Homesteading Life

Homesteading articles about Life on the Homestead pertaining to homesteaders, family, farming, animal husbandry, history, and myriad other topics discussed at Homestead.org, collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Gilliard Farms: Snapshots in Time from Black Farmers in America

Down on the southern Georgia coast, there was a time when you could say the soil was rich and the…

1 month ago

Non-Electric Dreamin’: Lehman’s Store Serves the Amish, Homesteaders, and the Big Wide World

Jay Lehman had a dream.  It was a modest dream.  But the dream of Lehman's Store that started in a…

1 month ago

Do I Really Need a…? A List of Useful Equipment for New Homesteaders

Congratulations on your new land purchase and your decision to finally get out of the daily grind of urban life…

1 month ago

Living Off-Grid Wherever You Are – Going Off-Grid Gradually

Living off-grid has only in recent times become a “trend.”  Up until about 100 or so years ago, it was…

1 month ago

What Not to Do: Ten Homesteading Don’ts

We began our homesteading experience from scratch.  At that time my husband and I had no friends or close relatives…

3 months ago

Foraging the Forest for Spring Edibles

It’s early spring. The bone-chilling winds of winter have finally given way to that sweet-smelling southern breeze. Songbirds have returned…

3 months ago

Homesteading Blunders

I would assume that most people reading this are either homesteaders or folks with homesteading in their heart.  I believe…

4 months ago

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Homesteader

Returning to the land is a desire that has coursed through the hearts of certain people as long as there…

5 months ago

Small-scale Homesteading: How Much Do You Really Need?

I subscribe to a number of homesteading blogs.  One in particular chronicles the adventures of a single person running a…

5 months ago

Making Small-batch Maple Syrup on the Homestead

When my kids were little, someone gave me a recipe for maple-flavored syrup.  I remember them telling me that it…

5 months ago

Homesteading Requires a Keen Edge: Knives on the Homestead

What’s the most oft-used tool on the homestead? Whether cutting vegetables for supper, field dressing wild game, butchering livestock, or…

6 months ago

Floating on Snow: Using Snowshoes and Ice Cleats on the Homestead

My husband and I utilize both snowshoes and ice cleats.  When strapping either on to do chores, I thank our…

6 months ago