We heard from a variety of experts about the type and number of batteries to use in our DIY solar setup. Meanwhile, we checked in with the garden and bees.
Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.
Getting ready for Goat School is always a daunting task, but once all of our new friends start arriving, we get excited! What a great time learning all about goats!
Trying to decide the best way to trellis my cucumbers and learning some new techniques.
How our friend John Dougherty took a normal covered utility trailer and converted it into a camping unit.
Robert Maxwell shares tips on maintaining motivation.
After many weeks of prodromal labor and a baby who kept momma on the edge by constantly changing position, Suzanne goes into labor with Baby O in a posterior position. Read Part 2 of Oakley's Birth Story.
First time assisting in a bovine malpresentation, out in the pasture, surrounded by the herd
The Environmental Protection Agency has given the go-ahead to Dow Chemical for its genetically modified 2,4-D resistant corn.
After the snow leaves to do list for us.
This blog post tells about what life was like in a fishing camp and rural eastern Kentucky during the '50s and '60s as a child.
Transitioning seedlings from indoor starts to outdoor plants
A Beautiful Green Backyard Burial: This story is written to help inform anyone that may be considering being buried, or burying a loved one, on their own property. It shares some of what one may go through at the end of a life's journey.
Describing how we are trying to provide a low budget solar panel back up system for under 1000 dollars that will run our laptops and router along with a few other things if the local power grid has any issues.
An average day of juggling responsibilities on the farm
Cam is frustrated by new technology that just doesn't work - and prefers old-fashioned DVDs to watching movies online.
The birth story of Baby Oakley from my dear friend Suzann is an important one. Someimes things don't go as planned, but her story goes to show that an empowering birth is about trust, love, support and the power of choice.
There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
On Mother's Day 2011, Brandy went in to labor with her fourth child. She was planning a HBAMC (Home Birth After Multiple C-Sections). She woke up that morning ready to bring her son into this world on her terms. This is Part 2 of her story.
Short stories about our chicken experiences
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
A beautiful old, old, rambling rose bush that grows on my moms corner fence post greets us with pink blooms each spring.
This blog post tells what life was like on the self-sustaining farm of Olen and Anna Mae Showman located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the middle of the 20th century.
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
Mother's Day was this past Sunday, so I felt it was appropriate to share two beautiful birth stories this week that were sent to me from two extraordinary and strong women. This first story, in two parts, is a story about a HBAMC.
Why raw milk? Why goat milk? Things to consider for good health and nutrition for you family. Also a trick to get stubborn kids to nurse from a bottle.
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
Experiences getting started gardening in the 1970's and suggestions for beginning your own projects in 2012.
Vermont farmer Walter Jeffries details all the cuts of meat on a pig, as well as many other uses of the animal, from working the soil to providing delicious lard for baked goods.
The flowers weren't just there to be pretty. They provided a long blooming source of forage for our bees and the native pollinators.
We wanted to write up a post about asparagus to explain how farmers look at the crop, but also as a sort of apology to our customers. We have spent many hours in the field and on the phone seeking farmers with an existing asparagus supply. We had man
Living in a community that has those who served in the armed forces and make good neighbors.
Robert Maxwell explains how to build your own limestone foundation for almost no money.
We’ve succeeded at drying herbs and greens in our SunWorks solar dehydrator, which promises to make future meals all the more flavorful and nutritious.
An all-day adventure to the Oregon Megabucks show!
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
When my father's health was failing, he requested to be buried on our property. The purpose of this story is to take you through our walk with an ailing parent and to encourage and inform those who may be considering an at home burial.
There are times when I find beekeeping stressful but most of the time not of my own making. I discuss here the weather, when bees decide to do things you don't want and when you are just totally unprepared!
Salvaging logs is always a challenge-- but finding buried treasure in it always makes it worthwhile. This salvage job came after the land had been cleared by the owner, and the best lumber pick over buy a logger.
What we have found as an advantage of having a rural hardware store close by.
Cam always wanted to be the kind of guy who could swap out a motor and now he is!
In the final chapter of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick finds the country cemetery that Isaac was burried in and pays her respects to the author of a treasured family heirloom, a 19th century homesteaders journal.
Reasons why we like to shop at our local grocery.
Growing sorghum is the first step to making sweet sorghum syrup, but are there other reasons for growing a crop of sorghum?
It's snake season, and I found a black snake out my back door!
This is a true account of an end of life journey. A beautiful backyard Burial and all the steps that were taken in order to do it. This story is written in two parts, part two will be posted next week.
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
Over in the UK we do our beekeeping conventions a little bit differently than in the United States, and so I thought you might like to see a video of our latest one a few weeks ago: the BBKA Spring Convention.
Connect a bike to a grain grinder to discover a whole new world of pedal power possibility.
I recently received a copy of the new book and pregnancy journal Sacred Pregnancy from author Anni Daulter. I was thrilled when Anni agreed to guest post this week for the blog on what makes a Sacred Pregnancy.
We installed two packages of bees, one into a top bar hive and the other into a Warre hive. One colony absconded, so we ended up with only 12,000 bees.
In part four of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares journal entries from a 19th Century homesteader's journal regarding Sand Hill Plums and the memories and traditions that surround them.
Tips for managing spring cover crops using only hand tools.
Horns or no horns, that is the question! Why should you disbud your goats, or is it okay to leave the horns on? This post discusses both options with a link to a great article about horns and their beauty.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.
We call our homestead Sunflower Farm and now we have the sign to show for it!