Welcome to The 104 Homestead

Welcome to The 104 Homestead, a website created by Jessica Knowles to guide and inspire you in the wonderful world of homesteading. With over 12 years of practical experience in small-scale farming and sustainable living, Jessica can help you transform your living space into a thriving homestead, no matter where you live. Whether you have access to a large plot of land or just a small balcony, The 104 Homestead is your go-to resource for learning how to grow your own food, raise animals, cultivate sustainable practices, and truly embrace a self-sufficient lifestyle. Get ready to embark on an exciting journey towards greater self-reliance with Jessica’s expert guidance and wealth of knowledge.

Seasonal Favorites

Seasonal changes on homesteads give farm life a lively beat, from the soft buds of spring that burst open with new growth to the golden colors of harvest time in the fall. Whether it is planting seeds, taking care of animals, or storing food for the winter, each season brings its own set of tasks. These are the tasks our homestead community is focused on this season.

The Latest

Explore your homesteading dreams with my latest blog posts! Whether starting from scratch or looking to take your current homestead to the next level, you’ll find actionable advice and tips to help you along the journey.

Animal Husbandry

Animals are an integral part of the homestead. Regardless of the size of your homestead, there are probably animals you can keep that will help you live more self-sufficiently.

Real Food Recipes

Things are heating up in the kitchen. A big part of homesteading is mindfulness about what foods you put in your body. Discover simple tips and tricks for preparing real food. Learn easy recipes that will thrill your family. Food has never tasted so good.

Get a free copy of my ebook, Welcome to the World of Homesteading


In this digital book, you’ll find a seasonal guide to setting homesteading goals. These are goals you easily achieved, regardless of the size or location of your homestead.

Backyard Gardening

One of the greatest skills a homesteader can acquire is the ability to produce food for themselves. Not everyone is blessed with acres to grow their food, but even a pot of patio tomatoes can change how you and your family eat. Discover how to maintain your gardens and outdoor spaces.

Simple Living Skills

Discover how to homestead in your home. Crafts, DIYs, simple solutions, and holiday fun. Everyone can homestead in their home, whether in a studio apartment or a luxury mansion. Welcome to sustainable living.

In the *New* Farm Life Shop

Check out my new shop to get to the heart of homestead living. Each item there celebrates the simple pleasures and rustic charm of farm life. Every item I made, from comfy t-shirts with funny quail slogans to helpful printables and books, was specially designed and made by me for you.