Dealing with potties out in the country.
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
What a nice surprise it can be to notice new spring babies emerging from where their parent plants grew the year before. Volunteer plants are a wonderful gift!
An introduction to a series exploring the world of beekeeping
Cam has a "reality check" moment and realizes how lucky he is!
Being prepared for canine emergencies.
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
Prepping for major emergencies - earthquakes, floods, tornadoes - is important, but so is emergency planning for less dramatic events. Find out what you can do to reduce the potential for stress.
People are often apprehensive about preserving their own food, whether they're intimidated by the process, or concerned about the safety of the finished product. As Sherri Brooks Vinton explains, it's time to bring canning back to the home kitchen.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
Cam describes a mosquito infestation INSIDE his house.
We raise broiler chickens from hatchlings for a 4-H fair project every summer. This is a fun, managable project that provides us with some fresh poultry meat as well.
Milk, meat, eggs, veggies-- see how it's done on a small urban farm!
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
Springtime in Urbania can be fraught with temptations at the stores. I have managed to navigate these temptations, sometimes just by 'smelling the clover hay'! Now that the veggies are in, all we have to do is wait for the summer vegetable frittata!
A description of farmers' even tempered dispositions.
Time to pick out the right hoophouse for my growing needs and install it! It will be a lot of work, but will offer a new farming experience that will expand my harvesting season.
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
Cam describes the building of his chicken coop.
Cam responds to a negative comment about a previous blog.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
We are collecting Wit and Wisdom From Our Elders: tips and stories of how people took care of their homesteads in the past. Share your stories!
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
With country living, you expect a quiet night's sleep. But surprise, surprise - nature has its own alarm clock.
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
In our ever-growing quest to produce our own food we've acquired two egg-laying chickens!
Putting up a hoophouse expands the growing opportunity into the barren winter months. A USDA program is helping market growers purchase a hoophouse to find out if local farmers and consumers reap benefits from extending local growing seasons.
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
Homesteading with wild animals and how to cope with their antics.
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
Wood stove considerations that should be considered before you purchase a stove.
Taste spring sooner-- build yourself a cold frame!
Confrontation with life and death situations are unavoidable when living on a farm. Seeing baby animals come into the world is beautiful, but sometimes these beautiful moments can be full of anxiety if things aren't going just right.
This is a fun step-by-step story about building a metal gate from scratch with scrap and the excitement of learning how to use new tools! "This ole truck ain't what it used to be."
Don't let your wanderlust for more space hold you back from creating your homestead in the city.
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
I am new to America, and new to the suburbs, having previously lived in rural Australia. I now live in suburban Indiana. During the past two years I have been trying to set up an "urban homestead" for our family. The neighbors are curious and amused.
Cam talks about getting mistaken for a garden centre employee and also the time that his house appeared to get sold out from under him!
The daily realities of living in the mountains.