Build a Mini Root Cellar that Actually Works

Got a basement “cold room” that doesn’t keep your fruits and veggies properly? You can make things better. A few simple modifications can turn that disappointing space into a reliable spot to store food without electricity and boost self reliance.

Solar Backyard Chicken-Coop Building Plans

A community of smaller portable chicken coops are better than one, big, stationary one. Download building plans for a solar heated design that’s also great in hot climates.

Sane and Sustainable Homesteading, Part 1

Many people in the world long for a life in the country, lived on their own terms, close to nature, honest and hands-on. But too many of these people find that homesteading is harder, less fulfilling and more painful than they imagined. Learn how to thrive on the land without burnout, despair and failure.

Why I Really Love My Rural Life

Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.

Stain Your Deck So It Lasts

Download Steve Maxwell’s free list of tested and approved deck stains that have worked well in field tests.

A Lesson of Hope

How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.

Refinishing Wood Stairs

Steve explains the basics of refinishing wooden stairs, including an easily renewable finishing strategy.

Homestead-Based Income Key to Success

There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.

Keep Carbide Saw Blades Sharp

Carbide saw blades last a long time and typically perform very well. Learn about two ways to keep them sharp and effective.

Firewood Splitting Tips

Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.