Home Homesteading


Self sufficiency, homesteading, raising livestock, beekeeping and more.


Snakes in Early Ohio History

During the early 1800s, lands in Highland and Ross Counties, Ohio, along Paint and Rattlesnake Creeks, were sold by veterans of the Revolutionary War who had been granted them as war bounties. Settlers moved...

Squirrels – The Plague of Southern Ohio in the Early 1800s

When we think about the dangerous animals faced by our pioneer ancestors, what comes to mind? Probably we would imagine wolves, bears, panthers, and poisonous reptiles. Few would consider the lowly squirrel! But for...
Storing Water

Storing Drinkable Water

There is not much more important to your survival than storing drinking water.
Micro Farming

The Truth About Starting a Micro Farm Today

It is still possible to create a sustainable, profitable micro farm on a small piece of land. However, the truth is that the methods and tools that worked in traditional pioneering and homesteading days just won't cut it anymore. Here's the truth about starting a micro farm today.
Food Storage

Surviving a Food Shortage for Preppers

Natural disasters can also occur and you may find yourself at a loss of options that you can use to feed your family. It is for the above reason that many people, especially the...
Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency – It’s a Full Time Job

Often we confuse self sufficiency with self reliance. The two are related but they're very different. Think back to the days of the pioneers heading west. They were very self reliant, but they also worked...
Early Garming

Early Farming Practices in 1800s Ohio

Have you ever wondered how the pioneers got their bread? After all, there were no brightly-lit grocery stores boasting shelves of different varieties of bread. For the early settlers in southern Ohio and other...
Selling Organic Food

Making Money on the Community Demand for Local Organic Herbs, Spices and Produce

Today there is a very large demand for locally grown organic produce, herbs and spices that is expanding exponentially. The home based entrepreneur has a unique advantage due to the demand for local content...
Raising Chickens

An Essential Guide to Chicken Health for The Small Scale Chicken Keeper

It is becoming increasingly more popular to keep chickens in your back garden. In addition to the benefits derived from having delicious, free-range eggs easily available for your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits...
Rabbit Farming

An Introduction to Rabbit Farming

Rabbit farming is becoming popular all over the world, especially in third world countries as rabbit is being recognized as a new source of low cost protein, with minimal set up and minimal maintenance...
Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens in Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

How Does the Climate Affect Backyard Fowl? Although chickens seem like fragile creatures, they possess certain characteristics that allow them to survive through many different weather climates. While some chickens can withstand winter, others thrive in...
Native American Cooking

Native American Cooking: Pemmican

Native American cooking and recipes cover a broad spectrum. From the east, south, west and northern regions each with their own indigenous food sources. This article covers the Western Plains Indians, specifically Lakota (Sioux)....

On My Walk: Echinachea (Purple Coneflower)

On my walk I discovered the native North American Purple Cone Flower otherwise known as Echinachea spp. It’s also known by many other names such as Black Sampson, Black Susan, Hedgehog, Indian head, Rock-up-hat...
Raising Chickens

Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit

A small flock of chickens can become a great living compost pile. And with new understandings of the superiority of grass-fed organic animal products, including higher Omega-3 fatty acids coming from the eggs of...
Raising Chickens

Favorite Rare Breed Chickens

Humans have bred chicken breeds for thousands of years from wild jungle fowl. Today, there are an estimated 350 combinations of physical features for chickens. Here is a sampler of colorful breeds considered rare...