The Brave Little Chickens

Last month, in an article titled, The Chicken and the Beast, I wrote about our 75lb Labrador Daisie and her strange friendship with our hens. Now, I’ve got video to back up my story!

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I hope you enjoyed the video of Daisie sharing her food with the chickens. This is not a rare sight around here. The chickens try and share her meal every chance they get. I really think these hens are part pig!

What odd relationships do your pets have? Leave a comment and let us know.

Decorate Your Preserves

Mason Jars

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For everyone that has ever tried canning or preserving their fresh fruits and vegetables from their garden, you know the challenge of a good labeling system.

We’ve tried labeling the lids of the mason jars with permanent marker, and we’ve tried paper canning labels. Writing on the lid with permanent marker works fine, but it’s not all that attractive when you decide to share those beautiful preserves with others. While the paper canning labels might look a little more decorative then permanent marker, they still have a very amateur look and feel that just doesn’t do justice to all the hard work that you’ve put into growing and preserving your delicious food.

How can I give my preserves a more professional look?

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Powered By Bacon

Listen up all you bacon lovers, The Pioneer Way now has custom one of a kind “Powered by Bacon” t-shirts for sale.

Custom one of a kind Powered by Bacon t-shirt by The Pioneer Way. Made in USA!

Be one of the first to show the world your true love for bacon with a Pioneer Way original t-shirt. All Pioneer Way t-shirts feature an original design printed on a cotton t-shirt that’s made in the USA by American Apparel. Pioneer Way “Classic” t-shirts are also available.

What do you think about our new custom shirts? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Homemade Outdoor Vermicomposter

worms

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Inspired by an article on building a worm composter that I read on Vegetable Gardener this morning, I decided to build one for myself.

Rather than driving down to the hardware store and spending money on supplies for my vermicomposter, I decided to check around the property to see if I had enough old scrap laying around to get this project done. Honestly, I found about 99% of what I needed and I only came up short a few screws required to secure the hinges to the lid. Luckily for me, I had a few 10 foot redwood 2×6’s that were part of an old deck that I used for the sides vermicomposter, and an old piece of 3/8 inch plywood that I used for the lid. This should amount to one of my cheapest projects ever.

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