3/30/2012
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
3/29/2012
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
3/29/2012
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
3/29/2012
Attend this year's grassfed seminar to learn how to maximize your natural resources while unleashing your marketing genius.
3/29/2012
A beginner beekeeper learns that the best way to raise healthy bees is to do less.
3/28/2012
Announcing our new webcam that will be showing the latest flock of new born chicks in all their cute and feathery glory.
3/28/2012
In part two of this five-part series, Lyn Fenwick shares a homesteader named Isaac's 19th century journal entries on love, including the observation of local beauties and his desire for a woman who enjoys reading.
3/28/2012
Cam often finds himself relating to song lyrics.
3/26/2012
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
3/26/2012
Our 4 eggs a day suddenly became just one egg a day and so we had a mystery to solve!
3/26/2012
Oh, the pleasure of growing and enjoying food that money can't buy. Fresh baby greens are just coming up. Pick some of those little leaves and enjoy this gourmet salad.
3/25/2012
How we prepared out homestead for the best wildfire prevention possible.
3/23/2012
Spring clean up on the farm doesn't only include cleaning fallen branches, but cleaning up the goats too! Getting ready for kidding and making sure the goats are all set is our most important spring task.
3/23/2012
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
3/23/2012
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
3/22/2012
Here is a description of some of the pruning tools and techniques for pruning trees for future sawlogs.
3/22/2012
The mild winter, early sring and continued warm weather are really messing up the normal sequene of bloom and availability of honeybee food. What will happen this summer is anyone's guess. Be Prepared.
3/21/2012
A beginner farmer learns about taking on the responsibility of raising animals.
3/21/2012
Talking about how to make a DIY electric fence wire holder and how we got a tailgate transplant for around 150 dollars and some signs of spring.
3/21/2012
The peaceful tranquility of farm life is often more or less controlled chaos, especially during the busy spring season!
3/21/2012
Cam & Michelle recently enjoyed a visit from an ethnographer who is studying off-gridders.
3/20/2012
Sue Weaver provides her expertise on making homemade cheeses and yogurt and how to raise a happy, healthy, and highly productive backyard cow.
3/20/2012
There are good sides and bad sides to every storey, this is no exception. No one said homesteading would be easy!
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
3/20/2012
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
3/19/2012
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.
3/19/2012
Watch a video of a traveling sheep shearer at work and tell us about small-scale farming artisans in your region.
3/19/2012
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.
3/17/2012
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
3/16/2012
Lyn Fenwick discovered a key to her family's past when she uncovered a homesteader named Isaac's dusty journal dating back to 1884. This five-part blog series discovers the treasure of a forgotten life using an old family heirloom as a map.
3/16/2012
The Homestead Act of 1862 celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The Homestead National Monument is hosting several activities to recognize this historical event that resulted in millions of self-sufficient homesteaders receiving free land. Learn more and participate!
3/16/2012
A recipe for sourdough starter.
3/16/2012
A simple explanation of our solar power generating system and cost.
3/15/2012
Chad Gadya. Not just a Jewish song anymore, but now the future name of Goat Song Farm's herdsire.
3/15/2012
Every fall Cam is tired of gardening and vows to make his vegetable garden smaller. Every spring he is excited about getting back in the garden and ends up making it bigger!
3/15/2012
I learned life lessons early in life as a newspaper delivery boy. Valuable lessons that carried on though life.
3/14/2012
Talking about the excitement of Anna's new book cover that we got to preview from the publisher this past week and the anxiety of our new born chicks as they go out into the big world. Also have some details on how to make your own cleft graft.
3/14/2012
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
3/12/2012
The third and last part in choosing a herdsire.
3/11/2012
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
3/9/2012
In this blog, Robert White of Quail Acres Farm shares some of his experiences in the Growing Farmers workshops as they relate to planning for his upcoming move to the farm to establish his market garden and small livestock business.
3/9/2012
Cam is reminded to be grateful for what he has.
3/9/2012
A short simple explanation of how to project your electrical needs in order to size your electrical off grid system.
3/9/2012
A new farmer builds a great sheep shelter out of free stuff and learns where not to put it.
3/8/2012
Looking after your chickens in the winter and cutting with a solar-powered electric chainsaw.
3/8/2012
Spring is here and those tomato plants that were started in January are settled into their new hoophouse home. I have hopes for early tomatoes; will a late freeze stifle this goal?
3/8/2012
Jerry is no ordinary guy. Don’t be fooled by his rather gruff exterior. Laughing eyes, and a twitch at the corner of his mouth, quickly verify that humor lies within! This wild man in the suburbs has some interesting hobbies which keep him well fed!
3/7/2012
Talking about the recent past week where we got several items crossed off the Spring to-do list and managed to have some fun while doing it complete with pictures to illustrate the good times.
3/6/2012
Carmen Ortiz shares stories of visiting grandpa on his urban farm where she learned to milk cows, avoided the outhouse and gained an appreciation for gardening.
3/6/2012
This is a great first guest post for Geoff Fitzgerald and his beekeeping photography aspirations. Follow his journey here.
3/6/2012
A short introduction to the almond pollination adventure going on in California right now. Bee Culture spent 3 weeks exploring this annual event, traveling from Bakersfield to Chico, visiting orchards, beekeepers and almond growers.
3/6/2012
Cam thinks its important that we all have a Plan B, no matter where we live.
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
3/5/2012
How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.
3/5/2012
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.
3/2/2012
Two easy steps to reduce your electrical use whether you live off grid or not.
3/2/2012
The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!
3/2/2012
Know how many seeds you need for your area considering germination rate and extras.
3/1/2012
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Pickin' Chicken app has expanded its content to include more breed photos and profiles, along with additional search functions, to help you find the chicken breed you need.
3/1/2012
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
3/1/2012
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.






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