Homesteading

How to Name Your Homestead

How to Name Your Homestead

I lovingly refer to our farm as Clucky Dickens Farm. But where did that name come from? The name came from standing water in a flooded farmyard and a mix up of letters when someone suggested our chickens needed to turn into ducks and swim around the […]

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Let me tell you the story about the time we had a r-e-a-l-l-y slow hatch. It might calm your nerves about your eggs that don’t hatch on the exact day they’re “supposed to”. Towards the end of one particular April, we set up two incubators. […]

7 Truths To Know About Homesteading Before You Start

7 Truths To Know About Homesteading Before You Start

So. You want to be a homesteader. You want the gardens and the chickens and the whole nine yards. I completely understand! There are a gazillion reasons that people want to get into homesteading. But hold up one second while I share with you seven […]

For the love (and butchering) of animals

For the love (and butchering) of animals

Around butchering time, I usually find myself in this conversation: Someone: You seem to really love and care for your animals. Me: I do. Someone: And you can still…butcher them? Me: I can. Someone: How? I’m not sure what it is about human nature, but […]

Why It’s Okay to Ask “Dumb Questions” About Homesteading

Why It’s Okay to Ask “Dumb Questions” About Homesteading

“This might be a dumb question, but…” Many farmish adults of today didn’t grow up in farmish families. They did not come from parents who lived as homesteaders. Or back to the landers. Or preppers. They were not raised in a household where everyone knew […]

How to Butcher a Pig at Home

How to Butcher a Pig at Home

At Clucky Dickens Farm, we take care of all our own butchering and processing. People are always interested to hear how we go about the whole process of butchering our pigs at home. First disclaimer: This blog post is full of pictures that include blood, […]

How to Butcher a Pig: Cuts of Meat

How to Butcher a Pig: Cuts of Meat

Welcome! If you’re looking for information on the first part of the pig butchering process (dispatching, skinning, gutting, halving, and hanging) you can find that by reading my post How to Butcher a Pig. Processing a hog at home certainly takes time, but it’s not […]

10 Tips for Home Butchering

10 Tips for Home Butchering

  As a homesteader, there is nothing more satisfying than raising your own food. Are you ready to take the step from raising your own meat to actually butchering and processing your own meat as well? Let me share some things I’ve learned that will […]

Moving a Barn in 1949

Moving a Barn in 1949

Moving a barn is a very big job — especially if it happens to be the year 1949. The big red barn here at Clucky Dickens Farm was built in 1918—we knew that much when we moved here in 2011. But we’d heard a rumor […]

Best of the Best: Top Ten Farmish Posts

Best of the Best: Top Ten Farmish Posts

Hey farmish friends! I’ve got lots of things planned for A Farmish Kind of Life in the coming year (including two books! And a podcast! And more YouTube! Yay!!) But before we move on into the year that will be, let’s take a look at […]