When we first moved to our first and only home 23 years ago the first thing we did was plant a garden. We always loved to grow things and as time went by the garden expanded, but something was still missing. One day while visiting a friend, we realized what was missing. He had a … Continue reading Beginning Homesteading Its All About The Birds
Why would freezing kale for the winter be a test of a marriage? Let us explain…. We live in the Northeast and our winters can be very long, and for an anxious gardener, it can be tough mentally. So as soon as possible, we like to get our hands dirty and get our cold weather … Continue reading Freezing Kale, The Test of a Marriage
Homesteading shows on television give you a glimpse into the reality of life on the homestead. There are trials and tribulations along the way and the don’t always work themselves out. The reality of living this life style is that animals and plants must give their lives to allow us to live. Nature can be … Continue reading The Reality of Life on the 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 … Continue reading From Rooster to Baby Chicks, New Life on the Homestead
One of the most important buildings on any homestead is the chicken coop. On our homestead we eat eggs every morning. Pound for pound the chicken coop is the undisputed champion of providing meals. Our coop is located where we can see it from our back door. So when it came time to build it … Continue reading Building a chicken coop, the cornerstone of your homestead
If raising chickens for eggs is the gateway to homesteading, then raising them for meat is stepping through that gate with both rubber boots. Once you have raised your own meat, and see the difference from what you buy in the store, you will never go back. We finally decided to raise meat birds after … Continue reading Raising Meat Chickens, you will never go back to store-bought again!
We have always had a love affair with fermenting things here on the homestead. It all started years ago with our first batch of pickles, and then moved on to sauerkraut, beer and most recently wine. The real draw for us is making things that you can’t buy in the store. A fresh batch of … Continue reading Making Homemade Wine + Growing Grapes = Homestead Happiness