Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
The summer garden is coming to an end. I think most of us can agree it has been a challenging year for our gardens. It is time to regroup and learn from our experiences.
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
Holy cow, I just wrote a blog about cleaning. I really am turning into my mother.
Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.
Read about methods to utilize animal- and human- power for trimming the lawn and keeping back weeds, all free of fossil fuels.
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
Gardening for the first time ever in a hoophouse is a lot like gardening elsewhere. But, it is gardening in a whole different climate!
When getting a top bar hive ready for winter, you need to know how much honey there is...and measureing these frames is different than measuring rectangular frames.
How-To Build a Hoop House; a collection of resources for growers.
Turning liabilities into assests.
This is an excerpt from Christopher Nyerges' "Self-Sufficient Home" book (published by Stackpole) where he talks about some of his early gardening experiences and when he learned that the health of the soil is the most important aspect of gardening.
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
Gene GeRue relates the lessons he learned from a childhood of frugal living.
Cooking breakfast outside on the woodstove.
This gift set of four farm-themed board books features illustrations that tell the story of a day in the life of each of four animals: chickens, goats, cows and pigs.
Using cold frames for fall salad greens can extend your season of fresh eating.
Fun is where you find it, in this case it is a hay ride for the family along our trail.
Survivalists and others who yearn for a better way of life, and a better world, would be best served by studying the successful tribal cultures and ways of the past. Based on an interview with Vine Deloria, author of "God is Red."
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
Carolyn shares nostalgic summer memories of life on the farm including owning a pet rooster, picking wild blackberries, and eating fried turtle.
Have a little lookie at the guts of my humble, cone-shaped abode. Enjoy!
My mission was to find like minded 'earth nurturers' in a neighborhood where there seems to be a dearth of us! What I found was humility and kindred spirits, and the makings of a great dinner party!
One woman's journey from life in urban America to a small town in Austria, then back to a suburban homestead in Dallas on which she tries her hand at keeping dairy goats.
So, what are Purple Hull Peas? They are a green shelled pea that cooks into a creamy, yummy delight! They are easy to grow and can also be found at local farmers markets.
Probably not as exciting as a Louisiana Saturday night, and without an opossum in a sack, but I did kick off my shoes and throw 'em on the floor.
Carolyn’s story of living on a farm in rural Illinois shows that one can truly live off the land by having a huge garden, collecting wild morel mushrooms, and making homemade cottage cheese from the milk of the family cow.
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
How we put the happy in The Happy Homesteader.
Even those who are new to canning (like us!) can make these savory little pickles! But you'll want to make extra, because they won't last long!
Pretty much everything I own got soaking wet with the Mama Earf's recent rain bender in Virginia. But on the bright side, I got to see the genius behind the tipi structure firsthand.
A woman recalls her childhood memories on Three Mile Creek Farm including horses, a pig pen and a one-room school.
From breadlines in the city to hanging clothes to dry, a woman shares memories of her family’s move from Los Angeles to a farm in Oregon during the Great Depression.
A creative use of an old Ford truck.KimAnna tells the tale of how her husband Mike took an old 1964 ford and turned it into a useful Bar at their Cafe in Del Norte, Co. With a few added embellishments it is not only functional but a piece of art!
Okra is a tasty favorite lightly coated and fried in the skillet. Try this recipe if a fear of slimy okra deters you from enjoying this summer vegetable.
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
The discussion of home birth often revolves around the mother and the newborn baby. This blog post describes the experience through the eyes of the father, and the amazing respect for the family's midwife that came from the day of his son’s birth.
Growing up on a New England homestead, a woman imparts heartfelt lessons about making do with what you have and cherishing those memories.