Do You Photograph Your Groceries? I Didn't Think So

Have you ever came back from your local grocery chain and snapped photos of your food to share with your friends? No, but homesteaders do.

This food photo epidemic. It baffles the mind. People are snapping pictures of their foods all day long to share on social media. We all have that one friend who seems to do it at every meal. There are currently over 300,000,000 photos of food on Instagram alone. To put that into perspective for you, there are merely 57 million travel photos and 69 million sunsets. Why isn’t the majestic beauty of the sun beating out dinner? I digress…

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My Homestead: Why You Can't Come Unannouced

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 is my home. Although I encourage people to ask me questions and I’m happy to grant tours on my own terms, wandering around without consent is never okay. It just isn’t.

This wasn’t the first time this has happened. It’s happened quite a few times before. Let’s chat a bit about why this isn’t okay behavior…

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The Top 43 Homesteading Articles of 2015

Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the top homesteading articles you want to be reading.

Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the articles you want to be reading. I searched high a low to compile the best of the best for you. Not sure if homesteading is right for you? Interested in DIY and MYO? Wanting real food recipes for real people? Considering getting livestock? This list compiles the absolute best homesteading articles of 2015.

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My Favorite Homesteading Books

We know that backyard chickens have been talked about all over the news lately (both favorably and negatively). Homesteading and self-sufficiency is on the rise and for so many great reasons. With this rise comes a great supply of reading materials dedicated to we non-traditional farmers that live in non-traditional places.

There are many great books out there, but I have a few that have become staples in my library.

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Signs You Might Be a Homesteader

(My husband’s Jeff Foxworthy voice): If you have indoor plumbing, but you make the males in your house pee outside in the compost, you might be a homesteader. If the chicken you’re eating for dinner has a name, you might be a homesteader. If you have a state-of-the-art dryer, but you insist on drying your clothes outside, you might be a homesteader. If you have longer conversations with your poultry than you do with your spouse, you might be a homesteader (he’s so jealous).

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Off-Grid in Alaska: Mark’s Story

My wife and I live an off-grid homestead lifestyle in Alaska because we prefer to live closer to nature, at a different pace from most of society.

We live the homestead lifestyle because we prefer to live closer to nature, at a different pace from most of society. We would rather live by the tides, sun, and seasons rather than the time clock and schedule. We are not purists or Luddites, but we try to lessen our impact on the environment, and appreciate older methods of living and working.

We also find satisfaction in working for ourselves rather than others. We appreciate benefiting directly from our efforts when we can rather than working outside the home for pay.

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A Day of Homestead Living

I was chatting with a few of my blogger friends. We were all frustrated and overwhelmed for a variety of homesteading reasons. One had goats go missing when her electric fence shorted. Another lost several of her crops to a freak hail storm. Another just felt like there wasn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. I can relate. Can you?

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