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Tag: Viable Self Sufficiency

Honey Beer

  This extract from the highly regarded book, Viable Self-Sufficiency, for honey beer is one of Tim Tyne’s tried, and very much tested, tipples. The ingredients listed below makes a gallon of beer. INGREDIENTS 1lb honey ½ oz dried hops 4oz dark brown sugar Water Brewers’ yeast Granulated sugar for priming (1 tsp per bottle) […]

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Benjamin Crosby  of britannicararebreeds.co.uk considers the prospect of making a living from keeping rare breeds, and looks at alternative ways of doing so where profit may prove elusive Making a living from traditional and rare breeds is a dream that many try to realise. Although a few succeed where circumstances are favourable, most will find […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Dot Tyne’s Courgette Pickle

Dot Tyne’s Courgette Pickle

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency writes HF’s popular Smallholder Diary every month. This is one of her ‘go to’ recipes for using up courgettes. CRUNCHY COURGETTE PICKLE This is an easy pickle to make, and it looks particularly attractive in the jar. It can also be made equally successfully using cucumbers. INGREDIENTS (The original […]

By September 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
What Cottage Economy says about Making Bread

What Cottage Economy says about Making Bread

In the second part of her series on the relevance today of William Cobbett’s seminal work on self-sufficiency, Cottage Economy, Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency,  considers the role of bread as a staple in the self-sufficient diet, both then and now. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/relevance-cottage-economy-today/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-much-land-for-self-sufficient-living/   William Cobbett, author of Cottage Economy agreed that […]

Could you keep a house cow?

Could you keep a house cow?

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency views the cow as the hub of any smallholding, and guides us through the planning and acquisition of a house cow See also: how-much-land-for-self-sufficient-living/ viable-self-sufficiency-checklist/   The house cow should be the hub of the enterprise, and her presence will set the pace of many other smallholding activities. This […]

Viable Self-Sufficiency Book

Viable Self-Sufficiency Book

We’ve been so busy editing and setting the book as well as promoting the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for printing we overlooked getting details of the book up on our own site. Home Goal or what! Viable Self Sufficiency Book A bit of history We discussed with Tim and Dot the ideas for their […]

By February 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Dot Tyne, co-author of our forthcoming book, Viable Self-Sufficiency and contributor writing the very popular Smallholder’s Diary every month in HF,  goes through the Viable self-sufficiency checklist used on their own smallholding every couple of years to make sure they stay focused and every bit of their business is pulling it’s weight. So without further […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

Dot Tyne assesses how, with hard work and planning, a smaller holding might just achieve self-sufficiency in terms of food for the family and looks at how much land you need to be self-sufficient and how to plan it out. See also: The Self-sufficient Garden   Firstly let’s ask the question: what actually constitutes a […]

Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

  In the second part of her series on keeping sheep, Dot Tyne explains the importance of the shepherd’s calendar and covers the breeding process, shearing, and offers advice on health planning See also: Keeping Sheep – part 1 – An Introduction Keeping Sheep – part 3 – Meat, Fleece and Milk   Having made […]

Keeping Sheep – Part 3 – Meat, Fleece, Milk

Keeping Sheep – Part 3 – Meat, Fleece, Milk

In part three on her series on keeping sheep Dot Tyne looks at the real value of keeping sheep to the self-sufficient smallholder – the meat, the fleece and the milk See Also: Keeping Sheep 1 Keeping Sheep 2 The Shepherd’s Calendar   MEAT For those aiming for self-sufficiency the primary product of any sheep […]

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