How to Grow Elderberries and make Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are one of the most sustainable crops, and is being farmed by many farmers who are interested in nutritious, home-grown and organic farming. It is packed with Vitamins A, B, and C, iron, potassium, and powerful antioxidants. The plants are a hardy perennial, and are naturally disease resistant. Surprisingly, only 10 percent of the […]

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20 Fall Diffuser Blends

Summer is screeching to a stop here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The leaves are beginning to evolve into the the most beautiful colors and I find myself reaching for my sweater each morning as I head outside to do the farm chores.  For a homesteader, Fall brings a period of urgency to prepare for […]

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The Different Types of Coconut Oil

It’s no secret that coconut oil has been used for centuries in many different ways. There are so many different types of coconut oil, but most of them are 100 percent natural oil, and full of antioxidants and saturated fats—the good ones—that contain medium chain fatty acids (MDFAs) that provide so many good things: MDFAs […]

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Why Raise Heritage Livestock Breeds?

Gather Heritage Farm, our new 10-acre farm we recently purchased, has chosen to concentrate on growing tomorrow from the heritage of yesterday. We are concentrating on choosing heritage breeds (rare livestock breeds) for our homestead menagerie, and on filling our gardens with heritage and heirloom plants. We understand the importance of heritage—because we are the benefactors of […]

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Essential Oils for Your Garden

It’s so exciting to me to know that I can combine two of my passions—gardening and essential oils—to assure that I am going to reap a harvest of vibrant, healthy, pest-free fruits and vegetables. There are many wonderful essential oils for your garden and this post is going to show you a few of them! […]

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Homemade Comfrey Salve

One of my favorite things about my new homestead is our very own comfrey patch. Of course, you don’t need to grow your own comfrey to make a nourishing salve with it. There are several places online that you can purchase dried, organic comfrey leaves to make this simple and homemade comfrey salve.  Comfrey has been […]

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