Nothing strikes terror into the heart of a homesteader as much as wildfire.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and April welcomes an unofficial holiday that really makes me want to take stock and start fresh — Earth Day. During this time, I take stock of sustainable lifestyle choices that I’m proud of and also look for ways to improve.
An easy bag to make for growing potatoes.
My adopted 'grandmother' who came with the family when I married was one of the sweetest people I have ever known - and taught me valuable skills to boot!
Easy, do-it-yourself frames for garden netting help protect your garden from critters.
Shearing season is upon us, and with it the need to process all that fiber. Ever wonder how it's done?
By wrapping soap in natural fibers - like wool or alpaca - you can create a felted washcloth around the soap itself.
This feeder is easy and cheap to make, and it is safe and effective for your livestock.
Making custom soaps, with ingredients you have, is easy and fun!
Easy to make, easy to carry, easy to use. Hard lotion bars are all of these things, AND they work great!
Rewebbing lawn chairs is a fun winter project.
Using natural fibers and felting needles, designs can be made in felt. With a few tricks, anybody can learn to do this.
Lots of projects can be made with felt, and it's not that hard to create your own. With wool batts and a little muscle, you can make your felt exactly the way you want it.
I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!
Did you know that homemade marshmallows are really easy? They're also super-yummy, you can make them different flavors, and they melt like magic in your hot cocoa. Perfect for the holidays!
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to save the world, to make things better, to be a hero. Well, I've long since accepted that I'm no hero, but I never forgot what an old farmer told me, "You wanna change the world, honey? Then start where you are, use what you've got."
The time-honored tradition of re-purposing lives on.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.

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