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Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading. Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead.

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading

Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat.

For myself, on a 1-acre farm of good, well-drained land, I would keep a cow and a goat, a few pigs and maybe a dozen hens. The goat would provide me with milk when the cow was dry. Raising a Dairy Cow Cow or no cow? On the other hand, the food that you buy in for this family cow will cost you hundreds of dollars each year. A Mad Scientist's 50 Tools for Sustainable Communities - Leah Messinger - Life. Marcin Jakubowski's plan to create low-cost, open-source machines that can make everything you can find in a Walmart The "Liberator" Compressed Earth Brick Press, designed by Open Source Ecology.

A Mad Scientist's 50 Tools for Sustainable Communities - Leah Messinger - Life

Courtesy of Open Source Ecology In the middle of rural Missouri there is a physicist-turned-farmer looking to redefine the way we build the world. Marcin Jakubowski is the mastermind behind a group of DIY enthusiasts known as Open Source Ecology and their main project, the Global Village Construction Set. The network of engineers, tinkerers, and farmers is working to fabricate 50 different low-cost industrial machines. The organization's final goal? As Valentine points out, "Every single one of [the machines] already exist in real life. Index. "The Unsung Benefits of Homesteading" by Sheri Dixon.

Oh sure, we all know the perks of growing our own food, supplying our own energy and being as self-sufficient as we can be, but what about the benefits of homesteading that AREN'T touted from the cover of the latest Men magazine?

"The Unsung Benefits of Homesteading" by Sheri Dixon

Back when I lived in Wisconsin, Thanksgiving dinner was taken with my husband's family. They had a tradition that right after dinner, everyone gathered around the TV and they all watched Pay-Per-View "Wrestlemania". As touching a scene as that was, with the little people all hunkered down in front for the best view, I just wasn't into it. And, DARNIT! , I had to leave early to go home and milk the goats. Somehow, I suffered through it. When something breaks or otherwise needs mending around the place, city folk get into the SUV and head for the Home Depot for the proper parts and the proper tools for the job.

Homesteaders take multitasking to a level unheard of by most folks. There are a number of companies who provide home security. We are strange. Not normal. Gardening 101: 5 Gardening Basics for Beginners. Everything You Need to Know About Composting With Worms. Following my recent blog post on the Do-It-Yourself Vermipod, I’ve been receiving a ton of questions from folks who built Vermipods and are looking for information on how to manage and maintain their new pets.

Everything You Need to Know About Composting With Worms

So here’s a compilation called Everything You Need To Know About Composting With Worms… Common Worm Species Eisenia fetida: Pronounced “iSEEnee a FETid a”, is a worm that can process a large amount of organic material in their natural environment. They tolerate large temperature, moisture and pH ranges and can also tolerate handling well. Eisenia andrei is closely related to the Eisenia fetida and is known as the “red tiger”.

Lumbricus rubellus is another worm that can be used for vermiposting. Bedding Materials Worms, like you and me, need both protein and carbohydrates to get a balanced diet. Environmental Conditions Composting worms originate from warmer parts of the globe, typically in wet regions. These are the conditions that the worms thrive in. How Much do They Eat? Amendments.