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Visit Our Homesteader Gifts Shop at Etsy!

Visit Our Homesteader Gifts Shop at Etsy!

The blog is now retired–but we’re still making fun and practical gifts for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and others who enjoy rural life, sustainability, and down-home pastimes. We’ve got mugs, pencil holders, coin banks, phone cases, T-shirts, baby creepers, and more–featuring a menagerie of farm animals, tractors, western themes, and home skills like quilting and gardening. Our special mascots include Cactus the Cranky Cat and a pair of cows called Bessy and Bossy. We love customizing our … Read entire article »

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The Homesteader School

The Homesteader School

Historically, the term “homesteading” was used in relation to the settlement of land by pioneers, farmers and ranchers. Today, homesteading defines a lifestyle reminiscent of the simplicity and sustainability of that bygone era. It may involve a deliberate focus on raising and preparing wholesome food, careful stewardship of resources, or some degree of independence from commercially produced goods. Although we may modify older practices with modern equipment and updated techniques, today’s homesteaders yearn to live closer to … Read entire article »

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Visit Our Homesteader Gifts Shop at Etsy!

Visit Our Homesteader Gifts Shop at Etsy!

The blog is now retired–but we’re still making fun and practical gifts for homesteaders, farmers, gardeners, and others who enjoy rural life, sustainability, and down-home pastimes. We’ve got mugs, pencil holders, coin banks, phone cases, T-shirts, baby creepers, and more–featuring a menagerie of farm animals, tractors, western themes, and home skills like quilting and gardening. Our special mascots include Cactus the … Read entire article »

4 Different Places to Grow Groceries

4 Different Places to Grow Groceries

Finding a place to plant some veggies and herbs can be challenging. Not everyone has a yard, and not every yard has space for a big garden plot. But no matter where you live, you can find some place to raise a few veggies! Here we’ll talk about four different places you can grow some groceries. Traditional Garden Patch For centuries, gardeners have … Read entire article »

How to Plan a Kitchen Garden

How to Plan a Kitchen Garden

If you are just learning to garden, you may have seen that there are many different types of gardens and as many ways to grow plants. Whether you live in an apartment or on large acreage, you can grow some groceries. Factors like available space and time, physical capabilities, desired results, and personal values will help you determine the type and size … Read entire article »

Homesteader How-to Roundup: March 2014

Homesteader How-to Roundup: March 2014

25 helpful tips and tutorials from the homesteading community Spring is just around the corner…are you ready? 5 permaculture tips from the pros Advice from the homesteading master: Joel Salatin Beyond the chicken egg Canning frozen food Cold frame ideas  Creating bluebird habitat Dear city homesteader DIY cob oven DIY cob oven x 20 DIY dehydrator DIY garlic oil for ear infections Gardening for … Read entire article »

Homesteader Prep Rally: Spring 2014

Homesteader Prep Rally: Spring 2014

Helpful tips and tutorials from other blogs, websites, and forums From prepping intros to DIY to food storage options, we hope you’ll find something helpful here! 4 ways to move toward preparedness 5 dimensions of survival preparations 10 reasons to believe in preparedness Best resources for beginner preppers Dad’s get home bag Eating from the pantry Equipping kids with survival skills Fix-it … Read entire article »

Homesteader How-to Roundup: February 2014

Homesteader How-to Roundup: February 2014

25 helpful tips and tutorials from the homesteading community More winter tasks, more garden planning, and other great ideas   12 fast-growing veggies Animal injuries on the homestead Ax safety tips Beginning farmers’ guide to self-sufficiency Butchering livestock in winter Co-housing livestock species Companion planting for pest control Composting basics Composting in small spaces Composting in winter Cooking beans on the wood stove Crop rotation for healthier gardens DIY cleaning products DIY … Read entire article »

Homesteader How-to Roundup: January 2014

Homesteader How-to Roundup: January 2014

25 helpful tips and tutorials from the homesteading community This month we have winter on the brain…but part of winter is planning for spring! Are you getting ready?   Adventures in raising a livestock guardian dog Baking bread on a woodstove Basic first aid  Cleaning with vinegar  Common Sense homesteader Laurie Neverman: interview  Food security infograph Gardening anywhere Growing transplants  Growing veggies and ornamentals together Hanging clothes to dry in winter  Herbs you can … Read entire article »

Homesteader Prep Rally: Winter 2013-2014

Homesteader Prep Rally: Winter 2013-2014

Helpful tips and tutorials from other blogs, websites, and forums Our winter Prep Rally includes a long list of links on preparedness topics and more. From prepping intros to DIY to food storage options, we hope you’ll find something helpful here! Did you know that we have a Preparedness Resources page at The Homesteader School? Check it out here for more sources of info, … Read entire article »

Homesteader How-to Roundup: December 2013

Homesteader How-to Roundup: December 2013

Helpful tips and tutorials from the homesteading community This month we’ve got some extra links to share. Since many of us celebrate holidays in December, we’re including some special holiday tips, recipes, and gift guides.  Enjoy! DECEMBER ROUNDUP 9 ways young kids can help in the kitchen Basics of traditional foods Best cold and flu fighters Direct composting DIY black walnut ink DIY plastic bottle garden lights Financial realities of … Read entire article »