Hi, my name is Dan and I’m the owner of this website. I took over from Kendra, the previous owner, years ago, and brought in a team of homesteading experts to constantly add and improve articles on a variety of subjects ranging from raising livestock and gardening to DIY.
But first, let me introduce you to the previous owner…
Kendra Lynne is the founder of this website, a gardening and canning expert with over a decade of experience. Though Kendra isn’t writing here anymore, some of her previous articles can still be found in the archives.
I started homesteading when I was 5 years old, with early memories of going with the cows on the pasture every day and helping my grandparents stack and transport hay with our slow but reliable cart pulled by our humble cows.
Gardening and raising chickens were part of my daily life, particularly in the summer, when I would stay on the homestead for 4-5 months at a time.
Later in life, I discovered the prepping movement as well as blogging, so it all started to make sense to me. I began writing prepping articles, and once my first websites started to take off, I started to look for experienced writers who could cover way more than I ever could with my humble experience.
Dig through the articles archives here on New Life on a Homestead and you’ll find tons of info shared by the homesteaders, DIY-ers, preppers, and the kind, self-reliant folks I was able to find.
Tom is an experienced homesteader and prepper from a small and quiet town in Ohio. He’s the best handyman you’ll ever meet, but also a seasoned gardener. His wide range of experience includes fixing homes, working on various farms, and teaching folks defense and security.
He raises decorative plants, as well as a variety of vegetables and herbs. During harvest time, you’ll find him canning and dehydrating his produce – unless somebody calls him up for a site security analysis or a home remodeling job.
Rebekah Pierce (former White)
I’m eternally grateful for Rebekah agreeing to share her wisdom and knowledge with the community. She’s a former English teacher who left her career behind to focus on homesteading, and on writing about it.
Rebekah specializes in gardening, but she also raises dozens of chickens, pigs, sheep, and even bees. She’s also an avid canner and follows the strictest guidelines and recipes. See her articles here.
Tara lives on 56 acres in Ohio, and is an excellent farmer, gardener, prepper and DIY-er.
She raises goats, chickens, donkeys, horses, and a ton of other livestock. She also experiments with wild edibles and various crops, and during winter she likes to try new things such as crocheting, making dolls, soaps, and much more.
Tara is the brains behind one of the most popular prepper camps in recent history, the Old School Survival Boot Camp.
Check her articles out to see how detailed her text and videos are.
M. I. Grey
Mr. Grey’s expertise encompasses things like canning and other preservation methods, survival and preparedness, personal security, and foraging for wild edibles. He’s also a pro photographer and you can see that in his articles.
Linda Wilson also practices what she preaches. A long-time homesteader and gardener, she’s never satisfied until she fully covers the subject matter. Click here to read her articles.
I’m leaving the original message from the former owner, Kendra Lynne, below…
This is the journal of a Southern California girl trying to learn her way around in the country. I love life in the South now, but it took many years before I adjusted…
Growing up on the beautiful West Coast, in warm and sunny weather, surrounded by beautiful people and places was paradise; life was good… wasn’t it??
Until one day when my teenage life was abruptly uprooted and I found myself on the other side of the world, or so it felt, living in the middle of nowhere in the Bible Belt South. Talk about major culture shock!
At first, I hated it. I was lost and longed for the glamor of home. But after a couple of years, this new slower-paced living started to grow on me.
I began to contemplate life and true happiness, and my perception of the “good life” slowly began to change.
I realized that I had grown tired of fast city living, rude, self-centered people, and a superficial lifestyle. And, as I got a little older and found the Lord, I started to realize that this new simpler life brought me much more joy.
Over the course of 2008, my husband and I decided that we were ready to switch gears and learn to live more self-sufficiently.
We bought a repo’d modular home, fixed it up, and put it on an acre of land deep in the country. Eager, and well on our way to building our homestead, we realize that it will be a long, trying journey, but a rewarding one as well.
I’m so glad you’ve come to join us! I hope you will follow along as this naive city girl fumbles her way through learning to garden, raising chickens, canning and preserving food, living on less, and everything else along those lines! Boy, are we in for a ride!
If you are like us, in the learning stages, I hope that from my accomplishments and mistakes, I can provide some knowledge for you.
And if you’re an experienced homesteader, I hope that you will be kind enough to share your insights with me when you see me in need of advice. And who knows, you too might just learn a new trick or two along the way!
Blessings and Shalom!