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Book Review:  How to Speak Chicken

Book Review: How to Speak Chicken

Subtitle:  Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say I consider chickens to be the gateway animal to having animals on your homestead.  Once you’ve got the basics (shelter, food, water, and a place to forage) they are surprisingly low-maintenance. One […]

How to Make and Use Beeswax Furniture Polish

How to Make and Use Beeswax Furniture Polish

Beeswax furniture polish is a safe, natural, and effective way to bring new life to wood furniture.  You can use it to polish finished furniture, to clean up damaged pieces, or as a stand-alone finish on unfinished wood. When we purchased our home, the previous […]

How to Sell Used Clothes

How to Sell Used Clothes

Selling used clothes isn’t necessarily unique to homesteading, but the further I get into a self-sufficient, homesteading mentality, the more I want to simplify my life.  I want to live with less and have less clutter.  I also find myself in a place where my income […]

Book Review: Made from Scratch

Book Review: Made from Scratch

When you are an aspiring homesteader, or someone who has begun heading down the road toward homesteading, it can be easy to dream big but hard to imagine how you will get there. It was no surprise, then, that the Homesteaders’ Book Group chose Jenna […]

How to Make a Rustic Pot Rack

How to Make a Rustic Pot Rack

When we did a little amateur remodeling in our porch this summer, I looked at my cast iron pans that needed to be stored in there and had a vision for a pot rack that would echo the qualities of that pan – rustic, practical, […]

How to Infuse Olive Oil: Cold Infusion

How to Infuse Olive Oil: Cold Infusion

Infused olive oils are a great way to add more flavor to a dish without having to chop up extra ingredients. They are amazing in marinades, pasta dishes, and salad dressings.  They also make great gifts to give for the holidays or as a hostess […]

How to get Started with Beekeeping

How to get Started with Beekeeping

  There’s been a huge surge in the number of homesteaders interested in or practicing beekeeping as part of their journey to self-sufficiency. The benefits are multi-fold: you get to enjoy your harvest of honey and maybe even sell some, and you get to support […]

How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home: The Hot Method

How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home: The Hot Method

Homemade vanilla extract is an easy, fun thing you can make yourself!  It makes a great gift and tastes much better than store-bought vanilla (isn’t that how it always is?).  While homemade vanilla extract is easy to make, it does require quite a bit of […]

How to Fish for Food: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Fish for Food: A Beginner’s Guide

  This is a guest post by Olivia Nicholson from The Red Rock Flock.  One way of putting food on the table that some homesteaders may not normally consider is fishing. Not only can it be a fun family activity or a relaxing pastime, but […]

Book Review: The Wildcrafting Brewer

Book Review: The Wildcrafting Brewer

  Subtitle: How to Craft your Own “Hyperlocal” Beer, Wine, and Soda Many homesteaders are interested in brewing their own wine, beer, or soda (in fact, just last week we published a great guide to making homemade country wines!). It’s another product you can make […]