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A Long Awaited Update. Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys… What Next?

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I didn’t believe them when they said, “Once you start, you can’t stop.” I’m referring to this whole, ‘just a few chickens’ business. A few chickens quickly turns into a flock. Then a spur of the moment decision means some ducks get thrown into the picture. Just yesterday, we decided some turkeys would add a nice element of variety to our little farmstead. Did I mentioned there’s now also a puppy? PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support …

What To Do When Life Gives You Lemons?

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My life creed during my early twenties went something a little like this….   When life gives you lemons, it’s time to whip out the tequila.   While this may not be the healthiest of attitudes, it has certainly taught me a lesson or two about life. And I’m all for some sage life advice.

My experience raising, slaughtering and eating chicken BUT – Is there really such thing as ethical meat?

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If you had to personally slaughter all the animals you eat for their selective cuts, would you still eat meat?   This is a tough question to ask. I know. I’ve asked it of myself many times over. Having done so, I still don’t have a definitive answer. I eat meat. I like the taste of meat. I feel better when I include meat in my diet. And yes, I still identify as an environmentally conscious citizen of this planet. Will I …

Beginner’s Basics for Raising Egg Laying Chickens

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Chickens… aka little reincarnated dinosaurs. You’ll forgive any atrocious behaviours inherited from their reptilian, barbaric, cannibalising ancestors for their a cute feathery disguise and endearing loyalty to you (when you have feed in hand).   There are a few things worth noting BEFORE you embark on the wonderful journey of raising your own egg laying chickens. I specify egg laying chickens because raising meat chickens is a completely different ball game. And I mean COMPLETELY. I’ll write up more about them in due …

How to Build Your Own Mobile Chicken Coop (even if it’s your first time!)

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Have I ever built a mobile chicken coop before? Hell no. Have I ever built anything before? (Does that Ikea bed frame I bought back in the year of ’09’ count?)   Despite my lack of building experience, I do still consider myself a practical person. I like the feeling of power when you wield a hammer and drill in your hands. It creates a feeling in me like the world is my Ikea catalogue and I could build sh!t. Yeah, that feeling.

What’s Growing in the Garden at the Farmstead…

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FINALLY! The update I’ve been busting to share with you since I arrived at the farmstead. It’s time to share with you what’s been growing and thriving here in our garden at Ginger & Brown Farmstead.  Having a full-fledged vegetable garden has been on my wish list for a very long time. We were very lucky to inherit a garden fully enclosed by netting already as the birds, rabbits, wallabies, you name it, live in abundance here. Let’s not forget the original mess we also …

The Truth About Being A First Time Farmer

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“I’ve got this.”   I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had to repeat this silent chant to myself as I sit in the loneliness of my thoughts. When a blanket of silence has fallen around me, it’s sometimes hard to remember I have a choice to either sit in the peace of the silence, or be disturbed by the relentless mind-chatter.

You Don’t Need to Live Off-Grid To Live Sustainably

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For a long time I held a belief in my heart that I couldn’t live sustainably unless I was living in a remote off-grid cabin in the woods, growing all my own food, eating by candlelight, wearing my own hand woven loin clothes and basically shitting in a bucket. No power. No internet. No coffee. No connection. I repeat. No connection.