Category: Small Acreage Homesteading

Here you will find articles on small acreage homesteading and farming topics such as homestead setup and how to buy a cheap homestead. You’ll also find articles on topics such as gardening, DIY projects, raising livestock etc.

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Why A “Backyard Homestead” Is All You Need (And Tips For Finding Your Own)

Having a homestead with a huge amount of land is the dream of most people who get the homesteading itch, they dream of have 20 acres or more of prime land out in the middle of nowhere, and going further still they dream or living off the grid. They fantasize about how wonderful it would be living on their multi-acre homestead off the grid while sitting on their front porch watching the garden grow and...

Raising goats guide

The Complete Guide to Raising Goats for Beginners

by Millie from KY Goats are fun, quirky and are great pets!  But we Pack Members are interested in with them for an “off the grid” homestead or SHTF situation.  That being the case, the previous qualities only enhance the fun of having them.  They are a great homestead and often dual purpose animal to raise and enjoy. And they are fun in spite of what some will say!  Perhaps you have heard that “billies” are...

Strategic Relocation Finding The best Place to Live if SHTF

Strategic Relocation: Finding The Best Place to Live if SHTF

by Sierra Grey Robert Burns once wrote, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”. Translated—no matter how well we plan, things often fail, turn out wrong, or go awry. Humans have limitations. We possess only fragments of knowledge and limited experience. Pride and emotions cloud our thinking. Only God plans perfectly. We, mortals, are left to hope we have planned well enough to survive what comes. And learn from our mistakes early in...

how to make a rabbit cage

How to Make a Rabbit Cage

by Anthony Purpura For the longest time, I was toiling with the idea of getting rabbits for my homestead.  As we all know they grow fast, the feed to finished meat ratio is the best of almost any animal, they don’t require a lot of space and they are easy to raise and you can do it almost anywhere. So what was stopping me from starting the adventure?  Well, like you guys and gals I...

how to make a seed starter

How to Make a Seed Starter Box

By Juleigh Howard-Hobson Mirrored flush-mounted bathroom medicine cabinets are easily one of the most non-upcycled objects out there. They are short and shallow. They don’t stand by themselves. And, frankly, they aren’t very nice to look at once they are out of their recessed wall enclosure. But, the thing is, just about every house has one…sometimes two or more. You can pick them up for a song at garage sales, rebuilding centers or CraigsList. Sometimes...

How Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

How to Properly Take Care of Egg Laying Chickens

by Jane W My interest in chickens began at age three when my grandmother would allow me to gather eggs from the nests in the chicken house at their farm. I learned from her to be observant and gentle with animals. When my own child reached that age, I wanted to share some of that magic with him and began considering raising chickens. As an avid reader of Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening magazine and other...

getting an off grid water well drilled and installed

How to Install an Off-Grid Water Well at Your Homestead or Cabin

by Sandra Ogden Getting out of the city and choosing to live “out in the country” is a goal of many people nowadays.  “Homesteading” sounds so idealistic; getting back to the basics and living the dream!  What most don’t realize is homesteading is hard physical work and has a lot of unknowns. It requires a lot of planning, prioritizing, setup money and manual labor.  You need shelter, water and food and lots of common sense. When...

Mini Farming on a 1/3-Acre Suburban Lot

Mini Farming on a 1/3-Acre Suburban Lot

By: JenMar Gather together a group of preparedness minded folks and the conversation invariably turns to pulling up stakes and moving to the country to create a self-reliant home and life. But, for many, moving is not an option. Work, family, kids, health, personal responsibilities are all valid reasons keeping people in their present location. It may not be what we want, but it is where we are right now. We don’t have to postpone...

How to Cure Fungus Problems on Fruit Trees

How to Cure Fungus Problems on Fruit Trees

By Kate in GA While this technique will work with all perennial plants, my focus for this article is really on the perennials in the garden.  I will specifically talk about fruit trees. However, this will work on all perennial plants that may be giving you problems. Let me start by saying that I have never seen this technique mentioned in any book or anywhere on the web.  If you ask a master gardener in...

How to Use Worms for Vermicomposting

Worms for Fishing and Vermicomposting

by Brian Ford Well yes, in a sense worms can be farmed. Just as you would keep a few chickens or rabbits. My interest in worm farming (vermicomposting) goes back a few decades. Back then I would often hit one of my favorite fishing spots on the way home from work. Worms were quite expensive, two dozen red wiggle res or a dozen night crawlers for two bucks. It did not take long for my bait...