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Book Review: The Backyard Homestead

Book Review: The Backyard Homestead

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “homestead”?  I initially picture a cute farmhouse with a barn, garden, and pasture of a few animals. Maybe a windmill, a few fruit trees, or even a hayfield. I imagine a place with 10-20 acres —...

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Frontiere Farmhouse Feature

Frontiere Farmhouse Feature

Meet Nicole and Robert Goetz of Frontiere Farmhouse, right outside of Marshall, Michigan. "We own nine acres in Calhoun County Michigan, where we raise pastured poultry for meat and eggs, pigs, and rare breed Jacob sheep. We have some pet goats, a bunch of geese, and...

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Black Barn Farm Feature

Black Barn Farm Feature

Meet Kate from Galesburg, MI. Kate has been part of the Homesteaders of Michigan community since its inception in early 2019 and I was so happy to partner with her during our "A Few Of Our Favorite Things" photo challenge on Instagram, where she participated as a...

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Starting Line Farm Feature

Starting Line Farm Feature

We’d like to introduce you to Kayti and Starting Line Farm from Howell, Michigan! Tell us a little about yourselves. We are a homesteading, homeschooling family of four. We have dabbled in gardening for 10+ years but we are closing in on 5 years as homesteaders. We...

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Sunrises with Sourdough

Sunrises with Sourdough

I began my sourdough journey as a way to root myself to a simple, ancestral morning tradition. I’d fallen into the nasty habit of starting every day with my cell phone and overwhelming amounts of not-so-mindful content. I felt drained before I’d even gotten out of...

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Hangry Hen Farms Feature

Hangry Hen Farms Feature

Meet Tasha and the Hangry Hen Farms family from Kalkaska, Michigan! I had the pleasure of getting to know Tasha throughout her sponsorship role of our first-ever photo challenge on Instagram, themed around “A Few Of Our Favorite Things.” Tell us a little about...

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Book Review: The Family Garden Plan

Book Review: The Family Garden Plan

“Growing a garden is as much food for the soul as it is for the body.” p. 5 Whether you have been gardening for decades or this is your very first year, once the Christmas decor has been packed away (or maybe even before!) we find ourselves pulling out the garden seed...

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Michigan YouTubers to Inspire You

Michigan YouTubers to Inspire You

Let me start off this post by aging myself. I have been around since the dawn of YouTube. I remember the wacky viral videos, the David after Dentist, Potter Puppet Pals… How this platform has evolved over the past fifteen years is truly amazing to me. In today’s...

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Power Outage on the Homestead

Power Outage on the Homestead

"In Michigan, especially in rural areas, power outages are a fact of life. It's best to always be prepared." - @carina_hilbert Having a secluded homestead surrounded by trees has its advantages; keeping a steady stream is power isn't necessarily one of them. We...

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Egg-Citing Gifts For Your Flock

Egg-Citing Gifts For Your Flock

If chickens could talk, what would they tell you they wanted for Christmas?  This is what we think they'd say: First Saturday Lime to keep our coop smelling good and deter pests.  Flygrubs are sustainable, organic grain free feed that naturally support our immune...

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Veteran-Owned Farms and Homesteads in Michigan

Veteran-Owned Farms and Homesteads in Michigan

There’s no way to thank our veterans for everything they sacrifice for our freedom, but on Veteran’s Day we have to try. We’d like to highlight just a few of the veteran-owned farms and homesteads in our beautiful state of Michigan. Hickory Tree Farm Apiaries “Hickory...

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Your Favorite Seed Companies

Your Favorite Seed Companies

Recently, I asked our Instagram community what their favorite seed companies are and why. I am happy to report we received a diverse selection of responses! Nature and Nuture Seeds "It's important to have locally-adapted seed supply so I appreciate this small...

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Meet Peace Tree Parks

Meet Peace Tree Parks

Peace Tree Parks is an incredible non-profit in the city of Detroit.  Since 2015, they have been on a mission to make sure Detroiters have access to fresh organic produce by bringing community and residential gardens to city neighborhoods. Their Residential Garden...

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Homesteader’s Halloween

Homesteader’s Halloween

Here in Michigan, the cooler temperatures have arrived and the leaves are changing to the beloved brilliant hues of autumn. Fall is here!  This season is my favorite and I want to share some ways to celebrate on the homestead.Read fall-themed books with your...

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The First Swarm

The First Swarm

Caught my first swarm of bees today, or at least assisted in their capture. One thing (among many) about beekeeping that has always been amazing to me is how every year you can learn something new. Bees can be unpredictable, temperamental and frustrating; however the...

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Homesteader of the Month: Cathy

Homesteader of the Month: Cathy

Our Homesteader of the Month is Cathy from Ervindale Farm! Cathy volunteers on the social media team here at HOM and contributes valuable and informative content to our website. We’re very happy to have here with us and share her story with you. “Hi everyone! I’m...

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Farms Delivering During COVID-19

Farms Delivering During COVID-19

The pandemic has affected us all in more ways than we could have imagined. It has also indicated just how broken our food system is. We encourage you to connect with local farms delivering in your area today! Have you recently found a local farm you love? Give them a...

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Some Steps I’m Taking To Go Off-Grid

Some Steps I’m Taking To Go Off-Grid

In today’s high paced, high-tech world, many of us yearn for the calm simple life, yet how many actually take steps to achieve it? For me, the idea of retiring and moving from my suburban house to a small homestead, transitioned into trying to retire early and be as...

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A Brief Intro to Probiotics

A Brief Intro to Probiotics

Probiotics? Fermentation? Kimchi? Have I lost you? No worries – we’ll take this step by step.  Probiotics have been making headlines in all sorts of health and “clean” eating groups lately, and for good reason! If you are interested in keeping things “regular”,...

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Homesteader of the Month: Meet Jenna

Homesteader of the Month: Meet Jenna

May’s Homesteader of the Month is Jenna! Jenna has been part of the Homesteaders of  Michigan community since its early days and inspires others to reduce waste and grow their own food in order to preserve and protect our environment. HOM: A lot of the folks in the...

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Your Guide To Starting Chicks

Your Guide To Starting Chicks

by Willow Farm LLC Chickens are a great first step towards producing your own food and increasing your family’s food security.  Even better, they are perfectly kid sized and tend not to intimidate small children. Our quick start guide will cover everything you need to...

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Shopping At A Bulk Food Store

Shopping At A Bulk Food Store

In 2019, I embarked on a 100 Recipe Challenge. You can read a little more about the challenge here, but the gist of it was... I challenged myself to make one hundred new recipes from scratch. I wanted to improve my cooking and baking skills, which were very lackluster...

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Think Spring: How To Make Dandelion Jelly

Think Spring: How To Make Dandelion Jelly

Have you ever heard of such a thing? It will blow your mind how fantastic the flavor is!  It’s absolutely a delightfully honey tasting experience! I think most of us understand that dandelions have a bad rep for being a “weed” yet it has so many benefits for us...

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100 Recipe Challenge

100 Recipe Challenge

Up until my mid-twenties, my culinary experience was limited. I could make you a meal of Shake N’ Bake Chicken and some warmed up canned green beans on the side. Maybe even some  instant mashed potatoes if you were lucky. When I was twenty-six years old, I moved in...

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