Cam leaves his lights on during Earth Hour since he generates his own electricity with solar and wind!
Danny Weaver is a 4th generation beekeeper. He started out allergic to bee stings and overcame the dangerous allergy. Learning about how to tolerate bee stings is part of being around the bees.
It's spring garden planting time! Here are a few things that can be planted while the ground is still cold and there is a nip in the air.
Getting solar panels in Seattle is becoming more affordable with state incentives and net metering but still doesn't quite compare to other states.
It's not difficult to eat locally during the long winter months if you have preserved the previous year's harvest. Even while we wait for spring to arrive, the root cellar may still be providing our dinner.
Cam and Michelle enjoy a visit to their neighbour's "sugar shack" during maple syrup season!
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
Harvesting honey from an experimental frameless beehive.
If you are growing vegetables, making a few homemade wares here and there ... you are practicing good, old-fashioned homesteading techniques.
This book club of the book, Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, follows a couple who decides to live technology free for 18 months among a strict Amish-like community, growing all their own food and relying on their neighbors to survive.
Cam appreciates all four of our seasons!
To ensure we have a full productive garden, each spring I start a habit of carrying a packet of seeds in my pocket every time I head to the garden!
Cam enjoys a sense of accomplishment many times a day as he uses his sidewalk!
Meet a new fuzzy friend (an alpaca cria) in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
Traditional, Country Style Strawberry Shortcake.
Just so you don't think it's all fun and games living out here in the country....
Growing field corn for livestock, home use and future crops; a grain for sustainable living.
We learned a long time ago that we couldn’t attract an audience for our magazines unless we gave our readers tools they could use to improve the world personally. A backyard organic garden is the perfect symbol of positive vision and commitment.
Do you find yourself spelling out words to others, such as when you are spelling out your last name? Try out our Homesteading Alphabet to keep your listeners on their toes and your homesteader lifestyle a part of your daily routine in a whole new way.
Laura Weaver has managed BeeWeaver Apiaries, along with her husband, Danny Weaver, for nearly 2 decades. She has seen the bee industry and the public image of the bee change, as well as their own family bee business.
This blog post started life as an article in The Natural Farmer,published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It could be said to herald the birth of that entity we have come to call The Cynical Optimist.
Welcome to by blog “City to Country, One Step at a Time.” Here’s how I ended up as a modern homesteader on a little acreage in the Canadian West Coast bush.
It’s time to get serious about heritage chickens. Talking Chicken is a wonderful resource to help you build a flock. The book covers selection, breeding, raising and marketing heritage chickens and eggs. Poultry experts from around the country have contributed short pieces that are interspersed throughout the book to round out the information.
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
Skip the packaging and synthetic chemicals and learn how to make your own, cold-processed shampoo bars.
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
Herbs are versatile plants that enhance our lives by adding beauty, aroma, nutrition, seasoning, and a varied landscape. Because they can be grown indoors, or outdoors in pots, as part of landscaping or in the garden, everyone has room to grow herbs.
Find out the easiest way to use greywater in your home.
Chickens naturally go into their coop to roost at dusk, but that’s about the time that many predators start hunting. When you’re not able to be home to close the coop door at the right time, your birds might be in danger. So, Mother Earth News is sponsoring a contest for the best design for a DIY automatic chicken coop door closer.
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
A recipe for a salt scrub that can clean those dirty garden hands while promoting healing.
A harrow tractor implement is very helpful in breaking up manure and old hay on pasture ground.
A story about a baby calf born in the middle of a snow storm.
The next time you stop to buy a bunch of flowers you will look for the Rainforest Alliance green frog seal — your assurance the flowers were grown in a way that respects both the environment and farm workers alike. Since the mid 1980s, growers in a Latin America have been increasing their production of roses, carnations and other blooming species. Ninety percent of the cut flowers and ferns imported to the United States come from Latin America.
Looking for a farming internship or apprenticeship? Search the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center’s online directory of farming internships and apprenticeships to find one that interests you.
Feel protected in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week! Plus, learn more about guard dogs and Great Pyrenees dogs.
I got first bee removal call of the year yesterday. It’s a bit early, but hey, I won’t complain. The woman said that she thought there were three colonies in her wall.
Cam has a feeling that this concept of "cloud computing" is all going to end in tears....
Farm fencing expert Todd Harne talks about choosing the right gate for the right situation. He suggests that the weight of the gate is more critical than the gauge, but heavy gates aren’t necessary for all situations.