How to Tap a Maple Tree Step by Step

collecting sap from a maple tree

It’s that time of year again, fellow homesteaders… tree tapping time! No maple trees on your homestead? No problem, there are more than one dozen other trees common to the United States that can also be tapped for syrup and sugar. Typically, trees are prime for tapping between the middle of February through mid-March. The … Read more How to Tap a Maple Tree Step by Step

How to Get Chickens and Ducks Ready for Winter

chickens in snow

Getting your flock of chickens and ducks ready for winter is essential to not just their egg laying, but their overall health and protection from predators. While chickens and most poultry birds have a higher internal body temperature than humans (about 105F to 107F degrees on average, that’s around 40C – 42C) that does not … Read more How to Get Chickens and Ducks Ready for Winter

How to Make Golden Milk Step by Step

Golden Milk has been used as a medicinal drink in India since ancient times. Although the natural and powerfully healing turmeric tea has been wildly popular elsewhere for decades, it is only now coming into common use in the United States outside of herbalist circles. Turmeric is my favorite healing herb of all time; I … Read more How to Make Golden Milk Step by Step

Ironweed Medicinal Uses (and More)

ironweed logo

Ironweed is not the nuisance weed many rural folks think it is, not by a long shot. The beautiful purple weed that flourishes in horse pastures and fields offers a bounty of medicinal benefits.The wildflower possesses antiseptic properties, and has a somewhat bitter taste. For centuries, ironweed has been used to treat a plethora of … Read more Ironweed Medicinal Uses (and More)

Medicinal Herb Roasted Whole Chicken Recipe

medicinal herb roasted chicken logo

This whole roasted chicken is absolutely delicious! Although I typically roast the whole chicken in the oven, I also make it one a “drunk chicken” stand in either our charcoal grill or wood smoker. Yes, as with pretty much everything, this recipe will taste even more delicious coming straight from the grill or smoker. Whole … Read more Medicinal Herb Roasted Whole Chicken Recipe

This Month on the Homestead – September 2018

homestead sept 2018 logo

It was another busy month here on our homestead. Summer is commonly thought of as the busiest time, but in reality, those weeks between the end of long sunny days and the falling of leaves is equally filled with necessary chores. We are still getting the rest of our wood in. This shouldn’t be so … Read more This Month on the Homestead – September 2018

How To Trim and Shoe Horses and Medium Livestock

how to shoe a horse logo

Do you know how to shoe a horse or trim the hooves of livestock? No farm would (or should) be complete without horses. During a long-term disaster- and beyond, horses will almost assuredly once again become the most advanced and readily accessible mode of transportation. Learning how to be your own farrier will help protect … Read more How To Trim and Shoe Horses and Medium Livestock

How To Make Waldorf Toys: Branch Blocks And Memory Matching Blocks

waldorf toys logo

When I first stumbled upon tree branch blocks online, I was shocked by two things: how beautifully natural and fun they would be to play with and how super ridiculous the price was. Those two facts, coupled with being a DIY homesteader and homemade toy making fiend, prompted me to go “shopping” in our woods … Read more How To Make Waldorf Toys: Branch Blocks And Memory Matching Blocks