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Living Off-Grid on a Tiny House Homestead for 6 Years

Ariel has been homesteading and living off-grid in a 24′ x 8′ tiny house for 6 years! She grows, forages and preserves as much of her own food as possible.  She cuts her own firewood, carries her own water, generates electricity with solar, and cooks with propane. She is a passionate backpacker and wildlife photographer who works part-time on a ranch in exchange for a place to park her small home, and she also works a variety of jobs to earn money, although her expenses are very low since she isn’t paying rent – and since she managed to pay …

6 Mistakes to AVOID When Buying Raw Land for a HOMESTEAD

One of the biggest questions that I get asked on all of our videos is I like your house but how do you actually buy the land to put your house on it. Well, buying the land… that’s an easy thing. But, whenever you’re spending this much money to purchase real estate, you need to make sure that you do not make certain mistakes – and that’s what we’re talking about today. We’re going over the top six mistakes to avoid when purchasing raw land for your homestead. The first mistake that you want to avoid when buying raw land …

3 Things to Make with Dandelion Roots this Fall – Including Caffeine-Free Coffee

Fall is here, and it’s time to pick the dandelions! Oh, folks, fall is finally here; isn’t it lovely? No more back and forth, with one day in the high 70’s and the next – rainy and cold. Fall has settled in to stay. And that means everyone is hurrying to bring in the last few tomatoes and get their winter squash picked and stored. It means you’re nearly done canning, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Important Points to Remember When Preparing for a Homesteading Lifestyle

There was a time when everyone was flocking away from cities to suburbia, but in recent years even that has lost its thrill. An ever-increasing number of people are seeking a simpler lifestyle away from all the noise and distractions that are a “normal” part of life in populated areas. They are seeking homes even more remote than the suburbs and a homesteading lifestyle reminiscent of days long gone. It may sound simple but there are some important points to remember when preparing for that long-awaited day.   Access to Services This is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects …

What Are Cover Crops For Gardens?

Using cover crops for gardens to promote soil health, is a time-honored part of homestead gardening. Choosing the right cover crop for the life of your soil may seem complicated, but once you’ve read through the information here – you’ll have a better idea of what’s right for your garden. Learn about the many benefits of planting cover crops, which types of cover crops may be best for your homestead, and a few pro tips too!

How to Save Pepper Seeds: Saving Seeds for Next Year

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Our garden is always full of a variety of peppers: green peppers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, you name it. They’re definitely one of our favorite crops to grow. Thankfully, it’s also one of the easiest to save seeds from. So, we don’t have to buy new seeds every year. If you’ve ever wondered how to save pepper seeds, read on! Why save pepper seeds?

Storing Potatoes Long Term Without a Root Cellar

Potatoes are a fantastic self-sufficient crop to grow in the home garden. They’re versatile and until it freezes, you can simply harvest them as needed. But, once the cold weather hits and freezing temperatures threaten, you’ll have to dig them up. Successfully storing potatoes all winter is fairly easy, as long as you follow a few simple tips. To store potatoes for the year, you’ll want to properly cure them, then keep them at the correct temperature, and keep moisture levels down. All things that are plentiful in a root cellar, but a lot of us don’t have access to …

The Ultimate Guide to Game Meats

Virtually everything you need to know about game meat – from securing it, to how long the supply will last, to preserving it and turning it into delicious meals for your family. It’s estimated that over 40 million hunters and anglers in the United States and Canada, harvest protein from rivers, lakes, streams, fields, and forests every year. These game meats are not only an integral part of self-reliance, but also a sustainable and economical way to harvest healthy meats for you and your family. The first year my husband went deer hunting, I was beside myself when he brought …

Homesteading Couple Hasn’t Bought Groceries in a Year of Self-Sufficient Living

Chris and Stef jumped into self-sufficiency last year when they decided not to buy groceries for an entire year – including staples like salt, sugar, coffee, and flour! Instead, they’ve been growing, catching, raising, and harvesting 100% of their food supply on a small 1/2 acre homestead. We cannot wait for more people to experience this type of eye-opening change. Indeed, we should all be aware of our waste production and our impact on the planet – as well as where our food comes from, (especially animal products, and the environmental, as well as ethical costs that come along with …