Homesteading

Home Heating Options for the Homestead
September 20, 2021 · · Homesteading

With the weather cooling down, it is time to review our home heating options. You probably already have a heating system in place for your home, but is it actually heating your home to the extent that you need?

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Beginning Blacksmithing

Some of the best advice on self-reliance I’ve received was given to me by my grandfather while we worked in his blacksmith shop. “Never buy something that you can make,” he told me.

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Homesteading After Retirement: Part 5
August 23, 2021 · · Homesteading

Retirement dreams often include plans to travel both near and far. Depending on your previous occupation, travel may not have been possible very often.

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Nominate a Homesteader for the I Am Countryside Feature

Add to Favorites Know a homesteader who inspires others? Want to see them featured in Countryside & Small Stock Journal? Nominate them (or yourself!) and we’ll tell their story in the …

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Building Our Debt-Free Home

We had been married for six years when we became debt-free. Like many couples starting out we had a vehicle loan, a loan for our mobile home, and a few other debts.

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Keeping it Cool With a DIY Walk-in Cooler

The time was drawing near to process lambs. My husband and I had processed our own venison for years. We were ready to venture out and try something new.

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Go Fish!

Remember catching your first fish? I do. Mine was hooked using a wooden stick baited with a nightcrawler — a backwoods fishing rig if ever there was.

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How to Make Lard from Pork Fat
August 4, 2021 · · Homesteading

Leaning how to make lard is not only easy, but it saves money and is healthier for you than store-bought lard because you know where your pig fat came from.

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How A Solar Powered Car Could Drive Your Homestead

In 2014 when my wife and I decided to power our five East Texas acres with solar, a solar powered car was not part of the plan. But a couple of thoughts we had, changed our minds.

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Homesteading For A Living

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan “Our original goal was to produce as much of our own food as possible,” Landis Spickerman, 53, of High Bridge, Wisconsin, says. She and her husband Steven, …

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10 Things Kids Learn From Homesteading Today

Add to Favorites By Rebekah White from New Life on a Homestead – Homesteading today is an idyllic lifestyle. While days are filled with seemingly never ending lists of tasks, dirt, and literal sweat …

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Cooking with the Sun

Do you enjoy cooking outdoors? Then stretch those outdoor living skills by cooking with solar energy.

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Rowdy the Buffalo

After driving down the long driveway past two large pastures and a small herd of bison, we arrived. We walked through a large expanse of fresh-cut green grass in front of the house and onto a large and sturdy, welcoming porch.

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DIY Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
June 29, 2021 · · Homesteading

The kids and I had a wood-fired pizza at a restaurant and we liked it so much that we decided to build a pizza oven, not only for making pizzas. If done properly, it can bake bread, chicken, and for up to 72 hours after the fire goes out, it can be used as a grill.

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Homesteading After Retirement: Part 4
June 29, 2021 · · Homesteading

When we first began homesteading, I had zero thoughts about infrastructure for retirement in the future. Later when we first brought sheep to the farm, I had no idea what would help me manage the flock.

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