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How I Learned to Love the Vegetables I Didn’t Like – by Anna Hess

The following post was written by Anna Hess or The Walden Effect blog. Anna just had her first book published and we will be reviewing it soon.

Automatic Chicken Feeder Contest

Mark Hamilton from The Walden Effect blog (my favorite homesteading blog in the world) asked if we would help him run a little contest to see if we can get in some great ideas for automatic chicken feeders. We’re excited to see what people come up with! The details are below… I made a post […]

Using Wind Energy to Simplify Your Life

With so many ways to get energy to your home, it can be a bit tricky to decide which option is best for you. Today, we are going to focus on Wind Energy and discuss some of the benefits with you. If you are looking for a green solution as well as a way to […]

Tomato Tomahto

Good tomato sauce can make an Italian meal into an Italian feast! While some grocery store’s carry okay brands, real tomato sauce, the stuff literally boiled down from tomatoes, is a whole different ball-game. Unfortunately, I cannot share my personal recipe (family secret) but I can share with you how to make tomatoes into a […]

An Off-Grid Passive Solar Cabin Design

By Tommy Bailey In July 2010 I finally had the opportunity to pursue a dream of mine – to begin construction on an off-grid passive solar cabin that I designed and would build myself. It took me about 3 months of several weekends and evenings to rough in the entire structure and I spent the […]

Self-Sufficiency: Philosophy & Economy – Guest Post

The following guest post comes from John Jackson, author of ‘A Little Piece of England: A Tale of Self-Sufficiency’, which tells the tale of how the he and his family, living in a sliver of countryside in London’s commuter belt, worked to become self-sufficient. I approached John about reviewing his book and agreed to participate […]

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage On The Rainy Day Rant

Having worked with them on a few web projects, I invited some folks at Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Missouri to discuss how internet access has helped their community. Several members are involved in a wide variety of online businesses that bring in revenue to help finance infrastructure and boost their local economy. Brian Toomey […]

Meet Our Neighbors, John and Janet!

We’re Everett and Missy’s farm neighbors. This is our story about “Living the Simple Life”. Working in the big city for years certainly had its conveniences; coffee shops, bars, restaurants, shopping, etc. However for us, the ugly truth of the big city was way too close; crime, obnoxious traffic, career stress, inconsiderate people, politics, and […]

Many Ways to Keep a Chicken – Guest Post by Anna

When my husband and I first brought chickens to our new homestead, we jumped on the chicken tractor bandwagon because it seemed to be the thing to do. Since then, though, we’ve been assessing various alternative chicken keeping arrangements and no longer believe that chicken tractors are the best method for every situation. I’ve summed […]

Warmth and Supply Chains: Considering the Source of Your Home’s Heat

Recently my home heating ‘backup’, a criminally inefficient old furnace, died. Pondering replacement options gave me an opportunity to consider the many ways one can power a furnace.