Fridays on the Farm: Summer Smackdown

yard gourds and more

I recently re-read my first (and so far, only) Friday farm update of this year. It was written in April, and it said impressive things like: We’ll heavily mulch the garden for weed control; We’ll rotationally graze the cows; We’ll keep the chickens safe from predators by keeping them in electric poultry netting. Oh the […]

7 Zero Waste Solutions for your Personal Care Routine

personal care

You may or may not have noticed that I am extremely tardy on my “Zero Waste Baby Steps” update for last month… as in, I never posted anything. But as life would have it, it is suddenly the end of another month, so let’s get on with it! In May I ended up finally finding […]

Easy Pea Soup Recipe

easy pea soup

Today I want to welcome my friend Kathie from Homespun Seasonal Living. She’s a writer, teacher, and homesteader who is passionate about empowering people to courageously and fiercely embrace their “Do it yourself” (D.I.Y.) abilities. Making soups from scratch is one of the many ways to build a courageous home and live fiercely D.I.Y., and […]

Off Grid Permaculture Homestead Tour

homestead tour

I’m extremely interested in Permaculture. Mainly because it seems like a less labor intensive, more natural way to grow things. But also partially because it’s so elusive to me- lots of theories and ideas out there, fewer real life examples- at least in my limited reading on the topic so far. So when we had […]

How to Get Your Ass Handed to You in One Easy Step {Homesteader Edition}

weeds in the garden

If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter), you know the state of the state around here lately. You’ve seen my housekeeping at the lowest of the low. Ahem. My kitchen the other week… Now before anyone alerts the authorities, I’d like you to know I regained control (that very day, miraculously). […]

Zero Waste Giveaway!

giveaway

I’m excited to partner with Brush with Bamboo, Bee’s Wrap, and five of my favorite zero-waste bloggers: Inge from GRuNISH Kara from Kara goes green Stephanie from Waste-free PhD Andrea from Near-O-Waste Kimberly from zanygreenquest to offer a fun little giveaway! Four people will win a 4-pack of bamboo toothbrushes (Value $19.99 each, Product details) […]

Zero Waste Baby Steps: Month 4

Month four

I’ve been baby stepping my way to “zero waste” for four months now. The first three months I was highly motivated and made all these changes and did all this stuff (below I link to posts detailing each month, if you’re interested), and in the fourth month, life happened. Namely, the car needed a lengthy […]

Learning To Let Go: Gardening With Kids

peeing in the garden

Gardening with a three year old and a baby. Y’all. Help me. After a long period of rainy weather, things finally dried up enough for us to start getting the garden in the ground. And so I cheerfully and optimistically hauled the kiddos and some seeds out to our garden plot and proceeded to participate […]

Freedom Ranger vs Cornish Cross {Broiler Chicken Comparison}

broiler chicken comparison

There is a lot of debate in the land of “raise your own chickens” over which breed of chicken is best. It seems to generally come to down a Cornish Cross type of ultra fast growing breed, or a “ranger” line (Freedom, Red, Black, I’m sure there are more) that grows slightly slower but still […]

Homegrown Chicken Costs {Cornish Cross Style}

Cost of Homegrown Chicken

The day after Christmas, post “great flu incident of 2014,” we processed 50 Cornish Cross chickens to stock our freezer for the upcoming year. Unlike our first year raising chickens for meat (Freedom Rangers in 2013), I actually tracked our costs this time around. Say what? High fives self and eats chocolate chips as reward. […]