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My 95-year-old mother wants to give me her aluminum Dutch oven. I would very much like to have it to prepare pot roasts, stews, etc. I would use it on top of the stove to brown meats and vegetables and then put it the oven to continue cooking the meal. The Dutch oven also has an aluminum...

I am interested in raising a small herd of beefalo. Do you have any information on raising beefalo. Particulary the advantages vs. disadvantages. How many head could I start out with on 3 acres? I have access to aproximatly 20 adjoining acres if need be.

What do you think about using reclaimed timber for construction? Would this save money? Would it reduce tree cutting and reduce global warming and water pollution caused by clear cutting?

I surf regularly along the northern Oregon coast. In light of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, has any recent / regular testing been completed to see if the water is safe to surf in? Some of us are out there for extended periods of time and may even accidentally gulp down some seawater during...

How often should the inside of a home refrigerator be cleaned?

My husband and I are researching starting a small trout hatchery. Does the extension office provide support/information on aquaculture?

When I clean my chicken coop, I put the manure in a compost bin of its own, add some straw and grass and let it pile up. I started in March and will stop mid-November. When will it be "ready" to add to my raised vegetable beds?

We have a small farm with 10 sheep and with winter coming and left over garden produce have questions on what we can feed our sheep. Three are hopefully pregnant so want to be careful what we feed them. We got some pumpkins that have ink and permanent marker decor on them and concerned...

In which phase of the moon is it best to plant fall garlic?

I heard a story on NPR about these bugs. I am a Master Gardener and have been aware of this problem for a year or two. I have found a few of them in my yard and have killed them but I have had the distinct damage done to my apples that is shown in a website describing the problems caused by...