Gleanings from november wheat stalks in field

Gleanings from November

Gleanings is my monthly “link love” post where I share some of the interesting articles I’ve come across the past month.

From off the Pin boards & around the web.
I like highlighting what I’ve found, but it’s been a while so there are lots of goodies today, so I won’t waste your time blabbing on.

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Guide to Sprouting Seeds – An intriguing way to get your greens in the winter. I really want to try this!

Homestead Blessings Hints: Putting Your Chickens to Work Making Compost

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

All About Wraps

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Did you eat your kale today?

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Rabbit Hutch Worm Farm

Permaculture Potager Garden in France. Quit reading now and go peruse this Photostream!! Tres belle!

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

How To Landscape Your Chicken Coop

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Garlic Planting Guide

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon (Growing When It Counts is among my favorite gardening books so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.)

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Love this idea for an herb drying rack

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

How To Season a Cast Iron Pan based on Science… mines desperately needing seasoned- trying this out.

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Homemade Disinfectants

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Purify your winter air with beeswax candles

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

My favorite part of homeschooling

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Canning without refined sugar or pectin

The Healing Effects of High Density Grazing on Land, Livestock & People’s Lives

Gleanings from November on the Farmstead

Because free-ranging isn’t always an option.
I also just read about a neat idea where there are basically 4 runs surrounding the coop so you can rotate your chicken through those areas giving the old ones time to rejuvenate. I like the idea of sowing something other than grass to peck at and trample.

God Still Loves Us

You see, these failures and messes are exactly what Christ died for. I don’t have to be perfect. My kids don’t have to be perfect. My life doesn’t have to be perfect.

Because Christ was.

•If King David Had an iPhone

Despite all that we’ve gained with fast-paced technology, I’m afraid much has been lost. Having the world of information in the palm of our hands, alerting us to every message, update and Tweet, tempting us to record each moment instead of live it, does something tragic to our creative side: it distracts it away.

Not only are we too distracted to create and produce meaningful things, we lose the very ability as the world of instant, fast and byte-sized, short-circuits the mental inertia and stamina great creations require.

•Why I Am A “Stay-At-Home-Evangelist”

It does not matter how many times we are told there are those outside who need Him; if we do not make sure our own children are taken care of, then we are sending out some wounded souls that may just turn their hearts against Him.

Is Patriarchy Biblical? (video) Watch it. Amen it. Thank you Lord for this man.

A Strong Agriculture, the Foundation of a Free and Independent Nation

It is no coincidence that the decline of our liberty, wealth and independence coincides with the decline of agriculture in the American republic. Those who ponder the loss of their freedom, the inability to make ends meet and growing influence of internationalism and creeping socialism would be wise to notice the crumbling barns and empty fields around them.

•7 Back-Doors to Learning for Tired Moms

Let’s face it; there are times when formal learning is just not possible (or desirable).


Have you heard about the Wisconsin students who got sick after drinking raw milk?

Not surprisingly there is a lot more to the story than is being reported! Not only could it have been the chicken the parents had a difficult time cooking, BUT turns out, the raw milk wasn’t from a farm that produces raw milk for consumers but from a conventional dairy that dipped into their tank. I drink raw milk 3 times a day (at least) and would NEVER have drank THAT milk!

Feeding The World

So the question is: Are we called to feed the world?

The answer for many may be a resounding yes but for the Christian the question is more involved as we are to look at what we are called to do as individual believers, the local church and as the larger body of Christ according to God’s word. We do not want to miss that the Bible does call us to care for the poor and hungry such as we see in Luke 14:13, Gal 2:10 and others. These passages speak to what individuals, or even the local church, are to do but is not a call for others, such as Governments, to force compliance and scripture also does not necessarily speak to what caring for the poor and hungry is too look like.

Why I Told My Husband He Could Walk Away

I’ve seen a weight slowly lifted off of him the last few months that reassures me that he’s figuring it out. I have to admit I was worried about his feeling of identity if he walked away from what he’d built in the desert. But now I overhear him talking with other men at the inn and they are asking for his advice on how to get out of their own rat race and my heart swells. Men asking how he got the courage to step away from it all. He tells them how he reads with our daughter every night and helps with her homework. He tells them how he’s fallen in love with hobbies that don’t cost a thing. He tells them how spending time with his family gives him more joy than he ever felt in a high powered, high paying job.

10 Cookie Baking Secrets Grandma Knew

A new and exciting project from the author of 5 Acres and a Dream

You Either Get It, Or You Don’t

Trust me, I don’t make my own lotion, bug repellent, sun block and chapstick because I’m bored. So why do I do it? Why do I grow our own produce, raise meat birds, milk a cow, make my own butter, cheese and laundry detergent? Because that’s what’s best for my family. Not your family. My family.

Why I’m Not A Vegetarian: A Homesteader’s Perspective

Just PLEASE don’t be that person who just told me today that she feels sorry for the chickens, thinks she should be vegetarian, and then goes home and cooks up a commercially produced chicken that she didn’t have to see when it was alive. That is too hypocritical for me.

What the purpose of “me-time” should be…
Mother Culture: What it Is and What it Is Not

I’ve seen the phrase ‘Mother Culture’ used quite often in CM circles. I’ve read that Charlotte Mason used this term as a means of encouraging mothers to refill themselves by enjoying life more. “Do something for yourself.” “Get a pedicure.” “Go shopping with your girlfriends.” I’ve also read that Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion, invented the phrase. When I began to notice conflicting accounts of the origin of this phrase, I decided to research it further.

No wonder I gravitate to the garden when I’m grumpy…
Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

In recent years I’ve come across two completely independent bits of research that identified key environmental triggers for two important chemicals that boost our immune system and keep us happy – serotonin and dopamine. What fascinated me as a permaculturist and gardener were that the environmental triggers happen in the garden when you handle the soil and harvest your crops.

Because we should be students of our livestock…
The Basics of Cattle Grazing

Determining the size of paddocks for you cattle can be tricky if you are just starting out. Everyone’s farm is different, and we have extreme temperature variations in the United States. To simplify all of this, you can use two methods of observation to determine if your cattle are being limited (too little grass) or given too much grass. These two methods are:
Gut Fill
Observing Manure Quality and Texture

A list of 10 ways to learn from the Amish. This is on my book list
Almost Amish

I discovered some Amish principles that we can all try to emulate. These principles (similar to the list that Wendell Berry laid out more than two decades ago in Home Economics) provide guidelines for a simpler, slower, more sustainable life. They offer me hope.

Encouragement when we’re being fed the lie that we shouldn’t shelter our children…
Overprotective? It’s Not a Bad Thing

God wants you to be an overprotective parent! Your children, by God’s design, need an overprotector, a parent who will stand over them to protect them–to guard their innocence and purity, to prevent spiritual wounds and sinful footholds, and teach discernment and sensitivity to sin. In God’s design for families, overprotecting your children is a good thing.

An excellent new-to-me older article…
The Biblical Basis for Christian Agrarianism

There never has been a church council or synod that declared the Bible to be an agrarian book. But that was never necessary, because before the industrial revolution, society was founded on agrarian principles. Since the beginning of time, most people were engaged in some way in the cultivation of the soil. No one doubted that this was proper and natural, so there was little reason to discuss it. But now we have only two percent of the population engaged in agriculture, an all-time low. The family farm is disappearing.

Encouragement after pondering my writing future…
How To Live, Blog, Write

The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. She needs her again and again when she becomes uncertain – and this is the power of blogging in the upside down kingdom. This is the holy work of a blog, so don’t every feel shy or ashamed or embarrassed that you blog. Because the body of Christ needs to speak to itself and it needs to speak to the world and this is the beautiful , poy of a blog. I get discouraged and I become uncertain and I fall down and His word through your words is the connective tissue in the body of Christ and we need each other. Please. Keep. Writing.

More Important Than Voting in the Election

“I took my family to vote today, and we cast our votes for biblically qualified candidates. I will now perform an infinitely more important duty: to gather my family around the dinner table, to feed their bodies with a meal prepared by my beloved bride, and to feed their souls with the Bread of Life and the Living Water – the Word of God read in our family worship time. I am convinced that this simple daily routine will do far more (beyond comparison) to change (for the good and the glory of God) our family, community, region, state, and nation, than voting for civil magistrates ever could.” -Jason Matyas

Been pinning or reading anything good lately you want to share?

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