Top 10 Homesteading Blogs
Since I started blogging a few months ago I’ve discovered a world of beautiful blogs. I’ve also discovered that a homestead can be 1/15 of an acre or 100 acres; homesteaders come in all ages & family sizes; they originate from all walks of life, from city-slickers to hippies to scientists; they live in cities and prairies and on mountain tops; they are dedicated, sincere, and humble; and they are more than willing to put their mistakes out there so that we can all learn from them.
With so many wonderful homesteading blogs on the web it was hard to choose just 10 of my favorites. Sometimes I need to drag myself away from these blogs just to get some actual *homesteading* (or just plain house cleaning) done.
The criteria for a blog to be in my top 10: I like it. I’ve heard of it. It presents useful information in a readable format. It is positive and encouraging. The blogger is sincere. The blog is earth friendly (as most homesteaders intrinsically are). Some offer a glimpse into a unique way of life that I haven’t experienced. Some sites aren’t technically blogs but they offer new content on a regular basis.
I know I’ve missed some good ones on this list. Please share your blog link in the comments so we can come and visit your great blog too.
Here they are, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER…
1) The Backyard Farming Connection http://www.backyardfarmingconnection.com/
What I like: The nice blend of useable tips and personal experience. This seems like a family I’d like to have as my neighbors.
Topics: Garden, Animals, Homeskills, Homesteading
Description from the site: “Backyard farming, homesteading, hobby farming, or whatever you choose to call it is a growing way of life for many people. These are people choosing to live closer to the earth through gardening, farming, cooking, crafting, and appreciating the everyday things we do. This site is a collective place to learn, inspire and reach out to others traveling a similar journey. My name is Gretchen and I live in upstate NY with my three young children and my best friend (and husband) on an emerging 2 1/2 acre backyard farm.”
Linky Party/Blog Hop: The Backyard Farming Connection, Tuesdays
Based out of: coastal New Hampshire
2) Our One Acre Farm http://ouroneacrefarm.com/
What I like: The variety of topics. I love the way Janet places value in interacting with nature in an ethical way.
Topics: Backyard Farming, Cooking, Wild Edibles, Wildlife, Chickens
Description from the site: “My name is Janet Pesaturo. I’m a homebody…I love our little One Acre Farm, our chickens and vegetable garden, our mini orchard of apples, pears, grapes, blueberries, and hazelnuts, the native trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous perennials we’ve planted around the yard, and the clumps of wild elderberry, black berry, and autumnberry…When I’m not tending the “farm” I may be found birding at a local beaver wetland, foraging for wild edibles, or tracking suburban wildlife.“
Based out of: Bolton, Massachusetts
3) Urban Homestead http://urbanhomestead.org/
What I like: This is the family that first inspired the idea that I could be a homesteader. Patriarch Jules Dervaes gets help from his 3 grown children as they sustain their urban homestead.
Topics: Barnyard, Garden, Kitchen, Simple living, Urban homestead, Biodiesel, Events & workshops, Outreach program
Description from the site: “The transformation of an ordinary city home into a productive city farm that produces over 6000 lbs of organic food annually on 1/10 of an acre and provides other subsistence needs – with the goal of reducing our family’s environmental impact and returning to a home-based, family-centered and self-sufficient way of life.”
Based in: Pasadena, California
4) Voice from the Bush http://www.voicefromthebush.com/
What I like: These guys are the real deal. A couple, Linda and Charlie, have lived off-grid for 10 years on 40 acres in the northern wilderness.
Topics: Teachings of First Nations Peoples, Smoking Meat, Wild Foraging, Container Gardening, Advocacy
Description from site: “We have been living off the grid for over ten years now and in that time have had several medical emergencies, survived wild animal and nasty human attacks, learned to feed ourselves (for the most part) and have helped to change a few laws. We’ve advocated for safe water, protection of beavers, helped stop illegal blasting, helped change mining law and generally shown up when required. We know or grow much of our food, make most of our electricity, collect and clean our water, dispose of our waste and do most of our own herbal doctoring with a few trips to the local medical clinic when required.”
Based out of: northern Ontario, Canada
5) Little Mountain Haven http://littlemountainhaven.com/
What I like about it: A young family raising their children in nature.
Topics: Homesteading, Mountain Living, Permaculture, Garden tips, Parenting on a homestead
Description from site: “We’re a family of four that lives on a mountainside forest in the Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada. We’re experimenting with winter gardening and permaculture and aim to grow mostly heirlooms to help preserve seed genetic diversity. We spend our spare time preserving the harvest, homeschooling and enjoying outdoor adventures. We keep chickens, forage for wild free food and aim for a natural family lifestyle.”
Based out of: Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Linky Party/Blog Hop: Green Thumb Thursday
6) Montana Homesteader http://montanahomesteader.com/
What I like: Lots of practical how tos. I can relate to moving into a place that needed lots of fixing up.
Topics: Beekeeping, Garden planning, Filleting fish, Garden soil, Solar
Description from site: “Our family consists of myself, my husband and our toddler daughter whom I refer to as Little A. In July 2013, our family made a giant leap in our goal to live more self-sufficiently: we bought our 4.5 acre homestead and embarked on a new adventure. Our home is a “fixer upper” and required two months of work just to be finished enough for us to move in. We still have lots of work to do on the house, barns and property but it is sweat equity and well worth it for our little slice of Montana land!”
Based out of: Montana
7) Solar Homestead http://solarhomestead.com/
What I like: Detailed technical and budgetary information on their solar system, how much electricity they need and use, and mistakes they made sustaining their family of 5 on solar power.
Topics: Off-grid electricity, Solar power, Wind power, Saving energy, Appliances, Batteries
Description from site: “My wife, Anne, and I began our off grid journey when we decided to build an off-grid home on the east coast of Canada in 2001 using a gas generator, Air 403 wind turbine, 16 golf cart batteries and a Trace 2600 watt inverter/charger…even though power lines were available within 600 feet of our home. Building and living off the grid was not easy nor cost effective. Information was difficult to find and even harder to understand. There was nowhere to get accurate information on using solar energy in eastern Canada…Regardless, in late 2001 we put our first solar energy system together.”
Based out of: east coast of Canada
8) Earthworms and Marmalade http://www.earthwormsandmarmalade.com/
What I like: The blog name! This blog is comfy, bright, and welcoming. I feel like I’m in the kitchen with two sisters having a great time talking about canning and seed planning.
Topics: Gardening, Preserving, Cooking, Craftiness, Family and Tradition
Description from site: “We are two Texas sisters (Elaine and Margaret) learning and sharing our journeys to self-sufficiency. Elaine shares her plans and projects in the rural hill country, while Margaret manages a “backyard homestead” on the urban Gulf Coast.”
Based out of: Texas
9) Attainable Sustainable http://www.attainable-sustainable.net/
What I like: While not specifically a homesteading blog, this one is all about self-sufficiency and making things from scratch.
Topics: Food Preservation, Garden, Poultry, Environment, DIY, Small changes that make a difference
Description from site: “sus·tain·a·ble: maintaining ecological balance: exploiting natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area…Native cultures did it, and did it well. They utilized the resources they had on hand in their region. They wasted nothing. They cared for the earth as a provider. Us? We suck at sustainability…” “Note that the goal here is to become more self-reliant. While I’d love to be off-grid someday, for now I have a mutually beneficial relationship with the electric company – though I am trying to be smarter about the electricity that I do use. I purchase some ingredients that may have been grown (organically) in a far off state – but by making my own cookies, muffins, and pizza dough I’m eliminating fake food from our diets along with unnecessary packaging…I hope you’ll find this site to be helpful in your quest to leave a lighter footprint on the earth and provide real food for your family.”
Based out of: Hawaii
AND THE MOTHER OF THEM ALL….
10) Mother Earth News http://www.motherearthnews.com/
What I like: Although this one is also not specifically about homesteading, and its certainly not a personal blog – more of an online magazine – it contains all the info you need to become a SELF-SUFFICIENCY MASTER. I used to get the magazine on paper, but I am sooooo glad its online now so I can source all the goodies without sacrificing any trees.
Topics: DIY, Organic Gardening, Homesteading & Livestock, Real Food, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Green Homes, Nature & Environment, Green Transportation, Land for Sale
Description from site: “Mother Earth News is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. Mother Earth News helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.”
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These are the awesome blog hops where I share my posts and you can find posts from other homesteading bloggers: http://www.homesteadmania.com/blog-hops-i-follow/