Merry Christmas from Nancy Broadley

Merry Christmas from Nancy Broadley

Homestead Stories
Merry Christmas :) Twas Christmas Day, All was quiet on the farm, Not a creature was stirring, Not even the Little Chicken Mafia in the Barn. As my boots squished through the poop, And with hay in my hair, I delivered the chickens, Their Christmas fare. The Nasties were quiet, as quiet as Duckies could be, With a bowl full of Christmas grain, I didn't even hear a peep. Hubby was loading The wood in the stove, While outside the wind blew, It was snowy and cold. From off in the distance, To my eyes should appear, A late Santa call, With many tiny reindeer, From out of the snow, I heard a HO, HO, HO, And laughter filled the air... Merry Christmas to All May you be blessed with…
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The Eggbound Chicken of the Chicken Mafia

Homestead Stories
Good morning 🙂 And, Chicken butt. Now, I can seriously and honestly tell you I know more about chickens than I really care to. But, it hadn’t always been this way. I was raised on a farm and yes, we had chickens but the most contact I ever had with them was collecting their eggs and scattering their feed. So when I got chickens on my own little patch of dirt years later, I was starting out with zero knowledge of chicken care taking. I knew to water and feed them but that was about the gist of it. And as I turned to Facebook chicken groups to get information I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of crazy chicken people I had taken on as friends. I mean seriously,…
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Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Vitamins and Minerals: Are You Getting What You Need?

Health
Vitamins And Minerals - Make Certain You Get What You Need Vitamins and minerals are essential to support normal physiologic function. There are three characteristics of vitamins: they’re essential for physiologic function, are natural components of food, and when absent from our diet can cause a deficiency. They are either water-soluble or fat soluble, and they serve a variety of roles in our bodies. Their most important role is as coenzymes. Minerals are also essential and include a wide set of micronutrients. Micro minerals are required in just 15mg a day, while macro minerals should be in 100mg a day. In years gone by, medical professionals realized that many diseases were related directly to food intake. The diseases were found even when patients were consuming an adequate level of protein…
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Crying over spilled milk-er-soup

Crying over spilled milk-er-soup

Homestead Stories
And, I woke up this morning with grand plans…and rolling out of bed I hit the floor running. Grabbing my coffee, I held it in one hand while busily putting away dishes with the other as I wanted a clean counter top to make Whoopie Pies which I planned to bring to my brother later in the morning. The dogs were circling my legs as they always do when they sense it’s going to be a baking morning…hoping for any little tidbit to fall from the table so they could scoop it up hungrily like a bunch of little beggers. The conversation sounded like a parody of chaos… ’Lucy! Get out from under my feet! Tara-belle don’t you dare jump up on that counter! Sadie! For the love of God!…
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The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

The Connection Between Exercise And Brain Power

Health
You shouldn’t begin engaging in regular physical activity only after you’ve already noticed a potential health threat. If you start exercising now, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, amount other health problems. Other benefits of exercise include weight loss and lower blood pressure. However, regular physical activity won’t only keep your body healthy, but your brain as well. After all, your brain is no different than the muscles in your body. If you don’t stimulate and preserve it, you’ll be faced with certain problems. Although you’ll experience mental health benefits from almost any type of workout, aerobic exercise is especially known for improving your brain health. Here are some of the main health benefits of exercise for mental health. Exercise Improves Brain Growth As you…
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Rooted in Nature-Stories from Nancy Broadley

Rooted in Nature-Stories from Nancy Broadley

Homestead Stories
Good morning :) The human body fascinates me. It is strong, resilient and this working machine, if working properly, carries us day in and day out. Yet, one wrong move, one simple twist and the body will let you know who's in charge... As a homesteader my work starts at dawn and all through the day I am twisting, bending, reaching, lifting and putting my body through its paces... often pushing it further than it wants to go... so you would think something as easy as picking up a lawn chair and moving it would not be a big deal right? Wrong! It was a simple task. Pick up the lawn chair, fold it and bring it into the hallway so it doesn't get wet with the storm predicted to…
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Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

Reading List
Please give a big homestead welcome to our newest contributor to FarmHomestead, Nancy Broadley, author of "Rooted in Nature, Stories of Hope, Healing and Feminine Wisdom! I met Nancy online in my herbal studies Facebook group. I kept thinking, "that sounds like OUR house". She made me laugh, she made me cry, she made me feel like, "hey! I'm not the only one going through this!". I asked her if I could share them with all my homesteading friends and now she's part of the FH team! You can read her first posted story about Peckerhead and the Chicken Mafia here. Nancy is an Author, Homesteader and Herbalist. A mother of two grown children and grand-mother to two beautiful girls. She is also Fur-mom to three girls, prison guard of…
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4 Ways to Make Better Compost

4 Ways to Make Better Compost

Soil & Compost
Whether you are a hobbyist or someone serious about gardening, the ability to make your own compost will be very helpful. This article will assume that you have the basics of composting down and give you a few tips on how to make better compost. Composting is one of the best ways to recycle food waste and scraps into a soil amendment your plants will thrive on. In fact, most gardeners are always looking for good compost to help their plants flourish. Making your own compost is the most sustainable, self-reliant option, but there are people who make good money selling compost to commercial farms and gardening enthusiasts. Look at these four ways to make better compost... The Location or Your Compost Bin Matters The composting process takes time and…
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