Working with a sawyer to cut custom lumber for your projects can be a great experience. Here are a few tips to make it even better.
Has the "magic" energy solution been discovered?
This blog is an introduction to how we went from a condominium lifestyle to off grid modern homesteading in the mountains. It also includes an explanation of the meaning of "off grid".
Michelle and Cam continue to debate whether a real tree or a fake tree is the better choice from an environmental perspective.....
Caulk tool that works for me. If for me it should work for anyone.
We met Max Gonzales in the mountains of northern New Mexico about 25 years ago. I sometimes wonder if he’s up there this year, in the Cruces Basin or some other isolated mountain valley, listening to radio and dreaming of home.
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
Three U.S. regional beekeeping associations offer much to beekeepers at any skill level and experience. Beeyard adventures, workshops, lectures, honey shows, and the chance to meet hundreds of likemined individuals await you here.
Make these tasty and chewy caramels. They are a festive treat that takes on a homespun flavor with the addition of Sorghum.
Some things have come full circle, so now we have a chance to fix it right this time!
A rundown of activities you can do in the winter to improve your homestead.
History and those who may have crossed or used your homestead before you discovered it. Treasure is where you find it.
Humanure management for maximum nutrient secuestration and minimum resource loss.
How one rural county without animal control regulations or a public pet shelter is working to make a better community for all residents — both humans and their companions.
Make a pie from your own pumpkin puree, using a from-scratch pie crust!
Our economic dependence on population growth bears a disturbing similarity to a global Ponzi scheme - a scam in which an unethical entrepreneur promises investors big returns, which he fraudulently generates from the contributions of later investors.
Debbie Mildfelt shares memories of her grandmother's stories, exploring the life of a large family on a small Kansas farm.
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
How a wood-fired hot tub allows us to live better on less energy.
Mistletoe is such an interesting parasitic plant! Have you spotted it in your treetops?
After a completely miserable potato harvest this year we’ve decided to pull them out of the ground and do them in boxes made out of pallets. That way we can use weedblock under them to eliminate the whole bindweed issue. So today, the boxes went up.
Our habitat won’t allow the human population to expand forever. But if the global population stabilizes, we face an unprecedented economic problem. Prosperity depends on an expanding human population to support our expanding global economy.
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.
Cam rationalizes his hoarding behaviour....
Do you love strawberries? It is hard to decide on the best way to manage them if attempting to grow them. I want strawberries bad enough to try to figure out what method works best for me.
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.
The different sounds that you hear in the city or country are as different as the people that live there.
Cam battles with the flying squirrels who want to inhabit his guesthouse using some unique weapons.
Senior sledding down our driveway.
The importance of a good pickup truck for the modern homesteader.
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
At first glance George Siemon and Doc Hatfield don’t appear to have a whole lot in common. But George and Doc and a bunch of conspirators are revolutionizing agriculture: they are putting consumers back in touch with the people who grow their food.
If you are looking for gifts for beekeepers this blog post could be perfect encompasing books, clothes, equipment and even wrapping paper. This is perfect fodder for all of you that need to buy presents for beekeepers!
A historic ice house on the LeDuc-Simmons Estate and a local ice harvest at Lake Rebecca demonstrate how ice and other perishables were kept cold in the hot summer months during the 19th century.
Cam loves living in a place where he can enjoy the night skies.... even if he doesn't completely understand what he's looking at some of the time!
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
This spring when the pests arrive in your garden try this radical strategy - Do nothing!
I enjoy the sweet, simple memories of Christmas that the comforting smell of a cedar tree brings to my mind.
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
We now have something to walk on other than dirt!
There are many beekeeping associations in the U.S., national, regional and local. The two National Groups are discussed, looking at members, activities and goals.