homesteading

[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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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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12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system.  Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.  Now THAT would be self-sufficiency. Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here.  For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels.  The climate won’t allow me to…

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10 Tips for New Homesteaders

Things I’ve Learned on the Homestead Since I moved to the country a few months ago, I’m learning what works and what doesn’t.  I started this adventure with a gardening background, a reasonable level of fitness, and basic carpentry skills (along with a small arsenal of tools).  This has helped a lot.  I’m at a…

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