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Making Honey

Making Honey

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There are lots of reasons why we should appreciate honey bees. The main reason being pollination, but the tastiest reason is the honey that they make. So how do honey bees make honey? Well, it all starts with a flower. Some plants produce flowers. Those flowers will have nectar (basically…

Importance of Honey Bees

Importance of Honey Bees

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There are many animals that are important to have on a homestead. One of those is the honey bee. However, honey bees are not just important to homesteaders, they’re important to everyone who likes to eat. Honey bees are important because of pollination. Pollination works like this: plants produce flowers…

Native Non-Venomous Snakes of Texas

Native Non-Venomous Snakes of Texas

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In our last article we talked about native venomous snakes of Texas. In this article we’ll talk about some of our native non-venomous snakes. The state of Texas is home to 113 species and subspecies of snakes. Surprisingly to most people, less than 15% are venomous; the rest are completely…

Milk Kefir

Milk Kefir

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Part of homesteading is providing your own food. To that end, one of the foods we produce here at GHR is a cultured drink referred to as milk kefir. It is similar to yogurt in terms of the tangy flavor and that it is made from cultured milk, but its…

Kombucha

Kombucha

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So we’ve all heard about probiotics and that we need them to stay healthy, but probiotics are nothing new. In fact, probiotics is just a term for the bacteria that have been used to ferment foods all through history. One of our favorite probiotic foods is known as kombucha. What…

Yogurt

Yogurt

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Most of us enjoy a cup of tangy yogurt, but what is yogurt and what does it have to do with homesteading anyway? Glad you asked. Simply put, yogurt is a cultured milk product, meaning the milk is fermented. The process of making yogurt involves using certain types of beneficial…

Merry Christmas from Grace Heritage Ranch

Merry Christmas from Grace Heritage Ranch

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All of us at Grace Heritage Ranch would like to take this time to wish you all a very merry and blessed Christmas!  Thank you for your support and encouragement to us this past year.  We pass along to you a written narrative of a video titled “The Paradox of…

American Milking Devon Cattle

American Milking Devon Cattle

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The animal that first comes to mind when people think of homesteading is the family milk cow. Here at Grace Heritage Ranch we raise the American Milking Devon, a tri-purpose breed used for milk, meat, and as a draft animal (think pulling a plow). They produce about 4 gallons of…

San Clemente Island Goats

San Clemente Island Goats

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Grace Heritage Ranch is known for the unique breeds of animals that make their home here. A useful dual-purpose goat that we have is the San Clemente Island Goat. The SCI goats, as they are known, are good for both milk and meat, but we also keep and breed them…

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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One of the most useful animals to have on a homestead is the goat; however, not all breeds of goats are the same. Some breeds are known as dairy goats; they will produce a lot of milk but not a lot of meat. Some breeds are known as meat goats;…

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