Homestead How-To is a gathering place for those who want to live a more rustic, self-reliant life. Our primary goal is to provide a great venue for learning with comprehensive and easy-to-follow, do-it-yourself articles. Our secondary goal is to connect homesteaders who want to learn to each other, and to offer opportunities for them to share their expertise.
The articles on Homestead How-To are specifically limited to how-to posts. You won’t find recipes or essays (even though those are awesome). Instead, you’ll find a virtual library of instructions, resources, and learning opportunities contributed by folks who are interested in gardening, livestock, food preservation, and self-sufficiency (among other topics). We try to go above and beyond the basic information that can be found elsewhere and focus on in-depth tutorials and resources. And all of our articles come from members of the homesteading community!
Homestead How-To also highlights learning resources that can be found beyond our site. We publish book reviews and host a Homesteaders’ Book Club. We profile courses or websites where you can learn specific skills. We partner with other businesses and sites who offer learning experiences. We try to vet these resources so that you can come here to learn what others’ think about a given resource or share your impression. You’ll find much of this information in our library.
Every article also points you back to the homesteader who wrote it – if they have a blog, Facebook Page, Instagram Profile, or Pinterest account, you’ll find a link to connect with them. You’ll also be able to read a short profile and see a photo of them or their homestead. We encourage you to click on these links, meet new friends, and make new connections! We want to highlight folks in our community who have a lot to offer, so don’t forget to check out our contributor guidelines to join the fun!
Homestead How-To was founded by Carrie Williams Howe and Libby McPhee, two Vermont homesteaders who met through homesteading communities on social media. They shared a background in education and a passion for making connections that help people to learn more.
Carrie Williams Howe – Founder, Lead Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carrie has a PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus on adult learning and curriculum development. When she isn’t weeding the garden or canning, she is passionate about creating venues for adults to learn effectively with each other. She lives on a small homestead in Williston, Vermont where she and her family focus on growing as many vegetables as possible while also offering small shares to others. The Howes also raise bees and sell honey and other beeswax products; follow their adventures on The Happy Hive.
As the lead editor, Carrie is responsible for curating the categories and content of Homestead How-To in partnership with Libby. She focuses on making sure that articles align with the goals and purposes of the site and help to promote learning in every way possible.
Libby McPhee – Founder, Lead Community Builder (email@example.com)
Libby has a BA in Literature and is currently enrolled in a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program to obtain her license in Special Education K-21. When she’s not puttering around her home, she is working at the local high school in their Special Education Department. She lives on a small homestead in Mount Holly, Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Libby and her husband are passionate about becoming as self-reliant as possible and raising their daughters in this lifestyle.
As lead community builder, Libby focuses on creating connections with homesteaders to encourage them to visit Homestead How-To and participate in our joint learning adventures. She also works regularly with Carrie to identify and curate great content.
As we further develop Homestead How-To we hope to add contributing editors who will take the lead on various categories. More to come!