From City to Country

Our Top 10 Rural Living and Self-Reliance Posts of 2013

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To say it’s been a pretty incredible year is an understatement. On December 30, 2013, we surpassed the previously unthinkable goal of 10K ‘likes’ on our Facebook page, and saw more visits to our website than ever before.  Back in late 2010 when we started the site and Facebook page, I really couldn’t have imagined […]

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Modern Homesteading, Rural Living and Self-reliance – Where to Start

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I love what I do – working from home, growing some of our own food, and connecting with folks around the world who are either just planning or just embarking on their journey towards rural living and/or increased self-reliance. These are ‘out of the box’ people who live outside the status quo.  They don’t take […]

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Adjusting to Rural Living – What’s Toughest?

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The minute you decide to move to the country, you know your life is going to change.  With big dreams of organic gardens and fresh, GMO-free eggs, your children exploring ponds and fields while you relax on the porch with a cup of tea after a long day of gardening, you’re excited about what’s to […]

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What Not to Do – Vegetable Gardening Tips from Real Gardeners

First, there was the year the slugs ate everything.  And I mean everything. Then there was the one where it was rainy and cold right through til the end of July (not terribly inspiring for anything but greens).  And who could forget 2012, when I didn’t even plant a garden because something else always got […]

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How to Choose the Best Seeds for Homesteading

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Cold, damp, dark.  It’s a typical February on the rainy west coast.  Not complaining – at least we’re not buried in snow, and the temperatures are relatively balmy compared to a big chunk of the continent.  It may not be a good time for soaking in the sun, but it is a great time to […]

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What is ‘Modern Homesteading’, Anyway?

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A few weeks ago a particularly ornery guy called me a ‘poser’ on my Facebook page.  And then he went on and on an on in post after post about how I wasn’t really ‘homesteading’ and I should call my page something else. Sure Mr. Grumpy Pants.  OK. Thankfully, a bunch of awesome people came […]

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Tough (and Valuable) Lessons from the Homestead

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The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012.  At least for most of us. One of our little roosters wasn’t so lucky. He was a beautiful boy – half Buff Orpington and half ISA Brown (which I guess means half Buff and ¼ Rhode Island Red/¼ Rhode Island White).  Lovely red feathers and a shiny […]

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Gift Ideas for Modern Homesteaders, Self-Sufficiency Fans, Off-Grid Dwellers, and Preppers

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Looking for some practical, sure to be loved gift ideas for the modern homesteaders (or modern homesteader hopefuls), rural living fans, self-sufficiency fans, off-grid dwellers and preppers on your holiday list?  Or just looking for practical gifts for your friends and family that will help them get a little closer to a self-reliant lifestyle?  Here […]

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Rural Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist

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You’re driving down a long country road on the way to your weekend retreat, or maybe you’re on your way back to your rural home from the winter market. It’s freezing out.  It’s snowing hard.  And you’re miles from your destination. Suddenly, an animal darts across the road right in front of you.  You instinctively […]

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The Fear Factor: Modern Homesteading Style

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The fear started before we even moved in. Staying in our old cabin alone had been on my bucket list for years. Along with sleeping in a tent alone (which, I have to admit, I still haven’t done). The cabin we now live in had been in our family for about a decade before we […]

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