We built a couple of ponds on our homestead and share the reasons why, how we did it and our lessons learned.
Nothing could be easier than growing a pot of mint for dozens of culinary uses, including brewing mint tea!
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.
There are many reasons to raise meat rabbits: meat, fertilizer, breeding capacity, small space required, pelts and more.
This is a short video that shows some of the major highlights on the homestead during the month of February.
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.
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?
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.
After the chicken dinner and hot dish and salads, there is one free meal left in that bird!
How to make any fish tastier and moister with one simple ingredient.
Delight your host by taking one of these homemade treats.
Delicious and colorful roasted root vegetables melt in your mouth.
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.
A philosophical look at the coming of winter, with ideas for preserving the summer after the end-of-the-season pepper harvest.
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.
The Fall garden is bursting and the canning kettle hot as we draw summer to a close in North Central Idaho.
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.
Try your hand at this amazing sourdough crackers recipe.
The green of summer available right in your freezer year round!
This is the pita sourdough of the desert.
The terminal diagnoses and reality of dying reinforce our commitment to homesteading.
Looking for the perfect sourdough hamburger bun.
A basic sourdough bread recipe.
Basic sourdough bread recipe for those quick summer needs.
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
With the fence in (just barely), this rainy Wednesday looks just perfect for planting.
Sourdough waffle recipe.
The post office has called to say your bees have arrived! Now What? Step-by-step instructions on installing your hive.
Mother's Day weekend brought lilacs, bedding plants, pie and a nap.
Who knew how great whole-wheat sourdough bread can be.
My bees shipped early - here we go!
How is it May already? Our list of to do's grows daily as our workable days fly by.
Finally some sun, too bad it is during the work week!
A recipe for whole wheat sourdough baguettes.
Turkeys are surprisingly tough to raise, coop are remarkably simple to raise and thanksgiving a given.
An herb sourdough bread recipe.
Accepting your shortcomings, or short seedlings as it may be.
Here are some hints that can help you start, keep and bake with sourdough.
Chicks and kids growing right before our eyes this spring.
Cross-state travel, early chicks, a rescue rabbit and pork — all in one week!
Spring brings about manic bouts of project planning and completion, but at least there is pie!
Beekeeping supply arrived, it's light out and I have a fever!
Cooking pizza with sourdough starters.
It is officially spring at The Pomponio Homestead despite the icy drizzle and the date. I asked the universe, and it delivered - three hens.
Beyond the global, environmental and social impacts of eating local, feeding your organs healthy fuel buys you precious time on earth.
Dragging my feet to get spring started, afraid to fail and making the decision to jump in an succeed or fail already!
Short overnight trips are a great way to introduce your family to bicycle travel.
A proofing box is a critical tool in cooking sourdough bread; here is a simple way of making one.
The world of organic seed, delusional hope and insomniac online shopping collide.
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.
Easy beginner breadbaking success with this simple and savory peasant loaf.
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.
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.
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
That moment you realize contentment looks pretty good on you, but the ducks seem distant.
Fired up our smoker for the first time and made yummy use of our summer's Kokanee Fish Catch to smoke fish.
After two weeks amongst the poorest in India, how do I come home?
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?