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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 […]

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 […]

How to Render and Clean Beeswax

How to Render and Clean Beeswax

While there are many methods for cleaning and rendering beeswax, this method, described by Starla of Misty Meadows Homestead & Apiary results in beautiful clean wax worthy of all of your beeswax products. We asked her to share with our readers so you too can […]

How to Freeze Eggplant

How to Freeze Eggplant

Eggplant is one of those vegetables that feels like a huge bonus when you harvest it, but can quickly start to feel overwhelming. Just how many nights can you eat eggplant in a row? And yet, a good eggplant Parmesan on a cold winter night […]

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

How to Make a Small Kitchen Work

Our kitchen is small. Its not New York City apartment small, or tiny house small, but for a family that raises most of its own food and needs space to process and cook all the time, it is kinda small. The photo above shows what […]

How to Build a Grow Light Stand

How to Build a Grow Light Stand

When it comes to seed starting, it is hard to find a better set up than a vertical, tiered shelf with grow lights on each level (commonly called a “grow light stand”).  This set-up allows you to grow multiple levels of seedlings in a condensed […]

How to Grow Elderberries from Cuttings

How to Grow Elderberries from Cuttings

Elderberries are an awesome addition to any farm or homestead; the flowers can be used to infuse tea and other herbal products and the ripe berries can be used for baking, cooking, or winemaking among other uses. The medicinal properties of elderberries are also incredibly […]