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A  More Authentic Life

A  More Authentic Life

Raising 3 kids, 40 chickens, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 bunnies, 3 goats and a dairy cow makes for an interesting, busy, and may I say, totally authentic life. Throw in a large vegetable garden, and six fruit trees, and we can provide most of what we need as a family. We moved to our own acreage five years ago. We wanted to escape the city and the “crazy!” Life has become all about technology and
How To Prepare Your Garden For Planting

How To Prepare Your Garden For Planting

Many of us think that all we have to do to begin a successful garden is dig a hole, drop a flower or burlapped tree in it, and ‘Presto Change-O’– it just grows! It is actually essential that you know how to prepare your garden for planting. We tend  to take for granted that our soil is healthy and nutrient rich Nutrients Unfortunately, this may not be true. You really need to know if your soil
Raising Pigs for Meat on a Family Farm

Raising Pigs for Meat on a Family Farm

When choosing animals for your farm, deciding on raising pigs for meat is a great choice. They are probably the one of the easiest animal to raise. Pigs grow to maturity much faster than beef cows and provide far more meat (and lard) than chickens. Research As I always emphasize…do your research! Different breeds of pigs have different qualities, including differences in size, meat quality and temperament. When raising pigs for meat, you will want to
Financial Benefits of Farms vs. Hobby Farms!

Financial Benefits of Farms vs. Hobby Farms!

There are a growing number of hobby farms in the urban fringe. This is due to the lower tax on farmland. In some jurisdictions, the level at which you qualify for preferential taxation rates is set deliberately low. This is being done to encourage the use of land for agricultural purposes. Tax Laws Many people in B.C. don’t properly understand the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) tax laws. They believe that anyone who has livestock and/or grows
Wells & Water Testing | Acreage Life

Wells & Water Testing | Acreage Life

If you’re on a property which gets its water from a well, you need to have it tested to ensure that it’s safe. If you haven’t had your water tested, you are most certainly putting your family’s health at risk. Sources of Contamination First of all, possible sources of contamination can be numerous. These include: dog kennels, agriculture, fuel tanks, septic fields, old wells, and improperly designed wells.  Wells did not need a well surface seal
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