Learning how to hatch your own chicks using an incubator can be one of the most rewarding experiences as you start your first flock of backyard chickens. At Green Willow Homestead I’ve always let a broody mama hen do the work for me. While this leaves hatching eggs up to the true professionals (actual hens), the downside was that expanding my flock was dependent on my hens. What if I wanted a few clutches of chicks in June or July? That’s where incubating your own hatching eggs becomes necessary!
So today I’m having Erin Roy of The Harvest Trail Blog teach all of us exactly how to hatch your own chicks using an incubator. Erin is so knowledgeable about using incubators and hatching eggs and I can’t wait for you to learn from her!
Welcome back to Week 3 on how to build food security for your family in less than 30 days. In Week 3 of our Food Security Plan, I am going to teach you (click to jump!):
If you just found this series, be sure to head back to Week 1 so you can learn how this Food Security series works and get started on the right foot!
I want you to remember that you are completely capable of starting something new (like chicken keeping). Sure, you're probably going to make some mistakes in the process as you learn but the payoff is worth it. Doing these things with a loved one or your kids will bring you some fun and purpose during this uncertain time. Let’s dive into Week 3!
As a low-maintenance lady, I'm always on the lookout for ways to simplify my non-toxic and natural skincare routine. Now don't think that simplifying your skincare routine means sacrificing its effectiveness. Having a simple and straightforward process when caring for your skin also means having one that packs the most beautifying power.
That's why today I want to turn the spotlight onto Becca Tetzlaff of the blog, Organically Becca. This amazing clean beauty maven has been documenting organic skincare for years and she's seen (and used!) it all. Becca is a godsend for us low-maintenance ladies who just want someone to tell us the most simple, organic, and effective way to care for our skin.
So without further ado - here are the top four natural products for a low maintenance skincare routine!
The Positively Green Podcast is pleased to bring back Roberta Donaldson of The Millennial Cat Mom to talk about all things holistic dog care and raw diet feeding for your pooch. In this episode, we learn about the scientific evidence behind feeding your dog a raw diet, the sustainability issues around the pet food industry, and what natural flea and tick remedies exist for your pup.
Welcome back to Week 2 on how to build food security for your family in less than 30 days. In Week 2 of our Food Security Plan, I am going to teach you the straightforward step-by-step on (click to jump!):
To head back to Week 1 of this series to learn about food security, its inherent limitations, and how this four-part series works click here.
I want you to remember that you are completely capable of starting something new (like chicken keeping). Sure, you're probably going to make some mistakes in the process as you learn but the payoff is worth it! Doing these things with a loved one or your kids will bring you some fun and purpose during this uncertain time. Let’s dive into Week 2!
Starting Your First Flock? Why You Should Skip The Big Stores And Hatcheries And Buy From Small Farms Instead
As more and more of us are jumping into chicken keeping and raising chicks for the first time, I thought it would be helpful to have on an expert chicken tender to teach you why when you are shopping for chicks - you should skip the big stores and hatcheries and buy from a small farm instead.
Maeg Yosef runs Silver Fox Farm along with her wife, Sarah, in Greenfield MA. They are a very small poultry farm and humane hatchery who focus on selective chicken breeding for homesteaders, backyard chicken keepers, and small farms. Maeg is bursting with knowledge when it comes to starting your first flock so I can't wait for you to read on. Even I learned something new from this guest post!
If you are here to learn how you can build food security for your family in less than 30 days, you are in the right place. When I started out with homesteading six years ago, I knew that food security was important to me. Never did I guess that our entire world would come to a standstill and leave the majority of our society scrambling to build food security for themselves and their families.
For decades, homesteading has been a way for families to increase their self sufficiency not just out of rejection of a failing industrialized food system, but out of our love for the land, our connection with animals, and our focus on growing nutritious and safe food.
This 30-day Food Security Plan will be broken up into four weeks. We will focus on Week 1 in this post. For the next four weeks, I will share with you the simple and straightforward things you can do to boost your family's food security during this uncertain time. So if you are in need of guidance and help navigating how to get started with your first veggie garden or your first flock of chickens - you are in the right place!
Are you one of those wine lovers who had to swear off red wine because the next-day headaches and grogginess are just not worth it? I am right there with you my friend. For the last seven years I've had to ride the struggle bus even when I indulge in just one glass of red wine.
Then, the heavens parted and I discovered natural wine. No more headaches, no more grogginess, no more inflammation. I had all these questions! Why did natural wine make me feel so much better? What ingredients were giving me so many issues? So this week on the Positively Green Podcast, Becca and I thought we should have on natural wine expert, Allie Kruse of Nonfiction Wine to teach us all about the subject!
Grab a glass of (natural) wine and join us for a virtual happy hour! Allie and her husband own Nonfiction Wine, a local wine shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She drops some major knowledge about all things natural, organic, low-intervention wine. You are going to love it!
Getting started with organic vegetable gardening can feel overwhelming, but if you are looking for an excuse to get outside and be more active, then gardening is a step in the right direction. Whether you have 1/2 an acre or upwards of 20 acres, planting a garden to provide you with healthy delicious food surprisingly only takes a bit of planning with a pencil and paper plus some (much needed) time in the sun tending to it. In this post, I’m going to show you how I got myself organized to try my hand at organic gardening. Are you ready to plan your pants off?!
Episode 26 - Nine Simple Ways To Make Your Home A Healthier And Safer Environment During The Coronavirus Outbreak
As more and more of us are working remotely and practicing social distancing as the coronavirus hits the US, we thought it would be helpful to share nine simple ways you can make your home a healthier and safer environment. We hope these tips bring you peace of mind and give you a sense of control during this scary time!
According to the EPA, the average American indoor environment is 2 to 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. The EPA also stated that the worst air pollution in our nation is right inside our own homes and workplaces and that 50% of all illness is connected to the indoor air quality. Crazy! Thankfully there are many easy ways to help improve this, which we address in today’s episode:
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to composting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we turn the 80 acres we call home into a farm that serves its community and a homestead that nourishes us throughout the seasons.
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