maple tree buds in the sun while the maple sap flows

Climate Criteria for Collecting Maple Sap

Maybe you’ve heard this before: in order for the sap to flow in a maple tree and harvest it for making syrup, temperatures need to be above freezing during the day and below freezing at night.  Well, we’ve been tapping maples to make syrup for several years, and I must say: assuming sap is flowing simply because it is 33°F (1°C) or above is incorrect.  There are other factors at play.
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Last minute gifts for self-sufficient folks

There is still time to throw together a thoughtful and unique gift for the folks on your list who want to get back to basics and be more self-sufficient.  We threw together 3 lists of items you could easily assemble into a gift basket that will be talked about for the whole year.  We have actually used all of these items for years to make our own maple syrup and raise chickens.  These are legit. Continue reading “Last minute gifts for self-sufficient folks”

Download all 3 of our books for FREE (limited time!)

For those of you following us, you know that we have published 3 books in 2018, with the goal of making it easier for others to live independently and more fully explore the food they eat.  For Thanksgiving and Black Friday this year, the eBook versions are all available for FREE on Amazon. Click the books below to grab yours. Continue reading “Download all 3 of our books for FREE (limited time!)”

Want to raise your own chickens for meat? Here’s a FREE chapter on determining how many chicks to order from our new book “Dinner From Scratch: How To Raise Meat Chickens”

If you’ve ever wondered how satisfying it might be to raise your own meat, we’ve got a new book for you to check out.  It’s called “Dinner From Scratch: How to Raise Meat Chickens“.  And it has everything you need to know, from detailed materials lists, to step by step guidance for every phase, to checklists you can use daily to ensure everything is moving along smoothly.  Plus some personal reflection thrown in to keep us grounded. Continue reading “Want to raise your own chickens for meat? Here’s a FREE chapter on determining how many chicks to order from our new book “Dinner From Scratch: How To Raise Meat Chickens””

FREE Download: Egg Cost Calculator and Hen Productivity Tracker

Have you ever wondered how much you’re spending on the eggs your hens lay?  Are you saving money by not buying from the store?  Here’s an easy to use, FREE calculator to figure out exactly how much you pay for a dozen of your own backyard eggs.    Continue reading “FREE Download: Egg Cost Calculator and Hen Productivity Tracker”

cornish cross breed chicken wings grilling

How many chickens will be eaten during the Super Bowl? [updated for 2018]

More chicken wings will be consumed during this year’s Super Bowl than ever before. And do you know who we have to thank for this? Chicken marketers? Clever food scientists developing addictive dipping sauces? Deep frying? No, sports fans, at the very core we have the Cornish Cross breed of chicken to thank.  Continue reading “How many chickens will be eaten during the Super Bowl? [updated for 2018]”

Plan Your Garden with our FREE Garden Planner Graph Paper Excel Template

I love when artistic gardeners sketch their garden plans, and you can see how these creative folks imagine their yields of summer buzzing with bees and sunshine.  I wish I could plan like that, with such grace and aesthetic sensibility.  But I suck at drawing and make lots of mistakes.  I need a tool for the job of planning a garden. Continue reading “Plan Your Garden with our FREE Garden Planner Graph Paper Excel Template”