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Hay bale gardening is probably the most fun you’ll have growing your own food and herbs, requiring almost no work or maintenance.

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In Search of the Shakebag Fowl

Malays Fowls by Jean Bungartz for ‘Geflügel-Album’, 1885

In studying chickens one cannot merely search for the modern name of the chicken to know what early sorts were like as names sometimes came about after a group of fowl were improved upon enough to merit some distinction.  907 more words

Historic Food

More on the Dominique©

Illustrations:  Period illustrations of the Dominique rooster and the markings in a single feather.

While the Dominique chicken is universally recognized as perhaps the oldest breed in America there are few written references using the name “Dominique” that can be found in the usual pre-19th century sources.  865 more words

American Dominiques as I Know Them©

Dominiques were brought to America early on and though they once faced extinction have recovered.  They will be my next acquisition for the poultry yard we call home.   499 more words

Historic Food

Sweet Corn Our Ancestors Would Recognize©


I’m interested in vegetables, small farm animals, and poultry which have stood the test of time and there are a great many varieties my grandparents knew that are still around. 1,017 more words

19th Century Food

2016 Gardening Plans

I am using last year’s full scale garden as a baseline from which to increase my success rate by choosing seed varieties better suited to my climate and disease resistant in order to lessen the damage from plant diseases that exist in such an environment. 1,323 more words

Homesteading

(almost) Free Food!

So, my husband and I are kind of into self sufficiency and homesteading.  People have often asked me how we manage to eat so well on such a small budget.  331 more words

Homesteading