Harvesting our potatoes is another family event where everyone gets their feet and hands a little dirty!
How to make your OWN insulated window coverings.
Register an event for Homesteading Education Month this September and get entered to win a kit of homesteading-related books from New Society Publishers!
Irma Epps talks about making sorghum during the '30s and '40s and her father's love of the sweet substance.
Visit our blog by Wednesday at midnight for a chance to win free Egyptian onion top bulbs.
Keep your garden full all season by planting the next crop as soon as the previous crop is harvested. Tips for deciding what to plant next.
How do you find the best chicken coop design for your new flock? We'll help you walk through the evaluation process AND get a free analysis spreadsheet to help you decide.
Goat School needs a class room, visit our Kickstarter project and enjoy our video of Goat School!
Four new hens joined the flock at Sunflower Farm and it has taken some time to re-establish the pecking order.
A Birth Altar is a space that will become a power symbol of one's birth. I have begun creating my birth space and bringing together objects that will become my collection of strength during my home birth.
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
As part of my education on how to be more self-sufficient when we make our move back to Texas, I've been taking classes while here in Australia. One of the more enjoyable classes was in beekeeping. This is our class practical exercise.
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
Mark fenced in a new chicken pasture in the hot sun, an experience that was made possible by his homemade solar fan hat. Meanwhile, I played with scythes and bees and maps.
How we expect the unexpected and turn blow down trees into lumber.
How to make insulated shades at home.
Keeping bees is something I've wanted to do on our new homestead. But would I like it? Taking a class is a good way to find out.
Robert Maxwell shares a story about how switching gears resulted in beauty.
Cam found a way to expand his chicken coop without spending a lot!
This blog post tells about Barbara Lee's memories of her grandpa who built a two-holer outhouse for his family and surrounded it with peonies so that there would not be an unpleasant odor.
All things good accomplished with some old lumber and a nice summer day.
Goat School is over for a few months, and now the routine will be a little more normal! Great questions were asked at Goat School and some of those answers are shared.
I'm going to the old Kerr canning book for this tried and true recipe for making simply wonderful pickled beets.
Iain continues to battle with the frustration of starting up a candle making business hitting trouble at every corner. Here he talks about his plans moving forward and how he still plans to succeed in his socially responsible candle making business
This week's post is a guest submission by Kaitlin Rose from Bring Birth Home. She writes about preparing for a home birth, and why it's truly DIY.
Building the Cadillac of worm bins, a new barn door, testing the new garlic curing rack, harvesting big potato onions, mulching blueberries, and fabricating a low budget easy to build automatic chicken coop door opener and closer from easy find parts
We enjoy observing and creating habitat for wild birds.
My vision of the Texas homestead, complete with family and doting grandchildren nearby took a hit this year when my daughter and husband split and my daughter moved to Austin. Could I reinvent the vision? Or would this issue derail our plans?
A wedding using homegrown and local food and no disposable items. Decorations were things already on hand. The ceremony took place in a field and the reception was in a barn...and there was love-lots of it!
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
making a serviceable yarn from your sheep's fleeces
Our first experience as a vendor or spectator at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA
This blog post tells about holidays from the olden days, as experienced by Pearl O'Neill who grew up in northwest New Jersey in the late 1920s.
So, yes, I have become a lover of goats (and ducks have won me over, too). But the truth is, I can’t wait to eat the boys.
A really nutritious snack for the kids, and they can play with it!
How we clean out chimney on our A - Frame house with a steep roof.
Taking your sheep's fleeces to a finished yarn product ready for your winter projects
Some states are doing away with laws that require motorcycle riders to drive helmetless. Are they brain-damaged already?
Cam has found a new use for old rice bags - turn them into man purses!
What does a typical prenatal appointment with a home birth Midwife consist of and how does it differ from an appointment with an OB? What is the Midwifery Model of Care and how is that applied during your visit with a midwife?
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
Crushing a truck, harvesting garlic, and fixing a broken flywheel shaft key are just a few of the things that got done over the last week at WaldenEffect.org complete with photos of all the juicy stuff.
Our humble abode begins to take shape.
Our books are making a larger impact than we know!
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
A Grade 1 group come through the farm for a tour
A beginning farmer loses a friend and finds that solitary farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.
How we persist until our 11 cords of firewood is accomplished and then re structure our lives.
Overdue does, goats with bloody milk, harried milkmaids... Oh where does it end?! Life isn't ALWAYS roses in the goat life; sometimes it does leave you tired frustrated.