?

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Agrihoods/Agriburbia

April 9, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

just another variation of the self sustaining community with an emphasis on gardening and agriculture …. I’d want the whole package of self sufficiency – there’s just some common sense crosslinking that shouldn’t be ignored just because it doesn’t fit the rigid marketing parameters ….

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Agrihoods/Agriburbia

April 9, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

just another variation of the self sustaining community with an emphasis on gardening and agriculture …. I’d want the whole package of self sufficiency – there’s just some common sense crosslinking that shouldn’t be ignored just because it doesn’t fit the rigid marketing parameters ….

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General Homesteading Topics • Agrihoods/Agriburbia

April 9, 2017 anita 0

Okay,

I just discovered this and maybe I’m late to the party. This seems to be a “new” iteration (there have been a couple around since the late 90s) of a planned community. Rather than have a golf course, they have a community farm, walking trails, etc.

It’s still a planned community with an HOA, but the one I have looked into permits/encourages backyard gardens, chickens, and bees. It has an onsite farm that basically grows greens/vegetables/some fruit that you can participate in through a CSA, as well as growing for local restaurants etc.

I haven’t heard of this before, and I’m thinking about moving to something like that if I can find one that suits. Many on here know that my husband died two years ago, and my youngest is off to college this fall and the older two are out on their own. I want to downsize, and in the last year+ of looking, I’ve seen nothing, or almost nothing, in my area that suits me. I don’t want to be in town, but I don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere where there are few people around, I know no one, etc. As a lone woman, I really like the idea of being in a neighborhood with like-minded (from the gardening/slight self-sufficiency basis) people. I do worry that there might be a bunch of old hippies (or young hippies.)

I used to sell real estate and well understand the downsides of an HOA, but since this expressly permits the things i’m interested in, I’m hoping it won’t be too restrictive. I have just started to investigate, but wondered if anyone else has heard of something like this or has considered something similar. I’m looking in the Va./NC area. I live in PA now, and haven’t seen anything like this here.

Here’s a link to an article that mentions a few. http://www.shareable.net/blog/12-agriho … mainstream

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General Homesteading Topics • Birch syrup

March 2, 2017 tamtbell 0

Hey all,
I can’t recall if I can or cannot do this but I have a blog up about making your own birch syrup out of your own tapped birch trees.
http://tamsgarden-howdoesourgardengrow.blogspot.com/2017/03/foraging-from-nature-birch-syrup.html#.WLheyPnL9SM

We’re trying something new this year! We’re starting to slowly pull more and more off the grid, off the food supply, stay local.
We now produce our own meat, fruits, veggies, honey, BIRCH syrup, and so on.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Storeing Oil / Lard

February 26, 2017 Murby 0
jean11 wrote:
I’ve been saving my bacon grease in the refrig until I have enough to pressure can a number of pints. My first batch of bacon grease I filled to within 1 inch of the top of the pint jar – and I learned that was a mistake. The boiling grease splattered the rim of the pint jar during processing, and those jars did not seal. I now fill the jars 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top and no longer have the problem. My next canning project is to can 8 pounds of butter. I canned butter one other time and the processing turned out fine. I learned a lesson here as well. The butter I bought was salted, and the end product was enough to make my hair stand up. This time I’m doing a mix of salted and unsalted which is what the recipe suggested in the first place.

The reason your grease boiled and splattered is the same reason your canned grease is probably going to go bad… Water!!

I would also comment that storing grease with meat in a fridge for more than a week will probably result in a spoiled product.

But I’m no expert..

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Storeing Oil / Lard

February 24, 2017 jean11 0

I’ve been saving my bacon grease in the refrig until I have enough to pressure can a number of pints. My first batch of bacon grease I filled to within 1 inch of the top of the pint jar – and I learned that was a mistake. The boiling grease splattered the rim of the pint jar during processing, and those jars did not seal. I now fill the jars 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top and no longer have the problem. My next canning project is to can 8 pounds of butter. I canned butter one other time and the processing turned out fine. I learned a lesson here as well. The butter I bought was salted, and the end product was enough to make my hair stand up. This time I’m doing a mix of salted and unsalted which is what the recipe suggested in the first place.

Statistics: Posted by jean11 — Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:55 am