Homestead geese are not the first animals that come to mind when you consider homestead livestock. That award usually goes to backyard chickens, or dairy goats with the occasional pastured pig thrown in. But geese deserve to be fourth on that list in my opinion. Geese are entertainment, lawn control, homestead guardians that also happen to taste pretty darn good. Goose fat is prized among top chefs, and many a hawk or fox has been scared away from a chicken dinner by the threatening wing span of an angry goose. You might share that opinion if you encountered an aggressive goose in childhood (or adulthood for that matter). [Read more…]
Chickens are all the rage these days, and while I'm usually not big fan of “trends,” I happen to think this is a good one! There is a lot of chicken raising information out there and it can definitely be overwhelming at first. While I don't claim to be the final authority of all things chicken, I've kept a flock for several years now and want to share my seven best chicken tips for simplifying your chicken keeping. [Read more…]
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England is a homesteading guide written with the enthusiasm of a beginner and the experience of several years of homesteading with limited space. It's a great pep talk for those new to the idea of self-sufficiency who are wondering if they can raise more of their own food without moving to the country.
How Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is Organized
Backyard Farming on an Acre is divided into five parts:
- Living Large on a Small Scale
- Gardening on a Backyard Farm
- Animals for a Backyard Farm
- Enjoying the Bounty
- Crafting from the Backyard Farm [Read more…]
Sole Proprietorship vs LLC – If you sell anything to anyone, you are running a business. To protect your farm or small business, as well as your private assets, you should consider whether a sole proprietorship or an LLC is your best option.
The vast majority of farms are sole proprietorships because this is the default organization if you do not do anything. To busy farmers, it can seem easier and less time consuming to just let the farm be a sole proprietorship than to do something formal to organize it. One problem – if your farm is a sole proprietorship, there is no distinction between you and your farm. All your eggs are in one basket. [Read more…]
If you've been considering wood heat, here are a few things you should know before you invest in a wood burning stove, wood fireplace insert or wood cookstove. With rising fuel costs, wood heat can be a money saving investment, but you need to plan ahead and make good choices. [Read more…]