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August 30, 2017

The air is cool this morning.  I pull my flannel shirt around me. Mismatched from my pajamas tucked into Muck™ boots, it provides just enough warmth to fend off the early-morning chill and dampness.  The kid in me does not resist shuffling my Mucks™ through the dew-lad...

June 7, 2017

May is the beginning of our growing season here in Western PA. Garden beds are normally turned, compost added, row covers installed in the event of a late frost and seedlings emerge from their protective flats stretching toward the grow lights; however, sometimes life...

April 14, 2017

Taking a step back from the hurry-up and get-it-to-me-yesterday rat race of today’s living is what so many of us are seeking these days! This desire perpetuates the need to simplify our lives.  Slowing down and returning to basics is why we embrace modern homesteading....

March 8, 2017

Okay, I admit we don’t live in the suburbs - we’re on a little over an acre in the beautiful country setting of western PA and have created a small homestead complete with chickens, honey bees, a garden bigger than the footprint of our house and we’re adding mushrooms....

March 1, 2017

As new inexperienced beekeepers we diligently gathered our equipment, read a mountain of books, watched dozens of YouTube videos, attended a class and purchased two nucleus hives which we installed in early May, 2016. We were proudly on our way to becoming full-fledged...

February 15, 2017

Walking toward the open door of the garage on a stifling hot June afternoon, summer of 2015, my head down listening to the hum of a distant lawnmower and smiling in child-like delight at the multitude of tiny shadows of “helicopters” floating down from the maple tree,...

January 18, 2017

Witches & fairy eggs - what?! Supernatural phenomena, superstition or aliens from another dimension!? (It’s always about the brain-sucking aliens, right?) These tiny eggs contain no yolk and are often the first eggs a chicken lays once she matures. I know you’re wonder...

November 17, 2016

I never thought what we do would be interesting to other people but it seems it is! Friends, family, coworkers of myself, my husband and our grown children all express amazement and great interest in hearing our stories, our learning experiences – some good, some bad,...

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