Five Homesteading Books to Add to Your Collection

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The term homesteading often brings to mind a picturesque farm in the country with perfectly straight, equally divided fields.  In reality, homesteaders are everywhere. Whether you’re in the city or the country, on a large plot of land, on 1/4 acre, or even on a small plot in the suburbs, homesteads come in all shapes and sizes. […]

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering Ideas: What Can You Trade With Friends and Neighbors?

Bartering is not a new concept – it’s been around for centuries. In the past, it was common to find neighbors bartering, to see ads in the paper offering skills in exchange for goods, or vice versa, but today, people are more wary of this beneficial way of living. Bartering is an excellent means of […]

How to Choose The Right Tomatoes for Your Garden

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You want tomatoes this year? First you’ve got to pick (pardon the pun) the kind of tomato that will thrive in your garden and provide exactly what you’re looking for in rosy-red (or orange or yellow) goodness. Choosing the right variety of tomato can be complicated. Two of the factors you should consider are growth habits […]

The Backyard Homestead: An Excellent Resource for Growing Your Own Food


One of my favorite resources for information on sustainable living, homesteading, preparedness, and more is The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan.  I have found this book to be an invaluable resource in planning how we can grow more of our own food with the resources we have. The concept behind this book is utilizing your […]

Food and Water: Bug-Out Bag Essentials

Water and Food - Bugout Bag Essentials

Food and water should be one of your first concerns when planning and purchasing for your Bug-Out Bag.  I think it’s important that you have a short-term food plan as well as a longer-term food plan for your family and that your emergency kit be able to meet both of those needs. Emergency Supplies: Water […]