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A classic problem that can occur with the family milk cow is the phenomenon known as holding up their milk.  The knowledgeable folks over at Spirited Rose Homestead Dairy Farm published this extensive article on the how and why of hold up along with how to combat and cure this problem…. Holding up milk
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As good stewards of our land we homesteaders not only have an opportunity but  an obligation to provide  for the  future abundance of generations  to come.  The level of carbon in our soils is an agreed upon metric for how well your soil life is doing.  Holistic Planned Grazing (HM) and Adaptive MultiPaddock (AMP) are two of the best tools at our disposal as land managers to improve the health of our soil.  Here’s a video of some of the good...

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If you guys have never heard of Brandon & Lauren Sheard of Farmstead Meatsmith fame you are really missing out!  For those of you who don’t know Farmstead Meatsith provides education and butchering services on the homestead scale complete with “peasant” whole muscle butchery, charcuterie, and a totally unique experience that you just can’t find anywhere else.  They are based out of Vashon Island in Washington state, but have traveled the country spreading their enlightenment, and sharing their story.  I attended...

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Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, as good people were abandoning their rural roots for the city life, church leaders have been warning against the troubles of urban living and the problems that can come with disconnecting from the land.  One of our readers here at TraditionalCatholicHomestead.com  sent me a link to a beautiful Papal Encyclical from Pope Pius XII .  I like it so much that I thought I would share it with the rest of you (thanks PB), it...

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**Warning this is a repost from the early days of the Traditional Catholic Homestead a couple years ago, but I feel like community is so important and so lacking in much of the world that it bears being touched on again and opened up for more thought and perhaps discussion….this is a three part post that I will share again over the next couple days, or if you like you can dig the rest out of the archives—PAX Dave  ...

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**Warning this is a repost from the early days of the Traditional Catholic Homestead a couple years ago, but I feel like community is so important and so lacking in much of the world that it bears being touched on again and opened up for more thought and perhaps discussion….this is a three part post that I will share again over the next couple days, or if you like you can dig the rest out of the archives—PAX Dave  ...

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**Warning this is a repost from the early days of the Traditional Catholic Homestead a couple years ago, but I feel like community is so important and so lacking in much of the world that it bears being touched on again and opened up for more thought and perhaps discussion….this is a three part post that I will share again over the next couple days, or if you like you can dig the rest out of the archives—PAX Dave  ...

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The season of Advent is upon us, and everyone is gearing up for the Nativity!  What better way to lift your spirits and those of your loved ones than with some beautiful music performed by our friends at Clamavi De Profundis (check out their YouTube channel here). I hope you enjoy their Christmas Medley and many other offerings…
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It’s been a while since I talked much about our hugelkulture fortified greenhouse experiment.  This last season has seen some significant changes in the old greenhouse so I thought I would share a little about what we’ve done and what our experiments have taught us, so here goes…. We’ve reskinned the hoophouse with a product called Solawrap….it’s basically bubble wrap on steroids and it has been a significant improvement over the single layer of greenhouse poly! The solawrap creates dual...

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The treatment and curing of the ill and infirm is a long standing tradition within the Catholic faith.  The ability to propagate and properly administer herbal remedies is a homesteading stalwart.  I recently stumbled onto a series of articles documenting the Monastic tradition of herbalism from medieval times that continues to this day.  I thought it was interesting so I figured I'd share....hope you find it as informative as I have
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