Practical Self-Sufficiency Newsletter2021-06-30T10:42:47-04:00

Practical Self-Sufficiency Newsletter

Welcome to the NOFA/Mass newsletter series

Each week we publish original articles on the topics we care about most.

Read about the latest policy issues affecting Massachusetts farmers and consumers in our “Policy and Advocacy” newsletter, get insider farming and gardening tips from expert growers in our “Be a Better Grower” newsletter, learn to do it yourself, from food preservation to building fences, in our “Practical Self-Sufficiency” newsletter and see how our community is working to improve the food system in our “Food Justice” newsletter.

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Make at Home Backpack Snacks from Local Fruit

September 16th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , |

By Christy Bassett, Homesteader at Barefoot All Natural Farm  Back to school, fall hikes, road trips. September spurs many of us to pack a bag and head out of the house for hours at a time. Luckily, it’s also peak [...]

How to Make Raw Butter

July 14th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , , , |

By Christy Bassett, Homesteader at Barefoot All Natural Farm Real, raw butter is just about impossible to source in Massachusetts unless you make it yourself. That’s because raw (unpasteurized) milk can only be sold unprocessed on the farm where it was collected straight from the cows. No [...]

3 Ways to Preserve Garlic Scapes

June 17th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

Garlic scapes ready to be harvested By Christy Bassett, Homesteader at Barefoot All Natural Farm Garlic scapes come but once per year, but that doesn’t mean that their flavor needs to escape you once the harvest [...]

Hatching Chicks at Home

April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , , |

By Christy Bassett, NOFA/Mass Communications Director and Homesteader at Barefoot All Natural Farm  Nothing signals spring quite like the chirps of baby chicks. As soon as the year turns the corner into March, with warmer weather [...]

Ethically Foraging Wild & Medicinal Plants

May 20th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, Herbalist at Sweet Birch Herbals Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, Community Herbalist The sounds and sights of spring unfurling renew a sense of hope. Wild edibles and spring ephemerals are shooting up [...]

Setting Up Your Brooder and Caring for Juvenile Poultry

May 21st, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Christy Bassett, Homesteader at Barefoot All Natural Farm  Last month we talked about the process of hatching chicks at home. If you decided to take on the adventure of incubating eggs and hatching out chicks without [...]

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