3/29/2013
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.
3/29/2013
By installing laminate flooring we have a floor that cleans easily, is attractive and durable.
3/27/2013
An interview with Jeremiah Gettle, discussing his thoughts on and solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the world today.
3/25/2013
The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.
3/22/2013
Developing a sense of place by shaping and stewarding the landscape. 
3/22/2013
Keeping birds on the farm; how we went from chicken havers to duck lovers.
3/22/2013
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
3/22/2013
Springtime brings cleaning up from the winter, starting a new garden and finishing up home-school work.
3/22/2013
Exploring preparing meals of only homegrown food.
3/20/2013
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.
3/20/2013
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.
3/20/2013
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?
3/19/2013
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.
3/19/2013
A short post about how we built and designed our new cow and calf barn for hot and cold weather.
3/18/2013
Tips on how, when and why to grow your own seedlings.
3/15/2013
DIY sprouting experiment to get kids interested in growing and eating sprouts.
3/15/2013
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
3/14/2013
Free-range, backyard eggs are better for your health and your ethics.  
3/13/2013
A short a story about our very first ice fishing and snowmobile ride.
3/13/2013
How I got the chickens I wanted, but didn't know I was getting.
3/13/2013
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.
3/12/2013
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.
3/12/2013
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.
3/12/2013
Simple and old-fashioned, homemade fried pies are a good Sunday afternoon dessert that even the kids can help with.  
3/11/2013
A profile of the wonderfully tough loquat tree.
3/11/2013
Angora Goats are not the easiest of the breeds to raise, however, even though the work can be intensive, the rewards are incredible!
3/11/2013
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.
3/11/2013
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.
3/8/2013
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.
3/8/2013
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
3/7/2013
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.
3/7/2013
It's spring! Time to think of installing permanent fencing.
3/6/2013
Catching a swarm of bees is awesome. Now learn how to take care of them.
3/6/2013
How we determine springtime at 9,759 feet elevation.
3/1/2013
How both we and the chickens have gotten better at surviving the cold winters where we live.



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