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Rhonda Crank

Brooding Your Mail Order Chicks

on February 14, 2017

Caring For Mail Order Chicks

Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’ll show you everything you need to know and have ready for them so that you’ll have a successful brooding experience.

I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” The ideal way usually involves more money than most of us want to spend. You decide what the reality of “good enough” is for you and your chicks. As my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”

Before your chicks arrive, there are some basic things you need to have ready and waiting. Continue reading


What’s The Difference In Types of Salt?

on January 26, 2017

types of salt

I seem to be getting this question a lot lately, “What’s the difference in the types of salt?”

In the media filled world we live in, it can be hard to find a true answer to this question. One source will say refined table salt is fine as long as you don’t over-indulge. Another will point to research and history revealing the health benefits of real salt. All types of salt are not the same, that’s a fact.

The best health for your family and homestead is a major concern for you. If you’re like I was, you’re wondering if the one you choose makes a difference?  The short answer is yes, it does. Continue reading


Raising Heritage Breed Chocolate Turkeys

on January 20, 2017

chocolate turkeys

Our goal is to help preserve as many of the endangered heritage breeds as we can. This is just one reason we chose Chocolate Turkeys. Because we focus on raising endangered heritage breed livestock, we went to The Livestock Conservancy’s website to research heritage turkey breeds. 

We raise heritage breed chickens, so adding heritage breed turkeys seemed the natural thing to do. Raising turkeys is more challenging than raising any other poultry. We didn’t choose Chocolate Turkeys because they’re made of chocolate, which would be a good reason indeed. Our reasons were more personal. Continue reading


The Goat on The Homestead

on January 3, 2017

the goat on the homestead

The goat is one of the most productive additions to almost any homestead. It doesn’t matter if you have one acre or a thousand, goats can provide several benefits for the average homesteader.

I remember the first time I had my own herd of goats. We had a few acres of the farm which needed to have the overgrowth of junk trees and weeds cleaned up. My grandfather had used them for this purpose so I knew, for us, this was the most cost-effective strategy to regain some control over those areas. Continue reading


Voices of Heritage – Another Christmas Story

on December 20, 2016

Welcome to The Farmer’s Lamp series, Voices of Heritage. In this third installment, Granny shares another Christmas story with us.


This a resharing of one of your favorite posts in our series. If you’re new to TFL, Enjoy and be sure to read the other installments.


Voices of Heritage - Another Christmas Story

In our previous installments, we’ve shared the beginning of my grandparents’ life together and one of my personal favorites “A Christmas Story“. Sharing the memories of those who have gone before us is a way to keep alive the value of life. It enriches the lives of their descendants who did not have the privilege of experiencing life with them. My children were blessed to know their great-grandparents. They have fond memories and of course these recordings to ensure their presence in their lives. Continue reading