Idaho





5/18/2016
Starting a garden can be intimidating, especially when there are all sorts of guru-gardening methods on the internet, but we are choosing to take an extremely straightforward approach that we want to share with you all!
5/13/2016
Water is the liquid-gold standard for off-grid sustainability. However, how does a new off-grid homesteader prepare for their water needs? Here are some simple tips from seasoned veterans on how to successfully have a backup plan for water.
5/1/2016
If you have backyard chickens and you are not using them as composters and you have a garden, you are missing a valuable resource right at your fingertips. There are so many benefits to using your chickens, and it’s such a natural process for composting.
4/28/2016
The answer to “What off-grid water system should I use?” is not always obvious. Here is what we’re considering for our newly purchased off-grid land.
4/15/2016
There is much controversy over the health benefits of bone broth, you can find articles all over the web that fall into one of two camps: bone broth is another unscientifically supported health fad or bone broth is a health booster. I fall into the second camp. This type of broth is a fairly new phenomenon in the west, but it certainly isn’t a new thing.
3/31/2016
Harvesting animals is not our favorite part of homesteading, but it is a necessary part. We think the aspect of harvesting, processing, slaughtering, and butchering provides the deepest connection with the land. It is the thing that makes a connection with food the most real.
3/31/2016
Blessed with hard clay/rock soil, Jesse and Alyssa have a small list of improvements they are doing this year to get their soil veggie-friendly!
3/24/2016
Last weekend I spent an afternoon studying different bushes, trees, and herbaceous plants in order to design the newest guild on our Permafarm.
3/18/2016
This post covers the importance of having a comprehensive water plan for your property. Most homesteaders are simply dependent on their wells, which are predicated on cheap and reliable energy. Don’t misunderstand me: I love being able to flip a switch and get light and turn on a faucet and get water — it’s wonderful! However, we need to develop a resilient water plan that accounts for potential disruption in that system but also to develop other systems to increase the fertility of the land.
3/15/2016
How we easily and affordably turn trees on our property into usable lumber with our Alaskan chainsaw mill.
3/11/2016
Because our flock is now running around 40 birds, we are in dire need of an updated coop for our hens and their roosters.
2/29/2016
Having a plan allows all our energy to go toward accomplishing the necessary tasks rather than having to prioritize and build objectives on a daily basis.
2/25/2016
When we started our off grid homesteading adventure, we had all sorts of elaborate plans as to what we would accomplish our first year. Six months into our journey, it seems that we underestimated our workload, by a long shot!
2/4/2016
A short video of the highlights of our first winter on our off-grid homestead in the Pacific Northwest. In short, we are hunkering down and trying to survive!
2/3/2016
This blog is part of a homestead goal-setting series. Goal-setting for the homestead is so crucial it can’t be overstated. There is always a gap between a dream and reality. Goals are the glue that makes those two much closer together. This iteration is how to take your major goals and get them accomplished. You must support your major goals with mid-term and short-term goals. After that, you have to make a plan to get stuff done! It is geared toward homesteading but can and should be applied to all areas of life.
2/1/2016
Goal setting for the homestead is so crucial it can’t be overstated. There is always a gap between a dream and reality. Goals are the glue that makes those two much closer together. This blog is about the nuts and bolts of goal setting. It starts with a dream, moves toward purpose and ends with goals. It is geared toward homesteading but can and should be applied to all areas of life.
1/21/2016
In the military, we were taught combat first aid with these four life-saving steps: Stop the bleeding, start the breathing, protect the wound and treat for shock. I want to relate these life-saving steps to handling finances in preparing to homestead.
1/15/2016
Before we started homesteading I would sit and imagine how idyllic and peaceful it would be. Reality is not prettier than what I imagined, but it’s better.
1/11/2016
This young couple quit their lives in the city to start a homestead in the country 100% from scratch. They are documenting their expenses every step of the way in hopes of helping others that wish to embark on a similar adventure.
12/30/2015
This last year I was able to preserve hops, apples, raspberries through making a puree and drying fruit leather, I made kale chips, dehydrated onions, dried mint and basil, zucchini, plums, and lavender. Yogurt was a common sight in my Excalibur up until our goats’ milk supply slowed down, we’re too busy drinking it to make yogurt right now. This is one of the appliances I really appreciate particularly in the summer/harvesting months. In addition to all of this, we even used the Excalibur to incubate chicks!
12/24/2015
Integrate chickens and a greenhouse to provide a synergistic effect for the homestead.
12/21/2015
While this young couple had dreams of buying land to start their homestead, they were still stuck in an apartment in the big city so they rented a community garden plot. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Find ways to accomplish your goals and do what you love!
12/21/2015
For any prepared kitchen I think a hand grinder is an absolute must and my preference is the Family Grain Mill for its versatility, ease of cleaning, durability and convenience.
12/11/2015
Over this last year my water bath canner has grown into a frequently used item. This time of year, it makes itself useful by simmering gallons of bone broth on our stove due to its generous size. In the summer and early fall, however, it is kept busy canning all the jams, jellies, and sauces I preserve for the coming winter months.
12/10/2015
Losing power is a reality that homesteaders must prepare for. It is not a matter of if, but when, and for how long. As a homesteader/farmsteader we have a responsibility to keep the home running regardless of “power.” This series of blog posts discusses homestead preparedness for power outages, part 2 covers generator usage, communications, water strategies and dry-composting toilets.
12/3/2015
This young couple moved from the city to start a homestead, and they decided to build an off-grid cabin using reclaimed materials to keep warm their first winter.
11/30/2015
I’ve always enjoyed cooking — it’s something I’ve considered a serious hobby. One of the first goals I made when I moved here last year was to start baking all my own bread and other baked goods. Because we got through so many loaves a week (about eight) every day I am very grateful for my Bosch Universal Plus mixer. I would consider this one of the top five most-used appliances in my kitchen.
11/27/2015
Losing power is a reality that homesteaders must prepare for. It is not a matter of if, but when, and for how long. As a homesteader/farmsteader we have a responsibility to keep the home running regardless of “power.” This series of blog posts discusses homestead preparedness for power outages, beginning with fuel storage, gas cooking and wood heat.
11/12/2015
The past week we had the opportunity to collect thousands of dollars in reclaimed construction materials by being available when opportunity knocks. The best part is… there are many more opportunities like this to be taken advantage of by most anyone!
11/5/2015
In a time where everything you could possibly want comes pre-packaged, pre-canned, filled with preservatives and is processed to last, why should we learn to can? Why should we use our valuable time and resources to learn a skill that has almost become obsolete? I think I can answer these questions in three simple words: to be prepared.
10/26/2015
A young couple left behind their corporate jobs and purchased land in Idaho. They’re living on their homestead in a travel trailer while they build their home.
10/13/2015
A young couple from Oregon leaves behind their corporate jobs and life in the city to move to a remote location in Idaho and start an off-grid homestead.
9/28/2015
Thoughts that were inspired by my trip to Yellowstone National Park.
9/15/2015
One of the wonderful aspects of permaculture is the mindset of integrating systems in ways that enhance each other. Composting is a great example of integrating systems in a synergistic manner. Learn how the "problem is the solution" in this post.
9/7/2015
Emergency preparedness is a necessary part of any well-functioning homestead. Here's what an Idaho family learned when a fire started less than a 1/4 mile away.
8/27/2015
Making corn relish and canning it in a water bath canner is an easy and delicious way to preserve end-of-the-season corn. Open these colorful jars for a taste of summer in the middle of winter.
8/19/2015
If your tomato crop is like mine, right now you have just enough ripe fruit for salads and sandwiches with none left over for canning. Here’s a homemade barbecue recipe sauce you can make without waiting for the end-of-season tomato tsunami.
8/12/2015
There are so many ways to dry herbs: in an oven on low heat, in a dehydrator, in the sun. However, overr time under well ventilated conditions, herbs will dry all by themselves with no additional encouragement.
8/10/2015
This recipe is fun, easy, delicious and, because the ingredients are staples in your pantry, you can make it any time of year.
7/28/2015
What could be better than these luscious preserves made from golden plums? Capture the taste of summer with this easy recipe.
7/21/2015
Mint is the zucchini of herbs. When you have a bumper crop, here’s a fun and delicious way to tap your mint harvest.
6/16/2015
We built a couple of ponds on our homestead and share the reasons why, how we did it and our lessons learned.
6/9/2015
Nothing could be easier than growing a pot of mint for dozens of culinary uses, including brewing mint tea!
5/13/2015
The particularly dry spring has prompted us to move up some of our water-harvesting strategies on the project list. Swales are an integral part of our overall water plan.
4/7/2015
There are many reasons to raise meat rabbits: meat, fertilizer, breeding capacity, small space required, pelts and more.
3/19/2015
This is a short video that shows some of the major highlights on the homestead during the month of February.
2/21/2015
Avian Influenza has been detected in five western states. There are several steps you can take to protect your backyard chickens, and one simple way to find out if you, as an urban hen keeper, are at risk.
2/18/2015
Livestock guardian dogs are renowned for their protective instincts. They have been bred for thousands of years to be aware, work independently and to protect their charges at all costs. But do they also break up fights between quarreling livestock?
2/12/2015
This is the story of my family’s transition from a nomadic military lifestyle to one of rural homesteading. I talk about our preparation leading up to leaving the service and some of our current goals and projects for the property and our lives. I also talk about using permaculture as the design science methodology for our businesses and the development of the property.
1/22/2015
After the chicken dinner and hot dish and salads, there is one free meal left in that bird!
1/5/2015
How to make any fish tastier and moister with one simple ingredient.
12/17/2014
Delight your host by taking one of these homemade treats.
11/28/2014
Delicious and colorful roasted root vegetables melt in your mouth.
11/21/2014
A pickled pepper recipe that packs quite a punch. Don't be discouraged by November's nine degrees in the sun weather. Now is a great time to pull out your water-bath canner and put up your late-fall harvest for winter month garden-fresh eating.
11/15/2014
A philosophical look at the coming of winter, with ideas for preserving the summer after the end-of-the-season pepper harvest.
10/21/2014
Beekeeping has its benefits: raw honey, beeswax and pollination. With a quick check, you can find out if your community offers a rent-a-bee program. For a fee, you'll get a queen bee, hive colony and a mentor to get you started.
10/15/2014
The Fall garden is bursting and the canning kettle hot as we draw summer to a close in North Central Idaho.
10/6/2014
The following are some helpful hints and tips to keep in mind while using a sourdough starter that can help you keep your sourdough culture in good condition.
9/12/2014
Try your hand at this amazing sourdough crackers recipe.
9/5/2014
The green of summer available right in your freezer year round!
8/13/2014
This is the pita sourdough of the desert.
8/1/2014
The terminal diagnoses and reality of dying reinforce our commitment to homesteading.
7/16/2014
Looking for the perfect sourdough hamburger bun.
6/26/2014
A basic sourdough bread recipe.
6/12/2014
Basic sourdough bread recipe for those quick summer needs.
6/3/2014
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
5/30/2014
With the fence in (just barely), this rainy Wednesday looks just perfect for planting.
5/20/2014
The post office has called to say your bees have arrived! Now What? Step-by-step instructions on installing your hive.
5/15/2014
Mother's Day weekend brought lilacs, bedding plants, pie and a nap.
5/13/2014
Who knew how great whole-wheat sourdough bread can be.
5/13/2014
My bees shipped early - here we go!
5/7/2014
How is it May already? Our list of to do's grows daily as our workable days fly by.
5/2/2014
Finally some sun, too bad it is during the work week!
4/29/2014
A recipe for whole wheat sourdough baguettes.
4/23/2014
Turkeys are surprisingly tough to raise, coop are remarkably simple to raise and thanksgiving a given.
4/16/2014
An herb sourdough bread recipe.
4/16/2014
Accepting your shortcomings, or short seedlings as it may be.
4/9/2014
Here are some hints that can help you start, keep and bake with sourdough.
4/8/2014
Chicks and kids growing right before our eyes this spring.
4/8/2014
Cross-state travel, early chicks, a rescue rabbit and pork — all in one week!
3/28/2014
Spring brings about manic bouts of project planning and completion, but at least there is pie!
3/25/2014
Beekeeping supply arrived, it's light out and I have a fever!
3/20/2014
Cooking pizza with sourdough starters.
3/17/2014
It is officially spring at The Pomponio Homestead despite the icy drizzle and the date. I asked the universe, and it delivered - three hens.
3/12/2014
Beyond the global, environmental and social impacts of eating local, feeding your organs healthy fuel buys you precious time on earth.
3/12/2014
Dragging my feet to get spring started, afraid to fail and making the decision to jump in an succeed or fail already!
3/11/2014
Short overnight trips are a great way to introduce your family to bicycle travel.
3/6/2014
A proofing box is a critical tool in cooking sourdough bread; here is a simple way of making one.
2/27/2014
The world of organic seed, delusional hope and insomniac online shopping collide.
2/17/2014
When Jodi L. Wise started her new job with Sourdoughs International, she had no idea that she would be in the kitchen. She’s now wearing a new hat for her new role as bread baker.
2/14/2014
Easy beginner breadbaking success with this simple and savory peasant loaf.
2/7/2014
4 or 40, growing up isnt always straight up. Branches, bumpy outcroppings and the occasional low hanging fruit serve as speed bumps on the road of life.
1/31/2014
The quiet low of January has broken, the promise of spring and its seedy optimism is evident in the pile of seed catalogs at my bedside.
1/16/2014
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
12/31/2013
That moment you realize contentment looks pretty good on you, but the ducks seem distant.
12/20/2013
Fired up our smoker for the first time and made yummy use of our summer's Kokanee Fish Catch to smoke fish.
12/10/2013
After two weeks amongst the poorest in India, how do I come home?
11/22/2013
You have read every garden, homestead and back to the land book in your library system. Your dreams of coffee at sunrise set to the chatter of fowl made real. With hoe in hand and 914,760 square feet rolling out from your feet like a magic carpet; where do you start?




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