Homestead Tales

And So This Is Christmas

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And So This Is Christmas

The immortal words of John Lennon. Another Christmas is upon us and we here at Blackberry Run Homestead have very much for which to be thankful. I don’t usually pay much attention to holidays since many were created by corporations to further support crass commercialism. However, there are a few that I take seriously. Thanksgiving […]

Homestead Tales

Become A Homesteader Now!

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Become A Homesteader Now

I believe the homesteader or “back to the land” movement is growing in popularity. At least I want to think so. I have no numerical proof to fortify this thought. In fact, just the opposite may indeed be occurring, numerically speaking. Based on my anecdotal investigation more people want to grow their food or raise […]

Livestock Shennanigans

One Of Our Ducks Is Missing

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One Of Our Ducks Is Missing

At the start of 2017, Blackberry Run Homestead had a population of 18 Pekin ducks and approximately two dozen Mallard ducks. All of our duck people made it through a comparatively mild, yet unending winter. When spring finally arrived so did the predators. They came in seemingly unending waves. 2017 is easily the worst year […]

Homestead Tales

Homestead? Prepare To Be Thought Mad

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Few topics today evoke emotional responses as much as starting a homestead. Our agrarian ways long behind us, many people today cannot conceive of anyone wanting to leave the “safety” and creature comforts they love so much. When we moved to the country no one at first thought it was odd. Except for the longer […]