Homesteading

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

Death. It’s that very real part of homesteading that no one really likes to talk about much. Dealing with animal death on the homestead is a touchy subject, but it’s one that really can’t be ignored. If you have animals on your homestead, you will, at […]

The Simple Life: Don’t Be Its Slave

The Simple Life: Don’t Be Its Slave

I love the simple life. I bet you do, too. But here’s the thing—no matter what you or I do, our “simple lives” aren’t ever going to be the simple lives of 100ish years ago. Want to take a guess at why? (Don’t want to […]

Why You Should Keep a Farm Journal

Why You Should Keep a Farm Journal

I have a farm journal that sits next to my chair in our living room, and I try to write a little something in it every night. It’s full of important things about our farm life and is affectionately referred to as The Almighty Pink […]

Why You Can’t Rehome Your Pet At My Farm

Why You Can’t Rehome Your Pet At My Farm

A farm is the perfect place to rehome your pet that isn’t working out, right? “Can you take my cat? He’s not getting along with his housemates.” “I was hoping you had room for another rooster. We need to get rid of this one because […]

10 Tips for Butchering at Home

10 Tips for Butchering at Home

As a homesteader, there is nothing more satisfying than raising your own food. Are you ready to take the step from raising your own meat to actually butchering and processing your own meat as well? Let me share some things I’ve learned about butchering at […]

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

After several years of raising Cornish Cross chickens as our meat birds, we decided it was time to compare them to another meat bird we’d been hearing a lot about: Red Rangers. So we did an experiment. I bet you’re here because you want to […]

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

An acquaintance once asked what I thought about urban homesteading. “I mean, come on,” she said. “Urban homesteading?” The term rolled off her tongue with sarcasm and judgement. She’d grown up on a farm—like her parents and grandparents—and then she’d gone and married a farmer. […]

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 […]