Homesteading 101

Insects Are Eating My Plants

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These Insects Are Eating My Plants

Of all the hats homesteaders wear in order to maintain their homesteads, becoming an amateur entomologist has to be one of the more bizarre. Everybody can probably identify at least a dozen different insects by species. For example, fly, spider, bee, ladybug, ant, firefly. Okay maybe not a dozen, but at least several. The identification […]

Homesteading 101

5 Items For Successful Turkey Processing

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Processing Turkeys

We have been raising poultry here at Blackberry Run Homestead almost since day one. However, we only started processing our own meat about 10 years ago. Why the gap? Lack of time, since both Mrs. Blackberry and I were working full-time jobs off of the homestead. When we started this exciting new venture of meat […]

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Strong Pasture Fencing Is A Must

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Strong Fencing Is A Must

The newly minted homesteader can quickly be overwhelmed by the long list of seeming must-haves on their new homestead. Buildings, land improvements, fencing, tools, equipment and livestock. One of the first animals acquired are typically goats. Goats are an excellent addition to a small homestead. They are friendly, affectionate and intelligent animals. They can be […]

Homesteading 101

10 Ways to Winterize your Homestead

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Eddard Stark: “… you know our words.” Arya Stark: “‘Winter is Coming’.” — Lord Eddard Stark and his daughter Arya, Game of Thrones HBO show. The Stark’s words above should indeed be the “words” of every homesteader living in zone 7 and above. Winter at Blackberry Run means switching modes and layering clothes. On the […]