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Also included are some fantastic interviews from wise and wonderful Alaskans who are thriving in this lifestyle. 

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MEAT CHICKEN UPDATE: We’re learning more and more every year!

This year we are growing out a handful of turkeys, 100 freedom rangers, and 30 Dirt Parrots (crazy name but they are awesome little heritage birds).

They are growing a little slow but overall they are doing amazing! They have lots of field to forage in and we move them to fresh grass every few days so they don’t get bored. Life isn’t half bad for a chicken here on our farm!

However, a couple of days ago, Gene was outside and saw a FOX walking across the wide open field heading to the chicken run! He hollered and ran it off - so now we’re on high alert!

A couple of helpful things we’re learning. First, we are feeding Fred Smith’s milled grower feed. It literally only has the grains in it, and they are cracked for the chickens to be able to digest it easier. Plus we ferment all of their feed so we are confident that between the “no fluff, no artificial anything” feed and all of the grass and bugs (plus garden scraps) they are getting, they are eating good and are super healthy!

I was feeling convicted about using the pelleted feeds with all of the extra stuff in them that I couldn’t pronounce. I don’t feed processed food to my family (for the most part) so why would I do that to my chickens that I’m raising for food?

As a matter of fact, we’ve learned the grains are still viable because as the chickens drop some out of the feeders, they are sprouting in the barn! So what they don’t eat in the feeder, they are enjoying as sprouts! Talk about a win!

So far, so good!
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MEAT CHICKEN UPDATE: We’re learning more and more every year! 

This year we are growing out a handful of turkeys, 100 freedom rangers, and 30 Dirt Parrots (crazy name but they are awesome little heritage birds). 

They are growing a little slow but overall they are doing amazing! They have lots of field to forage in and we move them to fresh grass every few days so they don’t get bored. Life isn’t half bad for a chicken here on our farm! 

However, a couple of days ago, Gene was outside and saw a FOX walking across the wide open field heading to the chicken run! He hollered and ran it off - so now we’re on high alert! 

A couple of helpful things we’re learning. First, we are feeding Fred Smith’s milled grower feed. It literally only has the grains in it, and they are cracked for the chickens to be able to digest it easier. Plus we ferment all of their feed so we are confident that between the “no fluff, no artificial anything” feed and all of the grass and bugs (plus garden scraps) they are getting, they are eating good and are super healthy! 

I was feeling convicted about using the pelleted feeds with all of the extra stuff in them that I couldn’t pronounce. I don’t feed processed food to my family (for the most part) so why would I do that to my chickens that I’m raising for food? 

As a matter of fact, we’ve learned the grains are still viable because as the chickens drop some out of the feeders, they are sprouting in the barn! So what they don’t eat in the feeder, they are enjoying as sprouts! Talk about a win! 

So far, so good!Image attachment

MEAT CHICKEN UPDATE: We're learning more and more every year!

This year we are growing out a handful of turkeys, 100 freedom rangers, and 30 Dirt Parrots (crazy name but they are awesome little heritage birds).

They are growing a little slow but overall they are doing amazing! They have lots of field to forage in and we move them to fresh grass every few days so they don't get bored. Life isn't half bad for a chicken here on our farm!

However, a couple of days ago, Gene was outside and saw a FOX walking across the wide open field heading to the chicken run! He hollered and ran it off - so now we're on high alert!

A couple of helpful things we're learning. First, we are feeding Fred Smith's milled grower feed. It literally only has the grains in it, and they are cracked for the chickens to be able to digest it easier. Plus we ferment all of their feed so we are confident that between the "no fluff, no artificial anything" feed and all of the grass and bugs (plus garden scraps) they are getting, they are eating good and are super healthy!

I was feeling convicted about using the pelleted feeds with all of the extra stuff in them that I couldn't pronounce. I don't feed processed food to my family (for the most part) so why would I do that to my chickens that I'm raising for food?

As a matter of fact, we've learned the grains are still viable because as the chickens drop some out of the feeders, they are sprouting in the barn! So what they don't eat in the feeder, they are enjoying as sprouts! Talk about a win!

So far, so good!
... See MoreSee Less

MEAT CHICKEN UPDATE: Were learning more and more every year! 

This year we are growing out a handful of turkeys, 100 freedom rangers, and 30 Dirt Parrots (crazy name but they are awesome little heritage birds). 

They are growing a little slow but overall they are doing amazing! They have lots of field to forage in and we move them to fresh grass every few days so they dont get bored. Life isnt half bad for a chicken here on our farm! 

However, a couple of days ago, Gene was outside and saw a FOX walking across the wide open field heading to the chicken run! He hollered and ran it off - so now were on high alert! 

A couple of helpful things were learning. First, we are feeding Fred Smiths milled grower feed. It literally only has the grains in it, and they are cracked for the chickens to be able to digest it easier. Plus we ferment all of their feed so we are confident that between the no fluff, no artificial anything feed and all of the grass and bugs (plus garden scraps) they are getting, they are eating good and are super healthy! 

I was feeling convicted about using the pelleted feeds with all of the extra stuff in them that I couldnt pronounce. I dont feed processed food to my family (for the most part) so why would I do that to my chickens that Im raising for food? 

As a matter of fact, weve learned the grains are still viable because as the chickens drop some out of the feeders, they are sprouting in the barn! So what they dont eat in the feeder, they are enjoying as sprouts! Talk about a win! 

So far, so good!Image attachment

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How does one go about finding out what all Fred has? I've heard so many amazing things about his feed, but I've never been able to find info about what he carries? I know he had a new location in Big Lake

What are the heritage birds for? Do they lay? How fun!! Great pictures!!

So cool!

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Wouldn't it be super cool if there was a site that is like School of Traditional Skills* meets Abundance +* but specifically for Alaskans?

That is EXACTLY the goal of Alaska Homestead Academy! It's brand new - just launching - and it's off to an incredible start!

Currently there are a couple of new videos (including part 1 of the Herbalism class {In the Garden} by Darryl Patton) plus every full length class we've recorded in the past.

STILL COMING IN JULY:
🌿 Part 2 of Darryl's Herbalism class (In the Wild)
🌿 An interview with local homesteader Elaine Martin about Foraging in Alaska
🌿 A live Q&A with Darryl Patton where you can ask all of your questions about herbalism directly!
... and more!

COMING IN AUGUST: JOEL SALATIN!
👨‍🌾 A class JUST FOR ALASKANS with Joel Salatin! We will be talking about so many different topics relating to living in Alaska and how to best navigate these crazy times as a homesteader. Things like food security, self reliance, community sufficiency, and how we can use our current times as a strength for ourselves
👨‍🌾 A class of creative, inexpensive ways to bring food security to your homestead.
👨‍🌾 Closed Loop Homesteading - is it possible in Alaska?
👨‍🌾Dairy, meat, & veggies - Oh my! Tips to grow your own or locally source them
👨‍🌾 Pitfalls & strengths of the current raw milk legislation (and what we're seeing that is going on behind the scenes)
👨‍🌾 Live Q&A with JOEL SALATIN - if you're a member of the Academy, join us and bring your questions! He's excited to hear from you!

🍅 Beyond Jam: A deep dive into canning including safety, best practices, and recipes!
🍅 Preserving the Harvest: Favorite ways to preserve foods we grow and forage for right here in Alaska!
🍅 Must-have food preservation tools (and some that are pretty cool and serve multiple purposes!)
🍅 Fermenting basics for common alaskan foods
🍅 Homemade yogurt
🍅 Fun and unique ways to preserve your harvest
🍅 LIVE Q&A with Tandy Hogate to talk about all things food preservation!

Plus a sneak peak to others coming to Alaska Homestead Academy:
🌻 Holistic Hilda of the Wise Traditions Podcast (the podcast for the Weston A Price Foundation)
🍓 Dr. Sina McCullough (Co-host of Joel Salatin in the Beyond Labels podcast and brilliant nutrition specialist)
🐮 Shawn & Beth Dougherty of Sow's Ear Farm - they also wrote the book The Independent Farmstead which is one of the best books on homesteading of our time. It's practical, in-depth, and it contains so much wisdom!

And - we're JUST getting started! There's so much more coming up! Be sure to grab the 7 day free trial and check it out:

alaskahomesteadacademy.com/

PS - we absolutely LOVE the folks at School of Traditional Skills and Abundance + and we subscribe to both because their content is second to none! Be sure to check them out, too!
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Wouldnt it be super cool if there was a site that is like School of Traditional Skills* meets Abundance +* but specifically for Alaskans? 

That is EXACTLY the goal of Alaska Homestead Academy! Its brand new - just launching - and its off to an incredible start! 

Currently there are a couple of new videos (including part 1 of the Herbalism class {In the Garden} by Darryl Patton) plus every full length class weve recorded in the past. 

STILL COMING IN JULY:
🌿 Part 2 of Darryls Herbalism class (In the Wild)
🌿 An interview with local homesteader Elaine Martin about Foraging in Alaska
🌿 A live Q&A with Darryl Patton where you can ask all of your questions about herbalism directly! 
... and more! 

COMING IN AUGUST: JOEL SALATIN! 
👨‍🌾 A class JUST FOR ALASKANS with Joel Salatin! We will be talking about so many different topics relating to living in Alaska and how to best navigate these crazy times as a homesteader. Things like food security, self reliance, community sufficiency, and how we can use our current times as a strength for ourselves 
👨‍🌾 A class of creative, inexpensive ways to bring food security to your homestead. 
👨‍🌾 Closed Loop Homesteading - is it possible in Alaska? 
👨‍🌾Dairy, meat, & veggies - Oh my! Tips to grow your own or locally source them
👨‍🌾 Pitfalls & strengths of the current raw milk legislation (and what were seeing that is going on behind the scenes)
👨‍🌾 Live Q&A with JOEL SALATIN - if youre a member of the Academy, join us and bring your questions! Hes excited to hear from you! 

🍅 Beyond Jam: A deep dive into canning including safety, best practices, and recipes! 
🍅 Preserving the Harvest: Favorite ways to preserve foods we grow and forage for right here in Alaska! 
🍅 Must-have food preservation tools (and some that are pretty cool and serve multiple purposes!) 
🍅 Fermenting basics for common alaskan foods
🍅 Homemade yogurt
🍅 Fun and unique ways to preserve your harvest  
🍅 LIVE Q&A with Tandy Hogate to talk about all things food preservation! 

Plus a sneak peak to others coming to Alaska Homestead Academy: 
🌻 Holistic Hilda of the Wise Traditions Podcast (the podcast for the Weston A Price Foundation) 
🍓 Dr. Sina McCullough (Co-host of Joel Salatin in the Beyond Labels podcast and brilliant nutrition specialist) 
🐮 Shawn & Beth Dougherty of Sows Ear Farm - they also wrote the book The Independent Farmstead which is one of the best books on homesteading of our time. Its practical, in-depth, and it contains so much wisdom! 

And - were JUST getting started! Theres so much more coming up! Be sure to grab the 7 day free trial and check it out: 

https://alaskahomesteadacademy.com/

PS - we absolutely LOVE the folks at School of Traditional Skills and Abundance + and we subscribe to both because their content is second to none! Be sure to check them out, too!

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You do a great job!

I love couer’d Alene!!!! God please bless this roadtrip.

How fun !!

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