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10+ Homemade Valentines To Make For Your Farmer This Year

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I don’t know about you, but I love making little tokens of appreciation for my Farmer–especially for Valentines Day.  And wouldn’t you know it, my homemade Valentines generally always have a farm theme–because farming isn’t just a day-job, it’s life.

So many of my Valentines to him over the years have had a farmer theme–although finding farmer Valentine inspiration is a bit hard to do.

Here are some Valentines I’ve made for the Farmer.  Feel free to copy my ideas for your own farmer.

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10 Reasons To Get The Back To Basics Bundle This Year

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The Back To Basics Bundle is here again.  Once a year, top self-sufficiency authors pool their resources together and offer their books, classes, videos, and subscriptions all in one big bundle for one tiny price.

It’s only available once a year, and that time is here.

If you’ve been seeing all the buzz around the internet and you’re wondering if this library of resources is right for you, then I’m giving you 10 reasons why it is.

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Molly Green: A Huge Resource You Need To Know About

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If you’ve ever wanted a friend with a vast array of knowledge in the areas of homesteading, homeschooling, home-keeping, and home-industry, then look no further than Molly Green, “where HOME is a way of life.”

When you access the Molly Green website (mollygreen.com), you’ll be able to access their main blog as well as read reviews on certain materials in the homemaking, homeschooling, home-industry, and home-keeping niches.  Is there something you’ve been wondering about?  Check it out–it might be there.

Blog entries are informative as well as thought provoking and are coordinated around the seasons in addition to staying well-rounded.  Each category is hit fairly evenly, so if you aren’t well-tuned to one area, the others are sure to come around quickly and consistently.

With such helpful blog and review information readily available for free, the next question to ask would be, Why become a member?

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Resolve To Grow An Abundant Garden This Year

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If you’ve never had a garden, or you have but don’t feel successful when you have, then you may be yearning to not only grow a garden, but grow a successful and abundant garden this year—and I think that’s exciting!

So what has stopped you in the past?  Time?  Knowledge?  A plan?

Relax future gardener, there’s help.  There are seven simple steps to take to help you grow your best garden yet this year.  And—they aren’t that hard—I promise.

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Resolve To Take Control Of Your Family’s Food Supply

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It’s easy with our modern conveniences to forget that there are very real dangers and threats to our food system. At present time, most of us can travel but a short distance, purchase food, and bring it home to serve our families without worrying about what’s in it.

We forget that in the blink of an eye, this modern convenience could be gone. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, nearly 90% of New Orleans was left underwater—as much as 20 feet under in some areas. Those who were left to ride out the storm had their food taken from them almost overnight.

In more recent news, the town of Flint, Michigan received the devastating news in April of 2014 that the entire town’s water supply was found to be full of lead and other toxins. Inhabitants had been drinking this water for years, and a solution is still in the process.

In less publicized stories, food sources all over the place are experiencing recalls due to contamination or some current study suggesting the foods we’ve all been eating haven’t been as safe as we thought they were. The biggest problem? Damage has already been done.

What about you? Is your food supply secure? Your water supply? Do you have a back-up plan? How do you know you’re providing your family with the safest foods and water possible?

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How I’m Preparing For A New Baby On The Homestead

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Baby’s coming soon, and preparations are coming to a close.  This one was a surprise.  We had finally entered the stage in our life where babies had stopped coming, and we thought we were done.  You can imagine our surprise (and joy) when we found out another little farmer (or farm-her) was on the way.

When we had our first child, I was still working and my preparation consisted of filling the pantry for my 3 month maternity leave and having everything we would need for the baby for at least the first 4 months.  I didn’t really need to do much else.

After my first couple children, I eventually stayed home and helped my husband with the homestead full-time.  Beginning with my third pregnancy, I realized preparing for a new baby on the homestead took on a whole new meaning.

So what do I do to prepare for the birth of our next child now that we are all living a mostly self-sufficient life?

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Make And Can Cranberry Juice At Home

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It’s nearing the end of cranberry season here, and I’ve collected all the cranberries I can to make a last batch of cranberry juice.  Cranberry juice should be a staple in every homesteader’s pharmacy stash—and let’s face it, this stuff is just really good.

When made at home, you control what goes into your juice, as well as what doesn’t.  The best part about canning it is that you don’t have to put any sweetener in it at all if you don’t want to.  Then when you’re ready to open it up, you can add it at that point if you want.

I add mine in before bottling, so that the Farmer doesn’t have to do any guessing if he opens one up later when I’m not around.

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Perennials Vs. Annuals: Picking The Right Combination For Your Personality & Needs

When planning your garden, you’ll be faced with almost innumerable options.

  • Where will you put it?
  • What will you plant in it?
  • How much will you plant?
  • Will you color coordinate vegetables?
  • Should you inter-plant flowers with your crops?
  • How many of your plants will you let go to seed?
  • How much money will you spend on seeds?
  • What kind of fencing and protection do you need?
  • Will you plant perennials or annuals?

If you’ve never planted a garden before you may just plant whatever seeds you find wherever you’ve already got free space.  It may work, and it may not.

But if you’re in a phase where you want to start planning strategically to either become more self-sufficient, or just want healthier foods readily available for your family, then you’ll need to be more deliberate with your decisions.

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13 Ways To Save Money In Your Vegetable Garden

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There’s no doubt about it, growing a garden can mean a lot of money saved in food expenses.  It can, however, also be a very expensive activity if you let it.  It starts off so innocently, and before you know it, you’ve invested a lot of money into that beautiful patch of produce.

Fortunately, there are some tips you can use to keep your expenses down–even at a minimum when your budget is tight.  It takes a bit of planning and dedication, but with persistence and determination, you can keep your out of pocket expenses down with these tricks.

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Berkey Light Water Filtration System And Earth Filters Review

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We recently had the very exciting privilege to review the Berkey Light water filtration system with the new Earth filters.  I can’t tell you just how much our family loves the Berkey filters, so as you can imagine, this was a huge treat for us.

If you’ve been looking at the Berkey filtration systems (and what homesteader doesn’t drool over them?) then this will hopefully give you the insight you need to move toward a decision.

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