Homesteading

not a fairy tale: a love story

not a fairy tale: a love story

He pulls up with the tractor, grins, and says, “Today is the day you learn how to drive this.” “But I totally cannot learn to drive that,” I say in protest. He smiles and pats the seat. And I know I’m going to learn to […]

Fill Your Freezer on the Homestead 5 Ways

Fill Your Freezer on the Homestead 5 Ways

If there is a freezer on your homestead, you want it full! Enjoy a bounty of yums throughout the year by working these five ways to fill your freezer into your homesteading plans. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also […]

Homestead Costs: Does Homesteading Save Money?

Homestead Costs: Does Homesteading Save Money?

Homesteading is often touted as one of the most frugal ways to live, and a great way to save money. But what is the honest story behind homestead costs? Does homesteading actually save money? And if so, on what? (Don’t want to read all the […]

The Truth About Homesteading: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

The Truth About Homesteading: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

So. You want to be a homesteader. You want the gardens and the chickens and the whole nine yards. I completely understand! There are a gazillion reasons that people want to get into homesteading. But hold up one second while I share the truth about […]

Homestead Winter Projects: 7 Things to Do While Waiting for Spring

Homestead Winter Projects: 7 Things to Do While Waiting for Spring

The wait for spring is hard! If you’re wondering how you can best use your time in the winter to prepare for the next year of homesteading, here are seven winter projects you can tackle. Some of them might already be on your radar, but […]

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

When people think about successful homesteaders, they often think of folks who can raise chickens or grow beautiful gardens. Or maybe people who can skillfully butcher their own pig or make noodles from scratch. And while these are great skills to have, there is one […]

But Why Do You Call It “Farmish”?

But Why Do You Call It “Farmish”?

Before we get into what I mean when I call our life farmish…. …Surprise! Welcome to the very first episode of the Farmish Kind of Life Podcast! (You can read this blog post…or listen to it as a podcast by clicking the triangle play button […]

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

Friends, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion about something chicken-ish. Ready? Here goes: I think it’s perfectly okay if you don’t free range your chickens. When I first became a chicken mama m-a-n-y years ago, before everyone and their brother was […]

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

We finally raised our first batch of turkeys here at Clucky Dickens Farm—9 Broad Breasted White and Bronze turkeys that I basically fell in love with, and promised we’d have every single year on our farm from now until eternity. Now that we’ve made it […]

Why We Are Homesteaders: 28 Reasons to Homestead

Why We Are Homesteaders: 28 Reasons to Homestead

Why do folks get into homesteading? What is it about the homesteading life that attracts people to it? I asked 28 friends about their reasons to homestead, and their answers were as varied as the homesteads they live on. Reasons to homestead: to live a simple, […]