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.

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  1. Readers Share: Why I Grow My Own Food
    Readers Share: Why I Grow My Own Food December 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM .

    […] 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 […]

  2. Linda
    Linda October 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM .

    We’ ve spent the last 11 years learning how to live off the grids and have received a great deal of help at our local Extendicare Nursing Home. We’ve also found many books on how to raise our chickens and rabbits, how to grow more intensively with our raised bed gardens and how to wild forage. The latest offering, which i have entered to win, from your site looks like it will be very useful. We have a ‘summer kitchen’ on the deck but have talked for years about a real ‘bread oven’ as shown on the cover of the book. Maybe 2015 will be the year we build one, with help from the author! Thanks for all the news, help and links we get from you maniacs!

  3. Jann Olson
    Jann Olson October 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM .

    What a great book to help you become self reliant! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  4. Marsha Atkinson
    Marsha Atkinson October 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM .

    Growing my own food to feel more self sufficient and to know what my family is eating. Looking forward to expanding my garden into the yard and having it be my landscaping. Would love to grow things that are edible and not just for looking at. This book would be a wonderful asset to help just that. Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

  5. Lisa
    Lisa October 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM .

    Because we dont have money not to! If we want to eat healthy that is! Our whole family enjoys it too!!

  6. manda
    manda October 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM .

    I enjoy knowing where my food is coming from and control (well trying to) that process.

  7. Diane
    Diane October 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM .

    I want to grow my own food so I can preserve it for later use.

  8. Hildy Nell
    Hildy Nell October 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM .

    Instead of planting flowers around my house on my 1/8 acre, I plant vegetables.
    My 2 1/2 yr old grand daughter goes up & picks green beans, peas, cherry tomatoes, etc. and gobbles them down. She’s learning where food comes from at an early age.

    I have other neighbors planting gardens now. I’ve taught them how to can also.

  9. Bonnie
    Bonnie October 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM .

    I grew up on a farm so growing and canning just comes naturally. The food is just better when you put your own effort into it.

  10. Dawn Kolhmann
    Dawn Kolhmann October 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM .

    I grow my own food so that I know where it came from, but I also get such tremendous joy from organic heirloom gardening, it’s almost like therapy. I start from seed, so it’s very rewarding to to watch something grow that you nurtured, that eventually turns into this beautiful plant that provides nourishing, fresh food. I also enjoy trying new (old) varieties.

  11. Jake
    Jake October 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM .

    I grow my own food to gain greater food independence, variety, nutrition, knowledge of what I’m eating, and, of course, the joy of working in the dirt! 🙂

  12. Ilka J. W.
    Ilka J. W. October 11, 2014 at 7:35 PM .

    With all the bad news about food… I think I’d rather grow some in a garden of my own.
    Plus, I have two growing, hungry boys… cost is another factor! 😉

  13. Kimberly S.
    Kimberly S. October 10, 2014 at 5:39 AM .

    I am still learning about gardening, I think it’s a lifetime process… Gardening gives me and my family a sense of security.

  14. Deborah Davis
    Deborah Davis October 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM .

    Hi Jennifer,
    It is so important to to create landscapes that are in harmony with nature and to control the quality of our food so I am delighted that you shared this valuable and insightful new book “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist” at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I entered to win it!

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