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  1. Meal planning
    Hi All, are there any books, or sites you guys can recommend for meal planning with fresh ingredients? We live on a farm, and have a garden, and looking for recipes that incorporate more fresh ingredients, or home canned goods. Thanks in advance.
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    Within the next year and a half we should complete our house on the family farm (which we drive back and forth to daily as it is). All of our gardens, farm land and farm animals are already there. I'm really wanting to learn how to be a "true" homesteader (or self-sufficient) and would love...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    I was wondering about these dvd series. Anyone seen any of them? Are they worthwhile, particularly for true beginners like me? Thanks!
  4. Homesteading and gardening
    I ordered a book entitled, Country Wisdom & Know-how(Everything you need to know to live off the land). I would highly recommend it for anyone on this site. I ordered it from ABC Distributing. I bet you could probably order it directly. It is definitely worth it.
  5. Lifestyle challenges
    ~Want to learn to knit? Make a quilt? Build a fire? Keep chickens? Join us as we learn to be more self-sufficient in 2011 by choosing just one new skill to learn every month. Any size project qualifies, from making yogurt to building a greenhouse. Whether you want to live off the grid or just...
  6. Lifestyle challenges
    I want to own a homestead. Build everything from scratch, grow my own food, live simpler and be more self sufficent. I have wanted to do this since I was little, but never really thought it was possible. Well it's gotten to the point where I don't care if it's possible, I'm going for it. The...
  7. Lifestyle challenges
    For all of us who said, in 2009, ooh, I want to learn how to do that, but never got around to it, here is the challenge for us!! For 2010, I am going to try to learn a new homesteading skill each month. It can be a litte thing, such as learning how to make bath salts or bake a loaf of bread...
  8. Homesteading and gardening
    In July I bought 5 chickens 2 buffs 2 new Hampshire reds and one Americans bantam the bantam laid the 1st eggs, then one of the buffs one day while reading our local free shoppers guide I saw the add for pullets for sale it was the same man I bought my first 5 from since I wanted to get a few...
  9. Blog
    Today is the day that I have chosen to begin my journey towards a simpler life, to be as frugal as one can be, and in that frugality save enough hard earned cash to purchase a super old fixer upper with 5 or more acres to start a new simpler, wholesome chapter for my family! This summer alone, I...
  10. Blog
    Our wonderful neighbors are back in New York they left Monday Morning their son who is 33 (with some special needs) asked to stay with us so now we have him living with us. We did a trade with our neighbors that what they had left we traded for our roommates scooter. We got a freezer full of...
  11. Blog
    I have really missed being in the country we have lived in town for 9 years now and I am a country girl at heart, well I found out that you can have chickens in town (not consider livestock) I was upset because I missed the chick sale at the supply store then 2 weeks ago I saw and add for...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    I came across a neat site on urban farming/homesteading. This was a sample of what a typical city lot could have. Can some one more versed in what these all are tell me what once could expect as a crop from this?
  13. Frugal Living
    Interesting story (but too bad they filed it under Offbeat): http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2009-04-14-survivalistsinside14_N.htm The part about people no longer having survival skills, in particular, was not lost on me. The writer must not be at all familiar with stockpiling or just...
  14. Homesteading and gardening
    What does it mean to be a homesteader? Is it living in the country, growing all of your food and making all of the things you need? Or, is it a state of mind that someone can have regardless of where or how they live?
  15. Lifestyle challenges
    For all of us who said, in 2008, ooh, I want to learn how to do that, but never got around to it, here is the challenge for us!! For 2009, I am going to try to learn a new homesteading skill each month. In December, thanks to NVMommy, I learned how to make bath salts! I also learned how to...
  16. Homesteading and gardening
    Is this club still active? Debbie in Missouri
  17. Green Living
    This story was very inspiring. It's about a family of 4 adults living off the land....all 1/10th acre of it. They even supply a local restaurants and sell the extra that they don't eat. They have goats, chickens, ducks, and they garden every square inch of thier city lot. By the way, they live...
  18. Homesteading and gardening
    Even though I have a small place. I would like to hear everyones resolutions for the year. Everyone can dream of when they get the bigger place. I am just adding on planting fruit and berries and researching on chickens , ducks,and bunnies for when I get my new retirement place in a couple of...
  19. Homesteading and gardening
    Does anyone here have any experience with homesteading in Canada? I'm particularly interested in hearing how you cope with a short growing season and also how you deal with cold winters. How much of your own food are you able to grow? If you have livestock, how do you feed and keep them through...
  20. Homesteading and gardening
    I just put an ad on my local Craigslist to try to get people together who are practicing or interested in urban homesteading. I'd like to eventually turn it into sort of a lobbying group for our county, and even our state, to institute things such as rainwater catchment for drinking water, or...
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