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Our 10-Year Plan that Led to a Paid Off Homestead

Some time ago, my wife and I found out that we were having triplets.  After the shock of it all, well, things got very serious. We decided to get extremely frugal with our money and set out on a 10 year plan to buy our dream homestead mortgage free. We did a full video showing our journey and ...

Frost in the garden.

Beat the Frost with Vertical Gardening

Make smart use of your garden space by thinking vertically. Beat the frost in the fall for extra weeks of harvest. Use your garden footage to its best advantage. Cold air sinks, so frost settles first in the lowest areas of your garden. Ground frost does not translate to frost even a foot or ...

Juvenile Bald Eagle In Sunset Rays

The Right Tool for the Job: Nature Photography Camera Basics

I get a lot of attention when I’m out shooting photos. Or rather, my gear gets a lot of attention. It’s not intentional; it’s just that I use a big lens. A mount-the-camera-on-the-lens big lens. People will say things like, “I’ll bet you get great pictures with that camera!” ...

This is our off grid cabin we built on our homestead.

We Built an Off-Grid Cabin and Turned it Into a Profitable Business (Video)

We decided to build an off grid cabin in the woods on our 20 acre homestead. Our reasons? We wanted a quiet place to read a book and a cozy cabin to enjoy nature. But we also wanted a place that could possibly make us some additional homestead revenue, when we are not using it ourselves. We run ...

An air filter in the living room.

Purifying the Air with the EnviroKlenz Air Purifier Plus System

With every new ecological catastrophe -- wildfires, floods, covid-19 mutations or drought-induced dust storms -- that hits the headlines, my wife, Lisa Kivirist and I, double down on our emergency preparedness efforts and self-reliance initiatives. We’re not waiting for the politicians to ...

white-goats

21 Things to Know Before Starting a Goat Farm

You always wanted to keep dairy goats. You wanted your own fresh — and free — goat milk, goat cheese, goat milk yogurt and maybe even goat meat without having to worry about antibiotics and hormones in the milk. In this blog series, we share with you things we wish we would have known ...

Smiling Natural Builders In Desert With Turkey

Read This Before Taking a Natural Building Workshop

Natural Building and building with earth are great for many reasons but one of them is that it’s a way we can combat climate change. With all of the materials needed to build a conventional home as well as the energy needed to heat and cool them, residential homes account for over 20% of the ...