Chickens Farm Business Homesteading

Camera in the Chicken Coop – Roost View

As the chickens are turning in for the evening, watch the “pecking order” in action and see how each new chicken changes the dynamic. After claiming their places, the hens and their rooster calm down for a good self-grooming (preening) while tucking themselves in for the night.


Farm Business Homestead Tax Talk

Homestead Home Office Deduction Made Easy

If you have a home office that is used exclusively for business but have not taken your deduction because it was too complicated to track and calculate, try using the “safe harbor method”.

Chickens Farm Business Homesteading

Our First Buff Orpington Chick (Awww)

Something seemed off and I suddenly realized I could hear a baby chick peeping! I reached under her and found one tiny little yellow fluff ball with legs.

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Flick Your Tomatoes!

Indoor container gardening tip: Cherry Tomatoes (and peppers) will produce much more fruit if you flick the blossoms to imitate the stimulation a bee would give them outdoors.

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Chickens: Pets with Benefits (part 2)

The local feed store was having a livestock swap on Saturday so I drove down with my son to see what they had. As soon as we pulled up in front of the store, there he was, a Buff Orpington rooster. I couldn’t believe my luck!

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Chickens: Pets with Benefits (part 1)

My husband and I carefully researched the breeds and decided upon Buff Orpingtons. They are known for their calm, kid-friendly temperament.

Homestead Tax Talk

Making Tax Deductible Donations

Be sure to get a receipt for any donation you make that includes the tax identification number of the non-profit. If you receive any merchandise or other compensation, it is not tax deductible.

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Cottage Goods Business

Canned plums from my backyard garden.

You may be surprised to learn that there is a Cottage Goods industry where you can sell your home baked goods and canned jams.

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Container Gardens

Container gardens are a great way to grow produce in a small space. With some careful planning a tender loving care, you can reap nature’s bounty on a small scale. This photo above is an actual harvest we grew on our back deck.

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What is a farming business?

Recently my husband and I purchased some acreage with a modest home on it and nothing else. We were heavily motivated by the thought of earning sweat equity and the fact that a good friend was willing to sell it to us at a great price. I had been dreaming about finding enough property for […]

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