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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Feb 262014
 
The Baker's Green Acres story, and a threat of violence by the DNR

I’m guessing at this since JuicyMaters covers cooking and yurts and homesteading, but I think most of my visitors here have at least a passing interest in all three. If you think about it, they are all related. People with a real interest in food usually have an interest in where it comes from, which leads to an interest in homesteading and producing your own food. People who are homesteaders generally have an affinity for a simple, frugal lifestyle, and yurts fits that perfectly. With that in mind, I’d like to tell all of my visitors, yurt types, homesteaders, and

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Jan 022014
 
Antibacterial equals anti-healthy in soaps

For a long time I have chuckled every time I saw a bottle of hand sanitizer.  For a while, everywhere you looked, you saw a bottle of it… On desks, in work cubicles, on coffee tables, and laying on the front seat of half of the cars you saw. I think I decided that the height of the paranoia was when the entrance to

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Dec 042013
 
Prove JuicyMaters visitors are the good people I think you are

You know, you folks that visit JuicyMaters are really awesome people.  From the day I started this blog almost 5 years ago I have often said that JuicyMaters is not just a bunch of visitors… It’s a family. We are a family of people with varied interests. Some of you come to JuicyMaters for tips on DIY home repairs. Some of the JuicyMaters family comes to take a look and see what new recipes I’ve put up. Some of you are looking for homesteading information, and of course many are looking for the latest posts about yurts. With all of

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Aug 022012
 

Many homesteading, self sufficiency types ask me about honey and how to produce it at the homestead level. Unfortunately, back when I was in the honey business it was pre-JuicyMaters and I was focused on actually taking care of my 66 hives, and there are no pictures or video. The video below gives a good time line of the steps in harvesting honey, though on a much larger scale and with automated equipment. For a homestead type situation, 2-3 hives is perfect…plenty of honey without a lot of expense. Plus…I’m in love with

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