Homestead Barn Hop #65

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Welcome to the 65th edition of the Homestead Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, along with two other fantastic homesteading gals:

Amy from Homestead Revival and Kendra from New Life on a Homestead.

We encourage you to stop by every Monday and share your latest homesteading posts with us. From cooking to animals to gardening, we want to hear what’s been happening at your homestead this week!With the crazy popularity of backyard chickens these days, it seems that once you get your first flock of hens, the next logical question is: “Do I need a rooster or not?” We currently have 2 roosters (not on purpose– they were given to us…), but I wish we only had one. And I also wish I had seen this post back at the beginning of my chicken adventures! Rural Living Today does a spectacular job of outlining the pros and cons of keeping a rooster with your girls. You won’t want to miss adding this post to your homestead knowledge collection! Thanks for sharing this gem with us. :)

Want your post to be showcased as our featured post in the weeks to come? Amy, Kendra, and I will pick a different post to feature each week from the previous week’s entries. Just make sure that you link back to one of our blogs- otherwise we can’t pick you!

Now, on to the business of this week’s Hop!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Remember to provide a link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share. Feel free to grab the banner at the top of this post, if you would like, and use it to link back to us!

2. Please link to a specific post, not your blog’s main page.

3. If you don’t have a blog, share your latest homestead updates in a comment on this post!

4. We, the hosts of the Barn Hop, reserve the right to remove any link that we deem inappropriate or offensive. We will err on the side of caution.

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Have fun, get to know some new homesteading friends, and be sure to join us every Monday!

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  1. Thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing two of my most recent posts in the Real Food Economics 101 Series: The Real Food Lifestyle Costs Less and Strategies to Reduce Food Costs. Also, I’ve link my post posing the question Are Whole Grain Flours Traditional?.

  2. I am sharing my recipe for some whole wheat buns today. You know how it is with buns: the softer, the better ;) And these sure are the softest whole wheat buns I’ve ever tasted!

    Thanks so much for hosting! :)

  3. Thanks for hosting! I shared two methods for freezing greens and also food science information on soaking grains.

  4. I also shared a recipe for a salmon wrap on my calcium site.

  5. Hi! This week I’ve posted on how to save thousands on electricity by using energy efficient LED bulbs, a list of 100 things you can (and should) compost, and two ways to culture and ferment young coconuts.

    Hope you have a great week!

  6. Thanks for hosting, Jill. This week I linked up a post on how to infuse herbs in oil, water, vinegar, alcohol and honey. This is a great way to utilize your garden herbs.