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How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

This article is part of a series on Backyard Sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. Check out the first article – How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup – and then use this one to get you to the next step in […]

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

How (and why) to Build a Top-Down Fire

A top-down fire is a great strategy for a wood stove, fireplace, outdoor oven, or campfire. The process is just like it sounds – you build a fire with the largest pieces on the bottom and the kindling on top, instead of the other way […]

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

This post was contributed by Kate Whelley McCabe from Vermont Evaporator Company, our partner in a series of articles on backyard sugaring for February 2020. You’ve decided! You’re going to make maple syrup on the homestead for the first time this year. You’ve identified your […]

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

How to Build a Removable Interior Storm Window

Add these simple instructions for building a removable interior storm window (or “window insert”) to your energy efficiency checklist this winter! One of the best things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home and save costs on heating is to improve the […]

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

How to Build a Log Cutting Rack

A log cutting rack makes it easy to cut firewood into log-length pieces.

20 Ways to be more Self-Reliant in 2020

20 Ways to be more Self-Reliant in 2020

A new decade is up on us. What will you accomplish this year, or over the next ten years? Are you just getting started, preparing for retirement, getting ready to expand? No matter what your next step, Homestead How-To can offer resources and information that […]

How to Make Beeswax Ornaments

How to Make Beeswax Ornaments

Beeswax holiday ornaments are a great gift for friends and family. They are easy to make with just a few simple supplies, and they smell beautiful! The process to make them beeswax ornaments simple, but the options to personalize them are plentiful! Because they are […]

Book Review: Fire Cider!

Book Review: Fire Cider!

We were excited to receive a review copy of the new Fire Cider! book from Storey Publishing so that we could share the excitement with you! The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the release of Rosemary Gladstar’s new book Fire Cider: 101 Zesty Recipes […]

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

How to Stay Organized on the Modern Homestead

Modern homesteading often means wearing multiple hats. Like most families, we have regular household chores to do, a job or two outside of the home, and responsibilities of caring for children. But homesteaders (even just part-time ones like us) also have things on their to-do […]

Fall Writing Contest!

Fall Writing Contest!

Homestead How-To is pleased to announce our Fall 2019 Writing Contest. This contest invites fellow homesteaders (or those with related talents and knowledge) to submit an article to be published this fall. The article with the most views between September 15th and December 31st will […]