Resources For Homesteaders

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Links to some great sources of information:

General Information

Mother Earth News

Grit Magazine

Capper’s Farmer

Country Living



Community Chickens – Online community of chicken keepers

The Livestock Conservancy – Heritage breeds of livestock

Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue

Adopting and Caring for Chickens – The Humane Society


USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for the average annual extreme minimum temperature in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Plant Maps – Hardiness zone maps for: USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Plus drought maps for the USA.

Plant Hardiness Zones for Australia.

Plant Hardiness Zones for the Ukraine.

Plant Hardiness Zone for China.

Average Dates of Last Frost in Spring

Frost Date Selector Page – Victory Seeds

Optimal Germination Temperatures by Crop

National Gardening Association Plant Dictionary

USDA County Extension Offices

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Food Preservation:

National Center for Home Food Preservation

Preserving Food at Home

Ball’s Fresh Preserving


Seed Companies We Would Buy From:

Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Sustainable Seed Company

Botanical Interests

Seed Saver’s Exchange

Seeds of Change

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Lisa Lombardo

Freelance Writer & Blogger at Tohoca, LLC
Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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