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Tools and supplies recommended by Long Island homesteaders

Whether you’re running a small-scale farm or taking baby steps toward becoming more self-sufficient, tools and supplies can help you on your journey. I polled members of the Long Island Homesteading Forum Facebook group, and these are some of their favorite products.

Grandpa’s Feeders

Grandpasfeeders.jpg Grandpa’s Feeders are automatic chicken feeders that
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Grandpa’s Feeders are automatic chicken feeders that keep food easily accessible, protect against water, spoilage and pests, and prevent critters from stealing your chickens’ food. In two sizes ($59.95, $109.95 at Amazon.com); grandpasfeeders.com. (Recommended by Corin Doria, Huntington)

Rainbow Spiral Supports

Rainbow Spiral Supports keep tomato and other vining
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Spiral tomato stakes save space in the garden and keep tomato vines off the ground. Just stake the 5-foot-tall spirals into soil next to plants, and secure vines as they grow to keep them contained and vertical. $49.95 for a set of five reusable supports; gardeners.com. (Recommended by Lori Oldham, Commack)

FlightSuits

Duck Diaper Harness and optional Diaper Guard. Avian
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FlightSuits are diapers with disposable linings (change them every three hours or so) that allow your feathered friends to roam your home without worry that they’ll fertilize the carpet. Held on with a harness ($34.99) and covered with a diaper guard ($15) for extra security and fashionability, the diapers come in handy when fowl need to be kept indoors and monitored closely, such as when they need to be hand-raised, are sick or injured, or need to be kept safe from predators. Liners sold separately ($3.25 for a pack of 22); flightquarters.com. (Recommended anonymously.)

Oakridge Garden Tools Hori Hori Knife

Oakridge Garden Tools Hori Hori Knife is a
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Oakridge Garden Tools Hori Hori Knife is a multipurpose razor-sharp tool that makes gardening easier. Use it to saw, cut, slice, chop, dig and create planting rows and holes for seeds. It even slices through tightly packed soil and underground roots with ease, and comes with a leather sheath. $33.99 at Amazon.com; oakridgegardentools.com. (Recommended by Robert Christiansen Jr., West Islip)

Vermont castings Merrimack model fireplace insert

A Vermont castings Merrimack model fireplace insert will
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A Vermont castings Merrimack model fireplace insert will turn masonry fireplaces, which can be inefficient and sometimes polluting, into effective and efficient heating systems. Prices start at $3,398; vermontcastings.com. (Recommended by Nick Sarin, Manorville.)

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