Homesteading Education Month : Festivals

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It seems like every month has a million different things that we are all supposed to remember or do during that month, and September is absolutely no exception. However, as it turns out, September just so happens to be International Homesteading Education Month! Who knew such a thing even existed? Mother Earth News has a website dedicated to education about homesteading, and there are plenty of events and informational articles there. But, while International Homesteading Education Month is ... [ Read More ]

How to Become a Homesteader

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  The idea of becoming a homesteader and living a more simple, old-fashioned lifestyle is, for many people, both exciting and daunting. If you're deeply entrenched in your regular lifestyle, the idea of uprooting everything you know and trying something new can be a little scary. But I'm here to tell you that it's nowhere near as hard as it sounds and everyone--no matter where you live--can be a homesteader. What are homesteaders? There are a lot of misconceptions about ... [ Read More ]

6 Things to Never Say to a Homesteader

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Homesteading--no matter what kind of homesteading you do--is a completely different lifestyle and is always a labor of love. Because, let's be honest, it can be a lot of work and sometimes it's not a lot of fun. For people who aren't homesteaders or into the old-fashioned lifestyle it might even seem strange or ridiculous to do everything the "hard way." But, whether you're a homesteader or not, there are some things that you should never, ever say to a fellow homesteader: 1. I don't know ... [ Read More ]

Every Barn Should Have a Cat

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When I was growing up, we had an insane amount of barn cats running around our property. I really mean insane--likely in the double digits, and my parents didn't have a whole lot of livestock for the most part. Being a typical little girl, I played with the cats and it was my job to feed them every day. As an adult, I am firmly of the opinion that every barn should have one--and not just because I'm a huge fan of those little fuzzy hunters. Natural pest control Rats present a huge problem for ... [ Read More ]

Living an Old Fashioned Life in a Modern World

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I'm probably preaching to the crowd when I say that living an old fashioned, simple life is pretty much amazing. However, I have noticed quite a bit of discussion and even confusion on exactly what it means to be "old fashioned" in today's world. Can you be 'old fashioned' if you live in an apartment in the city? Are you really 'old fashioned'  if you have internet and a smartphone? What if you don't like gardening or prefer to use boxed laundry detergent? Living an old fashioned life today ... [ Read More ]

6 Misconceptions about Preppers

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I'd be willing to bet that unless you are a prepper, most of what you know about preppers is wrong. You might be familiar with one of several "Doomsday Prepper" shows or a survivalist show featuring people like Bear Grylls. And, while those shows and such are exciting and fun to watch, that's not at all what preppers are all about. Prepper Misconceptions They are paranoid and/or conspiracy theorists I blame television completely for this, undoubtedly the most common misconception. Preppers ... [ Read More ]

Protect Your Chickens from Bird Flu

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If you've been keeping an eye on the news at all, then you're probably aware that there is a particularly nasty strain of bird flu going around and causing all kinds of trouble for fowl in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, 15 other states and various countries around the world. Egg prices have skyrocketed a shocking 58% in the wake of so many chickens becoming infected--around 47 million or more, some say. Now, I'd love to say that I'm an expert on this sort of thing, but viruses aren't something ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Taking a Homestead Vacation

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Everyone needs a vacation sometimes, but whether you have a small homestead or a large farm, finding the funds and means to leave for any amount of time can be quite the hassle. After all, someone has to take care of the animals, and those veggies won't pick themselves! So, what is a homesteadder to do? Well, here are some tips for how to take that much-needed vacation without letting your homestead fall apart while you're gone. Find a farm sitter If you only concern is finding someone to ... [ Read More ]

Create Your Own Garden Record Book

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I have the memory of a goldfish. If you asked me what I had for breakfast yesterday, I'm not sure I could tell you most of the time. So, when it comes to remembering things like the name of the delicious tomatoes that I grew on my porch a few years ago, I'm hopeless. But, as it turns out, there's an easy solution: A garden record book! I actually first got this idea from a record book kept by former president Thomas Jefferson, who was a stickler for keeping records and such. In his garden ... [ Read More ]