Can Pigs Plant a Garden?

Well they sure did for the Living Traditions Homestead family.  So not only does pork meat taste good and you could probably turn a profit if you decide to breed them, if you time things right they might even plant a garden for you.  So maybe rotational grazing for pigs might make sense. Here is the... Continue Reading →

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Farm Eggs vs Store Bought Eggs

Have you ever wondered if there really is a difference in nutrition between farm fresh eggs and store bought eggs?  Well, there is a difference.  Farm fresh eggs have a lower amount of the bad cholesterol and saturated fat.  They also contain more Vitamin A, D, E and omega 3.  The shell is thicker and... Continue Reading →

Sheep, Goat, and Cow Milk Nutrition

For the most part people gravitate towards cows milk unless there is an issue digesting it.  There are alternatives such as soy, rice and almond milk but if you are starting a homestead you may want look into goat or sheep milk.  Goat milk is definitely more popular, but both sheep and goats have smaller... Continue Reading →

Building a Raised Bed Garden

Many homesteaders find raised bed gardening more successful than gardening in-ground.  Some of those reasons include the soil thawing out quicker than in ground so that you are able to start your gardening a bit sooner.  Also, you are able to add to work the soil easier because it is raised.  It is also easier... Continue Reading →

Goats vs Sheep

Goats and sheep can both be kept as livestock in the homestead for meat and milk.  Goat meat is less in calories, cholesterol and saturated fats than beef, pork, lamb and chicken.  It is also higher in protein and iron than beef. Goats are more profitable than sheep meat because it is in higher demand. ... Continue Reading →

Tools For Processing Chickens

If you are going to process a large amount of meat chickens, having all of the equipment needed to process them is important. Some of them may include a killing cone, a cleaning table, a scolding hot pot and an automatic chicken plucker. Living Traditions Homestead has put together a video showing the equipment that... Continue Reading →

Raising Meat Pigs or Breeding

Pigs can be another source of meat on the homestead as well as income.  Their gestation period is about 4 months and piglets can be weaned in about a month.  If you are considering raising pigs for meat or breeding them, here is some information on costs and time frames. Price of a pig -... Continue Reading →

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