Better Life

The one thing I have recently come to believe, is that we cannot fix a world until we fix ourselves. We are the broken part of the world. It isn't out there somewhere. It is right here. So today I will go and feed the pigs and chickens. I'll feed my family a salad from the garden instead of eating fast food. Maybe I'll take time to pray or meditate. I might even go for a walk if it doesn't rain. And I will try to believe that these small choices, these small changes, will have big impact. I know their impact would be even bigger if you joined me. 

Read More

A New Normal

Hobby farming is not a livelihood. It isn't a fun way to fill your time. It is a search for substance. It is an answer to a feeling of disconnect with our natural world. It is a way of life and a set of values we want to impart to our kids. Homesteading faces the reality head on that being human is costly to the world. 

Our presenter on Natural Beekeeping, Troy Marino, said, "We are weird, but we wouldn't have it any other way." 

Read More

Eating Racoon

Eating Racoon

The premise of teaching primitive skills is that we have become so far removed from having to meet our basic needs, that most of us don't know how. This disconnect allows us to support inhumane and unhealthy food systems. It enables us to support policies that harm our world and waste our natural resources. When we are disconnected from where our basic needs come from, we don't have to think about the ramifications of our lifestyles. 

Read More

Today, I Don't Want to be a Homesteader

Today, I Don't Want to be a Homesteader

I don't want to go over and look at the empty paddocks where I failed animals in my charge. I don't have it in me today to try and replant the beds the deer invaded. And I do not want to hear that damned rooster this morning. This morning, I would love to go into an office and order my lunch from a restaurant where I never have to think about where it comes from. Today, I don't want to be a homesteader.

Read More

Firekeepers

Firekeepers

Perhaps we are all "firekeepers" at heart, preserving the most ancient of our knowledge. Whatever the reason, primitive survival skills are creating a curiosity among our culture, which is our focus this month at the Homestead. We have an author talk with Tony Nester of  Ancient Pathways: Dessert Survival and Bushcraft Skills on October 8th, and our Provide: Primitive Skills Weekend Experience is on tap October 24-26th. Author Sandor Katz will be doing a demonstration and book signing October 21st on the oldest mode of food preservation - fermentation. And we will end our Traditional Skills Month with the ancient form of entertainment, Campfire Stories with renown storyteller Da Storyweaver on October 26th. 

Read More

Guinea Pig to Green Thumb Virtual Series

Guinea Pig to Green Thumb Virtual Series

I am in the midst of planning our first Virtual Workshop for our Members at the Homestead, Natural Gardening for Beginners. I remember how steep the learning curve was when we planted our first garden seven years ago. I read dozens of books and visited hundreds of websites trying to figure out how to grow without chemicals in the buggy south. You can read the sordid sequence of my early attempts here.

Read More