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I’m Jessica Knowles


I live with my three children on a 5 1/2 acre homestead 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.

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. Being able to utilize the land available to you and get the most out of even a small backyard homestead is the backbone of simple living and through The 104 Homestead, I intend to show you exactly how to accomplish it!


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