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Weekend Homsteader: February

Weekend Homesteader paperbackWelcome to the resources page for the February edition of Weekend Homesteader!  Feel free to leave comments on this page to let me know what you loved or hated about the ebook, or to share your experiences with others.  I hope you'll also take a minute to write a review on Amazon so that more readers will consider giving our ebook a try.


Stocking up on dried goods
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints food warehouses --- Some people report that anyone is welcome to buy bulk goods at the low prices offered at these church facilities while others say you need to come with a member of the church.  Your best bet is to follow the link to find out if there is a warehouse in your area, then call ahead to determine their policies.


Planting berries
Extension Service --- Visit your state's extension service website for variety recommendations and information on local disease and pest problems.

Weekend Homesteader: May --- Learn to make a kill mulch to start a no-till garden in minutes.

Weekend Homesteader: August --- Sun-dried fruit leather is a low tech project that requires only a blender, cookie sheet, and hot car.

Strawberry freezer jam --- This recipe doesn't require you to cook your fruit, so they come out of the freezer just as fresh and brimming with flavor as they were when you picked them.

Chocolate strawberry shortcake --- If you ever get sick of eating your homegrown strawberries fresh, you can turn them into a gourmet dessert with the addition of some rich brownies and whipped cream.

Weekend Homesteader: July --- Learn the chemistry and biology of mulch so you'll know which type of mulch to use in each part of your garden.


Apprenticeships
WWOOF --- This organization matches up people interested in learning about agriculture with organic farmers world-wide.

ATTRA has a list of sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships in the U.S.


Bringing your chickens home
Weekend Homsteader: January --- Last month's ebook walked you through building a chicken tractor or coop and pasture. 

Resources for comparing chicken breeds include:

Alternative chicken feed options:

  • My experiments with homegrown feed --- If you want to make your birds even healthier, check out some of these ways of growing nutritious food for your flock.
  • The Small-Scale Poultry Flock --- Harvery Ussery's book is the best source for in depth information about raising earthworms and black soldier fly larvae for your crop as well as providing them food from the vegetable garden.

Avian Aqua Miser --- Our poop-free chicken waterer.

Craigs List --- This is a good source for finding locals selling chickens.

How to introduce your dog to chickens --- Make sure your dog gets off on the right foot by learning to protect your new flock.



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