Celebrate the gains

Celebrate the gains

How has your summer been?  I hope wonderful. Productive. Your pantry shelves are full or filling. It’s time to take a breath, eh? Do you feel that twin pulling of being ready for winter but without the pressing drive of summer?  Go ahead. Breathe. That’s what this...
Growth!

Growth!

Growth takes time. We know this from our kids, right? And the seeds we plant in the garden.  But it’s so hard to wait, to do small steps toward the goal. To allow each small step to flourish into the next thing.   If  you’re reading this it’s because you’re a doer who...
When it gets real: the homesteading experience

When it gets real: the homesteading experience

Homesteading is about reality, right? Smells and feels. The whole experience. This week we had helpers in the butcher shop. They were newbies, trying on homesteading to see what it’s all about while they enjoy chilling at the on-farm campground.  They’d petted the new...
A visit from the Bard

A visit from the Bard

Anyone Can Farm. That was the message when we had a visit from the Bard. At least, that’s his handle. Scott Kesterson, of BardsFM, has a storied life experience in many arenas, and just recently that’s come to include homesteading.  He’s also a truth...
Homestead dogs

Homestead dogs

Dogs are “man’s best friend.” Right? Well, on the homestead that’s not always the case. We know too many dogs who aren’t so great on the homestead even if they are great companions.  But when you’re starting or building a homestead,...
Black Gold for the Homestead: Biochar

Black Gold for the Homestead: Biochar

What’s your reason for pursuing homesteading? If natural health is one of them, activated charcoal is already a tool for you, or it needs to be. Activated charcoal is one of the safest, cheapest, most effective cleaners nature has to offer you. It is simply...
How to make cured fat

How to make cured fat

Fat. It’s gotten a bad rap in the last several decades. At one point in  our human history, being fat was beautiful (still is in some cultures). Eating fat was prized. Fat was equated with wealth. And, that’s probably closer to the truth than the...
Our Charcuterie Hang Out

Our Charcuterie Hang Out

Last weekend’s Charcuterie and Pork Preservation class was AMAZING. As always. One reason is that we got to hang with a lot of interesting people. Every class is unique and a little different because the special sauce of the class is YOU, the people that come to...