The All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Way to Dry Laundry (Homestead Drying Racks Review & Giveaway!)

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One of the most delightful things about living life abroad this past year was that, almost everywhere we traveled, I had to line dry my laundry. How is that delightful, you ask? What sounded somewhat like a chore at first quickly became a cherished, ritual, liturgical part of the day. Walking outside and breathing in the fresh air. Stopping and quieting myself from whatever I was doing or surrounded by in the house. Methodically, soothingly, picking up one piece of laundry at a time, feeling […]

Homesteading in Suburbia – Five Easy Ways!

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Guest Post by Scott Morefield Rolling pastures in the middle of nowhere. A silo shading a barn full of dairy cows. Chickens clucking in the yard. A gigantic garden guarded by an imposing scarecrow, just a bit higher than the corn stalks waving in the wind. A farmhouse right out of the 1880’s, surrounded by a wrap-around porch and a white picket fence… Maybe this is the reality you are surrounded by every day, right up to Grandma sitting on her front porch rocking chair, […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the “homegrown revolution” and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one’s own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

Backyard Chicken Challenges

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Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer It’s been about about 2 1/2 years since my husband and I – inexperienced as we are – first took on the hobby of keeping backyard chickens; and what a joy it’s been. But we’ve most certainly seen our fair share of chicken woes also. It’s just bound to happen that with 8-10 chickens, problems “crop up”. I hope you can benefit from reading about the challenges we’ve dealt with over the past few years. Feather Picking and/or Cannibalism Certain chickens […]

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Started

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Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested in getting more information about beekeeping as a hobby. Keeper of the Home invited me back and asked me to put together both a “Beekeeping 101” intro for those of you who are interested in possibly starting beekeeping and another snippet on “Welcoming Honeybees” that […]

1000th Post Party Giveaway: 5 Homestead Blessings Videos and $25 Gift Certificate from FBS Books

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As a homeschooling mom myself, I’ve found that it’s not always easy to find all of the curriculum and resources that you’re looking for in one place. So it was wonderful to realize that one of my current advertisers, FBS Books, not only has almost all of the curriculum that I have chosen for our next school year, but they even carry the one resource that I couldn’t find anywhere else! (It’s Leagues and Legends– geography for early elementary students, in case you were wondering) […]