Extreme Homesteading (high altitude, freedom, and yoga with frogs)

Homesteading has become so much more than a lifestyle for us, it has become a part of our very being.  There are apartments with lush carpet and furnaces awaiting, city streets to catch buses on, and jobs that offer weekly paychecks.  Parts of that we miss but not enough to hightail back to it.  When faced with absolute obstacles (such as out of ideas to bring in cash) we just try to pick up a few odd jobs or cut another expense.  We are almost out of expenses to cut.  Which leads us to dreaming about setting up sheds in … Continue reading Extreme Homesteading (high altitude, freedom, and yoga with frogs)

Ducks and Mushrooms (not a recipe!)

The ducks are two weeks old.  They are growing quickly but are still adorable.  They look a bit awkward with their feathers starting to come in; like some strange skin disease is starting to take over.  I love how they don’t look straight up; they tilt their head and look up at me with one eye.  As if they are trying to figure something out or they are highly suspicious of me. They live in a swamp.  I tell you, people, no matter how many times I change their bedding it becomes a swamp in moments.  They can empty an … Continue reading Ducks and Mushrooms (not a recipe!)

The Art of the Cold Frame

In this lifestyle bartering is a way of life and I was happy to trade an herbalist class for help moving and a homebuilt cold frame.  My friends built this beautiful wooden structure with windows that open and screens.  It is made from old barn wood and even has an old Christian fish symbol burnt onto a board. I was concerned that even at the height of day the entire box was not bathed in light.  The southern half was in the shade all day.  It is built so that the back is higher than the front.  The clever builder believed … Continue reading The Art of the Cold Frame

What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?

“What is a homestead?” my friend asked.  The question threw me off guard, cause, geez, everyone knows what a homestead is.  It’s uh….you know…a place where…I decided to consult the dictionary. homestead [hohm-sted, -stid] /ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd/    noun 1. a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. 2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home. 3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act. 4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading … Continue reading What Is A Homestead and Why Is It So Important To Be Self Reliant?