5 helpful things to consider before butching a beef for the very first time.

5 Helpful Butchering Tips to Read Before Getting Started

5 Helpful Butchering Tips for a Beginner This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links it helps support GWR at no cost to you. Thank you! Learning how to cut up a beef, or any animal, can be a daunting ordeal if you have no background. My husband took it upon myself to learn some of the skills associated with processing a beef. Here he gives some helpful butchering tips that he discovered through this process. 1. Find the proper tools Here is a picture of the tools I used on the first beef and […]

Learn a simple method to make your own healthy beef bone broth.

Making a Simple Beef Bone Broth or Stock

We’ve been raising our own ethical beef since I was a little girl. When we process meat all our leftover bones used to be solely destined for dog treats. I now scavenge them for broth/stock. Thank you hipsters and paleo people. A quick note on broth vs. stock. The definitions aren’t exactly clear, and a lot of people use them interchangeably. To me bone broth means something you would serve up in a mug and sip on a cold day. Stock is a gelatinous substance that I use liberally in my cooking. This process can result in either—just adjust the […]

July in review on the Homestead, plus some things worth reading. | www.growingwildroots.com

July in Review on the Homestead

Oh, July. This has been my favourite month of  the year since I was a little kid. I love that school is out and long days at the lake are in. This July was been off to a remarkably cool start with lots of rain and cold nights. Although it meant less time at the river, I was happy to have plentiful rain after last year’s scorcher. Here is my July in review on the homestead. Here in the “M” family we have lots of exciting things on the go. They’re not all farm related, but they entail some of my […]

What should you bring for backpack travel with kids? An experienced traveller and parent breaks down her list as she heads out on a trip with her toddler.

Our List for Travel with Kids

I’m learning that nothing sets off a shopping spree like planning to travel with kids. Mr. M. and I have recently booked a trip overseas with BamBam, who is one and a half. Infants under age two can fly without the purchase of an additional ticket, which is all the excuse we need. While I’ve done plenty of backpacking in the past, this will be my first big trip with a toddler in tow. We’ve put a lot of thought and research into our packing list. These are some of the items that I’m adding in order to succeed at backpack travel with […]

Ideas for delicious ways to use blackcurrants and links to simple and tasty recipes.

7 Ways to Use Blackcurrants

I love blackcurrants. I only know this because we have a couple bushes that were planted around the yard a number of years ago. Every summer I can happily stuff my face with these rich, tart berries by the handful. Thankfully, they’re also ridiculously healthy. Still, I have never done anything with blackcurrants besides, well, stand outside and eat them. In North America these types of berries are not commonly used, although there are no reasons why they shouldn’t be. I’ve decided this is the year to make something of our blackcurrants. Here are some ideas that I’ve found, both the typical and […]

June in Review + July Goals on the Homestead.

June in Review + July Goals on the Homestead

For the most part, I don’t really know how June was here on the farm. My husband, little girl and I were away for over half of this month. While I am tired of being on the road, I do acknowledge that we’re lucky to be able to leave the homestead in capable hands. It’s an advantage of community, and something a lot of small farmers don’t get to experience. As June comes to an end we are picking cherries like crazy, starting into saskatoons, and forever behind on weeding. The month was happily less dry than I expected it would be. […]

May in Review + June Goals on the Homestead

May in Review + June Goals on the Homestead

As my fellow farmers will know, things get crazy once the seeds hit the soil. Our garden is in full bloom. We have greens for the farmers market every week. Other fresh bounty I’ve enjoyed this month has included rhubarb, strawberries, herbs, and asparagus. Right now we’re planting our corn outdoors, drinking strawberry kombucha, weeding, and working the farmers market every week. Highlights of the month: Visiting with my sister, who is here from Ontario Fresh strawberries with my toddler Celebrating our May long weekend (Victoria Day in Canada) with extended family A month with Mr. M done school New room mates […]

10 surprising reasons we have grown to enjoy having ducks on the homestead. | www.growingwildroots.com

10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead

Over the past two years we have started to keep ducks on the homestead. We had always been chicken people—they’re a little more mainstream, but my husband wanted to try something new. While we still have chickens, ducks have become a valuable part of our farm. Here are ten reasons, as told by my husband, that we’ll be keeping the ducks around. 10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead 1. Pest control Ducks have an insatiable appetite for bugs and grubs making them a great organic choice for pest control in the garden. They nose their bills through the top inch […]

Using these 5 Happy Habits for Shopping at the Farmers Market can help make your visit both pleasant and successful.

5 Happy Habits for Shopping at a Farmers Market

As spring rolls on our little farm gears up in preparation for weekly farmers markets. Going to the market is one of my personal favourite tasks. I enjoy chatting with customers, sampling the fantastic wares from other stalls, and generally soaking in the atmosphere. The vast majority of all shoppers that I get to meet are enjoyable to interact with. However, some customers bring an attitude or approach that is particularly helpful during the busy market hours. Here are some of the ways that my favourite customers interact with their local market and its vendors. 5 Happy Habits for Shopping at a Farmers […]

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop—A Review and Giveaway

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop {+ Giveaway!}

Everyone I know is having babies at the moment. With lots of babies comes lots of baby showers, but I always struggle to find gifts that are both ethical and cute (because as unfortunate as it is, not everyone wants cloth diapers). Needless to say, I was excited to stumble across The Plaid Peach. This Etsy shop sells toys and children’s clothing that are hand crafted in the United States. Ruth, the owner of The Plaid Peach, originally created her first tiny baby vest from from a cherished plaid shirt that had belonged to her grandfather. An idea was born and today she specializes in creating lovable new items from […]