by Petticoat Prepper First let me say, I am no expert. I have been keeping bees for the past year. It’s been fun, frustrating, interesting and challenging. I’ll share what I’ve done and hopefully those interested will find a bit of help. Just keep in mind; it’s rather like herding cats. I am setting up to add 3 more hives to my backyard this … [Read more...] about Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners – The Complete Guide!
Small Acreage Homesteading
Here you will find articles on small acreage homesteading and farming topics such as homestead setup and how to buy a cheap homestead. You'll also find articles on topics such as gardening, DIY projects, raising livestock etc.
by Bobcat-Prepper "Warning - Positively identify any food in the wild as safe before collecting. Some berries that are dark purple (like pokeberry) or black (like nightshade) are TOXIC." I have been hiking and running around an abandoned 16 acre field near my home for the last year for exercise, and this spring I started paying attention to … [Read more...] about Identifying and Harvesting Wild Berries for the Homestead
by Goat Mama 12 I am writing this article to give people some ideas regarding using livestock guardian dogs for protection of livestock, property, and people. My husband and I moved to East Texas about 10 years ago to live my country dream. We acquired 25 acres for my horses and soon thereafter I started raising goats. It was love at first … [Read more...] about What is the Best Dog Breed for Homesteading? Well I’ll Tell You…
by Jane W My interest in chickens began at age three when my grandmother would allow me to gather eggs from the nests in the chicken house at their farm. I learned from her to be observant and gentle with animals. When my own child reached that age, I wanted to share some of that magic with him and began considering raising chickens. As an … [Read more...] about How to Raise Chickens at Home for Eggs and Meat
by Chuck H Water has always been an afterthought for me and my prepping. It's so easy for me to take it for granted when all I need to do is turn a faucet handle and fresh, clean water is made available. But what if the power goes down for a significant amount of time and eventually the water stations with it? So I finally decided to store … [Read more...] about How To Collect Rainwater For Home Use
by MountainSurvivor About fifteen years ago, when I went to Oklahoma with a friend of mine, we met a man in his mid- to late-fifties that offered to sell us some land that he said he owned. When we went to look at the piece, we saw a small travel trailer sitting there, surrounded by dense stickery brush, and he told us what a good deal he would … [Read more...] about How to Buy Rural Land Without Getting Conned or Ripped Off
Face reality, unless you are super rich putting back more than six months to a one-year food supply, isn’t practical, and even if you have the cash to spend, finding room for storage and the constant dating and rotating become the next obstacle, and this can get quickly become unmanageable. For most preppers the goal should be a one-year food … [Read more...] about How To Live Self-Sufficiently On A Small Homestead
Have you always dreamed about starting your morning with farm fresh eggs and fresh milk from your own cow or goat? Even on a small homestead, you can make that a reality. And you will be happy you did. Raising animals will not only provide a source of food and milk for your family, it will provide you with a sense of independence as well as life … [Read more...] about What Animals Should I Keep On A Small Homestead?
When you are starting life on the homestead, you quickly learn that common food and yard scraps that most people throw away can be very beneficial. That is certainly true with composting. If you don’t know how to compost, it’s not difficult and we can guarantee it will be well worth your time and energy. What are the benefits? First, you … [Read more...] about How To Compost at Home For Beginners