Category: Small Acreage Homesteading

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How to Raise Chickens at Home for Eggs and Meat

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 avid reader of Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening magazine and...

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How To Collect Rainwater For Home Use

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 some water for just such an occasion....

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How to Buy Rural Land Without Getting Conned or Ripped Off

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 make us. After we headed out to discuss...

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Small Acreage Homesteading Guide

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 storage reserve, this should see you through most disasters, but you should also plan and...

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What Animals Should I Keep 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 experiences you can pass down to your children....

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How To Compost at Home For Beginners

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 are reducing waste. Estimates say that common food and yard waste make up anywhere...

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Homesteading 101 – Prospective Homestead Priorities

by Patient Momma I have heard of and read some sad accounts of people purchasing property to begin their dream of homesteading, only to find thousands of dollars of expenses facing them. I’ve watched some of those ‘Homestead Rescue’ programs on TV and wondered what in the world were those people thinking?  This article is based on the premise that you’ve decided to get out of the city, to purchase some land with an existing...

How To Find and Buy Land for a Small Homestead

When you are buying a small homestead Are you ready to begin homesteading? You’re joining a growing number of Americans who are returning to our roots and living off what the land provides. So how do you get started? It’s kind of obvious but you need land. The good news is you don’t need thousands, or even hundreds of acres, to have a fully functional homestead. Indeed, you can homestead on less than ten acres....

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Tiny House Living Tips- Things To Consider Before Going Tiny

Have you ever dreamed of living in a tiny house? Maybe you’ve seen HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny House Hunters where they profile individuals and families looking to downsize and start life anew in a much smaller space. And something about those houses caught your eye. If you’ve dreamed of living a life of independence and self-sufficiency, tiny house living might be right for you. And it just might be the best option...

A Quick Overview to Safe Home Canning

A Quick Overview to Safe Home Canning

by Prep Kat I know we have a lot of seasoned canners in the Pack. This article is aimed at the few who are afraid to jump in or are just starting out. Home canning is such a wonderful way to store food for later. Anyone can do it – you just need to learn to do it safely. We grow and can food for many reasons; to keep our abundant harvest, to save money, to ensure healthy...

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Ten Amazing Book Related Life Hacks for the Modern Homesteader!

Some of the following hacks will be familiar to many of you. While they will not all work for everyone they are all tested and work amazingly well. Things like these are often a balance of desire, need, and monetary ability.

For myself, I have time while I do not have excess monies which is why these hacks are used in some cases. For legal purposes, this is only an educational article and all hacks have been done by experienced professionals.

Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, and Earthbag: Three Unique Building Methods for Your Homestead

by Adam Leviness If you’re reading this site it’s probably because you either are or dream of becoming, a homesteader. Living off your own piece of land, becoming more self-sufficient, and living a more simple lifestyle. Maybe you have even started looking at pieces of land in the country that will be able to provide everything you and your family need. If you’re really lucky you already own that piece of land and are just...

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Ducks vs Chickens For the Small Scale Homesteader

Beginning your small homestead is an exciting process every step of the way! One of those exciting, pivotal steps in a homesteads’ early development is the introducing of livestock.  Whether you have already begun exploring the idea of creating your backyard homestead or have started living the dream, you most likely have heard the often recommended starter livestock is chickens!  They are somewhat low maintenance compared to other farm animals, take up little space, are efficient producers of eggs and meat, highly entertaining, and relatively low cost.

What’s The Difference Between Hybrid and Non-Hybrid Seeds?

At the beginning of the growing season most gardeners, simply head to their nearest garden center and pick up whatever seed packets that are being displayed on the shelf that year, or they skip the seeds and their germination altogether by purchasing seedlings and transplanting those directly into their garden. And why this works well (sometimes) during “good times” when you can still rely on going back and getting new seed for planting a new...

Is Treated Lumber Safe for Building Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens?

Is Treated Lumber Safe for Building Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens?

I’ve received several emails from readers asking if I had built my raised vegetable garden beds using treated lumber and they then proceeded to inform me of the health risks involved with the use of treated wood in my garden if I had. One reader’s email gave a dire warning to the effect that I would surely die from the first bite of produce taken from the garden if treated lumber was used to construct the frames because arsenic would leach into the surrounding soil and...