Whole-Fed Homestead: Meet Our Roos!

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Roo, as in rooster, not as in kangaroo… No kangaroos here. I’ve discovered that “Roo” is what “chicken people” call roosters. Turns out, I am definitely a full-fledged “chicken person.” See how I snuck another chicken joke in there?   So far, our roosters have been mostly great. They are 6+ months old, crowing like […]

Dehydrated Vanilla Bean Pear Slices

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One thing at the top of our homestead to-do list was to plant fruit trees, especially pears.¬†They grow well in our hardiness zone, they have amazing flavor, are quite versatile, and with the right variety they even store well. My favorite way to preserve pears is to dehydrate them. In mass quantity I slice them […]

The Homestead Monthly: September 2014

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A gang is “a group of recurrently associating individuals with identifiable leadership and internal organization, claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior.” Yep, that’s exactly what these chickens are. Gangsters. A roving band of hens and their rooster ring leader. They’ve […]