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I've written an ebook about our house cows, chicken tractors and making tallow soap.  Click on the images to find out how to buy them.







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If you were going to buy something from Amazon anyway, go ahead and search for it through my site and I'll get a small percentage of your purchase.  Even better, if you want to buy a book that I recommend in a review, you can either click on the affiliate link in the post or search for it here.

You can find all my book review here to see what I recommend and why.













Ozfarmer Australia
Ozfarmer Australia specialises in self-sufficiency! They are the official Australian distributor of Ball Mason Jars and an enormous range of farming equipment. With over 900 different products and Australia's largest range of glass jars and farming products there is something here for everyone.

If you buy something through my link, I will get a small percentage of the sale.  Just browse the Ozfarmer Australia site from this link to see what else they have to offer.


Biome Eco Stores
Biome Eco Stores can be found online as well as five locations in Brisbane. They believe in zero waste, toxin free and ethical choices, so its just the kind of business that I like to support.  Lucky for me, as there is nowhere local to buy this kind of thing in rural QLD, so I have to order everything online or make my own.  You can read about some of their products that I have tried:



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Rad Pads (for the ladies)
Did you know you can buy reusable menstrual products?  I wrote about it here.  Personally I use a silicon cup and cloth pads, and I've been using them for nearly 10 years.  I am really happy with the products and I love to promote them to other women.  If you'd like to try these products too, please use my Rad Pads affiliate link (for Australia) so that I receive a small percentage of the sale.




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What to do with eight acres

Behind the scenes of my blog I can see the search terms that led people to find my blog.  It can be quite interesting to look through them occasionally and see what people are looking for.  Most of them involve chicken tractors, but another question that comes up regularly is “what can you do with eight acres?” or “how much land is eight acres?”.  Today I will try to answer this question.

Of course it is a very broad question, there are lots and lots of things you can do with eight acres, but I’m going to assume that you want to live there, feed your family and maybe make a little extra money.  I make that assumption because that’s what I know about, if you want to do something else with your eight acres, you will need to look somewhere else.

If you haven’t chosen your land yet, here a few things to look for.  Focus on the things you can’t change and try to choose the best property you can find in your price range.  Look for clean water in dams, bores or wells, either on the property …

Growing and eating chokos (chayotes)

Cooking chokos (not be confused with another post about cooking chooks) has been the subject of a few questions on my blog lately, so here's some more information for you.
Chokos - also known as Chayote, christophene or christophine, cho-cho, mirliton or merleton, chuchu, Cidra, Guatila, Centinarja, Pipinola, pear squash, vegetable pear, chouchoute, güisquil, Labu Siam, Ishkus or Chowchow, Pataste, Tayota, Sayote - is a vine belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, along with pumpkins, squash and melons, with the botanical name Sechium edule.


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Making tallow soap

For some reason I've always thought that making soap seemed too hard.  For a start the number of ingredients required was confusing and all the safety warnings about using the alkali put me off.  The worst part for me was that most of the ingredients had to be purchased, and some even imported (palm oil and coconut oil), which never seemed very self-sufficient.  I can definitely see the benefits of using homemade soap instead of mass produced soap (that often contains synthetic fragrance, colour, preservatives, and has had the glycerine removed), but it seemed to me that if I was going to buy all the ingredients I may as well just buy the soap and save myself all the hassle.  For the past several years I have bought homemade soap from various market stalls and websites, and that has suited me just fine.
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