Why 'Self-Sufficiency' is Not a Sufficient Description for Homesteading

Despite how much we do on our own land, we are far from self-sufficient. We are part of a local and global community that cares about where their food comes from and cares about taking care of the earth. Buying our homestead has actually increased our commitment to this community - to sharing what we do with others and to learning from what others share.

Unplugging to Reconnect: Homesteading and the Kids' Higher Education, Part 3

Less common, but proven, strategies for securing a child's college education can keep the child involved in the building and running of the homestead through their years of higher education while producing a more well rounded, responsible, mature, and competitive graduate, all at a fraction of the cost of more typical approaches.

Put Your Children To Work

Summer with children can be exciting. It is an opportunity to spend time with your children like never before. Here are some ideas for putting your children to work in meaningful ways that will benefit everyone.

Starting Seeds with Children

Starting seeds with children indoors is a project that extends into outdoor planting of the seedlings in spring and harvesting produce in the summer. It allows you to share success and satisfaction with children and makes it more likely they'll eat their vegetables!

Children in the Garden

Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.

Children Are Like Seedlings

Discusses the similarities between the essential needs of children and seedlings in terms of what they need to grow and thrive.

Dyeing Yarn With Tang and Jell-O

You can use items you find in your pantry like powdered drink mix, Jell-O and food coloring to make a beautiful dyed skein of yarn.

Children and Beekeeping

Being a father myself I really want my children to enjoy my passion and this is a great example of teaching children how to appreciate what bees get up to. With a little patience this is a fantastic family beekeeping activity enjoyed by all.

Children's Bedtime Tea

How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.

The Zen of Painting

Christopher shares an experience of painting his family farmhouse, but when he used flat, not glossy paint, his uncle was not happy. How could the uncle have responded in a more productive manner?

Gardening With Children Workshop

Jason Akers, The Self-Sufficient Gardener, taught kids of all ages the basics of gardening on Saturday and Sunday at the Fair.

‘My First Farm Friends’ Coloring Contest!

This gift set of four farm-themed board books features illustrations that tell the story of a day in the life of each of four animals: chickens, goats, cows and pigs.

Global Warming Game for Kids

The Union of Concerned Scientists developed a card game, Cool It!, that helps children learn about global warming.

Playhouse Dreams ’n Doin’

A playhouse can be a physical structure or a place to escape to in your imagination. Tell us about your favorite playhouse.

Teaching Children to Enjoy Helping

Teaching children to enjoy helping around the house or farm will give them valuable skills to use as adults in their own homes and with their own children.

Next Generation Gardeners

Involving children in planning a garden and growing vegetables can lead to healthier adults and a healthier planet.

Go Outside and Play!

Risky play behavior, such as climbing trees, helps children to learn how to judge thier own limits.