Homestead Planning

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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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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Planning for Modern Homesteading in 2013 – 7 Tools to Use

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As you begin to delve into the world of self-sufficient living and transitioning from a more conventional (dependent) lifestyle,  you learn one thing – you can’t do it all at once (or alone). For most people, it takes years – literally.  I’m sure there are some lucky folks with the resources to do it all […]

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How to Avoid Theft from Your Rural Property – A Checklist

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Our new neighbours, not yet even moved in, recently had most (if not all) of their winter fire wood supply stolen at some point in the night.  Our properties are far enough apart, and uphill from us with a creek and hill between, that we didn’t hear a thing. It was going to be their […]

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Making a Living in the Country – 5 Tips for Success

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“Did you start your business before you moved to the country?” “How did you figure out what business to start?” “We really want to start over on a rural property – do you have any advice?” Every week, I’m getting more and more messages like this in my inbox and on my Facebook page. On […]

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Have You Heard? Country Living Ain’t So Quiet After All

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Ah, life in the country.  It’s the stuff of countless novels and songs, waxing poetic about the graces that come from living out amongst the birds and the trees.  Yours truly has even been guilty of making it sound all fluffy and romantic on occasion (amongst all the talk of mice and predatory cats, but […]

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Getting it all Done – Goal Setting for Modern Homesteading

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I spent the last week looking over my goals and accomplishments from 2011.  What worked, what didn’t, what I’d never, ever try again (like putting too many things on my to-do list!)… My iMac screen is covered with mindmaps, to-do lists, videos and audio links from Sandi Krakowski and PJ McClure.  I’ve been listening to […]

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Planning for Self-Sufficiency in 2012 – A Review of 2011

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2012.  Has there ever been a year with more baggage?  Maybe (Year 2000, anyone?), but with all the hype and predictions going on about what this highly touted year will bring, I figured it was time I got busy and finished my annual homestead planning.  You know, before some grand calamity befalls us.  Or the […]

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My Permaculture Journey Begins

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An architect, a midwife and a geophysicist walk into a room… No, it’s not the beginning of a witty joke.  It’s what I experienced yesterday as I began my year-long journey into the world of Permaculture design. If you’ve never heard of Permaculture, you’re not alone.  Even though it’s been around since the 1970s and […]

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