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untitled-design-2My name is Jessica. I live a nearly self-sufficient homesteading lifestyle with my husband and three children on 1/4 acre in Maine. We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, ducks, chickens, and quail, and we grow as much of our food as we are able. What we can’t grow or produce for ourselves we try to barter with other homesteaders for. If we can homestead where we live, what’s stopping you?

Homesteading is a way of life, a way in which we can all live off the land that we have available to us, relying less on living beyond our means. As we all move into the future, we are relying less on our skills and abilities and more on buying everything we need. Homesteading teaches us to get back to the traditional ways of life, growing your own vegetables, raising your own animals, baking your own goods, but that doesn’t mean you have to move out into the countryside and run a large farm.

Being able to utilize the land available to you and get the most out of even a small plot of soil is the backbone of homesteading and through The 104 Homestead I intend to show you exactly how to accomplish it! The important thing to remember is, and I’ll keep reminding you about it is that you don’t need a huge plot of land or a farm to be successful. The best thing you can do is keep trying, if something doesn’t work the first time, then don’t give up on it completely. Go back to the drawing board and take a look at where it went wrong, and fix it, then try again.

Homesteading is a way of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on everything in your life! There are some great ways that you can start off homesteading and introduce your family and loved ones to delicious natural foods, chemical and artificial free. There is simply no easy way to describe the feeling of sitting down for a meal with your family and friends and enjoying the fruits of your hard labor.

One of the things which make homesteading great is the ability to share ideas and advice. To make sure that you don’t miss out on any homesteading goodies, be sure to sign up for The Homestead Helper! You can also follow me on social media. I look forward to sharing my homesteading with you and seeing the results of your hard work!


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Bed sheets are free or inexpensive fabric sources. Instead of hauling old sheets away in boxes, figure out if there is some way you can give them new life.

16 New Uses for Old Bed Sheets

I'll be honest, when I woke up this morning to write, I was drawing a blank. I had several topics in mind, but all of them required me photographing steps ...
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Learn how to make your own unpaper towels, even if you have limited sewing abilities. This tutorial for DIY unpaper towels doesn't even require sewing in a straight line!

Unpaper Towels: The Green Alternative to Paper Towels

Paper products are one of the number one "wasted money" items we purchase. **Fear not, I do not suggest you rethink toilet paper - though some do.** Think about how ...
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My homestead is not a theme park, petting zoo, or quaint local tourist spot. It is my home. Here's the reasons why you can't just stop by unannounced.

This might sound a bit harsh, but my homestead is not a theme park, petting zoo, or quaint local tourist spot. It's my home. Although I encourage people to ask ...
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Angi refers to herself and her family as lazy homesteaders. And that is okay. Homesteading doesn't have to be all or nothing.

The Lazy Homesteaders: Angi’s Story

"To me, homesteading means being able to provide for ourselves without always depending on stores or pre-made things. We do this through raising our own fruits, vegetables, eggs and honey ...
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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a member of the mint family and you'll want to make room for it in your herb garden this year.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a member of the mint family and you'll want to make room for it in your herb garden this year. Don't worry, although it is related ...
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After the initial shock at such a powerful taste, I was shocked by how quickly the Fire Cider went to work. By the next morning, I felt better than I had in days.

Homemade Fire Cider for Cold & Flu Season

I was introduced to Fire Cider last year when my friend, the owner of Spice & Grain, offered me a sample after hearing me complain about terrible congestion from a ...
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Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the homesteading articles you want to be reading.

22 New Uses for Old Pill Bottles

We try very hard to use herbal remedies in our home, but plastic pill bottles still squeak in from time to time. I HATE tossing things and I consider myself ...
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Bread making is an art, but there are some great tips, tricks and secrets to help you on your way. Here are nine secrets I've learned as well as a few great recipes to try.

Bread Baking Tips No One Told You

I have recently delved into bread making. There were a few hits and mostly misses at the start. When I mentioned to my dear family that we would be having ...
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“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for the household use. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.”

From my favorite homesteading book,
Homegrown & Homemade