Homesteading

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 […]

Make Your Own Bacon: Pig to Plate in 5 Steps

Make Your Own Bacon: Pig to Plate in 5 Steps

If you’re like me, you know that bacon is the stuff that dreams are made of. I really believe that through the power of bacon, we can make the world a better place. With that in mind, I’m gonna show you how to make bacon […]

Keep Warm Without Turning up The Heat

Keep Warm Without Turning up The Heat

As a Minnesota farm(ish) girl, I’m well versed in the art of keeping warm. When fall rolls around, it’s time to button up and start the unavoidable descent into colder weather. I mean, we all know winter is coming… Cold temperatures can lead to extra […]

3 Frugal Living Tips That Have Nothing To Do With Money

3 Frugal Living Tips That Have Nothing To Do With Money

  When stepping on to the pathway of frugality, there are a lot of tips tossed around that deal specifically with saving money and being more thrifty. But I think there are a few big things we often forget about regarding the topic of frugal […]

Why Homestead Veterans Need Homestead Newbies

Why Homestead Veterans Need Homestead Newbies

Homesteading veterans are pretty awesome, right? They know stuff. They’ve got experience. They’ve been around the block more than a few times and they’ve done things. They don’t necessarily need to read all the books and blog posts because they have a lot of first […]

Good Year, Bad Year: Balance on the Farm

Good Year, Bad Year: Balance on the Farm

Our gardens are the best they’ve ever been this year. No kidding. Virtually weed free and so productive. This year is the first year that my hustle isn’t to keep up with weeding, but instead to get the amazing bounty into the house and processed […]