foraging / gardening / homesteading

you know you’re a homesteader when…

  • You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday.
  • There is always room for another chicken.
  • Outdoors is just another room in your home.
  • All poop is useful for the garden.
  • Anything that can be foraged should be foraged: reduce the grocery bill. And most green things were meant to be eaten anyways.
  • You own work/outdoor clothes, and there are more of them than dress-up or town clothes.
  • You know which trees are up for the chopping block next, marked with orange tape.
  • You’d rather not consume berries, eggs or produce that is perfectly uniform and lacking bugs and dirt.
  • You identify outdoor sounds. Of a neighbour dog barking at yours from across the river. Of a whiny bald eagle pair. Of a honking geese community. Of twittering robins. And knocking woodpeckers. Chainsaws and motorboats whizzing. River water rushing and wind rustling.
  • You know the sights. The clouds that say a beautiful summer day. The clouds that speak of a brewing storm. Of an overcast day that brings no rain.
  • You approach commercial kitchens and fish shops for scraps. Compost & fertilizer!
  • The state of your feet. Nuff said.

And you know you’re a modern homesteader when you’re on YouTube and the internet to learn all that homesteading jazz that you DIDN’T get taught as a child from suburbia…

Here are my favourite resources:

Blogs I love:

  1. Hello Homestead
  2. Better Hens and Gardens (aka Bramblestone Farms)
  3. Community Chickens
  4. The Prairie Homestead
  5. Attainable Sustainable
  6. Fresh Eggs Daily

YouTube Channels I love:

  1. Guildibrook Farms
  2. Farmhouse on Boone

Magazines I love:

  1. Capper’s Farmer
  2. Mother Earth News
  3. easy edible gardening
  4. Garden Making

Books I love:

  1. The Prairie Homestead by Jill Winger
  2. Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Niki Jabbour

Recipe Books I love:

  1. The Prairie Homestead by Jill Winger
  2. Mennonite girls can cook
  3. The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee
  4. Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
  5. the Oh she glows cookbook by Angela Liddon
  6. the all new Purity Cookbook: A complete book of Canadian Cooking

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