On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
By installing laminate flooring we have a floor that cleans easily, is attractive and durable.
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.
Developing a sense of place by shaping and stewarding the landscape.
Keeping birds on the farm; how we went from chicken havers to duck lovers.
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
Springtime brings cleaning up from the winter, starting a new garden and finishing up home-school work.
Exploring preparing meals of only homegrown food.
This current situation is a perfect example of the 80/20 rule of homesteading: 80 percent of your time, energy and effort is spent on maintenance; 20 percent on progress towards the dream. A majority of your time homesteading is spent covered in chicken poop, squashing potato bugs, figuring out why gas isn’t getting to the carburetor in the ATV and shoveling snow after dark by headlamp.
While far-fetched, this is an absolute wildlife true story. Maybe it's coincidence, but I don't think so because I was looking into those warm friendly brown eyes.
I know how popular and much hyped season-extending materials are in the world of organic gardening, but is it a necessity to eat fresh lettuce year round?
Knowing where lumber sawyers exist locally opens the door to all kinds of DIY projects. For example, storm-damaged trees can be turned into useable lumber instead of heading to a chipper or landfill. But you can take advantage of milling lumber at local sawmills only if you know where to find them. There are online resources to help you find a sawmill near you. Search by state or Zip code using the sawmill locators below and you will be on your way to turning raw wood into quality-cut lumber for DIY projects without the need to purchase any equipment yourself.
A short post about how we built and designed our new cow and calf barn for hot and cold weather.
Tips on how, when and why to grow your own seedlings.
DIY sprouting experiment to get kids interested in growing and eating sprouts.
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
Free-range, backyard eggs are better for your health and your ethics.
A short a story about our very first ice fishing and snowmobile ride.
How I got the chickens I wanted, but didn't know I was getting.
HOMEGROWN.org introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.
Our work in the woods starts long before we get the chainsaw and axe out; by being in the woods, observing and contemplating. We're looking for healthy trees that we can help to thrive and that will be of benefit in the future.
A step-by-step guide, and benefits to growing sprouted grain fodder for your livestock as a natural alternative to commercial feed or as a pasture supplement.
Simple and old-fashioned, homemade fried pies are a good Sunday afternoon dessert that even the kids can help with.
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
Angora Goats are not the easiest of the breeds to raise, however, even though the work can be intensive, the rewards are incredible!
Facing massive snow drifts, HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick forges a new path to her barn and finds inspiration in the process.
Sometimes even HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel of Dog Island Farm needs a reminder why she puts up with the goat feed, the chicken poop, the cat puke, and the never-ending mud. Here's a hint: It involves good food.
If you often find yourself in need of lumber for various homestead projects, consider a small, portable sawmill to cut your own lumber. Portable milling equipment makes it possible for you to create dimensioned lumber for all kinds of DIY projects. The videos below show the versatility of portable sawmills in action. You will also discover tips to assist with assembly.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
This will be an ongoing series, which pays homage to Eco-conscious individuals by sharing their stories of hope, inspiration, challenges and insight into making the earth a better place for generations to come.
It's spring! Time to think of installing permanent fencing.
Catching a swarm of bees is awesome. Now learn how to take care of them.
How we determine springtime at 9,759 feet elevation.
How both we and the chickens have gotten better at surviving the cold winters where we live.