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Outdoors - The Barefoot Acres

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Andy Samberg on SNL imitating Mark Walberg talking to animals has been one of my favorite sketches for a long time. It's just so silly, you can't help but laugh. From time-to-time, when I'm around my farm animals I, too, like to have little conversations with them;...

Goals for our homestead

When we first started this homestead, we really didn't know what all we wanted to do after we got here. We knew we wanted animals and a garden to sustain us for the most part. Knowing that we'd probably not be 100% sustainable, but that we could provide a lot of our...

Fecal Float Tests

The glamorous life of homesteading...following your goats around and collecting poop, then taking said poop and smashing it around and filling with a solution so you can look at it under a microscope. That should make everyone want to homestead right? If you have...

Latest from Homesteading

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Andy Samberg on SNL imitating Mark Walberg talking to animals has been one of my favorite sketches for a long time. It's just so silly, you can't help but laugh. From time-to-time, when I'm around my farm animals I, too, like to have little conversations with them;...

Goals for our homestead

Goals for our homestead

When we first started this homestead, we really didn't know what all we wanted to do after we got here. We knew we wanted animals and a garden to sustain us for the most part. Knowing that we'd probably not be 100% sustainable, but that we could provide a lot of our...

Fecal Float Tests

Fecal Float Tests

The glamorous life of homesteading...following your goats around and collecting poop, then taking said poop and smashing it around and filling with a solution so you can look at it under a microscope. That should make everyone want to homestead right? If you have...

Latest from Livestock

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Hey Donkey – What’s Going On?

Andy Samberg on SNL imitating Mark Walberg talking to animals has been one of my favorite sketches for a long time. It's just so silly, you can't help but laugh. From time-to-time, when I'm around my farm animals I, too, like to have little conversations with them;...

Fecal Float Tests

Fecal Float Tests

The glamorous life of homesteading...following your goats around and collecting poop, then taking said poop and smashing it around and filling with a solution so you can look at it under a microscope. That should make everyone want to homestead right? If you have...

Meat Chickens – Our Costs

Meat Chickens – Our Costs

Chicken comes from the store, all neatly wrapped in plastic, just waiting for you to come by and put it in your cart...right? That is what a lot of people think, or at least want to think. Part of our goal in moving to our homestead was to raise our own healthy meats....

Latest from Gardening

Hugel-what?

Hugel-what?

Hugelkultur! A german word pronounced "Hoo-gul-culture", means hill culture or hill mound. It's something that I have learned through my permaculture studying and we'll be applying to our gardening this year. It's a pretty simple technique that will bring years of...

Beginning our Homestead Journey

Beginning our Homestead Journey

We've officially moved in to the middle of the Piney Woods in Deep East Texas! It's been a long 4 weeks of house renovations, but it's been well worth it! It's time to start plotting out where our fall garden will go, and to start getting the soil ready. The wood...

Latest from Projects

Goals for our homestead

Goals for our homestead

When we first started this homestead, we really didn't know what all we wanted to do after we got here. We knew we wanted animals and a garden to sustain us for the most part. Knowing that we'd probably not be 100% sustainable, but that we could provide a lot of our...

Automatic Poultry Watering System Tour

Automatic Poultry Watering System Tour

We recently constructed our rain barrel and automatic chicken watering system to create a sustainable water supply for our chicken coop and feed preparation area. We invested a good day's worth of work putting together the rain barrel itself, plus the stand, gutter...

Gravity-Fed Chicken Watering System

Gravity-Fed Chicken Watering System

When we first decided to repurpose the greenhouse building into a chicken coop, the ability to have running water in the coop area wasn't really taken into consideration. Since then, the biggest hurdle to providing our chickens with fresh water is the fact that our...

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