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Do you like reading my posts and joining in on my facebook page?  Do you want to support what I do here online and on farm?

Here's a few easy things you can do to help me keep this blog going...

Buy my ebooks
I've written an ebook about our house cows and I'm currently working on another one about our chicken tractors.  Click on the images to find out how to buy them.

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Etsy Shop: EightAcresFarmGate
You can buy handmade items (and the ebooks) at our virtual farmgate on Etsy here.

**NEW** Salt Spa Soap and Honey and Oatmeal Soap!

~Lip Balm ~ Lavender, Peppermint or Honey
Ingredients ~ macadamia oil, beeswax, essential oils or honey, vitamin E

~Herbal Salve~
Ingredients ~ Olive oil infused with comfrey, chickweed and calendula,
lavender essential oil, vitamin E
Uses ~ Assists with healing and soothing skin conditions such as cuts, rashes and bites

~Muscle Salve~
Ingredients ~ Olive oil, essential oils (lavender, clove, oregano, wintergreen,
eucalyptus and peppermint), vitamin E
Uses ~ anti-inflammatory and soothing oils to relax and heal sore muscles and joints

~Insect Repellent~
Ingredients ~ Olive oil, neem oil, essential oils (citronella, lemon grass, peppermint,
eucalyptus, and tea tree), vitamin E
Uses ~ for protection against biting insects

~Pure and Simple ~ 100% Tallow~
Ingredients ~ Beef tallow, caustic soda
Uses ~ A very simple soap, perfect for sensitive skin

~Pretty Pink Clay Soap~
Ingredients ~ Beef tallow, caustic soda, bentonite clay, essential oils (Orange Sweet, Lime, Geranium, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Rose Otto)
Uses ~ The pink bentonite clay is a detoxifier and also helps to retain the essential oil scent

~Green Herb Lemon Balm Soap~
Ingredients ~ Beef tallow, caustic soda, lemon balm powder, essential oils (Orange Sweet, Lime, Geranium, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Rose Otto)
Uses ~ Lemon balm is an anti-inflammatory, skin soothing herb, which gives this soap its green colour

~True Grit Gardener’s Soap~
Ingredients ~ Beef tallow, olive oil and coconut oil, caustic soda, coffee grounds
Uses ~ Coffee grounds absorb odour and remove dirt, coconut oil adds suds

~Sustainable Shaving Soap~
Ingredients ~ Beef tallow, olive oil and coconut oil, caustic soda, essential oils (Orange Sweet, Cedarwood Atlas, Juniperberry, Lavender Bulgaria, Patchouli, Cinnamon Bark
Uses ~ Use with a shaving brush instead of shaving cream

Honey and Beeswax also available

Amazon Affiliates
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.

Amazon Book Store
You can also go to my Amazon book store to see all my recommendations.

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.

I've selected a few products that I think you will like, and they are scrolling below, if you buy something through my link, I will get a small percentage of the sale.  Please click on the scrolling images below or just browse the Ozfarmer Australia site from this link to see what else they have to offer.

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Buy Hill's Ideal Balance For Dogs online at cheapest prices.

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.

Or you can buy from Glad Rags in the US here.

Advertise here on my blog!
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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 …

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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Growing and eating chokos (chayotes)

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The choko contains a large seed, like a mango, but if you pick them small enough it is soft enough to eat.  If you leave the choko for long enough it will sprout from one end and start to grow a vine.  To grow the choko, just plant the sprouted choko and give the vine a structure to climb over.  In summer, the vine will produce tiny flowers that will eventually swell into choko fruit.  The vine doesn't like hot dry weather.  And it doesn&#…