Backyard Birds — A Guide to Feeding & Identifying

Exploring Elderberry, Buying Used Farm Equipment, Pruning Shear Roundup, and Much More!

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Countryside & Small Stock Journal January/February 2019 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! A guide to feeding & identifying backyard birds, exploring elderberry, buying used farm equipment, No-Peek Beef Stew, and much more!

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In this Issue:

Backyard Birds

Bird Feeding & Field Guide — Winter bird feeding is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy at a time of year when outdoor chores are at a minimum. It’s a great way to help nature and stay connected to the wild world around us.  By Pam Freeman

“No-Peek” Beef Stew for Winter Warm-up — Is there anything better to chase away the bone-chilling cold of winter than old-fashioned beef stew? Well, yes. How about “no-peek” old-fashioned beef stew? Beat the winter blahs with a bowl of hearty, soul-satisfying beef stew with root vegetables.  By Rita Heikenfeld

Q&A for Starting a Bee Colony — Backyard beekeeping is gaining popularity as more people want to help bees and other pollinators survive. But starting a bee colony is not as easy as just putting a hive on your property, there are things that need to be considered before you start your beekeeping journey. By Angi Schneider

Elderberry Uses

Exploring Elderberry Uses — Elderberries are so easy to grow that you may find volunteers sprouting. Elderberries will tolerate many growing conditions. And if you’re looking for flowers that attract bees, elderberry is a bee magnet. Jelly is at the top of the list when it comes to using elderberries. This recipe makes about five eight-ounce jars. By Rita Heikenfeld

Upcycling Ideas for Your Garden — A casual stroll through your local home and garden center will lead you to believe that gardening is an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be wallet-consuming. We’ve found that we can use quite a few reclaimed and cast-off items in our garden. By Angi Schneider

How to Plan a Profitable Market Garden — Whether you’re using paper and pencil or an online market garden planner, why not start dreaming? It could be the start of a long-term, sustainable business venture for you! By Doug Ottinger


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More Great Stories in this issue:

Buying Used Farm Equipment

Pros and Cons of Buying Older Farm Equipment — Buying older farm equipment can be an economical way to get started in the world of farming. Farmers and homesteaders have long been a thrifty bunch, either out of necessity or just on principle. Sometimes they decide to part ways with their farm tools and equipment, which offers others the opportunity to score a deal. The catch is; is it a deal? By Jeremy Chartier

How to Start a Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Project — When learning to weave, the rigid heddle loom is a good choice. It’s easy to work and you will quickly master the basics of weaving. Plus, setting it up isn’t as complicated as it first looks. By Janet Garman

Pruning Shear Options — When your grapevines return from their dormant state in the spring, you’ll want to get your hands on the best pruning shears you can find. There are several reliable brands on the market. While the purpose of the pruners is the same, know that each has different qualities that will speak to you more than others. By Cherie Dawn Haas

Heritage Prairie Farm — Heritage Prairie Farm brings the local community together with a thriving agritourism business model showcasing everything from being a sought-after wedding venue to hosting farm-to-table dinners that support local charity events.  By Traci Laurie

Feeding a Pig

Feeding a Pig for Market — The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown pork to fill your freezer. Raising and feeding a pig for market is a rewarding experience. Market pigs can be a great addition to both farms and homesteads. By Mel Dickinson

Burdock and Livestock Don’t Mix! — Burdock plants can be a frustrating problem. Burrs occasionally get baled up in hay or straw. When the burrs get broken up and float around in the air (if the animal shakes it up, or it blows in the wind), tiny slivers can end up in the eyes. By Heather Smith Thomas

Why Geese are Great for the Homestead — More and more homesteads across the United States are incorporating geese into their backyard flocks. It’s no wonder keeping geese on the farm is a strategy that has been employed for hundreds of years — they offer utility and companionship. By Angela Ferraro-Fanning


Also In This Issue:

I am Countryside Jan/Feb 2019 Photo Essay — An Unintended Hobby Farm

From Countryside Editor Pam Freeman — Feeding the Birds

Countryside Conversation & Feedback — January/February 2019

Just for Fun 103/1 and Bird Coloring Page

Countryside Bookstore

Almanack 103/1


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