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055: Smart Homesteaders Fix the Problem

055: Smart Homesteaders Fix the Problem

To be a successful homesteader, you also need to be a fixer. But I’m not just referring to hands-on fixing, I’m also talking about the ability to move past just complaining towards taking action on the issues we’re dealing with. And believe me—there’s a reason […]

Episode 54: Smart Homesteaders Keep Learning

Episode 54: Smart Homesteaders Keep Learning

There’s something that smart homesteaders continue to do, and that’s learn. This revelation came about the other day when I made sun tea—for the very first time. I can hear you now, asking Amy, you’ve seriously never made sun tea before? True story. And the […]

Why We Started Homesteading: Episode 53

Why We Started Homesteading: Episode 53

A new friend asked the other day, “do you have an blog post or a podcast episode on why you decided to be a homesteader?” As it turns out, while there are a lot of things I’ve talked about in this blog and on my […]

The Handwritten Letter: 4 Reasons We Need to Bring it Back

The Handwritten Letter: 4 Reasons We Need to Bring it Back

Someone give me a pen and a paper. I’m gonna sit down and write a handwritten letter. (Well, I mean, after I finish this blog post.) (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press the triangle play button […]

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, […]

Choosing Between Ducks and Chickens for your Homestead

Choosing Between Ducks and Chickens for your Homestead

We keep both ducks and chickens here on our homestead and I’m often asked which I like better. If you’re looking to decide between ducks and chickens, here are a few similarities and differences between the two that may help you make your choice. (Don’t […]

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. […]

Home cured ham: how to brine a ham

Home cured ham: how to brine a ham

One of the great things about raising your own pigs is having a full freezer after hog butchering is done. And while we all love homemade bacon, ham is a favorite as well. So let me share with you how we brine a ham (and […]