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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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With oatmeal for sensitive skin, coconut oil for moisture, baking soda for funky odors, and essential oils to keep fleas at bay, you'll love this DIY dog shampoo.

Making Natural Shampoo for Your Dog

My girl, Maddie, is getting up there in years. In fact, she's been in my life longer than my husband and children. With age comes a funky smell and sensitive ...
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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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The internet would have you believe that incubating and brooding Coturnix quail is difficult. I'm here to let you in on a secret... it's not.

How to Incubate and Brood Coturnix Quail

The internet would have you believe that incubating and brooding Coturnix quail is difficult. I'm here to let you in on a secret... it's not. Forget fumigation and floating techniques ...
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Winter Line Drying: Did you know that heat is not required when drying your clothes outdoors? In fact, your clothes may actually dry faster when it's 32F or less!

Line Drying Clothes in Winter

Did you know that you can continue to line dry your clothes throughout the year? There is even an added bonus for those of us in the northern hemisphere that ...
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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.

A Guide to Winter Sowing {Starting Seeds in Winter}

Results of a recent social media poll showed 96% of people who start their plants from seed do so by following the instructions on the back of the packet. They ...
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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.

Upcycle Pill Bottles With These 22 Ideas

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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This baked macaroni recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don't mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make.

4 Cheese Baked Macaroni

This recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don't mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make. I ...
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Wing clipping can be scary, but it might be something you need to consider for your chicken's safety. Here are answers to some of the frequent questions that come along.

How to Safely Clip Chicken Wings

Do you have well-behaved birds that stay behind their decorative fences? Do you have your birds enclosed like Fort Knox? Do you're birds have the luxury of wandering wherever they ...
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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