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Homesteading 101 – Prospective Homestead Priorities

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

by Patient Momma I have heard of and read some sad accounts of people purchasing property to begin their dream of homesteading, only to find thousands of dollars of expenses facing them. I’ve watched some of those ‘Homestead Rescue’ programs on TV and wondered what in the world were those people thinking?  This article is based on the premise that …

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How To Find and Buy Land for a Small Homestead

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

When you are buying a small homestead Are you ready to begin homesteading? You’re joining a growing number of Americans who are returning to our roots and living off what the land provides. So how do you get started? It’s kind of obvious but you need land. The good news is you don’t need thousands, or even hundreds of acres, …

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Tiny House Living Tips- Things To Consider Before Going Tiny

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

Have you ever dreamed of living in a tiny house? Maybe you’ve seen HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny House Hunters where they profile individuals and families looking to downsize and start life anew in a much smaller space. And something about those houses caught your eye. If you’ve dreamed of living a life of independence and self-sufficiency, tiny …

A Quick Overview to Safe Home Canning

by Prep Kat I know we have a lot of seasoned canners in the Pack. This article is aimed at the few who are afraid to jump in or are just starting out. Home canning is such a wonderful way to store food for later. Anyone can do it – you just need to learn to do it safely. We grow and …

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Ten Amazing Book Related Life Hacks for the Modern Homesteader!

In Homesteading by Jesse Mathewson

Some of the following hacks will be familiar to many of you. While they will not all work for everyone they are all tested and work amazingly well. Things like these are often a balance of desire, need, and monetary ability.

For myself, I have time while I do not have excess monies which is why these hacks are used in some cases. For legal purposes, this is only an educational article and all hacks have been done by experienced professionals.

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Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, and Earthbag: Three Unique Building Methods for Your Homestead

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

by Adam Leviness If you’re reading this site it’s probably because you either are or dream of becoming, a homesteader. Living off your own piece of land, becoming more self-sufficient, and living a more simple lifestyle. Maybe you have even started looking at pieces of land in the country that will be able to provide everything you and your family …

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Ducks vs Chickens For the Small Scale Homesteader

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

Beginning your small homestead is an exciting process every step of the way! One of those exciting, pivotal steps in a homesteads’ early development is the introducing of livestock.  Whether you have already begun exploring the idea of creating your backyard homestead or have started living the dream, you most likely have heard the often recommended starter livestock is chickens!  They are somewhat low maintenance compared to other farm animals, take up little space, are efficient producers of eggs and meat, highly entertaining, and relatively low cost.

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What’s The Difference Between Hybrid and Non-Hybrid Seeds?

In Homesteading by M.D. Creekmore

At the beginning of the growing season most gardeners, simply head to their nearest garden center and pick up whatever seed packets that are being displayed on the shelf that year, or they skip the seeds and their germination altogether by purchasing seedlings and transplanting those directly into their garden. And why this works well (sometimes) during “good times” when …

Is Treated Lumber Safe for Building Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens?

I’ve received several emails from readers asking if I had built my raised vegetable garden beds using treated lumber and they then proceeded to inform me of the health risks involved with the use of treated wood in my garden if I had. One reader’s email gave a dire warning to the effect that I would surely die from the first bite of produce taken from the garden if treated lumber …