How was your christmas? What special activities/events do you do to make the holiday more special? Any pictures of your homemade gifts? (Jams, breads, knit sweaters for chickens, etc!) What are you doing on your property as we go into winter? Last minute firewood storage? Working crops in a cold frame or high tunnel? Fishing/hunting? Nothing at all? This is kind of a long thread, but it has plenty of useful information about how to care for your flock during periods of very cold weather. Top part is from when we moved in, in the spring of 2013. Lower is from spring this year. It's getting time to start thinking about winter firewood and I thought it might be nice to share some simple techniques for stacking firewood. If stacked well, I've had less-than-seasoned firewood dry out over winter. It'll dry without the heat of summ... Hi! I am planning to embark on my first go at curing and smoking bacon (pork belly). I am asking for tips, advice, recipes from any that has done this. I have pink cure #1 and a Masterbuilt electric smoker with a cold smoking attachment (however I am i... Do you know the difference? Even though it's still the middle of summer, now is the time to start planning and preparing for any possible second run crops or autumn plantings!