The Beginning of a Root Cellar

A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.

Why Homestead

A stack of cast-iron pans and a chainsaw helmet sum up why these homesteaders do what they do.

Swimming Hole Season

The beauty and refreshment of our swimming hole are a swell compliment to work and sun of our homestead.

Darning Socks

Darning socks is a simple thing to do - and a statement for self-sufficiency!

A Winter Bath

Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.

Snowshoeing 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.

Breaking Trail

Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.

A Report on Warmth

With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.

Under The Stairs

Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.

Coösauke Kale

The process of saving seed for next year begins while the growing season is still going strong

A Few Big Rocks

We quarry a granite rock to create a front stoop.

Nurturing a Meadow

Describing the process of turning forest to field, by hand.

Home and Away

Completing tasks in preparation for a few days away from the homestead

Bricks and Potatoes

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.

April To-Dos

Spring tasks around the homestead.

Uncle Dave

Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.

Noting the Time

Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.

Balancing Our World and the Real World

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.

Thoughts of Spring Begin to Stir

A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.

Walking Home

Making the most of a winter walk to home.

Walking Water

We haul our water from the river - walking water!

Our Little House

The thrill continues living in our handmade house.

Ode to a Hand Saw

Ode to our hand saw...why we choose to live without power, and what we've accomplished by hand.

Fruit for the Future

Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.

Putting in Windows

again, rushing to beat the weather as we close in our finishing our hand-built cabin

Basil Harvest

Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.

Community Food events

Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.

Chicken Tractors

Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.

Piles of Dirt

Taking care of compost is essential to healthy soil and good food.

Summer Weeding

Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance

Hay Day

The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.

Turning off the Power

Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation

Spring Pruning

Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.

Clothing Swap

Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement

Spring Planning

Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.

Yogurt-Making & Bread-Baking

Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.

Alternative Currency

Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months

Permaculture 2012

Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!

Looking Ahead

Using cold frames for fall salad greens can extend your season of fresh eating.