THE HOMESTEAD

THE JOUNREY BEGINS WITH DIRTY HANDS

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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson

One benefit of indoor hydroponic systems like the Inbloom smart garden is seed starting. In this video I discuss my process of starting Goji berries. 

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What more to know about Goji berries?

Goji berries also known as Wolf berries, are small berry
native to China that have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They are high in antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, and iron. They have a sweet and slightly tart taste and are often used in smoothies, baked goods, or as a snack on their own. Some people believe that goji berries have health benefits such as improving mood, boosting the immune system, and preventing age-related eye problems, although there is limited
scientific evidence to support these claims.

It only took a week become our new goats started jumping the fence. Initially we added a top electric wire but that was not enough. Therefore, we did some upgrading new turbo wire and an appropriate grounding system.  

Here on Ravenwood Acres we believe in repairing and maintaining our equipment. Our society has moved towards a throw-away society. To fully embrace the homesteading philosophy one needs to learn this skills required to repair and maintain your equipment.  

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After visiting YouTube university I could not find a method of removing T-Posts that worked for me. Armed with a Hi-lift jack and small piece of chain I managed to find a effective way to remove t-post from hard dry soil. Which aligns with our philosophy here at Ravenwood Acres is “use what you got”. 

We have been using the I Power grow bags for four years and they still holding up well. Honestly, they still a must have for gardeners and homesteaders.

We purchased on first parcel of land back in 2004. The land is 1.5 acres and located in Southern Oregon. The purchase was made on eBay and site unseen. Recently, we purchased a off-grid 10 acre parcel in Northern Nevada. I have learned a few things in process and I have tips for you. 

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With spring just around the corner it is time to start growing season prep. From seeds to trees, I cover some of my favorite suppliers. 

My go to nursey is Burnt Ridge. However, this year I also placed a pre-order with Nick Ferguson’s Rare Plant Store

Fall 2021 Homestead update

Part-time homesteading has many challenges watch this video to learn more.

It is time to start converting our yard into garden space and with poor soil we decided to go with raised beds. We are also partnered with Vegega so if you are interested click the link. Our initial impressions of their raised beds in all good. Thick corrugated metal and quality stain-less steel hardware. If you want to save 10% use ranvenwood10 on check-out.  

We are almost ready for goats. Watch to learn about our lesson learned and successes.

After 15 months overseas I have official return to Ravenwood Acres. Nature has done what nature does and reclaim much of the land previously cleared. Therefore, it is time hire some four legged help. We are adding two goats to assist us with maintaining our land and reduce wildfire fuel. Stay-tuned for our goat fencing solutions and more. 

We like to be self-reliant here at Ravenwood Acres and our dog Trooper is not a huge fan of the groomers. Therefore, I decided to put together my own dog bath kit and share it with you. The kit allows to give him a bath outdoor thus, keeping the mess outdoors. 

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Shower Pump kit 

Immersion Heater  

I am a big fan of fermented foods and over the past few months I have been learning how to ferment my of food. The primary kit I have using is the Easy Fermenter. If you are looking for useful book, I recommend Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten & Christopher Shockey. 

In today’s, we discuss forest management practices on your homestead. You may find this helpful if you live on or are in the market for forested acreage. The simple fact is forest management, when done right, can benefit you and nature. For example, wildfires are a real threat to your homestead if you live in an area like the Pacific Northwest. Through sound forest management practices, homesteaders can mitigate fire danger while making it easier to fight wildfire if necessary.

Keep it simple when you can. 

Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast has been talking about automating your homestead for years. http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

Here at Ravenwood Acres, we have been adding devices to help us around the homestead. As a part-time homesteader, this is a must. So in today’s video, I will show you four simple products that can help automate your homestead.

Are you a part-time homesteader or the only handy person in your household? My current career field has me away from home for extended periods of time. My solution to this was to create user manuals/videos about that address some the common issues around our property. 

Time to make some lumber!

One benefit having your own forest is that you can make your own lumber. In this video I take a first look at the Strongway Portable Sawmill. 

Today we complete our one year review of our Starlink system. EZ-UP mount: Connect with us: https://amzn.to/3MiZ1rq

Starlink is here

The last five years of poor rural internet has been a huge challenge. We went from Exede (Viasat), Hughsnet Gen5, Third Party Cellular based internet, and now Starlink. In the video I provide my initial impressions of the service. Additionally, I have a whole series covering our struggles that you might find useful.

                                      Grow Bags

 I have been using grow bags for years and I believe they have many useful applications around the homestead. Out of the brand I have used so far I believe that iPower’s bags are the best budget friendly grow bags.

                  Automatic Chicken Coop Door

  The number one way to protect your chicken is to deny predators access to them. Linked here is Part 1 of 2 part series where I build an automate coop door system. 

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