The first killing frosts of the season change the garden-scape.
While summer's still lingering, tasks of fall have begun.
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
Finding the right balance between obligations can be a challenge.
A stack of cast-iron pans and a chainsaw helmet sum up why these homesteaders do what they do.
The beauty and refreshment of our swimming hole are a swell compliment to work and sun of our homestead.
The greenhouse takes shape with the help of family.
Building a greenhouse out of an old carport destined for the dump.
Chives and mint come to a duel for territory in the herb garden, while the spring sap-sucker marks time.
The unique call of the winter wren arrives at Coosauke to mark the arrival of Spring.
We have a visit from a moose this spring.
As the first of the spring rains arrive, our river begins to flood.
Darning socks is a simple thing to do - and a statement for self-sufficiency!
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
Winter has it's challenges, but the snow-capped beauty and the adventure of living simply amongst it makes it more than worth it.
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
Using fresh raw cream to make butter by hand.
Using a mortar and pestle to create a variety of spice and herb blends.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
As winter approaches, we switch out our wood cookstove for the winter woodstove
The benefits of limited lighting and no electricity.
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
Communicating via letters mirrors the pace of a handmade life.
Tightening up our log cabin with a mortar mix.
Working in the potato bed produces the next blog article.
Thanks to helping hands, everything gets done.
The process of saving seed for next year begins while the growing season is still going strong
We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
Describing the process of turning forest to field, by hand.
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead
In praise of the garden fork.
As I go along, I pull out pebbles occasionally, but only one large stone. Time and time again, however, my hands pry free the remnants of bricks. As late afternoon turns to early evening and my work for the day is nearing completion, a collection of the ruddy-colored artifacts is stacked to one side. The sight of them calls up something nostalgic in me, broken bits suggesting a history that is largely lost.
Spring tasks around the homestead.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
Developing a sense of place by shaping and stewarding the landscape.
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
We are grateful for the peace and balance inherent to our lifestyle, offering ease of being and grounded perspective as we continue to negotiate the boundaries between our world and the real world.
A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
The thrill continues living in our handmade house.
Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.
Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.
again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin
Managing compost now allows for more productive use the following season.
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
The NH Permaculture Gathering is just a couple weeks away!
Taking care of compost is essential to healthy soil and good food.
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
Transitioning seedlings from indoor starts to outdoor plants
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
Using cold frames for fall salad greens can extend your season of fresh eating.