self-sufficiency

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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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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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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The Kale Calcium Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series Part 4/5

The Calcium Kale Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series 4/5 Kale makes me happy. It’s a veggie that does TRIPLE duty: 1) Grows anywhere. 2) Filled with nutrients. 3) Easy to include in meals.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF KALE According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on…

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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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Cooking Beans on the Wood Stove

COOKING ON THE WOOD STOVE Cooking beans on the wood stove instead of the electric stove fulfills four of my heart’s desires: 1)  To never use electricity from the grid ever again (I’m not there YET but it feels good to minimize usage). 2)  To be extra frugal.  Using the wood stove to heat the…

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Edible Wild Plants

I know it sounds hokey but when we listen to the plants they tell us how they can help us, “ said Shanoon, the herbalist. I spent an afternoon in early October with 5 others following Shanoon along a Slocan Valley, British Columbia pathway while she pointed out dozens of naturalized plants that can be…

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