How to Grow Parsnips


Native to Europe and Asia, parsnips have been a dinnertime staple in North America since the early 1700s. These tasty root vegetables were used in ancient medicine to relieve toothaches and even achy feet! While parsnips may not be effective for those particular old household remedies, they offer a range of other health benefits and … Read more

How to Tap a Maple Tree Step by Step

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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

The Real Differences Between Food From Your Homestead and Supermarket Groceries

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If you have ever tasted a homegrown tomato, you likely already know how much more flavorful it is than a store-bought tomato. And it’s not just your imagination playing tricks on you. Homegrown produce does taste better than supermarket produce, and it offers a variety of other advantages as well. 1. It will look different … Read more

Top 20 Foods for a Bulletproof Immune System

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Are you finding yourself repeatedly falling victim to colds, coughs, the flu, and other unpleasant illnesses? If so, this can be a sign that your immune system is not working as hard as it should be. While you should always have yourself checked by a doctor if you suspect anything is wrong with your immune … Read more

Homestead Money-Making: Grapevine


Thick grapevine like the ones in the photo above are incredibly sturdy, making them perfect for using to build furniture and large garden decorations. Chances are if you live on a rural homestead in most regions of the country, there is a good amount of grapevine growing in the woods. Those thick and winding vines … Read more

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

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

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