DIY Tree Branch Shelf Brackets

So, my darling wife wanted shelves above the closets in the bedroom. In the old days that would have meant a trip to the home improvement store for materials, or online ordering of fancy shelves and hardware.

But things are different now…such is the mindset of a modern homesteader.

Like many rural properties, our new homestead has a couple of old, falling-down barns that have been swallowed by vines and kudzu, and are barely standing thanks to the trees that lean against them. So, we’re just dismantling the barns to salvage the barn siding and roofing for interior projects.

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Milling Lumber for a Barn With Hay Feeder

This is the pictorial post of the barn I built this winter. It’s from lumber milled off our homestead property. We discussed this in episode 19 of Self-Sufficient Life. The slideshow will play automatically, but you can mouse over any image to pause the show.

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Fairies, Trails and Bushcraft Survival Area

This is the pictorial post of the trail and bushcraft survival area I built for my wife this past Christmas. We discussed this in episode 19 of Self-Sufficient Life. The slideshow will play automatically, but you can mouse over any image to pause the show.

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Building Galvanized Raised Hugelkultur Beds

This is the pictorial post of the galvanized raised Hugelkultur garden beds we built on our new homestead last year. We discussed this in episode 19 of Self-Sufficient Life. The slideshow will play automatically, but you can mouse over any image to pause the show.

Galvanized Raised Beds

Season 1: Episode 19: Building a New Homestead with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading [PODCAST]

From Animal Choices to Homestead Infrastructure

Moving to a new homestead you get to start with a clean slate. So how do you decide what you need? This week, Liz and I share what animals and infrastructure we settled on for our new homestead.

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Season 1: Episode 18: Esther Emery & The Circle of Life|Off-Grid | Homesteading [PODCAST]

Mama, I'm Coming Home to the Homestead

Welcome to Episode 18 of Self-Sufficient Life! So, if you’re the daughter of a famous homesteader, you’re destined to live off the land yourself, right? Today, you’ll find out what falls from the sky when a teenager rebels against the mother of modern homesteading.

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Season 1: Episode 17: Homestead Privacy with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading [PODCAST]

How can a modern homesteader expect to achieve personal privacy in the digital age? This week, Liz and I discuss the homestead we settled on and the steps we have taken to live a private, self-sufficient life.

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23 Questions Before Buying Rural Property

When you search for rural property you’ll quickly find all sorts of places that look promising to you. Mountain views, green pastures, ponds with cattails, all idyllic landscapes that connect with that inner voice you have been hearing.

Before you plunk down that deposit on the first rural property that screams your name, consider this: you are planning to make a move there for life. A new life, a better life and, perhaps, not only the rest of your life but a homestead that future generations will cherish. So it is appropriate to take time and weigh the decision against criteria that are important to you and your family.

With this in mind, I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions when looking for a new homestead:

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