Homesteading

069: The homesteader label – how it helps, how it doesn’t

069: The homesteader label – how it helps, how it doesn’t

You’re doing a few/some/all of the homesteady things, right? Then why does your aunt/brother/neighbor think you’re not doing enough? Let’s dig into how the homesteader label can help, how it can hurt, and how to respond if someone says you’re not really a homesteader. (Don’t […]

Homemade DIY Dog Toy: Frugal Fun

Homemade DIY Dog Toy: Frugal Fun

While there are many fun things for dogs to do on a farm—like roll in dead things, eat who knows what they just found, and get lost on actual rabbit trails—we do find that having some toys adds to the fun. But buying toys can […]

068: How to Grow a Year’s Worth of Food (with Melissa K Norris)

068: How to Grow a Year’s Worth of Food (with Melissa K Norris)

Many people think I’m a gardener but here on the homestead, the chickens, pigs, ducks, turkeys, and other animals are really my forte. When it comes to gardening, I’m little more than a toss some seeds at the ground and hope for the best kind […]

067: Butcher Your Own Meat: 7 Reasons Why

067: Butcher Your Own Meat: 7 Reasons Why

We raise all of the meat we consume—except for beef, which a friend raises and we exchange pork and chicken for. But what surprises some people is that we also butcher all our own meat here at the farm. Is this the next skill you’re ready […]

066: Christmas Gift Giving Challenge

066: Christmas Gift Giving Challenge

Gift giving at Christmastime—or any other time—is meant to be a joyous occasion, but often ends up with a lot of chaos and stress. We hold on to traditions that no longer work and often spend more money than we should. In today’s podcast episode, […]

065: 25+ Myths about Life on a Homestead

065: 25+ Myths about Life on a Homestead

There are several myths or beliefs about homesteading that tend to persist in the mainstream. If you’ve been homesteading a while, you’ve probably heard a lot of these things—and can chuckle about the fact they aren’t true. And maybe—if you’re honest—you can maybe remember back […]

064: Homestead Decluttering — the why and how

064: Homestead Decluttering — the why and how

Decluttering as a homeowner is important, homesteader or not! But homesteaders are a tricky bunch—as frugal people, we tend to save a lot of stuff so we can reuse as much as possible. In today’s episode, we tackle the topic of stuff and how it […]

5 Things Smart Homesteaders Do

5 Things Smart Homesteaders Do

We all want to run successful homesteads, right? Here are five things that I think smart homesteaders should do in order to run their homestead in the most effective way. Smart homesteaders manage their time Every season on the homestead is busy—they’re just busy in […]

063: The One Thing that Hurts the Homesteading Community Most

063: The One Thing that Hurts the Homesteading Community Most

The homesteading community is so important, right? Sure. But do we understand why it’s important? Or what the biggest threat to it is? In today’s episode, we talk about the one thing I think hurts the homesteading community most, and could be the death of […]

Good Year, Bad Year: Homestead Failure

Good Year, Bad Year: Homestead Failure

In a perfect homesteading world, gardens would always flourish, barns would always be full of thriving animals, and the kitchen would always kick out a steady supply of wonderful goods to keep everyone going. But since we all know there is no such thing as […]