Jul 112014

Getting Started with Home Food Drying - 6 Things You Need to Know Plus a Great List of Resources

Want an easy way to store and preserve food?  Need a food storage method that doesn’t take up much space and requires very little equipment?  Want to make healthier snacks for your family to enjoy at home or on the go?  Looking for portable food for camping or backpacking?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should learn about home food drying.

What Equipment Do I Need to Dehydrate Food at Home? Continue reading »

Feb 282014
Homestead Goats - What breed should you choose? Five Popular Dairy Goat Breeds for the Homestead. Basic goat care - What Do You Need to Raise Goats?

Nimbrethil, an Alpine doe, takes a break from carrying gear on a multi-day pack trip in the Oregon Cascades.

Raising your own homestead goats as dairy animals is a great way to get connected to your food source. Goats are not only a fabulous source of high quality milk, but are an incredibly versatile animal on a homestead; they can also provide meat, fiber, carry a pack, clear brush, or serve as a livestock companion. Dairy goats have endearing personalities, which make them a joy to keep on virtually any size homestead.

What Goat Breed Should I Choose?

If you asked five dairy goat owners which breed to pick, chances are you’d get five different answers. When choosing the right goat for your homestead, consider the following factors: Continue reading »

Jul 092013

Getting Started with Essential Oils - Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions + Giveaway

Getting Started with Essential Oils – Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions

When I started looking into living more naturally the first thing I was concerned about was what was lurking in my medicine cabinet. I started pouring over ingredients and expiration dates. To say I didn’t love what I found is a slight understatement. Did you know that most medicine contains artificial colors and flavoring, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, as well as ingredients that could cause liver damage, drowsiness, stomach ulcers, hyperactivity…you get the idea. Continue reading »

Feb 222013

Getting Started Vermicomposting - Raising Worms @ Common Sense Homesteading

Vermiculture composting (Vermicomposting) is the act of creating rich, organic humus for your garden or lawn by allowing red worms to help in the decomposition process. The resulting castings enrich soil by improving texture, increasing nitrogen, trace minerals, and natural growth hormones from the worms themselves.

In this article I will discuss how to get the absolute most out of small scale, indoor vermicomposting without expensive or complicated equipment.  You probably already have most of the tools you’ll need to get started. Continue reading »

Sep 142012

Getting Started Beekeeping @ Common Sense Homesteading

This is a guest post by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm sharing their experience with getting started beekeeping.

It’s amazing to see our little farm growing, taking shape in the nooks and crannies of our property. So steady, so quiet, it moves along. I look out over our pumpkin patch and see the giant gourds, orange and globular, almost alien-like against the green grass. I think back to the spring, where the little sleeping seeds awoke in the ground. With time, rain and sunshine we now have enormous trailing vines, wrinkled star- like blooms and huge voluptuous fruit. Continue reading »