10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks. Muscovies are a popular breed of ducks on the homestead. This post offers ways to maximize their potential.

10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Ducks can be found all over the world as domesticated waterfowl, and we’re ready to talk about what these birds are really good at. There are many great reasons for keeping Muscovy Ducks on the homestead, or as small backyard pets—although these reasons do not include maximizing on meat and egg production. If you missed it check out my previous post on the shortcomings of Muscovy ducks where I talk about this more. But let’s now discuss the benefits of having these birds around and how to maximize on their potential.   Pros of Keeping Muscovy Ducks  1. They […]

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You. Why we no longer keep muscovies on the homestead. Pros and cons.

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You

Muscovy ducks are often a top choice for many first-time duck owners as they are a well-known breed. They were among the first ducks that we kept here on our homestead. It is true there are some benefits to having muscovies on the farm (see 10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks), but I wouldn’t keep these ducks again for meat or eggs. In fact, some would argue that they are not ducks at all! Their behaviour, egg incubation time, and feeding patterns are closer to most geese. Some Muscovy owners might not know the true numbers of raising these […]

Recipe: Red Lentil Egg Bake. This recipe is quick, easy, nutritious, and full of flavour. A great family dinner idea.

Recipe: Red Lentil Egg Bake

I love red lentils. They’re so easy to use as they cook quickly and don’t need soaking. They’re also a wonderfully healthy protein source full of fibre, B vitamins, and iron. This Red Lentil Egg Bake has the added benefit of using canned tomatoes and eggs, both nutritious ingredients that I generally have aplenty. I first made this Red Lentil Egg Bake when I was attending a dinner club with a theme of “protein.” When served with rice or naan and a spinach salad it provides a well-rounded meal. I’m not very good at recording recipes, but I was so pleased with this […]

11 Gorgeous Ideas for a Green Wedding. How to have a beautiful, fun, and sustainable celebration. These budget ideas will mean an ethical wedding.

11 Gorgeous Ideas for a Green Wedding

Shortly after we got engaged my husband and I decided we wanted our wedding to reflect our values. It was tempting to let our wedding be an exception to the way we try to live—after all, it’s a one-time event. That, though, is ultimately why we worked hard to have a green wedding. Making sustainable choices for our wedding was challenging at times, especially as we hosted a very low-cost celebration. However, it turned out that the green wedding choices we made often ended up being cheap-wedding choices. And not only was our wedding cheap and green—it was also beautiful. We weren’t perfect, of course, […]

A Simple Guide to Tying up Raspberries. This easy method can improve yields and ease of harvest.

A Simple Guide to Tying Up Raspberries

On our homestead we like to tie up raspberry canes after the snow is gone, but before the buds come out. We have had some debate around here about the value of tying up raspberries. It is a small time investment, but we have decided the benefits are worthwhile. Tying up raspberry canes keeps fruit off the ground, which means less rot or mildew waste. The berries also ripen more regularly. Perhaps the biggest benefit is improvement to the ease of harvesting. Picking raspberries is a labour intensive job. Having your canes spaced and held off the ground is helpful. It also means less scratches […]

How we honour the significance of Easter with ethical Easter chocolate.

Our Ethical Easter Chocolate Tradition

When we were married my husband and I realised we had the opportunity to create our own family traditions. We always honoured Easter as significant to our life and faith, and I certainly want to keep the solemness and joy of in the holiday. However, after our daughter joined our family I began to think more seriously about the importance of ethical Easter chocolate traditions. The chocolate industry has notoriously tried to keep its dark secrets. Still, consumers, need to grapple with the fact that chocolate is often grown by slave labour and/or unsustainable practices. Mainstream companies are often the worst offenders. I recommend […]

My Homestead Kitchen Wish List. The ultimate guide to items for the dream country kitchen.

My Homestead Kitchen Wish List

I have a lovely homestead kitchen. There is plenty of space, the counter top is stone, the sink looks over the busy dining area, and wide glass doors lead to a patio. Still, as with anyone who spends plenty of time in this room, I am always designing my “dream” kitchen in the back of my mind. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase through these links helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! After becoming a (mostly) stay-at-home mom and farm dweller, I have become especially invested in my homestead kitchen. I am using this post to organise the […]

Women in Farming: Why We Need Agriculture and Agriculture Needs Us. An exploration of women and their role in agriculture.

Women in Farming: Why We Need Agriculture and Agriculture Needs Us

How many women in farming do you know? Of these, how many hold a managing role? Do they own their land? Are you a woman working in agriculture? Or do you work alongside one? Women in farming When it comes to farm labour internationally, women are actually well represented—perhaps even over-represented. Women in farming account for 43% of agricultural work internationally. This number is thought to be higher in developing countries—up to 80% in Sub-Saharan Africa. No doubt about it, farming is hard work, and women are doing their share. So we’re doing all right, right? Consider that the number of […]

Do you know how to calculate when to start seeds? Here's a comprehensive way to figure it all out.

How to Calculate When to Plant Seeds

You’ve poured over the seed catalogs and placed orders for cute little heirloom vegetables. The mail finally delivers the nice thick envelope. You have your up-cycled seed trays ready and a space cleared out by a sunny window. You, my friend, are a master gardener—protector of the environment and organic superhero. Now you just need to plant. This is the easy part of the process. Right? Getting started If you have seeds in their packets finding out the basic information that you need is actually quite simple. First, you will need to identify which seeds need to be started indoors. I order almost all my new […]

10 Unique Winter Date Ideas for Country Couples. These fun ideas promise to add some connection to your relationship over the cold season.

10 Unique Winter Date Ideas for Country Couples

Back when we were dating my now-husband warned me early on that he didn’t believe in celebrating Valentines Day. It wasn’t a big deal to me. However, February is also my least favourite month. It’s cold and dreary, and I’m always glad it’s the shortest of the year. I feel like a little celebration with some winter date ideas can brighten up the month. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase through these links helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! Where we live February is still cold, but not as fresh and exciting as early winter is. Here […]