Empty Shelf Cooking (“No Fear” meals)

Right before the zombie apocalypse hit, I went shopping at the Big Store. I don’t shop often. Our local Big Store isn’t well stocked on a good day, so it doesn’t tip me off that the shelves would soon be Soviet bare. Things looked good. There was...

Egg Overdose: What to Eat When You Have Too Many Chickens

What to Do with Your 10M Eggs Egg overdose is not just for Easter. It’s a very real thing on a homestead. Many homesteaders–even poser homesteaders fall victim to “chicken math” whereby you think chickens are cute and you get too many even...

Love Beef? Buy Half a Cow

With pink slime, mad cow, salmonella, and other industrial food supply contaminants, it’s hard finding good beef. You have two choices–source your meat correctly or raise it yourself. If you’re a real homestead, you’re probably already raising...

Five Creatures to Evict from Your Homestead

War on homestead invaders… Ever fight an urban squirrel? It’s not pretty. I like squirrels, but there are some creatures that need to go. I wasn’t happy when they took one bite of every tomato, then left it to rot, but when they ate my house, that...

Everyone’s Getting Chickens… Should I?

“I need help from a chicken guru,” It was a friend planning for chickens. I’ve keep 63% of my of chickens alive over the past six years. I don’t know if that’s “guru” status in the homesteading world, but if I calculate that...

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

Isaid, “I’d like a greenhouse.”  I also picked up some windows I could use to build one. “When are you building the greenhouse?” I didn’t really mean to build one, I just noted it would be nice to have one. I’ve had three...

Zero or Hero: Going Low-Waste without (Too Much) Pain

There is a woman who fit two years of her trash in a jar.  Two years of stuff in one jar. That was all her trash. There’s another woman I found who goes around Manhattan to CVS stores looking through the garbage. She gifts or keeps the excellent things...

Covid shopping got you down? Look off the beaten path.

Covid shopping got you down? If you’ve been an Amazon-only shopper or “local only” buyer and you miss your local small businesses and can’t find the things you need, try this: Shop at EVERYONE’s small businesses around the country....