Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

Nancy Broadley-Rooted In Nature

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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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Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Community, Our Homestead
Only a few regions of the world are fortunate enough to have a beautiful display of fall foliage when the leaves of the trees change in the fall - Oklahoma is one of them. Some areas of the our state are known for especially beautiful areas. I live in "Green Country" and this is certainly one of them. This is one area of the United States with just the right combination of tree varieties, temperature, and moisture. Temperature and Daylight Make the Difference The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. Did you know that means "putting together with light"? A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. The reason leaves of some deciduous trees change color is because variations in temperature and…
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Happy Herbalist Day! 2017

Happy Herbalist Day! 2017

Our Team
[caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="960"] to all my herbie friends![/caption] "None of us can walk the herbal road alone." That is a quote from an email I got from school today. It couldn't be more true. And for all of those that have walked this road with me, you have my gratitude! Shalom![caption id="attachment_233" align="alignleft" width="100"] never underestimate the value of what you do![/caption]
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Where are you? We are here!

Where are you? We are here!

Our Team
[caption id="attachment_299" align="alignleft" width="300"] this is where we are![/caption] Homeschool "Mom's Night Out" looks like it was a big success! My daughter Hannah, her sister-in-law, Rebecca went with all the other moms in the group to a local artists' shop. (She teaches the art class Rebecca's daughter attends. ;) ) This shows you, our readers sort of where we are. Where in the world are YOU?
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Light Your Own Fire

Our Homestead, Personal Development
During last year's site redesign, I found this article written by someone that silently mentored me during the beginning website design years I spend online before 2000's bust. He is inspirational and his ideas are timeless and don't require a particular topic to be applicable. Goals, ideas, dreams, whether they are about securing the safe future of our food or getting your new baby asparagus through their first year without someone eating them all can be lost track of in the hubbub of everyday life. I am reprinting this for the blog because it inspired me all over again when I found it. Enjoy! No matter what goal we're trying to achieve, we all get a little discouraged with our progress from time to time. Hey, no problem! That only…
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Life is a Stage and We Are Stuntmen

Community, Our Homestead, Sustainable Living
... from the Natural Handyman Every now and then I wonder, "Will I be found out?" Ever have the sense that you are in the wrong place, or that you really aren't who everyone thinks you are? Perhaps you are a businessman, a nurse or postal worker. You get up every morning and do the best job you can. But in your mind's eye there is a nagging doubt that your success is not your own but an accident, and someone will see you for what you are... a fake! How is it possible that we could feel like stunt men in our own lives, stand-ins for our real selves who are much less confident and brave than the face we show to the world each day? I think it's…
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The Difference Between Gardening and Farming

The Difference Between Gardening and Farming

Growing Food, Our Homestead
My father once said... I am a gardener, NOT a farmer. There is a difference. As if to provoke the obvious question, "What is the difference?" I never asked. But had anyone asked if my father was a farmer, I would have said "no". I just mindlessly agreed with him at the time. If I thought about it at all, my mind would have ran along the lines of "Farmers have thousands of acres to plant." or "Farmers have tractors, we don't." These, the ideas of a 10 year old. My father grew tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, corn, squash, radishes, lettuces, and often, but not always carrots and beets. That is it. First rule of gardening, "Only grow what you will eat." hmmm, that is NOT the first rule of farming.…
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Winter Storm

Our Homestead
Wow. It has been a very long time since I have seen this much snow where I live. Oklahoma is considered a "West South Central" state in the United States.. and I always thought I was in the midwest, LOL. The garden is completely covered, the chickens are completely freaked out, the quail are still their cute little selves, curious yet content. The kale that has kept us with fresh green nutrition for the last few months is gone. I have to say, Kale does indeed become more flavorful when you add frost. I have come to truly enjoy its taste this year. I will be curious to see how it weathers the deep cold snow. It slays me how anything with green leaves can survive when winter temperatures hover…
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Still January

Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Our Homestead
Today I went outside to find the slightest whiff of spring in the air... or was it just wishful thinking? After checking with the online weather report, I realize it is probably wishful thinking and that peas will not be in the ground quite as early as I had at first hoped. It is going to RAIN. <sigh> The heirloom seeds have been ordered. The seed trays have been dusted off in the greenhouse, found their tables and are ready to plant. I wash them with castile soap, but you can also use a 3% bleach solution. ALWAYS start with things as clean as you can get them... especially if your supplies have sat around in a moist greenhouse all winter. I've heard that when the whippoorwill sings, it is time…
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