My plans for self reliance have begun as I unlock the genetic code of my dormant seeds with water and enjoy my seedlings new growth.
By canning your own food, you get the best quality at the peak of the season. I canned these French variety strawberries frozen from last season into a wonderful jam. Enjoy this easy recipe!
My self-reliant plans are being put into action at Modern Roots Homestead. Things are growing and we are busy building our coop, shed, raised beds & pasture!
Built tough for storm cleanup, tree felling, and firewood cutting, the MS 271 STIHL Wood Boss chain saw is designed with improved ergonomics and equipped with a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine.
In contemplating what changes I'd have to make to cut off the internet, I'm surprised by my dependance on it.
An easy and wonderful pastry/cake to bake in the evening and serve in the a.m. with a hot cup of Jo or tea.
Kombucha- the drink the Chinese call the 'immortal health elixir.' I have been experimenting with Kombucha and believe this to be the right mix to get a naturally effervescent,sweet fizzy tea. Enjoy!
My herb garden is overflowing! Keep your herbs lasting throughout the year by drying and storing in recycled glass jars. In addition, try my 'Herb Crusted Pork Loin' recipe :)
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When you live on a rural property, there are a lot of situations that can put you and your family at risk. Here's how to avoid them before you buy or rent.
The journey to self-sufficiency can be overwhelming. Find out how to get it all done with these 3 simple steps to setting self sufficiency goals.
Show your loved ones the importance of your burning desire to get out of the city and into the wide open country.
Dream of living on a rural property but can't afford to move? Here are a few ideas to get you from city lot to rural acreage faster than you think.
Super fresh ingredients straight from the garden make this salad not only super tasty but a healthy dose of antioxidants too!
The honeybee is fascinating. Along my journey of self-reliant living comes bees. I am setting up 2 colonies and will get about 80lbs a season from 1 hive.
Zucchini plants producing a ton? Show them who's boss and shred em'. After shredding, freeze it and take out later for delicious treats in the winter months. This zucchini bread recipe will certainly make its way into your recipe box!
Country living is amazing, but it's not for everyone. Here are some of the most common challenges we've heard (and experienced) and how to combat them.
Ever wonder why Grandma's plants thrived? She may have had a few tricks up her sleeve. Old wives' tales backed by research, these really work to help boost your house plants and garden!
Decorating a heritage log cabin in a modern, chic kind of way is challenging, but with a bit of ingenuity, it's possible - and so rewarding.
There’s an affliction going around – it's called the 'modern homesteading bug'. Here's how to know for sure if you have it.
Root Simple shares an excerpt from Carl Jung's autobiography.
A discussion of finding balance in the farming life. Where do you fit in on the farming spectrum from off-grid to totally dependent on the power grid?
My breeding sows are all settled in. See why I chose these heritage breeds to raise for meat.
Fermenting is a healthy natural way to get anti-oxidants, vitamins, enzymes and probiotics! I ferment all sort of fruits and drinks and want to share my three favorite beverages including the health benefits they provide: Kombucha, Water Kefir, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
This venison sausage will have your friends and family asking you to shoot them a deer next hunting season!
We took an old metal 50's fridge and turned it into a large smoker. Now we can smoke our home grown meats for less!
Essential oils can be EXPENSIVE, but making your own is easy, fun and much cheaper. Follow these simple instructions to make any Essential Oils you would like.
Free pallet turned into a hanging wine rack! Click through the pics for the easy instructions.
Plans for self-food reliance include animals and gardens. There will be a lot to accomplish this spring including pig fencing, building a chicken coop, purchasing the animals, developing new gardens, and building a bee colony. This will be hard work but the future payoff will be exciting and healthy for me and my family.
Purchasing tallow rendered can be costly if you need it in bulk or like to have a large supply on hand so I render my own. Here's the process to render any animal fat that you need :)
Make your own bio-degradable planter pots out of newpapers.
Is it luck or fate? My small canning jar collection just grew enormously. I own a natural soaps and body care store where I make my own products in Buffalo, Minnesota. Just the other day a gentleman popped in before I was open to ask me if I would like to buy some old canning jars ...
Forget the high price tags at grocery stores for pork. Raise your own healthy meat.
Chemicals are everywhere! Here is a safe cleaner to use all around your house without harsh chemicals. So safe, you could drink it. With little ones running around, pets or simply for the benefits of all natural products, this cleaner is awesome!
Homesteading isn't just about the great produce, meat and connecting with the earth. It's about taking an educational moment to teach my children where healthy food truly comes from.
Demonstration on how to build an indoor seed starter plant stand. Cost effective approach to starting seeds which can be re-used year after year for under $150.
Living in Northern climates excludes some people from growing tropical, warm weather plants but with many cold weather grape varieties, you can make your own mini-vineyard and enjoy fresh grapes and juice that you grow yourself.
Spring time is so much fun, but can also be strenuous on your muscles. Try this simple, relaxing recipe to sooth your muscles and mind.
Sick of the pricey essential oils and their markup, I decided to make something to extract my own plants' oils. Success!
Easy to make, this delicious drink is also an amazing super food!! Read on to learn just how good for you it is and how to make it.
A deliciously meaty, kale soup perfect for fall!
Any nook or cranny can be made into a canning storage area to preserve your hard-earned harvest from summer. Transforming a dark closet under the steps into a bright, economical place to store my jars is the perfect winter project.
During World War I and World War II, many Americans gardened and produced their own food to help in the war effort. Nowadays, there is once again a movement in America for home grown and homemade. Why do you grow your own garden?
With so many oils on the market to chose from, it can be difficult to know which are best to cook, bake, or saute with. Those listed here are some of the best cooking oils, and I included a few to avoid as they are not so healthy for consumption, unlike popular belief.
Baby food made easy at home! Knowing where your food comes from is as important for you and more important for sensitive baby tummies. Try out these super simple fresh recipes to save a bundle on your little bundle.
How to gut and cut up a chicken. Information from Meg with Modern Roots Homestead for those who raise their own meat birds OR those who want to purchase whole chickens and cut them up themselves, saving on the processing.
Rural living can be messy - and stressful for those who like their homes clean and tidy. Here are some ideas to keep your inner neat freak happy.
Trying to figure out how to make a living in the country? Here are five tips for working successfully from your homestead.
Consumption of corn goes beyond the pasture. It's in a lot of our human food too. Can American's be all to blame when the products they buy are called healthy, yet are full of starch by-products like corn? Read more to find out!
Needing a place to house my little chicks while they get big enough for the outdoors, I turned to a free option- building it myself out of free pallets! Check out for more homestead projects!
Trees are a beautiful part of any homestead - but they can become a danger if not maintained. Here's how to assess the risks on your rural property.

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