Help Your Family Live A More Self-Sufficient & Healthier Life

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Do You Want To Help Your Family Work Toward Self-Sufficiency And A Healthier Lifestyle But Don’t Know Where To Start?

Do you crave a life where you become less and less dependent on a system, and more dependent on yourself?  Would you like to ditch processed foods and products as much as possible?

Perhaps you have a plan to put it all in motion.  Or perhaps you’re swamped in all the resources out there and just don’t know where to start.  Which videos do I trust?  Which book do I read first?

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Garden And Homestead Resources Available This Year

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Some of the newest garden and homestead resources are breaking all the rules and joining forces for just a couple days.  Right now, they are all available in one place.

Are you looking for information on family gardening, foraging, home preservation, chickens, growing your urban farm, or other information to help you nurture your homestead?  If your answer was yes, you’re in luck.

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We’ve Been Waiting A Long Time, And Now It’s Finally Here!

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If you are familiar with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, then there is no doubt you have been waiting for it since last year.  If you already know you want to purchase it again this year, click here, but come back for an exclusive bonus only available for Grace Garden And Homestead readers.

If you aren’t familiar with it, then stay right here and I’ll give you the details.

What Is This Library?

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is a collection of 83 resources, including 25 eCourses, videos & audios and 58 eBooks and printables that are bundled into one package.  This package also includes 11 bonus products:  2 digital bonuses, and 9 physical bonuses that will ship right to your door.  Resources and bonuses are collected to help you live a more self-sustainable and healthy life.

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How To Peel & Can Fresh Peaches Using The Raw Pack Method

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One of our favorite lunches in the winter and spring is peaches and cottage cheese.  Thanks to the peaches that we can in the fall, we’re able to have this any time we want.

It’s my opinion that it’s best to can a couple bushels all at once, rather than here and there (like I do with my tomatoes as they ripen).  I can do this by putting peaches in the freezer as they ripen, and then pulling them all out at once when I’m ready to can.  This also sets me up to peel them rather quickly.

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Mastering Basic Cheesemaking: Get Started In One Hour

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If our family had to pay for every grocery item we bought instead of making/producing/growing our own, dairy would be one of our biggest expenses. It would be safe to say that we go through a gallon of milk and a pound of cheese nearly every day.  That doesn’t even cover the butter, sour cream, yogurt, and other dairy products we use.

As you can imagine, a family like ours benefits greatly from being able to make our own cheeses, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurts, etc.  Likewise, many families could not only cut their grocery budgets by making their own, but also create beautiful memories with their kids as they enjoy the cheese-making process with their family.

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Getting Started Pressure Canning & Water Bath Canning

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You’ve been hearing about it all summer and fall.  You’ve even seen pictures of the beautifully filled jars in the pantries of others.  If you have homestead-y friends, then perhaps you’ve been the blessed recipient of such lovely glass jars filled with homemade foods at some point.

But when you think of actually canning foods yourself, doubt, fear, or hesitation creep in.  Your intentions are good:

  • You will learn this year.
  • You will make your own healthy foods to feed your family through the winter.
  • Your shelves will be beautifully adorned with various colors of filled mason jars this year.

Then the season comes…and goes.  What happened?  Will you ever learn?

Yes, you will.

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Building A Deer Proof Garden Fence

The garden fence has been in desperate need of repair for awhile.  This was the year we finally got around to fixing it.

It was essentially poultry wire around 4 inch wood posts.  The wire was only 4 feet tall, and then we had brightly colored baling twine ran around the top for extra height to deter deer.  (You can see some pictures of the old fence here.)

It worked when it was new.  The deer would walk around it as they migrated through.  But eventually (since we live where the deer live), they just hopped over it like it was nothing and helped themselves to whatever they wanted.  Then they just got lazy…They stopped really jumping over it.  Eventually they drug it down between the posts to the point they were literally just walking over it.

Yeah.

So this year we got to fix it just how we want it.  It is raccoon, rabbit, chicken, and deer deterrent.  We haven’t seen any moose or elk since it’s been put up, but I’m hoping it’s moose & elk resistant as well.

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How To Dehydrate Onions For Long Term Storage

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We have three main ways we store our onions.  Those that will get used fresh throughout the year will get braided and hung in the root cellar.  Those that I want for canning but are ready before other fresh ingredients will often get prepared for canning and then frozen while they wait.

Others that will be used in soups and other cooking will get dehydrated.  This takes up far less space than hanging them in the root cellar.

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Easy Old-Fashioned Apricot Jam (No Added Pectin)

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I was blessed heavily with apricots this year, and couldn’t be happier about it. While most went to the dehydrator for trail mixes, granolas, and other snacks, I absolutely had to make jam with some too!

I find that while making jams traditionally without pectin takes more time and skill, in the end it’s a lot cheaper and I can make the batches any size I want.  With this recipe, as long as I have at least 1 quart of apricots, I can start making jam.

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Starting A Farm Without Debt: Begin With Animals

This is the third part of a series on starting a farm without debt.  To read the first article, go here.  For the second, go here.  

 

Starting a farm used to be an American dream held by so many.  In recent times, however, it’s a fading dream.  The one thing that remains constant is the passion of those who dearly long to one day own their own land, crops, and animals.

Unfortunately, one of the changing factors is the price it takes to start a farm. The homestead days of being able to acquire and settle your own for little or no cost are gone.  These days everything comes with a hefty price, and countless regulations which often also come with large (and possibly numerous) price tags.

Those who want to start a family farm are frightened with the price of it all. There’s no “cheap” way to do it, I’m not going to lie to you.  But there are a few strategies to use heading in for those who don’t want to have debt the rest of their lives, and then hand that debt over to their children.

One such strategy?  Start with your animals–don’t get the land or the equipment right away.  All three together cost an arm and a leg, and your pocketbook may never recover.  Starting with just one and making it work for you while you save up for the next one may make things go slower, but in the end you’ll have gotten there debt free.

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