This Month on the Homestead – September 2018

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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 Can Jalapeno Hot Pepper Jelly: Treat Your Mouth to Some Sweet Heat

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It must have been about 10 years or so ago. I was still living in Michigan (go Blue!), the state that I grew up in, and visiting a local apple orchard. This orchard wasn’t just any orchard as it had quite an elaborate gift shop and bakery attached to it. You could get anything from … Read more How to Can Jalapeno Hot Pepper Jelly: Treat Your Mouth to Some Sweet Heat

How To Use The Entire Corn Plant For Food, Medicine, and Crafts

The corn plant might be the most useful item growing in your garden right now. It is simple to grow and pick, a bit of a time-consuming pain to preserve, and offers the chance to use not just the yield from the plant, but the entire plant itself around your homestead. If you grew up … Read more How To Use The Entire Corn Plant For Food, Medicine, and Crafts

Kefir vs. Kombucha: Which One Is Best?

Kefir and kombucha are all the rage in the natural and holistic health community. They are high in nutrients, as well as sources of rare probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial for both digestion and overall gut health, providing the healthy bacteria necessary to prevent constipation, bloating, and other unpleasant ailments. Probiotics are found in few food … Read more Kefir vs. Kombucha: Which One Is Best?

This Month on the Homestead (July): Learning and Losses

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It has been a tragic couple of weeks here on our survival homesteading retreat. We lost our most long-standing and skilled self-reliance tribe member, the last of my ducks, and my favorite chicken. We have not had such extreme predator issues since our first few months on this property. Something, and I am thinking it … Read more This Month on the Homestead (July): Learning and Losses

Permaculture Tips for Cool Humid to Cold Climates

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A GUIDE TO EXTENDING THE SEASON FOR YEAR-ROUND SELF-SUFFICIENCY Living in colder climates is undoubtedly somewhat challenging when it comes to growing food. The harshness of frost and ice leaves our gardens dormant, our ground frozen over, and our animals shivering. However, as with all permaculture tricks, the idea is to think outside the box … Read more Permaculture Tips for Cool Humid to Cold Climates

Today On The Homestead: Goat Babies, Hay Mishap, And DIY Play Structure

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It was hot, I mean a record-setting heat wave on the homestead this weekend. In spite of the 101 degrees heat and off-the-charts humidity, we accomplished some essential chores, infused some self-reliance training of the grandkiddos in with a play structure project, AND finally welcomed Pearl’s new kids to the barnyard. Pearl has been waddling … Read more Today On The Homestead: Goat Babies, Hay Mishap, And DIY Play Structure

14 High Tech Tools and Tricks for Modern Homesteaders

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Do high tech and homesteading go hand in hand? Absolutely! When people think of homesteaders, they often envision people eschewing all modern conveniences, and living like they’re in the 19th Century. However, while simplifying your life is a key component of homesteading, that doesn’t mean you have to turn your back on technology. There’s no … Read more 14 High Tech Tools and Tricks for Modern Homesteaders

Today On The Homestead: Wacky Predator, Toxic Discovery, Barn Troubles, And Tragedy Averted

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It has been another busy and new experience-filled week here on the homestead, folks. I thought the swarming yellow jackets who deeply disliked their nest under the boards of an old barn we are tearing down and repurposing would be the most exciting part of my week…but I was wrong. Let’s start with the yellow … Read more Today On The Homestead: Wacky Predator, Toxic Discovery, Barn Troubles, And Tragedy Averted

How To Make A Free Play Area On The Homestead

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How do you make a free playground area on your homestead? Well, go shopping in your husband’s junk piles, garage, and sheds…of course. Keeping your eye out for so-called junk on the side of the road is also a great idea. Sadly, far too many folks throw away outdoor recreational items simply because they are … Read more How To Make A Free Play Area On The Homestead

46 Things You Should Stop Buying and Start Making

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If you can make it yourself, you probably should. Most people become homesteaders because they want to live a more deliberate, self-reliant life. One of the best ways to become more independent – financially, and from supply chains that could get disrupted unexpectedly, and add things to products that you do not want  –  is … Read more 46 Things You Should Stop Buying and Start Making