Category Archive: Homesteading

Building an inexpensive barn

Building an inexpensive barn All livestock require some shelter even if the weather doesn’t become dangerously cold in your region. Heat and rain can be just as hard on an animal as on a human being. So even if your livestock consists of only a few goats or a single cow you need a barn. …

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Homesteading Jobs For Winter

Homesteading Jobs For Winter As we enter the winter months many urbanites are feeling the crunch of the adverse weather conditions and wrongly assuming their country cousins are on hiatus. They couldn’t be more wrong! There are always chores to be done when homesteading and that is true whether the homestead is urban or rural! …

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Incubating and Hatching Eggs

Incubating and Hatching Eggs I did this on a very small scale as a kid and hatched a single egg and recall it was an awesome thing to watch. Incubating and hatching eggs isn’t child’s play however. For today’s homesteaders and even those who have a back yard coop each egg is an investment. After …

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One family proves Self-reliance in the city is Possible

One family proves Self-reliance in the city is Possible We don’t usually feature blogs about our bloggers but this family is news worthy on their own! The Dervaes family writes the Urban Homestead blog which we feature often. But this story isn’t about one of their individual homesteading triumphs but about their overall success at …

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Homestead in Place

Homestead in Place One of our favorite bloggers Gayle over at Backdoor Survival lives a prepper lifestyle but her dream has long been to own and operate a legitimate homestead. The livestock, the crops, the huge garden, the entire way of life appeals to her. But like many of us she has had to make …

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Meat Cutting: Beef

Meat Cutting: Beef As unpleasant as it may be actually killing the cow is the easy part. After that it takes some skill to make the beef cuts the very best they can be for your family. It is important that if you must take a creature’s life that you make use of the entire …

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The Kratky Method for Passive Gardening

The Kratky Method for Passive Gardening Passive gardening?? Yes, Yes, Yes! Finally a method of gardening that doesn’t take all my good weather time to upkeep. I am for any method that allows me to be out of the garden enjoying fair weather activities and still produce what my family eats. Even better this type …

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Top 10 Uses For a Tarp

Top 10 Uses For a Tarp Every survival, preparedness, prepping and homesteading site will advise you to own a tarp. Probably several tarps because they have so many uses. From temporary repairs to temporary shelters. I could probably name 50 uses off the top of my head But what are the top uses? See them …

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Are Self-Sustainable Lifestyles Becoming Illegal?

Are Self-Sustainable Lifestyles Becoming Illegal? It almost seems like it doesn’t it? More and more laws and regulations governing what you can and can’t do on your own property. Many folks would prefer to return to a self-sustainable lifestyle but find the restrictions to constrictive and often expensive. When I bought my home and property …

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5 Best Backyard Livestock to Use for Meat

5 Best Backyard Livestock to Use for Meat There are a number of things to consider when raising livestock especially if your going to do it in your backyard with the intent of using them to feed yourself and family. How much meat do you get in exchange for your feed and upkeep expense? How …

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