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Soap Making, our cure for winter boredom

When the winter starts to seem like it will never end, and it's a little too early to start your seeds, we often search for new skills to learn.  It is a great time to focus on a new adventure without all of the distractions of other times of year.  Last winter while digging deep… Continue reading Soap Making, our cure for winter boredom


Tools Make The Homestead

you need all of these and then some

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When we think about homesteading we always think of images of chickens and fall harvests.  We rarely see pictures of the tools that make homesteading possible.  No two homesteads are alike, and neither are their tools.  What makes homesteading great is that you get to do it your own way.  You can choose your own land and what crops you will grow,  but most importantly you get to choose or make your own tools.  This blog is a tribute and an introduction to the tools we use on our homestead.  Hopefully it will give you a few new ideas about what to use around your homestead.

The Chainsaw


This is one of the tools that we can’t live without.  It brings us warmth and Christmas trees.  Its uses are endless, especially in places where power cords can’t reach or in an emergency.

When we first started our homestead and decided…

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Homestead failure is not always what it seems

There is one unavoidable fact on the homestead.  You are going to fail.  Failure is not something we think about much or even plan for, but it still happens.  Three years ago we started beekeeping.  We knew that winters were hard here so we built our hives out of 2x4 pine in an effort to… Continue reading Homestead failure is not always what it seems


From Rooster to Baby Chicks, New Life on the Homestead

spring is coming!!!!!

two branches homestead


Although it is still cold, spring has been in the air on the homestead.  We have been starting seeds, making maple syrup, and our rooster has been active making baby chickens.  We keep a small flock of chickens for egg production.  Usually we have enough eggs to avoid buying any from the store.  Last year one of our hens went broody (sitting on eggs to hatch them)  so we bartered for a few fertile eggs from our good friend and put some under her.  Only one of the eggs hatched and as luck would have it, the little chick was a rooster.

We really didn’t want a rooster, but we kept him anyway.  He grew into a beautiful bird and we decided that this year we would hatch some of our own eggs.  We try to keep our hens about three years or so and then rotate them out.  Three…

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