Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

[Video] 3 Minutes at an Abandoned Homestead

[Video] 3 Minutes at an Abandoned Homestead

It’s a crisp spring day and the dogs and I visit a new path up the west mountain beside a sweetly chattering brook. Five minutes in, the path opened into a bright clearing which contains the remnants of a previous lifetime. An algae filled dugout. A caringly crafted doghouse. A kitchen sink that still holds…

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Call for Stories:  How Nature Heals

Call for Stories: How Nature Heals

  Dear Beautiful Ladies,   Do you have a personal story about the healing power of nature? Have you experienced personal transformation by tuning into nature? Do you want to share your story to inspire others? I’m looking for women who changed their lives and boosted their self-confidence and body image by connecting with nature.  …

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How to Be a Homesteader Without a Homestead

How to Be a Homesteader Without a Homestead

How to Be a Homesteader When You Don’t Have a Homestead Yes, it can be done. I often hear the lament of folks who yearn for the homesteading lifestyle. “I can’t afford the land“, they exclaim.  A valid point.  It may take years of saving to afford that sweet piece of land.  Meanwhile, you are…

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Life-Giving Linen Cloths

Life-Giving Linen Cloths

Life-Giving Linen Cloths Five years ago I began to discover a whole new way of living.  It’s a way of living that contributes to the health of the planet as well as my own health.  It involves thinking about the life cycle of everything I buy.  It makes me happy and I feel clean. When…

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Readers Share:  Why I Grow My Own Food

Readers Share: Why I Grow My Own Food

There are lots of reasons that people choose to homestead.  In my book giveaway last month I asked people to share why they grow their own food (or want to).  The answers were so fantastic I had to publish them!  Can you relate? Here they are: So it will be healthier food for my family. …

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Book Review & GIVEAWAY!  Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist

Book Review & GIVEAWAY! Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist

BOOK GIVEAWAY!!  Enter to win a copy of this book.  Follow the instructions in the entry form at the bottom of this post.  Giveaway runs Oct 9-17, 2014. In “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist”, Michael Judd presents a fun-filled how-to manual for new and experienced gardeners who want to create landscapes that are in…

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Rewilding:  Taking It Slow Brings Rewards

Rewilding: Taking It Slow Brings Rewards

FYI – Live Free or Die follows five individuals who are living off the grid. The series airs weekly at 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel in the US, and will be picked up internationally later in the year: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/live-free-or-die/ National Geographic Channel asked me and a handful of other homesteading bloggers to weigh in…

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Burdock:  Its What’s For Dinner

Burdock: Its What’s For Dinner

When I was a kid there was a ravine near grandma’s house that had a hidden treasure: raspberries. No one told me about the surrounding burrs.  My cousins thought it was hilarious that I came back covered in burrs instead of carrying a bucket of raspberries.  And, yes, yes, I think we all know they…

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Suillis mushrooms

Learning About Wild Mushrooms

Warning:  Do not eat any mushroom if you are not 100% certain it is safe.  Consult local experts and do thorough research. I see mushrooms.  I see them everywhere.  I have a supernatural ability to see what is hidden to most people.  Okay…well, really not, but now that I’m actually deliberately looking for mushrooms on…

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Collecting Firewood:  Tips for the Best Wood Stove Wood

Collecting Firewood: Tips for the Best Wood Stove Wood

Collecting Firewood: A Day in the Life of a Homesteader My house is located right next to the forest and I enjoy the benefit of it in many ways. It provides me with a peaceful place to walk, the sounds of wildlife, the fresh air it produces, cool shade in the summer, and a little…

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