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[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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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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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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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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Why I Eat More Arugula: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Part 3/5

I have to admit, the first year I grew arugula, I rejected it as a foul tasting weed, decided to ignore it and left it to go to seed. Good thing. Being a prolific self-seeder, it came back, year after year, until finally, my taste buds developed a liking for leafy greens and I gave…

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Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

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;…

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Dreaming of the Ancestor Life

Image:  Loetschental Valley, from Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston A. Price Dreaming of the Ancestor Life As little as 70 years ago there were people living in the Loetschental Valley in Switzerland who didn’t have electricity, drive cars, use phones, shop at grocery stores, buy clothes, or ever consume a single chemical ingredient.  And they…

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Is Homesteading Sexy?

First off – this is not a picture of me. You see, I do make an effort to dress neat and tidy when teaching yoga and fitness (my other jobs), but most of the time, while I’m on the homestead, I look quite, let’s see, umm …rustic ….homespun ….organic? Nonetheless, I still feel qualified to…

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Welcome to Homestead Mania!

I’m Jennifer Houghton.  At the age of 46 I moved out of the suburbs onto an acre of land in the British Columbia mountains.  This blog follows my adventures as I learn to be self-sufficient, grow my own food, and live amongst the pines. Some might say I’m obsessed with frugality and living green.  I…

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