SELF-RELIANCE

Empty Shelf Cooking (“No Fear” meals)

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 bread and milk. The...

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

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 though you only planned to...

Love Beef? Buy Half a Cow

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 your meat this. But if...

Five Creatures to Evict from Your Homestead

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 was it. That was...

Fall In Love With Your Pantry (Never Run Out of Toilet Paper Again)

Fall In Love With Your Pantry (Never Run Out of Toilet Paper Again)

For $2999 I can get an entire year's worth of freeze-dried "desserts," powdered drinks, and... things I'd never eat because I'm not an astronaut. None of the marketing mentions taste--it's all about "price per calorie." There are 30-year tubs that'll last longer than...

Everyone’s Getting Chickens… Should I?

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 as a baseball percentage, I'm batting at...

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

Building a Greenhouse from Salvage (maybe!)

said, "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 before--they were all kits...

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

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

here 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...

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

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. They're open, and there for you if...

“Can I freeze these foods?” Here’s how.

“Can I freeze these foods?” Here’s how.

Freeze food now. Avoid shopping and cooking later. "Can I freeze...." It's the trending Google search in the UK right now.  At first I thought Londoners were having a cold snap hunting down ski coats. Not so. They're freezing food. With people on lockdown and supply...

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

TL;DR: Get some fruit trees. Grafted fruit trees can really save the day. Don't kill them. Don't let the birds and deer eat your fruit. "How can I stop buying fruit every year and be more self-reliant? I don't have much land..." If you've got a smallish Poser...

Water Problems and Pitchers

Water Problems and Pitchers

People everywhere are hunting down two things--toilet paper and bottled water. Many states are on lockdown for the Corona virus, and those are the two things people are frantic to buy.  I watched lines that made Disney lines look amateur in the warehouse store. I put...