Homesteading

Screwing up the simple life

Screwing up the simple life

Working around the homestead gives you a lot of time to think about the simple life. And in my deep thoughts ’round the farm, I’ve realized that modern homesteaders have created a bit of a problem. See, we’ve monetized the concept of simplicity. You guys, […]

Best animals for a new homesteader

Best animals for a new homesteader

Folks who are interested in homesteading often ask me what animal(s) they should start with on their homestead. Should they get chickens? Ducks? Goats? Quail? Rabbits? A milk cow? What are the best animals for a new homesteader? Help me, Amy! I don’t know what […]

Dear homesteaders and preppers: get real

Dear homesteaders and preppers: get real

In the spirit of both honesty and self-improvement, I’ve got a little something today not only for homesteaders, but for those of you who lean more towards prepping as well. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press […]

Old Fashioned Weather Prediction Tips

Old Fashioned Weather Prediction Tips

Old fashioned weather prediction tips have always interested me. As a little kid, I realized I could predict a soon-to-come severe thunderstorm by watching for a certain flip of the leaves on our oak trees. Now I’m all grown up and live on a farm. […]

Learn homesteading skills: my favorite blogs, podcasts, and channels

Learn homesteading skills: my favorite blogs, podcasts, and channels

Whether you’re looking to brush up on old homesteading skills or delve into a completely new adventure on your homestead, modern technology gives us so many options for how to increase our homesteading knowledge. In fact, I sometimes think we have so much homesteading information […]

3 Frugal Living Tips That Have Nothing To Do With Money

3 Frugal Living Tips That Have Nothing To Do With Money

When stepping on to the pathway of frugality, there are a lot of tips tossed around that deal specifically with saving money and being more thrifty. But I think there are a few big things we often forget about regarding the topic of frugal living. […]

10 People Who Will Struggle with Homesteading

10 People Who Will Struggle with Homesteading

I wouldn’t give up my life as a homesteader for anything. It’s an amazing way to live a life, but it hasn’t been easy. The struggle with homesteading can be very real. In fact, looking back on our journey, I would say there are certain […]

Gratitude: Why You Should Sit With Your Chickens

Gratitude: Why You Should Sit With Your Chickens

Back when I was brand new to chicken keeping, my flock was the most entertaining and inspiring thing I’d ever invested in. I devoted way more time than I should probably admit to watching them, discussing them, researching them, sitting with them, talking to them, […]

Should You Raise Animals for a Friend? Things to Consider…

Should You Raise Animals for a Friend? Things to Consider…

If you’re a homesteader with a coop, barn, or room to roam in the country, you’ve probably been asked to raise animals for a friend at one time or another. The question usually sounds something like this: “You’ve got some space. Can I just put […]

How to Butcher a Chicken

How to Butcher a Chicken

While it was easy for me to write a post on how to butcher a pig and how to separate the many different cuts of pork, I’ve slacked on writing a post about how to butcher a chicken. A chicken is significantly smaller than a pig […]