In 2006, we moved from a small city to the bush. I drive 20 minutes to pick up my mail, a gallon of milk and a six pack.
We bought property way out in the country, put in a large garden and got a few animals. We haven’t looked back and we grow about 85% of our food including our meat.
If you’re interested in learning about growing your own food, having chickens, raising pigs and canning your own food, keep reading.
In the last few years, we started a Garlic Farm and grow naturally grown Garlic that we ship across Canada.
After harvesting over 8000 (!) bulbs of delicious Garlic this year, we are taking a well deserved break for a little while. We decided to take a trip to Southern California again - it is the reward for pulling all those Garlic Scapes, weeding all those Garlic rows, harvesting all those Garlic bulbs, cleaning boxes and boxes of Garlic, selling boxes and boxes....well, you get the picture. This coming year will see us even busier, as we now have over 23,000 (!!!) Garlic bulbs in the ground for … Keep Reading
If you have livestock, you should probably deworm them every spring and summer. Here's a recipe for a homemade herbal dewormer - I would think it would be cheaper than store bought. It definitely doesn't have any chemicals in it, which is exactly what we want! You should be able to find most or all of the ingredients at your grocery store or your natural health store. Mix in equal parts: fennel seed dehydrated garlic oregano thyme sage pumpkin seed hyssop red … Keep Reading
Winter is coming and it is important for us to prepare for such things as huge snowstorms, ice storms, loss of power and all kinds of natural weather problems. Are you ready? Here are a few things that should be at the very top of your list - this list could (and should) be a lot longer but these are the absolute essentials you need to put in place. There is no reason for you to join those long lines of people emptying supermarket shelves - these are the folks who have FAILED TO PLAN. Don't … Keep Reading
One of the things I love most about this time of year is the extra time I have. No more gardening. Not many daily chores to do. What a wonderful time of year to rest, relax, sleep in and read. I read a lot during the winter and there's nothing I like more than cozying up in front of the woodstove with a good book and a cup of tea. When we first moved here, I bought quite a few books to learn more about providing for ourselves on our property. If you're new to self sufficiency, whether you … Keep Reading
When you have a number of animals on your farm, you have to figure out a way to store their feed. If you have enough animals, I suppose you could have a silo. You could call the feed mill and get them to deliver your feed mix and dump it right into the silo. Silos are expensive though. Maybe you don't have enough animals to make getting a silo worth while. Or maybe, like me, you are a cheap Dutch girl. Here's what we do: We go to the local shopping mall (read … Keep Reading
Planning on shopping online this week and looking for Black Friday deals? Here's a few great ideas to get for the prepper, foodie or homesteading honey in your home. There's a few stocking stuffer ideas too! I'm still doing a lot of canning, but over the last couple of years we have started to dehydrate some of our food. Dehydrated packages and jars take up far less room than canning and I can see dehydrating more and canning less as the years go by. You can … Keep Reading