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August 3, 2020
It's another random audience question episodes/blog posts where I answer the questions you send me. Today's topics (which are discussed more in depth in the podcast episode) include packaging chicken, the gym vs. the farm, homeschooling, the state of the world (August 2020), and "nice farmgirl nails." If you would like to submit a question for a future episode/blog post, please email it to amy@afarmishkindoflife.com.  Listen to the podcast by pressing the play button on the black bar above. All episodes are linked under the podcast tab that you can find way at the top of this post in my menu bar.  You can also listen and subscribe to my Farmish Kind of Life podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, and other popular podcast players.  Packaging chickens   "I have a question that I'm not sure if you have answered yet in another episode. When you butcher, do you process them all as full chickens or do you cut everything out separately with the breasts or the legs separately? I ask because I haven't started this whole meat raising thing yet, so I'm used to finding a recipe, then going to the store and buying that specific type of meat. Like, if I need chicken breasts, I buy a package of 4-5 breasts and they are ready to go. How does that work in your world?? Has the way you cook changed since raising your own meat?" —Katie   After we butcher chickens, we package them whole—simply because piecing them out would add another step to our butchering set up. It's not hard to piece out a chicken, and if that's something that works better for your purposes, you can totally piece them out before you package them.  Generally we will take a chicken or two out of the freezer to thaw, then cut the breasts out for a recipe (like chicken tacos) and then grill the legs, thighs, and wings. Or we will thaw a couple birds, roast them, and then pick the meat from the bone to be used in recipes. It's a little different to get used to how to use your chicken if you're used to being able to buy multiples of one piece of chicken (like legs, thighs, or breasts) but it's certainly something you can adjust to, if needed. Good luck! The gym vs. The farm   "I saw your TikTok about being glad to be back at the gym now that things are starting to open up. I’m wondering if you can tell us how you got the motivation to go? Were you just itching for things to open up again, or did you have to drag your butt there? Because I’m in the 'I should but I don’t want to' stage of existence. Also, can you speak to the topic of 'why a farm girl would need a gym membership'? Because part of me feels like I should go but the other part of me says I live on a farm, I do enough physical work.” —Lainey   When we think "farm" we often think "big farm". I think it's important to realize that not all farms are the same. While my farm keeps me busy, I don’t throw hay bales or feed bags every day. Farms are a lot of work, but just because you can lift 100 pounds doesn't mean you can run. Just because you can lift 100 pounds doesn’t mean your legs are strong or that you’re flexible. So while farm work can be a workout, it's often times not a sustained total body workout, multiple times a week. That's one reason I go to the gym. The gym is important to me because physical activity is tied to my mental health. Having said that, the Covid shutdowns got me in a funk where having to stay home made it easy to just continue staying home after things started opening back up. What actually inspired me to go back to the gym was seeing a friend asking for childcare a couple hours a week so she could just have some time at the gym. There I sat at home with a pretty flexible schedule—and two teenagers able to go off and do their own thing!
July 27, 2020
Keeping yourself safe on the homestead is important! Today we're giving lots of homestead safety tips, and also some tips for safety when you're away from the homestead. I hope you find them helpful. If you have any others to suggest, please leave them in the comments! Listen to the podcast by pressing the play button on the black bar above. All episodes are linked under the podcast tab that you can find way at the top of this post in my menu bar.  You can also listen and subscribe to my Farmish Kind of Life podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, and other popular podcast players.  Safety on the homestead Thankfully, there is no shortage of homestead safety tips, and there are probably a gazillion tips that could be added to this blog post! We could do a whole episode on homestead kitchen safety, homestead barn safety, or homestead equipment safety. Many of the homestead safety tips below could be fleshed out into their own blog post, which means this article is basically a sort of checklist where you can say yep, I’m on top of that, or wait, I need to research that tip a little bit more.  And remember, friends—there is a huge difference between being paranoid and being prepared. Homestead safety tips Get a dog. Dogs are nature's alarm system. They are sure to tell you when something or someone is in the yard, in your house, or when something just isn't right.   Use security cameras. I wasn't a fan of these when we first got them at our farm because they felt like an invasion of my peaceful utopia, but it turns out they are a really good way to ensure your utopia stays peaceful. (Or to know exactly what happened if that utopia was breached.)   Put up gates and fences. Will a gate or fence always stop someone from trying to access your property? Not necessarily. But will it slow them down? Yes, it will.   Have a way to defend yourself. Firearms as a way to protect your family and your homestead. If this is something you're interested in or want to know more about, you can visit my other Facebook page Ready Amy Fire Away or join my private Facebook group Amy's Private Range: The Round(s) Table.   Teach your kids firearms safety. Firearms safety is important for everyone. Check out this explanation of the basic rules of firearms safety from another site I run.   If you’re leaving your homestead on vacation, don’t broadcast it all over social. Don't let people know your homestead is empty or that you've got a friend "checking on it" while you're gone. No one needs to know how great your vacation was until you get back home.   Make sure your equipment and tools are in working order. Keep up on maintenance. Fix what needs to be fixed as soon as you realize it's broken. Remember, a dull knife is much more dangerous than a sharp one.   Teach the members of your homestead know how to use the equipment and tools. Not only will this increase productivity because more people will have the know how to complete a task, it is also helpful to help get you out of a bind if you find yourself in a mess with a piece of equipment.   Have a storm or disaster plan for people and animals. Know what's going to happen in an emergency if one should arrive, not just for the people in your house, but the animals on your homestead.   Keep animals safe from predators. Different homesteads deal with different kinds of predators. Be open to suggestions from others in how to remedy those situations.   Lock your doors house and car. Yes, even if you live in the country on a dead end dirt road.  
July 20, 2020
Today we talk about the concept of being a "gray man"—not only as it applies to homesteading and prepping, but also how it applies to the current social and political climate. Grab a cup of coffee, check your ego at the door, and take a listen. Listen to the podcast by pressing the play button on the black bar above. All episodes are linked under the podcast tab that you can find way at the top of this post in my menu bar.  You can also listen and subscribe to my Farmish Kind of Life podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, and other popular podcast players.  LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 99 When Violence is the Answer by Tim Larkin RESOURCES: Farmish Kind of Life TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@farmishkindoflife Farmish Kind of Life Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/afarmishkindoflife/ Farmish Kind of Life MeWe group: https://mewe.com/join/afarmishkindoflifehomesteaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmishkindoflife/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/farmishkindoflife Signup for my email newsletter: http://www.subscribepage.com/q6n3t5 Email me: amy@afarmishkindoflife.com
July 13, 2020
"It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war." Today we talk about the importance of being both peaceful and a warrior...because you CAN be both. Listen to the podcast by pressing the play button on the black bar above. All episodes are linked under the podcast tab that you can find way at the top of this post in my menu bar.  You can also listen and subscribe to my Farmish Kind of Life podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, and other popular podcast players.  LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 98 Farmish Kind of Life Bonfire Store (tshirts!) Ready Amy Fire Away Facebook page Ready Amy Fire Away Facebook group Ready Amy Fire Away Instagram Ready Amy Fire Away MeWe group RESOURCES: Farmish Kind of Life TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@farmishkindoflife Farmish Kind of Life Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/afarmishkindoflife/ Farmish Kind of Life MeWe group: https://mewe.com/join/afarmishkindoflifehomesteaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmishkindoflife/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/farmishkindoflife Signup for my email newsletter: http://www.subscribepage.com/q6n3t5 Email me: amy@afarmishkindoflife.com
June 29, 2020
It's our second Random Audience Questions episode, where I answer questions that have been sent in by YOU. Today we tackle: feeding meat birds, "keeping up", firearms, turkeys, and guilty pleasures. Do you have a question to submit about homesteading…or life? Email me at amy@afarmishkindoflife.com or message me at the social media accounts listed in the resources at the bottom of this post. Listen to the podcast by pressing the play button on the black bar above. All episodes are linked under the podcast tab that you can find way at the top of this post in my menu bar.  You can also listen and subscribe to my Farmish Kind of Life podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, PlayerFM, and other popular podcast players.  LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 97 057: Feeding Cornish Cross Chickens -- How Much Should They Eat Fried Radishes Recipe 061: Time Management for Homesteaders 064: Homestead Decluttering  A Farmish Kind of Life is now on Spotify and TikTok! RESOURCES: Farmish Kind of Life TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@farmishkindoflife Farmish Kind of Life Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/afarmishkindoflife/ Farmish Kind of Life MeWe group: https://mewe.com/join/afarmishkindoflifehomesteaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmishkindoflife/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/farmishkindoflife Signup for my email newsletter: http://www.subscribepage.com/q6n3t5 Email me: amy@afarmishkindoflife.com
June 22, 2020
Ever felt guilty for eating that piece of cake? Ever felt guilty for indulging in that one opportunity? Today we talk about both food and life in general as we explore the concept of eating the cake while you can still taste it.  Listen to […]
June 15, 2020
Today I am deep thinkin’ about tribes, support systems, and groups of friends. Life is a process of growth and change, so let’s talk about how to find your tribe, what the actual purpose is of that tribe, and what to keep in mind when […]
June 8, 2020
Today is the first official Random Audience Questions episode, where I answer questions that have been sent in by YOU. Today we tackle: sunburn, wearing skirts, mean roosters, preserving vegetables, and vegetarian/vegan friends. Do you have a question to submit about homesteading…or life? Email me […]
June 1, 2020
When you hit a stage of life where things are ending or changing, we often ask ourselves (author included), okay, now what? And it’s easy to fall in to the trap that says there isn’t anything next because we’re too old or that season has […]
May 25, 2020
I happened to mention in last week’s episode that my kids don’t have a bedtime, and I got a lot of questions about it. Our life here tends to go against the grain of mainstream “normal” in a lot of ways, and let me tell […]
May 18, 2020
No podcast episodes, YouTube videos, or blog posts for a month? AMY, WHAT IS UP?? Here is my explanation of where I’ve been for the last month. Let’s dig deep about the path you’re on—not only as a homesteader, but as a person. In this […]
April 15, 2020
**My thoughts were also recorded more in depth in a podcast episode, which you can find by pressing play on the black bar at the top of this post, or by finding episode 90 of the Farmish Kind of Life podcast in your favorite podcast […]
April 13, 2020
As more people consider self-sufficiency and self-reliance, I am asked the question, “but is it worth it?” I find the question often comes when people realize it requires some money to step into this lifestyle. If you’re gonna get chickens, you need a coop. If […]
April 8, 2020
Today’s episode is my answer to a reader question I received, and I thought it was so timely, I moved it ahead of some other podcast/blog post topics I had planned. (If you have a question or topic you’d like me to tackle on the […]
April 1, 2020
I recently received this question in my inbox, and it was the perfect mash-up of many questions I’ve received in the last couple weeks regarding my thoughts on the uptick of sudden interest in homesteading and self-reliance skills due to the current health and economic […]
March 30, 2020
When it feels like the world is crumbling around you, and so many people need help, how do you know who to help first? Who is the most important person to take care of?  You might be surprised to find out it’s not anyone out […]
March 25, 2020
I think we can all agree that chickens are great. And while some people get chickens simply because chickens are awesome, today I want to talk specifically about getting chickens for the purpose of laying eggs. There are several things to consider when choosing what […]
March 23, 2020
Although it’s never enjoyable to go through hard times or times of crisis, they hold many lessons for us to learn. The trick is to find something useful about the tough times and not waste the potential lessons. Today we’re talking about 10 lessons that […]
March 20, 2020
Life can toss many situations at us that will force us to be stuck at home. It could be a long term illness, the weather, the choice to stay home more in order to save money, or many other things. Today I’ll share 9 ways […]
March 18, 2020
I’ve always kept a freezer list/pantry list of what’s on hand here at the homestead. But what about keeping a pantry journal — a list of what we actually use? It was first suggested to me in my Grow a Year’s Worth of Food interview with […]
March 16, 2020
Have you ever walked through the grocery store and looked at all those pre-made items like mayo, ketchup, and sour cream? Have you ever wondered how you could DIY your pantry and start making those things yourself? I had the opportunity to talk with Kris […]
March 9, 2020
Homesteading is no place for cowards! Here are five reasons you will need to bring some courage with to the homestead—and if you’re already living the homesteading life, this list will help you realize you’re tougher than you maybe thought you were. (Don’t want to […]
March 2, 2020
One of our favorite ways to prepare a chicken is to smoke it, so I’d love to share with you the steps we use to brine and smoke a chicken for our dining enjoyment. Bonus: this recipe will also work for a turkey! (Don’t want […]
February 17, 2020
Organization is important on the homestead, and if you’re anything like me, it helps to write things down. Here are 9  lists I keep to help with my homestead organization  (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press […]
February 10, 2020
Winter is hard. It’s long. It’s dark and cold. I mean, at least where I live. Winter can be difficult as a homesteader, especially if you are north. There’s no dirt. There’s no grass. Everything is frozen. Nothing’s growing. And if you have animals, you’re […]
February 3, 2020
What happens when you need to make the decision to take a break from homesteading? What happens when you have to start over as a homesteader? Let’s look at some reasons you might consider starting over on the homestead, and why it might actually be […]
January 26, 2020
If you’re like me, you know that bacon is the stuff that dreams are made of. I really believe that through the power of bacon, we can make the world a better place. With that in mind, I’m gonna show you how to make homemade […]
January 20, 2020
Want to use less stuff? Let’s dig into a different way to look at the issue: the actual reasons using too much stuff started, why it happens in areas of our life we’re not even aware of, and how that may be the key to […]
January 6, 2020
The great thing about raising meat chickens is that we have a lot of chickens in our freezer—which means we often having chicken for dinner! Because of that, we’ve often got chicken carcasses or frames leftover to use. We’re all about using as much of […]
December 30, 2019
Making plans and setting goals for the homestead can be exciting, but also overwhelming. Let’s talk about how to work through three stages of homestead goal setting to help you most effectively plan your next year of homesteading awesomeness.  (Don’t want to read all the […]
December 21, 2019
Christmas traditions can be a very special part of the holiday season. However, since Christmas traditions are often specific to a family, we’re often unaware of the great things that families outside of our own are doing to celebrate the holidays. Today we’re talking about […]
December 16, 2019
I am frequently asked questions about homesteading with kids, especially little ones. My family came to homesteading later in life—my sons were turning 8 and 9 when we moved to the farm. So while I can answer some questions of the the ins and outs […]
December 5, 2019
You’re doing a few/some/all of the homesteady things, right? Then why does your aunt/brother/neighbor think you’re not doing enough? Let’s dig into how the homesteader label can help, how it can hurt, and how to respond if someone says you’re not really a homesteader. (Don’t […]
November 25, 2019
Many people think I’m a gardener but here on the homestead, the chickens, pigs, ducks, turkeys, and other animals are really my forte. When it comes to gardening, I’m little more than a toss some seeds at the ground and hope for the best kind […]
November 19, 2019
We raise all of the meat we consume—except for beef, which a friend raises and we exchange pork and chicken for. But what surprises some people is that we also butcher all our own meat here at the farm. Is this the next skill you’re ready […]
November 5, 2019
Gift giving at Christmastime—or any other time—is meant to be a joyous occasion, but often ends up with a lot of chaos and stress. We hold on to traditions that no longer work and often spend more money than we should. In today’s podcast episode, […]
October 28, 2019
There are several myths or beliefs about homesteading that tend to persist in the mainstream. If you’ve been homesteading a while, you’ve probably heard a lot of these things—and can chuckle about the fact they aren’t true. And maybe—if you’re honest—you can maybe remember back […]
October 21, 2019
Decluttering as a homeowner is important, homesteader or not! But homesteaders are a tricky bunch—as frugal people, we tend to save a lot of stuff so we can reuse as much as possible. In today’s episode, we tackle the topic of stuff and how it […]
October 7, 2019
The homesteading community is so important, right? Sure. But do we understand why it’s important? Or what the biggest threat to it is? In today’s episode, we talk about the one thing I think hurts the homesteading community most, and could be the death of […]
September 23, 2019
In a perfect homesteading world, gardens would always flourish, barns would always be full of thriving animals, and the kitchen would always kick out a steady supply of wonderful goods to keep everyone going. But since we all know there is no such thing as […]
September 9, 2019
Homesteading will definitely keep you busy! But in order to run an effective homestead, you need to manage your time effectively. So let’s dig into some tips about homestead time management. (Did you check out the first part of this episode about time assessment? It’s […]
September 2, 2019
Time management is definitely important on the homestead. But before we can talk about how to manage our time, we have to assess how much time we realistically have to manage. That’s what I’m talking about in today’s episode. (Listen to today’s podcast by clicking […]
August 26, 2019
Homeschooling is sometimes considered the self reliant way to go about education. We’ve been a homeschooling family since 2007 and are often asked about our journey of homeschooling on the homestead. Why did we decide to homeschool? How did it work for us? What were […]
August 19, 2019
To be an efficient homesteader, it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on around you…and then prepare accordingly. But what exactly should you be paying attention to? What should you ignore? And how do you use that information to prepare accordingly? That’s what I’m […]
August 12, 2019
Feeding Cornish Cross chickens the right way is so important. If you overfeed them, you will end up with leg issues, heart attacks, and early death. So how much food should they eat? What does it cost to raise a Cornish Cross from day old […]
August 5, 2019
Chicken butchering day is quite an event here at Clucky Dickens Farm. When we butcher, it’s usually no less than 50 birds at a time. I’d like to share with you the open air chicken butchering set up that we’ve come to use after several […]
July 16, 2019
To be a successful homesteader, you also need to be a fixer. But I’m not just referring to hands-on fixing, I’m also talking about the ability to move past just complaining towards taking action on the issues we’re dealing with. And believe me—there’s a reason […]
July 8, 2019
There’s something that smart homesteaders continue to do, and that’s learn. This revelation came about the other day when I made sun tea—for the very first time. I can hear you now, asking Amy, you’ve seriously never made sun tea before? True story. And the […]
July 2, 2019
A new friend asked the other day, “do you have an blog post or a podcast episode on why you decided to be a homesteader?” As it turns out, while there are a lot of things I’ve talked about in this blog and on my […]
June 17, 2019
Someone give me a pen and a paper. I’m gonna sit down and write a handwritten letter. (Well, I mean, after I finish this blog post.) (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press the triangle play button […]
June 5, 2019
Working around the homestead gives you a lot of time to think about the simple life. And in my deep thoughts ’round the farm, I’ve realized that modern homesteaders have created a bit of a problem. See, we’ve monetized the concept of simplicity. You guys, […]
May 14, 2019
We keep both ducks and chickens here on our homestead and I’m often asked which I like better. If you’re looking to decide between ducks and chickens, here are a few similarities and differences between the two that may help you make your choice. (Don’t […]
March 28, 2019
Folks who are interested in homesteading often ask me what animal(s) they should start with on their homestead. Should they get chickens? Ducks? Goats? Quail? Rabbits? A milk cow? What are the best animals for a new homesteader? Help me, Amy! I don’t know what […]
March 21, 2019
In the spirit of both honesty and self-improvement, I’ve got a little something today not only for homesteaders, but for those of you who lean more towards prepping as well. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press […]
February 21, 2019
Old fashioned weather prediction tips have always interested me. As a little kid, I realized I could predict a soon-to-come severe thunderstorm by watching for a certain flip of the leaves on our oak trees. Now I’m all grown up and live on a farm. […]
February 14, 2019
One of the great things about raising your own pigs is having a full freezer after hog butchering is done. And while we all love homemade bacon, ham is a favorite as well. So let me share with you how we brine a ham (and […]
January 17, 2019
It’s one of those controversial chicken raising topics: should you help a chick hatch? Some say yes, it’s your duty, while others say you should let nature take its course. It’s hard to know what to do. If you’re looking at a chick who has […]
January 10, 2019
Whether you’re looking to brush up on old homesteading skills or delve into a completely new adventure on your homestead, modern technology gives us so many options for how to increase our homesteading knowledge. In fact, I sometimes think we have so much homesteading information […]
January 3, 2019
Chickens are often called the gateway animal. And while many of us won’t (and maybe shouldn’t) admit to how many chickens we have, there’s one thing for certain: we always think we need more. There is always the option of buying chicks, but today we […]
December 27, 2018
When stepping on to the pathway of frugality, there are a lot of tips tossed around that deal specifically with saving money and being more thrifty. But I think there are a few big things we often forget about regarding the topic of frugal living. […]
December 20, 2018
Pigs are just some of the animals we proudly raise here at Clucky Dickens Farm. When people find out we butcher our hogs at home, many of them ask, “So are you gonna render lard?” But, of course! There are many ways to render lard […]
December 13, 2018
As soon as the temps start to dip, the most common question I am asked is this: Amy, how do you keep chickens water from freezing in the winter? How do you keep their water open so they can drink it when the daytime high […]
December 6, 2018
What makes something a go-to homemade bread recipe in my house? It has to taste good, it has to be easy, and it shouldn’t take all day. A simple recipe that doesn’t take a ton of ingredients is helpful, too! (Trust me, I’ve got complicated […]
November 29, 2018
I wouldn’t give up my life as a homesteader for anything. It’s an amazing way to live a life, but it hasn’t been easy. The struggle with homesteading can be very real. In fact, looking back on our journey, I would say there are certain […]
November 21, 2018
Back when I was brand new to chicken keeping, my flock was the most entertaining and inspiring thing I’d ever invested in. I devoted way more time than I should probably admit to watching them, discussing them, researching them, sitting with them, talking to them, […]
November 15, 2018
If you’re a homesteader with a coop, barn, or room to roam in the country, you’ve probably been asked to raise animals for a friend at one time or another. The question usually sounds something like this: “You’ve got some space. Can I just put […]
October 11, 2018
Because I’m a gal who writes and talks about butchering, I’m often asked, “Doesn’t butchering animals bother you?” The conversation usually goes something like this. Someone: You seem to really love and care for your animals. Me: I do. Someone: And you can still…butcher them? […]
October 4, 2018
Raising chickens. Growing vegetables. Baking bread. Becoming a homesteader is a huge step into a great adventure, but before you get started, let’s look at five common homesteading mistakes that folks make when they first start out on the journey. Hopefully this information can help […]
September 20, 2018
It’s one of the dividing wedges that can be driven straight through the chicken community: should you use supplemental light for chickens during the shorter days of the year? (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press the […]
September 11, 2018
As a Minnesota farm(ish) girl, I’m well versed in the art of how to keep warm. When fall rolls around, it’s time to button up and start the unavoidable descent into colder weather. I mean, we all know winter is coming… Cold temperatures can lead […]
August 30, 2018
Menu planning is a great way to save money and stay organized. It can also help you eat like a homesteader by making the most of all that homegrown and home raised food you have in your freezer and on your pantry shelves. But some […]
July 19, 2018
Let’s talk about healthy eating for a second, shall we? Because even as homesteaders, we sometimes need to be reminded how to eat like a homesteader. (Or maybe it’s just me who gets caught up in convenience and ignores the fact I’m basically living in […]
July 5, 2018
It’s a question I get a couple times a month from blog readers, newsletter subscribers, or Facebook followers: I want to homestead, but my spouse doesn’t want to. How do I convince them? Now, I’m not a marriage counselor. But there are a few things that […]
June 28, 2018
Sure, it’s never going to be the “old days” again, but we can use some of great-grandma’s timeless advice to help out with our modern day homesteading adventures. Here are 5 ways I think we can still homestead like great-grandma once did. (Don’t want to […]
June 20, 2018
If you are thinking about trying your hand at baby chicks, that’s awesome! You’re totally in for some fun. But first we should have a little chat about five things baby chicks need in order to have a safe and happy life at your homestead […]
May 31, 2018
As a homesteader, it’s tempting to want to do all the things. How do I know this? Because homesteading is awesome, and I want to do all the things! Unfortunately, this is the perfect ingredient for becoming an overwhelmed homesteader. There is not one single […]
May 10, 2018
As a homesteader, it’s easy to get hung up on all the things we don’t know. We’re always looking for that other homesteader who knows more than us. Because of this, it can sometimes catch us off guard when someone wants our advice. Me? A […]
April 19, 2018
Friends, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion about something chicken-ish. Ready? Here goes: I think it’s perfectly okay if you don’t free range your chickens. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press the […]
April 5, 2018
The great thing about social media is that it gives us an opportunity to talk. Which, oddly enough, also happens to be the trouble with social media. Friends, let’s talk about how a farm(ish) girl approaches social media etiquette. (Don’t want to read all the […]
March 29, 2018
Life as a homesteader is awesome and rewarding and I wouldn’t want to live any other way, but let’s have an honest conversation about the biggest homesteading challenges you will face when you  decide to live this life. Here are the three most common… (Don’t […]
March 22, 2018
When we decide to jump into the homesteading life, it makes a lot of sense that we would have a lot of homesteading questions. A. lot. It’s important for all of us to realize that a) questions are great and b) there aren’t any dumb […]
March 18, 2018
Death. It’s that very real part of homesteading that no one really likes to talk about much. Dealing with animal death on the homestead is a touchy subject, but it’s one that really can’t be ignored. If you have animals on your homestead, you will, at […]
March 15, 2018
I love the simple life. I bet you do, too. But here’s the thing—no matter what you or I do, our “simple lives” aren’t ever going to be the simple lives of 100ish years ago. Want to take a guess at why? (Don’t want to […]
March 11, 2018
I have a farm journal that sits next to my chair in our living room, and I try to write a little something in it every night. It’s full of important things about our farm life and is affectionately referred to as The Almighty Pink […]
March 8, 2018
A farm is the perfect place to rehome your pet that isn’t working out, right? “Can you take my cat? He’s not getting along with his housemates.” “I was hoping you had room for another rooster. We need to get rid of this one because […]
March 5, 2018
As a homesteader, there is nothing more satisfying than raising your own food. Are you ready to take the step from raising your own meat to actually butchering and processing your own meat as well? Let me share some things I’ve learned about butchering at […]
March 1, 2018
A hen is a delightful feathered friend who will provide you with both eggs and entertainment. But in deciding to bring hens to your farm, you also need to decide if you will keep a rooster as well. Do you actually need a rooster? What […]
February 26, 2018
After several years of raising Cornish Cross chickens as our meat birds, we decided it was time to compare them to another meat bird we’d been hearing a lot about: Red Rangers. So we did an experiment. I bet you’re here because you want to […]
February 22, 2018
An acquaintance once asked what I thought about urban homesteading. “I mean, come on,” she said. “Urban homesteading?” The term rolled off her tongue with sarcasm and judgement. She’d grown up on a farm—like her parents and grandparents—and then she’d gone and married a farmer. […]
February 18, 2018
You have a coop full of chickens and you’re wondering if it’s time to set out on the adventure of selling farm fresh eggs. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons that come along with the decision to sell chicken eggs […]
February 15, 2018
My husband has always wanted to raise pheasants. Since we are usually game to try anything once, we started our research, prepared their space, and ordered some pheasant chicks. But there were many things I didn’t know before raising pheasants that were made abundantly clear […]
February 11, 2018
In true rebel farm(ish) girl style, I thought I should let you in on a little secret: We don’t use chick starter at our farm (for chickens or pheasants) and we haven’t for the last four years. Wondering why? Pull up a chair. (Don’t want […]
February 8, 2018
As a homesteader there is nothing more satisfying than looking down at a plate of food you have raised yourself. Don’t you just love when your salad is made of homegrown greens? Or when you’re eating garden fresh salsa made from ingredients you harvested by […]
February 4, 2018
If there is a freezer on your homestead, you want it full! Enjoy a bounty of yums throughout the year by working these five ways to fill your freezer into your homesteading plans. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also […]
February 1, 2018
Free range chickens are fun to watch, but hold on a second. Before you open the coop door and let your chickens run wild, there are some truths you need to know about the free range life. (Don’t want to read all the words? This […]
January 28, 2018
Homesteading is often touted as one of the most frugal ways to live, and a great way to save money. But what is the honest story behind homestead costs? Does homesteading actually save money? And if so, on what? (Don’t want to read all the […]
January 25, 2018
So. You want to be a homesteader. You want the gardens and the chickens and the whole nine yards. I completely understand! There are a gazillion reasons that people want to get into homesteading. But hold up one second while I share the truth about […]
January 21, 2018
The wait for spring is hard! If you’re wondering how you can best use your time in the winter to prepare for the next year of homesteading, here are seven winter projects you can tackle. Some of them might already be on your radar, but […]
January 18, 2018
When people think about successful homesteaders, they often think of folks who can raise chickens or grow beautiful gardens. Or maybe people who can skillfully butcher their own pig or make noodles from scratch. And while these are great skills to have, there is one […]
January 14, 2018
There is nothing like a loaf of homemade bread to make you feel like the boss of the kitchen. But sometimes that bread you’re working so hard on turns out to be a flop. It doesn’t rise, it’s heavy as a brick, its consistency isn’t […]
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