Off-grid living will give you a life of security and freedom that few experience today. You will be living a sustainable life; a life where you are producing more than you consume. A life where you are not dependent on outside resources because you create your own resources. An environmentally responsible life that uses renewable sources to create energy. But when you’re … [Read more...] about Alternative Energy Sources For The Homestead Part Three – Water Power
Here you will find articles on homesteading 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.
This is part two of a four-part series on alternative energy sources for the homestead - you can read part one Solar Power here. Wind can provide a great source of energy for you and your family when you are living off-grid or for a backup power source. By choosing a life off-grid, you are choosing a life of independence, a life of self-sufficiency. It is a life where you … [Read more...] about Alternative Energy Sources For The Homestead Part Two – Wind Power
Moving off the grid doesn’t mean that you have to give up every modern convenience you enjoy today. If you don’t want to. And you don’t need to rely on having gas for your generator. Solar power has become a popular option for many people in cities and suburbs hoping to save money. But it can also be a great option for those who don’t want to be connected to a traditional … [Read more...] about Alternative Energy Sources For The Homestead Part One – Solar Power
by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other things) to … [Read more...] about How To Build Your Own Concrete Root Cellar For Food Storage
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 … [Read more...] about A Quick Overview to Safe Home Canning
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 … [Read more...] about Ten Amazing Book Related Life Hacks for the Modern Homesteader!
So you want to homestead but don’t think you can afford it? You see sprawling ranches on television with seven-figure price tags and think that is what homesteading is all about. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. You don’t need to be wealthy to start a homestead. You don’t need a trust fund or a rich relative. For most people, this isn’t a hobby or a vacation house, it’s … [Read more...] about You Don’t Need To Be Wealthy to 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 … [Read more...] about Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, and Earthbag: Three Unique Building Methods for Your Homestead
by MacY Osborne 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 … [Read more...] about Ducks vs Chickens For the Small Scale Homesteader
My Favorite Supplies, Gear, and Tools I occasionally mention tools and prepper supplies that I use and/or recommend in my posts here and there, but this page includes an easy-to-access list of the best prepping items and what I use and recommend. I hope it’s helpful! 1 Hard To Store Food Items Augason Farms – Some foods like powdered milk, butter … [Read more...] about My Favorite Supplies, Gear, and Tools
I thought it would be a good idea to publish a few photos that show my old chicken coop being built from start to finish at my old homestead. … [Read more...] about Pics of my chicken coop from start to finish…
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 … [Read more...] about What You Should Know About Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seed