Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

Book Review: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving The Family Farm

Just the other week I went out for a coffee with my mother and baby at our local mom and pop shop. On the counter they had several stacks of farming/foody books written by local authors. Gaining Ground caught my eye so I bought a copy and took it home I loved this book. The author, Forrest Pritchard got a degree in English, so his writing style is much more elegant than you first expect from a farmer, but once you get used to it, his storytelling is enthralling. Sign up for our newsletter

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

What is a Heritage Chicken? A heritage chicken is one that is bred from a line that existed prior to the mid-20th century. The American Poultry Association keeps a close eye on breeding. According to the APA, a heritage chicken is only one that is hatched from a heritage chicken that is sired by an APA standard-bred Chicken. The APA began cataloging different breeds in 1873 in their Standard of Perfection. Sign up for our newsletter

Homestead Blog Hop 117

Homestead Blog Hop 117

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!   We’ve had our first snow here on the East Coast and the baby and I (of course) are just getting over our first cold of the season. With the cold coming in, farm chores at a minimum, and the serious lack of daylight, grab a cup of tea and visit some of your fellow homesteader’s blogs below: Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, […]

How to Simplify Your Homestead

How to Simplify Your Homestead

  Homesteading is hard. There, I said it. It seems to be a dirty little secret among homesteaders. We all imagine that we’re getting back to a simpler way of life, but homesteading often means that a simpler way of life is a harder way of life. We make it ourselves instead of buying it from a store. Much more blood sweat and tears go into growing a tomato at home than driving to a store and buying on off the shelf. Sign up for our newsletter

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

Earlier, Hubby and I were looking at a piece of land to buy for the future site of our Homestead. (If you missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2). For those following along, we put an offer in and then backed out when we began to learn more about the property. Namely, the expensive of the renovation on the existing farm house, concerns about protected wetlands, and the proximity of the house to the main road. We have a young son and animals, so I would have constantly worried. It was a very hard decision to make, but our […]

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Homesteading is often about making or creating what you could otherwise buy in a store. Why do we put in this extra effort when it would be much simpler to drive to the store and pick up a bottle? Because there’s a pride in accomplishment, because we can control exactly what goes into our food, because by making it ourselves, we’re proclaiming to the world, I CAN! Sign up for our newsletter

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

As the year winds down, the animals are all tucked in, the garden’s been laid to rest, and days become shorter, we have time to sit back and slow down. Today, while the baby slept, I poured myself a cup of tea and took a moment to reflect. 2016 was a magnificent year. I gave birth to my first baby, got a new part time job that allows me to work from home while taking care of said baby, but on other hand, I got my heart broken over losing what I thought was our perfect homestead. I guess you can’t […]

Homesteading Book Recommendation: The Foxfire Series

Homesteading Book Recommendation: The Foxfire Series

One of the best, most comprehensive collections on rural, old fashioned homesteading is The Foxfire Series. They take place in the late 1960’s, in rural Appalachia. Eliot Wigginton, a fresh graduate from Cornell, moved to Rabun Gap, Georgia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. At the local high-school, he was in charge of teaching high school English to very uninterested students. After a few weeks of struggling, Eliot gave up. He asked the students what they wanted to do. In the guise of writing a magazine, he asked the students what they wanted to write about. They wanted to write […]

It Is With A Heavy Heart…

It Is With A Heavy Heart…

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. As many of you know, I have been absent from my regular posts for the last few weeks. I have been taking that time to mourn and process the loss of what I had hoped would be our forever farm. If you hadn’t seen it yet, we put in an offer on a beautiful fixer upper with 63 acres. We got approved by the bank, put in the offer, got a quote from a contractor for the renovations, and met with a structural engineer to verify the house really was […]