Here are 10 skills small-scale homesteaders can focus on.

10 Small Homestead Skills: Ideas to Focus On

If you’re a beginner to homesteading, trying to get started can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Even if you’ve been learning small homestead skills a while, knowing where to focus is difficult, and growing both knowledge and access can feel out of reach. These 10 small homestead skills are a great place to start.

A chicken or duck feeder is an easy way to simplify the work of keeping poultry. Here's everything there is to know.

Automatic Chicken Feeder or Duck Feeder: Everything to Consider

If you have poultry of any kind, you know what daily chore it can be to attend to their basic care. Setting up an automatic chicken feeder or duck feeder is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to automate your coop. Some things to think about are: Size of feeder, location, size of poultry, size of flock, type of poultry, feed wastage from spill or birds, access for pests, and the refilling process. Let’s take a look at each of these options.

Fermenting is a wonderful way to preserve the harvest on the homestead. Here are six reasons to choose fermentation.

6 Reasons to Choose Fermenting for Food Preservation

Over the last couple summers I have become enamoured of the bacterial magic of fermenting. The reasons are all below (my emotional favourite is the second one listed here). Read on to learn why to choose my new favourite form of preserving.

Why Choose Canning? Read on to discover the reasons this for of preserving is a homestead favourite.

5 Reasons to Choose Canning for Food Preservation

I’ve greatly increased my repertoire of preserving methods over the past few years. However, I’m still deeply committed to all the reasons to choose canning. Sweating over my rusty water bath canner was the first time I found the joy of putting food by,

Need to know where to get seeds when you can't buy them? Here are some ideas to find free seeds.

Where to Get Seeds When You Can’t Buy Them

For anyone new to gardening the priority will be sourcing a piece of ground and finding out where to get seeds. That is literally all it takes to get started growing your own food. It’s like magic! Those who have the time and resources will be able to order seeds from one of the many excellent seed companies that exist. But you aren’t here to find out where to order seeds, are you? You want to know where to get seeds when you can’t buy them.

Learning our own pork butchery has given us a great opportunity for sustainable and flavourful meat.

Pork Butchery: What we Learned

Mr. M. has long been the meat cutting expert in our little farm share. When we recently purchased a pig he was excited to move into pork butchery. The experience has expanded our skill repertoire. However, our popular post 5 Helpful Butchering Tips to Read […]

These 5 simple solutions will help improve soil quality for potted plants, and cause them to thrive.

Easy Tips to Improve Soil for Potted Plants

Do you find your potted vegetables dry out way too fast in the heat of the summer sun?   Feeling like your plants are lacking, but want to improve soil health without commercial fertilizers? Finding yourself watering them once or twice a day? Afraid to […]

10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks. Learn more about these unique poultry and why to have them on the homestead.

10 Real Benefits of Keeping Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy Ducks can be found all over the world as domesticated waterfowl, and we’re ready to talk about what these birds are really good at. There are many great reasons for keeping Muscovy Ducks on the homestead, or as small backyard pets—although these reasons do […]

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You. Why we no longer keep muscovies on the homestead. Pros and cons.

5 Reasons Muscovy Ducks May Not be Right for You

Muscovy ducks are often a top choice for many first-time duck owners as they are a well-known breed. They were among the first ducks that we kept here on our homestead. It is true there are some benefits to having muscovies on the farm (see […]

A Simple Guide to Tying up Raspberries. This easy method can improve yields and ease of harvest.

A Simple Guide to Tying Up Raspberries

On our homestead we like to tie up raspberry canes after the snow is gone, but before the buds come out. We have had some debate around here about the value of tying up raspberries. It is a small time investment, but we have decided the benefits are […]