Modern Homesteading | Stylish Self-Sufficient Living | Homesteading | City to Country | City and Country Life | Homesteading Blog | Moving to the Country Blog | How to Homestead http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog A no-fluff look at rural living... for newbies! Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:16:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Summer Rural Living Celebration! http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/summer-rural-living-celebration http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/summer-rural-living-celebration#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:58:43 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=3150 I thought it was about time for another giveaway for new or aspiring modern homesteaders!  This time we’ve got a bundle of books and resources that I’ve been sent the last couple of years.  Here’s what’s included in the bundle: Permaculture Fast Track – Learn to Live More Sustainably and Healthier (DVD) – Open Permaculture […]

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How to Care for a Refinished Cast Iron Sink http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/how-to-care-for-a-refinished-cast-iron-sink http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/how-to-care-for-a-refinished-cast-iron-sink#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:11:30 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=2525 (Updated June 10, 2014 – originally published December 2012) Nothing says ‘country decor’ more than a vintage cast iron sink.  Except maybe a log cabin.  Or a big pick-up truck.  But nothing says ‘botulism’ or some other sort of nasty bacterial infection more than a vintage cast iron sink that’s been scratched and chipped and […]

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Homeopathy on the Homestead http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/homeopathy-homestead http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/homeopathy-homestead#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:05:19 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=3129 It’s no secret that I’m dedicated to natural healthcare – for my family AND our animals.  Short of a couple of absolute emergencies (which are few and far between, thankfully), we’re pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medication free, and have been for the better part of 20 years.  And as I learn more about how to use […]

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Our Top 10 Rural Living and Self-Reliance Posts of 2013 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/top-10-rural-living-posts-2013 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/top-10-rural-living-posts-2013#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:54:27 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=3118 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 2013 Holiday Giveaway… with a Twist http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/2013-holiday-giveaway-twist http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/2013-holiday-giveaway-twist#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:48:15 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=3108 Every year we do a self-reliance related giveaway for the holiday season and this year is no different – except it sort of is. First up, we’ve got a little Thieves Essential Oil Mini ‘Health Care Kit’ from Young Living to give one lucky winner.  Thieves is an essential oil blend that includes: Clove† (Syzygium […]

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Firewood and Wood Stove Basics – Five Lessons for Heating with Wood http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/firewood-basics-five-lessons-for-heating-with-a-wood-stove http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/firewood-basics-five-lessons-for-heating-with-a-wood-stove#comments Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=142 Originally published in October 2010 – updated November 30, 2013. Firewood burned in a wood stove is our primary heat source – not just in winter, but year round.  We regularly have fires going in the evening here until the end of May. When we first moved to our rural property, I had so many […]

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Modern Homesteading, Rural Living and Self-reliance – Where to Start http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/modern-homesteading-where-to-start http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/modern-homesteading-where-to-start#comments Sun, 26 May 2013 17:52:30 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=3045 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? http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/adjusting-to-rural-living http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/adjusting-to-rural-living#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:27:39 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=2971 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 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/vegetable-gardening-tips http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/vegetable-gardening-tips#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:43:40 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=2972 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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Rural Living Tips: The Power of Mentors http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/rural-living-tips-the-power-of-mentors http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/rural-living-tips-the-power-of-mentors#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:00:10 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=30 As an urbanite, I had this long-held dream of homesteading, of living off our own rural property, collecting eggs from our free ranging chickens, picking and storing our own organic vegetables and fruit, and working from home. I think I even romanticized it a bit (ahem). The reality of rural living, of course, was a […]

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How to Choose the Best Seeds for Homesteading http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/how-to-choose-best-seeds-for-homesteading http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/how-to-choose-best-seeds-for-homesteading#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:38:06 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=2958 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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Chicken Economics: The Cost of Keeping Chickens http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/the-cost-of-keeping-chickens http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/the-cost-of-keeping-chickens#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:11:03 +0000 http://modernhomesteading.ca/blog/?p=2932 Let’s face it – raising chickens for your own fresh eggs is like a gateway drug to a full-fledged addiction to all things ‘rural’. At least it seems that way, with practically every second magazine having anything to do with ‘home’ talking about backyard chickens in some way, shape or form.  There’s a reason why […]

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