We Need Your Help Building Our Business

Hey All, I thought I would update you on what we’re working on. We’re really trying to make our homestead support us in multiple ways. And you can help us with that! Etsy Shop Our Etsy Shop is up and running with new items being added all the time. We’ve got seeds, handmade soaps and…

Bloggers Needed!—Handmade Soaps

Hello all! Justin and I have talked and we want to really spread the word on our Etsy products! We’re looking for bloggers with a decent following to blog about our soaps. We want to build a great customer base and share our products with them. Justin and I really believe that everyday life shouldn’t…

30 Days without Soda

Hey all, Well, I did it. I finally kicked the American habit of drinking soda. Granted, I wasn’t dependent like most Americans are, but I’m glad I’m off it anyway. So, I decided at the beginning of the year that I would be kicking soda for good. Not only is it packed with sugar and…

Book Review: The Nourishing Homestead by Ben & Penny Hewitt

The Nourishing Homestead by Ben and Penny Hewitt   Overview: The Nourishing Homestead is one of the best homesteading books I’ve read in a long time. Ben and Penny not only provide a smooth and story-like reading experience, but they avidly share their mistakes and successes. They provide a plethora of invigorating and frugal ideas for…

Fungus Gnat Cures:52 Weeks of Tips

Hey Everyone! Seed starting time (indoors) is almost upon us here in the Midwest. You know what that means? Yep, fungus gnats. Those nasty little buggers that fly around your plants and cause all sorts of problems. The biggest problem with these gnats is not the adults, they don’t do any damage to your plants….

Libraries are NOT Dead: 52 Weeks of Tips

I repeat, libraries are not dead! Many homesteaders know of this trick, but for those of you that don’t, let me enlighten you. Local libraries are free. Some require that you live inside their municipality and some, like in my area, just want you to be in the county. These places are not only a…

Monday on the Goldenrod Homestead: 2/1/16

Hello Everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates, it’s been simultaneously busy, boring and productive around here. So let me tell you what’s been going on.   Organic Gardening Class: This year I decided to teach an organic gardening class as an extra way to bring in some cash, but mostly just because I love…

The Age of Fear

This is the age we live in, the Age of Fear. Fear of offending someone. Fear of saying the wrong thing. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of societal collapse. Fear of the end.   Today the Doomsday Clock was moved 2 minutes forward to 3 minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been since…

Cheap Garden Pots for Seedlings: 52 Weeks of Tips

Hell everyone! Week 4 is here with a new tip! Those of you in the north are probably planting onions in the next few weeks, those of you more south are probably putting in tomatoes and peppers soon, so this should help. This is one I use myself every year. Let me tell you a…

Engagement

Justin and I got engaged tonight! Just thought I would share!

Herbal Health for Chickens

Originally posted on The Herbarium:
…and any other fowls you may care for. Credit for much of the information in this article must go to Kath Irvine, a passionate permaculture-transition gardener, and Ali Sutherland, herbalist and pharmacist, who have both been inspirational contacts since my family’s relocation to New Zealand.  Over here many homes have…

DIY Garden Arch (The Kiwi Arch)

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share my latest building project with you for the homestead! As many of you have probably read, I’m going to be adding hardy kiwi to the homestead. These kiwi are supposed to be more berry-sized, but not the “issai” variety. I figured since we are going to have a permanent…