Jan 102017
Is raising pigs hard?  Hardly.  Here is a book to prove it!

For you homesteader, self-sufficiency members of the JuicyMaters family who are considering raising livestock for a micro-farm, this book leads you thru all you need to know in order to successfully raise pigs, the ideal homesteaders’ livestock (after chickens).  Whether you are raising one or two a year for your freezer or breeding them to sell live piglets to others this book is a good how-to manual for newbie pig farmers.

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Jul 162016
A new frugal living lesson learned

It’s really so simple I feel stupid for just “discovering” it.  I’m probably going to tell you folks something you already knew.  Ah well…I’ve been laughed at before… It’s that time of year when vegetable gardens are in full production here in north Georgia.  If you aren’t buried in zucchini squash right about now either 1.) You don’t have a garden with zucchini, or 2.) You don’t know anyone who does. Past vegetable gardening here at Mountain Crest Farm (the small, tiny farm where JuicyMaters originates) has consisted of growing veggies that only needed “straight” canning to keep.  That means

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Jul 052016
Quick!  Boil water!  The babies are coming!

Younger readers will not understand the title, so a bit of explanation is in order.  Back in the day when there was an expectant father fumbling for something to do to help when the doctor came to the house to deliver the baby…Yes, a home delivery was common…Dad would be told to boil water.  It wasn’t necessary but it kept “bumbling dad” out of the way.  At least that’s what happened in older movies. Young’uns, by “older movies” I’m not talking Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” older…I’m talking Jimmy Stewart and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” older. Well, three days

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Jun 152016

The docile, even friendly, disposition of the Large Black breed makes it ideal for beginners to pigs. Their disposition is so friendly we don’t even remove tusks from boars on the property. When one of the adult pigs approaches you chances are they are either looking for a treat or will flop down beside you wanting their bellies rubbed.

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Sep 112014
Batten down the hatches, a (solar) storm is coming!

Hi folks… As some of you know, I am a Ham radio operator, KM4DEO. As such, I keep up with some things that most would find odd, like sun spots, CME’s (Coronal Mass Ejections) and other things collectively known as “space weather”. Knowing this helps Hams know when the ionosphere has good conditions for radio contacts and on what frequencies radio contacts can most easily be made. Now, this means nothing to most of you most of the time. However, on rare occasions this kind of info can help everyone, not just Hams and other space weather geeks, and this

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