The best low cost (semi-reliable) options for getting animals and plants onto your homestead!
Ann Larkin Hansen shows that typically mundane tasks like record keeping and planning can be a satisfying process that can help you reflect on the successes of the year before.
If you're pondering a move to the country and think your life will suddenly get blissfully silent, think again.
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
Cam believes in the Boy Scout's "Be Prepared" motto when it comes to all aspects of his life....
This is the last of a series in home and energy options available to us. It is a short summary of all of the choices we have when designing a new home on or off grid that will benefit your energy use.
We're gearing up for spring on our southwest Virginia farm, planning the garden, pruning the perennials, and getting ready to raise bees, broilers, and mushrooms.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) hosts its 23rd annual Organic Farming Conference, February 23-25, 2012, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
Traveling with Goat School on the Road, and learning all about newborn kid hoofs.
There is a coming resurgence of the appreciation of the hearty homespun sorghum syrup. Something is special about being part of making this “home-made” sugar that speaks to the self-reliant nature inside all of us. You can be part of the Sorghum Revival!
Over the next few weeks, I will offer here three case studies of how the queries might direct change within three very different organizations – our own Rancho Cappuccino; the business I run, Ogden Publications; and Google, Inc.
Many decisions go into remote living to decide if it is right for you.
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
Fostering can help overcome an unexpected side effect of life in a rescue kennel---obesity.
Our selection of a house, downsizing and getting the home built.
Cam sees the bright side of having to deal with a flat tire.
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
An enthusiastic family helps a rare breed of chickens settle into their new home, thanks to MOTHER EARTH NEWS and American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Barbara Pleasant offers a step-by-step plan to starting seeds.
This part of the series deals with window size and location, ceiling heights, eave length, and other design and passive design choices you can make for your new home. These choices apply whether you are on or off the grid.
How we approached buying our property, clearing and selecting a home site.
Janice Spaulding teaches goat husbandry both at her farm in Maine, and around the country with her "Goat School."
Virginia Grace Abraham shares stories from loved ones about life during the Great Depression and WWII, her stories explore all aspects of the time from hunger and hard work to young marriage and the commonly over-looked woes of the farmer's wife.
Robert attended a workshop on hoop houses, and talks about what he learned.
The Africans showed up at our door on a sunny, chilly November afternoon. Two men introduced themselves as Stone and Abraham. In the background stood a young woman with a gregarious little boy, Henry, about 2 years old. They were looking for goats.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
Adult dogs need a little help to compete with pups in the adoption game. A spa date with a groomer or in your own back yard can give that older shelter dog more than a shiny coat. It can open the door to a new life.
If you begin tomorrow, you can be soaking in fresh, 103-degree water by the evening.
You don't have to depend on nature to feed your bees. Take matters into your own hands and plant enough good food for your bees, so they have good, safe food all year long.
We finally see walls and a loft floor.
The good, the bad and the ugly of a nice mild winter and its effects on the homestead in 2012.
It has become a Christmas ritual for me to clean out my mother's fridge. I find whiskery gnarled morsels, shoved to the back of the fridge many months previously, unseen, and untouched by my mother’s arthritic hands. Do I compost all this detritus?
How to Schedule your Planting by the Moon
Ric and Vicki start their small chicken flock, encounter some helpful locals, and discover something wrong with one of their hens
This blog is about all of the choices we have for the type of home we want for off grid living and some of the construction materials involved. It turns out there are a multitude of options we have to choose from.
The Mission Wolf sanctuary is a special place that takes in wolves who have been unsuccessfully domesticated. I can tell you that having a 150-pound timber wolf kiss you on the lips is an experience you won’t quickly forget, but the fact it liked you enough to do that is even more amazing when you consider what men have done to the wolf.
You might be surprised to read Cam extolling the virtues of television!
So far, technology has accommodated and augmented population growth. We’ve seen our “green revolution” spread across the globe and feed the multitudes. The globe remains, however, a finite resource.
Sharing can become a network of trading and bartering within your community.
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
Receiving seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather and growing a garden.
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
Compassionate people without a county animal shelter organize a non-profit group to help low-income families keep their pets during hard times and to support Good Samaritans who take in abandoned pets
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
These are the first steps we took to make the change from city living to off grid living. It describes the questions you should ask before you buy property and the research required to make sure you can do want you want with your property.
The ACTUAL benefits of weeds in your garden. Use and value diversity! Find the benefit!
On my kitchen counter sits a quart of milk that my kefir grains live in. In a couple of days that milk will turn into the nutritious kefir.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
Cam's wife Michelle considers the economics of keeping egg laying chickens.
We have no examples of economic growth occurring in the absence of human population growth. Population growth is a Ponzi scheme and we’re setting up future generations as its victims. We are paying into the base of the pyramid with natural resources.
The author discusses setting up small-scale dairy for local, doorstep milk sales in Great Britain.
Sue Parker shares her grandmother's secrets to a strong tomato crop.
Having early tomatoes is a new goal of mine going into the first spring with my hoophouse. Join me and follow my blog to see if my strategies work.
Whether you have a small grove of trees or acres of woods, this manual will guide you through the right methods to care for and sustain your land.
An introduction to choosing a midwife and making your home birth as safe as possible.