All posts by Michelle Stanton

8 Of The Best Chicken Breeds For Your Homestead

People are more aware of how they can become more sustainable consumers. One of the easiest ways you as a consumer can boost your sustainability is to raise chickens on your homestead. Most often, ‘heritage’ breeds perform the best on homesteads. This class of chickens were developed before the 1950’s and were bred to thrive […]

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Starting Your Free Range Chicken Farm

Recently, consumers have shifted their focus on to healthier, more sustainable food choices. The spotlight on ethical animal production has increased the demand for free-range, organically-sourced products. Because of the capital and energy that needs to be invested into free-range, organic farming, the products sell for top-dollar. According to a paper published in the South […]

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What are Some of the Most Popular Sheep Breeds?

In this post we are going to take a look at some of the sheep breeds that you can rear. Generally, sheep are classified on the basis of meat and wool production, with many breeds being suitable for both. With that in mind let’s get into it, here are the Top 10 Sheep Breeds that you […]

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Best Meat Chickens

In this post we are going to take a look at 10 chicken breeds that you can rear for meat on your farm, small holding or even in your garden.Cornish CrossThe Cornish Cross was developed by crossing Cornish and Plymouth White chickens. When you buy your chicken meat from retailers, it is likely to have […]

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Tunicate and Non-Tunicate Bulbs

Tunicate BulbsTulips are an example of tunicate bulbs. These bulbs have outer scales that are dry and membranous. The covering that surrounds the bulb is known as the tunic. It provides protection from drying and mechanical injury. The fleshy scales are in continuous layers that produce a solid bulb structure.Tulip bulbs in the garden.Within the […]

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The Best Nut Trees You Can Grow

In this post, we are going to take a look at ten nut species that you can grow. Whether it be for commercial purposes on a large scale, or if you are thinking of planting a few trees in your garden, here is our list of the top ten nuts that you can consider planting.PecansThese […]

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Growing Moringa oleifera from seed

Moringa is easily propagated by seed.Selecting your seedA wide variety of different hybrid and non-hybrid seed are commercially available, this would include pkm1 and pkm2.  Try to purchase seed from a reputable seed supplier, and make sure the seed has a high germination rate. A good germination rate would be between 85 and 95%. It […]

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How do you Propagate Bulbs?

In this post, we are going to discuss some methods of bulb propagation. The methods we are going to highlight include propagation via: offsets, bulblets, scaling, basal cuttage, cuttings and micropropagation.OffsetsThese are a type of side shoot that grow from the base of the bulb. Offsets are removed from the mother bulb when they are […]

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Moringa: Facts and Opportunities for African Communities

Many people refer to Moringa oleifera as the miracle tree. This notion is often mis-interpreted in financial terms. Although the tree does have significant economic potential, it is more revered in terms of its nutritional value and potential uses.Moringa usesThe uses of Moringa are numerous, and as a result a great deal of research and […]

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COVID-19 and Food Security

The outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan and the subsequent spread to over 180 countries has had a devastating impact on the lives of billions of people. New phrases like “social distancing” have become commonplace and people are embarking on a new way of life. Everything we have taken for granted seems a distant memory and a […]

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