Homesteading

Homesteading is more than tending a plot of land, it’s a mindset.  You can homestead wherever you are.  It’s about making do with what you have, and trying to be a net producer instead of a net consumer.  Homemaking is an important way of providing for ourselves.  Our homes become a place of comfort, socialization, and production as we learn how to become more self-sufficient.

Whether you live in a tiny apartment or on many acres in the country you can cultivate a homesteading mindset and learn homesteading skills.

Raising chickens has many benefits, but if you are new to backyard flocks you may want to know what are the most popular chicken breeds!

Popular Chicken Breeds For Backyard Homesteaders

Raising chickens has many benefits, but if you are new to backyard flocks you may be wondering what are the ...
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We can cram more and more into our days, but is it really worth it? Here are some ways to make time for the most important things.

5 Ways To Make Time For What Really Matters

Sometimes in our rush to be more productive, I think we can overlook the most important things in life. Sure ...
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There are a couple ways to suppress grass in your fruit tree guild. Here are plants that will help you have the most productive orchard!

These Are The Best Plants To Suppress Grass Around Fruit Trees

If you want to have the best producing fruit trees, it's important to keep competing plants away from your backyard ...
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You can accomplish anything as long as you stay focused. Here are some of my favorite time management tips to help you start off the new year!

Time Management Tips To Start The Year Off Right!

Wohoo! It's time to set goals, rock this year, and everything is going to be AWESOME! Right? Right! I heartily ...
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Having easy snacks that you can grab quickly can save your sanity when trying to get everything done. Here are 6 ideas for you.

6 Easy Snacks You Can Grab Quickly

Life gets crazy, and sometimes all you have time to do is feed the chickens and get the kids out ...
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Do you really have to refrigerate farm fresh eggs? How come they won't go bad on the counter? Why do store bought eggs have to be refrigerated? Here's why!

Do You Have To Refrigerate Farm Fresh Eggs?

Do you really have to refrigerate farm fresh eggs? How come they won't go bad on the counter? Why do ...
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Most chicken coops are designed to keep your birds warm. But what if yours need to stay cool in the heat? Here is the best chicken coop for hot climates!

The Best Chicken Coop For Hot Climates

Most chicken coops are designed to keep your birds warm in the cold. But what if your birds need to ...
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How To Dehydrate Food Without A Dehydrator

Being able to dehydrate food without a dehydrator is a highly useful homesteading skill. While having a fancy dehydrator can ...
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List of Fruits and Vegetables with Storage Tips

Here is a list of fruits and vegetables with storage tips on how to extend the life of your produce ...
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33 Ways You Can Save The Environment By Being A Homesteader

We all want to save the environment. (If you don't, you're probably on the wrong website. Just saying.) But what ...
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Healthy Snack Ideas For a Boost on Harried Days

I think even the most devout homesteaders among us fall prey sometimes to the harried pace of modern life. Despite ...
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What You Need To Know About Solar Panels For Your Home

What You Need To Know About Solar Panels For Your Home

Most of us homesteading types dream of being energy independent and installing solar power. My husband and I purchased 28 ...
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Life Off The Grid_ Seven of The Hardest Challenges and How To Overcome Them

Life Off The Grid: Seven of The Hardest Challenges and How To Overcome Them

If you have ever read about living off the land and escaping the craziness of modern life, you may have ...
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Here’s Why Homestead Cats Are The Best

Cats are one of the best animals to have around the homestead. They have many different uses, they make great ...
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Are Live Christmas Trees More Eco-Friendly Than Reusable?

Nobody wants to be Scrooge on Christmas (well sometimes I do), but did you know that your Christmas tree might ...
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Easy Landscaping Ideas For Concealed Food In The City

Easy Landscaping Ideas For Concealed Food In The City

Growing all your food is a great goal to strive for, but what do you do when you only have ...
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5 Useful Kitchen Compost Bin Tips That Will Keep Things Tidy

5 Useful Kitchen Compost Bin Tips That Will Keep Things Tidy

Whether you compost in your own yard or use the city curbside compost pick up, you'll need a good way ...
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How To Make Classic DIY Laundry Detergent With NO Grating!

How To Make Classic DIY Laundry Detergent With NO Grating!

We've all seen the numerous recipes over the years for DIY laundry detergent, and they seem to be a love ...
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Here’s How To Use Rainwater In Your Garden

Gardening doesn't have to be complicated, but there are a few things that you have to have to make it ...
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How To Move To A New Homestead!

How To Move To A New Homestead

Someday you may need to move to a new homestead. Maybe you are a first time homesteader and this will ...
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How To Get Ready To Be Off The Grid Without Feeling Helpless

How To Get Ready To Be Off The Grid Without Feeling Helpless

A few years ago I had grand visions of selling our house in the city, building a tiny house for ...
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20 Ways to Save Water And Cut Down Your Bill

Saving water is a great way to cut down on your water bill. (Use that extra money to buy some ...
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What To Do When Your Dog Gets Skunked

What To Do When Your Dog Gets Skunked

Eeek!  Your dog went out to use the grass and instead your dog gets skunked!  He smells horrible and his ...
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How To Keep Warm and Happy In Winter Without Heat

How To Keep Warm And Happy In Winter With No Heat

Wood stoves and central heat are awesome!  Right up until they fail when there's several feet of snow on the ...
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17 Ways To Save Electricity (And Money Too!)

17 Ways to Save Electricity (And Money Too!)

Perhaps you are worried about your carbon footprint, or maybe you are switching over to solar panels and need to ...
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Here's How To Live Sustainably When You Have a Small Lot (Urban Permaculture Zone 4)

Here’s How To Live Sustainably When You Have a Small Lot (Urban Permaculture Zone 4)

Living sustainably may be easier on a few acres in the country, but that doesn't mean you can't use all ...
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How To Use Soap Nuts For Eco-Friendly Laundry

How to Use Soap Nuts For Eco-Friendly Laundry

How would you like to do your laundry with a completely plant based soap, that leaves no residue and is ...
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How To Make Your Own DIY Composting Toilet

How To Make Your Own DIY Composting Toilet

If you are longing to get off grid, a DIY composting toilet is simple to construct and use. I built ...
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How to Line Dry Clothes Indoors When Your Dryer Is Being Stupid

Maybe you woke up this morning and your dryer decided to be stupid.  Perhaps you usually hang your clothes outside ...
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4 Instructive Books For New Beekeepers

Have you ever thought about raising honey bees? Are you an urban beekeeper? Would you be nervous if your neighbor ...
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How To Recycle Concrete Into Urbanite For A Unique Garden

How To Recycle Concrete Into Urbanite For A Unique Garden

With a little creativity and some grunt work, beautiful paths, patios and other projects can be made by recycling unwanted ...
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21 Reasons Why I Love My Broom

21 Reasons Why I Love My Broom

I've always loved my broom much more than my vacuum cleaner.  For a while, I even got rid of our ...
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Here's Why You Need To Get a Wood Burning Stove

Here’s Why You Need To Get a Wood Burning Stove

There is nothing in the world like sitting next to a blazing fire reading a book or chatting with family ...
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How To Mend a Sheet By Farming My Backyard

How to Mend a Sheet

As a kid I always dreaded when company came because it meant I had to have the deer sheets on ...
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Are You Discouraged? Homesteading Can Be Tough!

Are You Discouraged? Homesteading Can Be Tough!

Do you ever feel discouraged? Maybe you feel there isn't any point in trying because it's all just too much! ...
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Eco-friendly Cleaning Supplies That Are Cheap And Easy

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies That Are Cheap And Easy

Sometimes it seems like there's only two options, buy the not-so-eco-friendly cleaning supplies, or put a lot of time and ...
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Can You Be a Homesteader In The City

Can You Be A Homesteader In The City?

Can you be a homesteader even when you live in the city?  Well truthfully, you may be one already. Sometimes ...
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Will Silkworms Make Your Homestead Better?

Did you know you can grow your own silk from your own silkworms?  Well you can!  Add silkworms to your ...
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How To Hand Wash Your Clothes To Save Money

Did your washing machine kick the bucket and you need all your cash for the new one?  Or maybe you ...
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4 Easy Things To Check On Your Wood Stove

Wood burning stoves are a great way to stay warm in the winter without being reliant on outside utility providers ...
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Can You Be Car Free With Kids?

If you are trying to decrease your reliance on outside energy you may be considering going car free.  Quite frankly ...
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Make Your Own Olive Oil Lamps

A fun way to decrease your electricity is to use olive oil lamps.  Even if aren't trying to save money ...
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How To Make An Easy Rocket Stove For Free @ Farming My Backyard

How To Make An Easy Rocket Stove For Free

I wanted an outdoor fire pit this summer, but we don't have a place on our small property to safely ...
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8 Ways To Save Money On Your Garbage Bill

8 Ways To Save Money On Your Garbage Bill

Some of the best ways to save money are by making slight changes in your daily habits.  Little things can ...
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10 Places To Look For Free Firewood

10 Places To Look For Free Firewood

One of the best things about heating with a wood stove is getting free wood.  Nobody ever walks up to ...
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Best Tips On How To Line Dry Clothes Outside

Best Tips On How To Line Dry Clothes Outside

Line drying your clothes can save you a nice little bit of money on your electric bill.  It also reduces ...
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How To Make Homemade Soap From Ashes

There are a few things you just don't want to live without. Soap is definitely one of those things. Whether ...
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Radical Homemakers Empower Us All. Will You Be One?

Our culture revolves around consumption, but that's not what life if all about!  Radical homemakers are empowering everyone to change ...
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