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HAC at YAWFT

Here are some photos that Josh Fecteau (thanks Josh) took at the last HAC at Fred and Amy’s homestead on May 10th.  A wood shed was built, trees were hauled to where they could be picked up by a lumber … Continue reading

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Traditional Ash Basketmaking

Today Mark Young shared his talent making traditional ash baskets at the Homesteading Arts Cooperative monthly get together.  Most of the day was spent pounding White Ash (Fraxinus americana) into riser and weaver stock, as well as, making handles and … Continue reading

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Turkey Processing

Every year Fred and Amy raise turkeys for Thanksgiving.  For the past couple of years we’ve gone up to their homestead to help process and pick one up for our T dinner with my family.  The process is basically: kill, … Continue reading

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Hard Cider

After pressing apples we had to decide what to do with all the cider. We froze a bunch in ziplock bags. That didn’t work out so well as my wife did not realize they weren’t freezer bags, and they leaked … Continue reading

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Apple Pressing

In September we started picking and pressing apples.  Mark and my wife are hard core gatherers- always on the lookout for trees loaded with apples.  There are many remnants of orchards and individual trees that people are happy to let … Continue reading

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Drying Time

Drying is a great option as a preservation method.  Canning is labor and energy intensive.  Freezing is energy intensive as well as a concern if the power goes out.  The downside of drying is that you don’t always get a … Continue reading

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Cranberries

Cranberries are a funny plant- not haha funny.  They don’t like competition, need a lot of sunlight, and need to have their feet wet.  How picky can you get.  You basically need swamp conditions but no other plants.  We have … Continue reading

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