Cam thinks his chickens resemble Captain Jack Sparrow. Has he been spending too much time in the sun?
A rural home in La Porte, Iowa thrives on all the elements of nature including bird feeders, a veggie garden and table scraps.
Chickens who begin life as housepets don't take kindly to being banished to the outdoors. What is the likelihood of indoor hens producing fresher, tastier eggs?
Camille Wright passes on wisdom from her “Mamaw,” conjuring up images of fresh clothes on the clothesline, a root cellar lined with jams and jellies, and quiet walks.
Growing up in rural north Florida, Elizabeth Hollingsworth shares her family’s self-sufficiency experiences, from storing redskin potatoes to making jam; drives in the country to extended-family potlucks.
Time to plant sorghum in the Ozarks. When do you plant sorghum in your neck of the woods?
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
Practical use of a wood mill on the homestead. The benefit of cutting your own lumber.
How can someone who claims to be a 'modern homesteader' not have planted her garden by the end of June, you ask? Well, let me tell you...
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
A few things for a tipi dweller to consider in finding the (kind of) perfect property to call home (for a bit).
Cam has an exciting evening when his neighbor drops off another expectant cow.
The virtues and wisdom of having some projects done by professionals -vs- rather than attempting them yourself. While many can and do their own installation, occasionally it is better to have professionals do the job.
How do you travel, with a family, and maintain some environmental dignity? We recently went exploring in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
We are collecting stories from our readers -- their older neighbors or relatives, too -- about self-sufficient homesteading and farming in the early 20th century. Read what we've found, and share your own story from yesteryear for modern homesteaders.
A summary of the entire process of installing a 30' x 72' hoophouse from putting up the hoops to pulling the plastic over the entire structure.
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
It pays to be calm when working bees, but it takes practice and experiece to get there. Here is an eany way to practice, and an easy way to remove the cover without disturbing the colony, or the colony disturbing you.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
Our process of buying the land for our homestead had little to do with logic and a lot to do with emotion. For me, it was a chance to return to the plains where I grew up and be close to family.
Follow the logic trail in how I came to decide upon living in a canvas cone.
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
A day trip in the hills finds us in the midst of huckleberry country bearing ripe fruit.
Cam and Michelle enjoy having their first "HelpX" volunteers to help out in the gardens!
Jim and Julie are starting their homestead in Texas while still living in Australia. Managing the project by remote control is the challenge, and they are learning as they go. This is an adventure of faith and confidence.
Wild flowers in bloom in high country meadows. Wild iris in profusion.
Hay season on the farm is different now then when I was growing up, but I will never forget those long summer days out in the hay field with my family.
When our chicks arrived, we had no idea how much we had to learn about how to raise baby chicks. Nor did we know how much the books couldn't tell us.
Carpenter ants: an alternative to chemical treatment. Living within the environment and not attempting to destroy or change it.
Wild strawberries are a tasty treat.
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
Maddy Harland introduces forest gardening – beautiful, low maintenance and productive gardens that provide for many of our needs – food, fuel, medicines and fibers.
Cool bees are more productive than bees that have to work at keeping cool. Here's several ways to help your bees keep cool this summer.
Cam gives an update on his new chickens!
Tree stumps, reminders of special moments and birds contribution to life.