Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
Beekeeping can bring many benefits other than a great hobby and honey production. Follow Iain as he tries to build a socially responsible company helping disabled people make beeswax candles.
A beginning urban farmer grows nothing without a smartphone.
Baby kids do not always present in the correct position when descending the birth canal. Learn about the different positions and how to handle them.
Chicken soup is nutritious and delicious! Starting with a homegrown chicken, stewed to make a wonderful broth (giving the soup extra depth of flavor), and coupled with home-made egg noodles; this is a comfort that can't be beat!
The how's and why's we homestead
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
The morning started off with a decent lecture on poultry operation, production, and marketing. After a midday break, lectures resumed, this time being led by a different fellow, on the subject of free-range, humane certified broiler production. I won
A quick look at different ways to be sustainable whether you are off grid or not.
Wendy Albright remembers visiting her grandparent's farm where practicing organic living was the preferred way of life; they exercised natural crop cultivation, gathered fresh chicken eggs, canned both vegetables and meat and the term "eating like a thrasher" became a reality.
Finally getting the barn roof repair project started was a big deal for us as well as a few other things that are worth checking out if you are interested in modern homesteading.
I recently spent the weekend in Tennessee to attend the NSSPPA Conference and yearly meeting to meet other sorghum makers and learn more about the process. I came away with new techniques, different seed varieties and a feeling of camaraderie with the other producers.
Judy Mimranek shares her father's time-tested tip for digging a root pit and covering it with layers of straw and cow manure in order to store fruits and vegetables through the winter.
A nine-to-fiver turns a corner and leaves behind a twenty-year career to grow food amongst housing developments and strip malls.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Stony Knolls Farm has a new dog and getting him here was a wonderful, and amazing journey that is well worth sharing! Rescue dogs are so grateful for their new homes.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
What to look for in a buck, and how to choose a herdsire.
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
Summing up the past week with a few highlights that help to illustrate how we've been getting along in the ending days of the 2012 winter season.
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
Emma Jane James of Appalachia, Virginia, inquires about her Kansan family tree and reminisces about better days in her coal-mining town, before mountaintop removal and pollution took their toll.
Instead of learning new tricks, we devise new ways to do the same old tricks.
Be prepared for kidding season! Set up your kidding kit ahead of time. This information will help you have the right equipment at your fingertips.
How to select and find the right pet for you. Non professional guidelines.
Timidity nearly doomed Johnny to a life sentence in the rescue kennel until one determined family saw through his issues to the dog he was meant to be.
This fall, while the chickens were still living with the goats, we had decided to fence off the leg and seed it with pasture seed. I wasn't sure if we should seed it for the chickens or for the goats. After doing some research we ended up going with
A look into each dairy breed, on how much milk each one averages and what to expect in taste.
Cam is appalled by how much stuff he has accumulated and how much stuff other people have too.
This post is about our water cisterns and what we use them for. It also contains a caution that many local governments would like to tell you what you can and can't do with rainwater.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
Homemade laundry detergent to save money and the environment.
Gathering leaves from the woods to mulch the garden and stump dirt to turn into potting soil not only provides free biomass for the garden, it also introduces beneficial microorganisms.
When you only drink one cup of coffee a day, the mug you use is pretty important.
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
The tale of Carlotta's last day. A trip to the processor. Real happenings on a goat farm, it's not always lollipops and rainbows.
Winter wasn't very hard this year, well at least so far, and even if it gets more normal winter like, there's not much time left. Our bees have done well, and it looks like it might be a great summer ahead.
Nuclear Armageddon due to solar flares or EMP, avoidable for teh cost of a single Stealth bomber
4-H is a youth organization that can be a great resource for skill-building in our communities. No matter what you do or what your interest, spending time with your local club is a worthy contribution.
How to work with a sawyer when cutting your lumber
A mother's love is shown for her daughter by patiently crafting dress patterns from frugally saved fabric while the rest of the house is fast asleep.
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
Clearly the NACE considers “useless” degrees to be ones in which pay is low and availability of jobs is scarce. However, shouldn’t measuring the usefulness of an education take into account the actual benefits bestowed upon the person doing the study
Things you can do to prevent fire damage to your home from an external source.
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
We settle in for a long winter's work.
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
An introduction from a goat-crazy Oregonian.
Comparing a covenant community against living rural without covenants.
Our experiments with an Alaskan small log mill attached to our chainsaw had variable results making planks from downed trees.