We get it.. we've been there... longing for better days ahead when we might have more land, more time, more space, more dollars... The future is always so elusive and discouraging at times! Hope often seems to disappoint us, doesn't it? One of the worst mindsets to fall into for someone striving for hoped-upon future … Continue reading Anyone can homestead – today!
Homesteader? What is this about homesteading and off-grid-capable? Living an off-grid-capable life, in many ways, could be fairly said to be a form of homesteading. For some, that word might conjure up images of venturing out west on a covered-wagon train, eating meals of cornbread and beans, and hand-clearing a hundred acres of raw wilderness with … Continue reading Eight Essential attributes of an off-grid-capable ‘homesteader’
Pressure Treated?! If you've ever looked into raised beds, you've likely looked for the materials to build them out of and, if wood, probably come across mixed advice when those discussions center around using pressure-treated (PT) wood. Out of the abundance of caution, we've always steered clear of pressure treated wood - that is until … Continue reading Raised beds with pressure treated lumber?!
Homesteaders are often naturally prepared people and as such, have more infrastructure available to them than your average North American household. Prepared people hear expressions like the above on a routine basis. Here are some other derivatives: "If the [ SHTF ] [ Apocalypse ] [ world ends] [ WWIII ], I/we are coming to … Continue reading “If anything happens, we’re coming to your place!” – reality check
Those new to tractors or considering a tractor for their homestead might be somewhat confused about the tire options available and the pros and cons of each. Here we aim to simplify the concepts for those considering such things. Rear tire types Turf Tires (R-3) Turf tires are designed for just that - turf - … Continue reading Tractor tire types and their pros and cons for homesteading
We have built a LOT of chicken waterers in our years of chicken wrangling. They break, clog, or otherwise just become a pain to deal with. No matter the size, filling it is always irritating. With that experience in mind, we set out to build an easy, affordable and quick to put together rain water … Continue reading Building a Rainwater chicken waterer
We've had a few seasons of raising pastured pork and are starting to understand the pros and cons. We aim to share them here for those who really want to understand some of the potential blessings and hardships associated with raising pastured pork. We love Joel Salatin. It was largely his videos on pigs raised … Continue reading Pastured Pork Pros and Cons
The multiple ways in which drones can be used for the small homestead. We typically like to keep things pretty low-tech. We don't have an aversion to technology, we just want to do things by means which are easily repeatable by anyone. Nevertheless, there are a few modern technologies that can be really helpful at … Continue reading Homestead Tech: Drones
Thermacore panels are the technical/trade name for insulated garage door panels. They have many valuable uses on a homestead or farm. At $.70/sqft (in our area), they are among the least expensive options for most cases where they can be used. Thermacore panels are painted steel panels filled with about 1 - 1.5" of solid … Continue reading Homestead uses for Thermacore panels
We've been keeping chickens for nearly a decade (9 years actually) - certainly a lot less than some, but enough to be 'seasoned' in the same sense that a cast iron skillet could be considered so after as much time. We've had a lot of failures and frustrations along the way, but enough enjoyment, fresh eggs, … Continue reading Ten Reflections of a seasoned chicken wrangler