This is an interesting time to be alive. Fear and panic abound. Many in the community are ill at ease, even frightened. Others appear oblivious and even foolish in their responses to a public health emergency. This is the first time since 9/11 that the entire nation is facing a collective experience that stands to … Continue reading Healthy mindsets for Corona calmness
Consider Your Cordage
It is very regrettable that more often than not, those who prepare for the future are viewed by society as being isolationist, separatists, and downright anti-social. Sure, this can be blamed on the media, propaganda, and perhaps a few loose cannons out there, but it’s also in part because many who give such thinking to … Continue reading Consider Your Cordage
Practical steps to developing food security during uncertain times
Not much is more sobering about the fragility of human life than a pandemic. Beyond the consideration of our own mortality, for many, COVID-19 has been their first experience of even a remote possibility that goods and services we all take for granted might not always be so readily available. This initial thought can cause … Continue reading Practical steps to developing food security during uncertain times
Anyone can homestead – today!
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!
Eight Essential attributes of an off-grid-capable ‘homesteader’
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’
Raised beds with pressure treated lumber?!
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?!
“If anything happens, we’re coming to your place!” – reality check
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
Building a Rainwater chicken waterer
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
Homestead uses for Thermacore panels
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
Inexpensive plant edging
We were growing tired of trying to keep the grass encroaching on our blueberries, so we decided we needed to surround them with some sort of barrier. Unfortunately, most of the barriers sold at big box stores were over-priced and not the most fun to install. In our neck of the woods, barrels like the … Continue reading Inexpensive plant edging