Josh and Carolyn

About Josh and Carolyn

Josh and Carolyn both grew up with a love of the country life, good food and watching things grow. Their first tiny garden together started on a balcony in a city apartment 15 years ago and has grown along with their family to producing over 75% of their needs. Now on 40 acres in North Idaho, they raise all of their own meat, 90% of their dairy products and 75% of their fruit and veggies…all done naturally while being stewards of the land and caring for a family of 10! This passion for country living, good eating, and nurturing life has grown into a passion for sharing the journey and lessons learned with others. It is their desire to be a blessing and encouragement to others seeking the beauty and abundance of a healthy homesteading life!

We have a FREE Gift for you!

This is the official announcement of our new online school and we want to celebrate by giving you a free class to kick it off! Check out the video below and then go to www.schooloftraditionalskills.com to get your FREE class! See You Soon!

By | 2017-06-11T16:28:40+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Videos|

Homestead Dairy – Strain Your Milk

You guys have been asking for videos about dealing with all of the fresh milk on the homestead and turning it into delicious dairy products... well, we heard you! Before you can make butter, cheese, yogurt or kefir with your milk you must strain it! In this video, Carolyn will show you the simple steps [...]

By | 2017-05-24T22:25:15+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Videos|

Wildcraft and Make Your Own Arnica Oil

Ever get sore muscles but don't want to buy the expensive medicated cream with questionable ingredients? What about when your toddler falls down and looks like he's been beaten over the head with a 2x4... what do you do to help the bruise heal or not develop at all? Tension headaches from a stiff neck... [...]

By | 2017-05-24T22:19:50+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Videos|

Prepare Now for Canning Season

Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a canning project and realizing that you just ran out of an important ingredient. No matter where you live, running to the grocery store can be a hassle, but if you live out in the country it can turn into a several hour sidetrack... not to [...]

By | 2017-05-22T21:09:41+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Videos|

Make Your Own Healthy Cooking Spray

  What's in that store bought cooking spray anyways? Propellants, preservative and a few cents worth of cheap, unhealthy oil. All you need is a great spray bottle and some high quality olive oil and water to make your own! No more hydrogenated, trans., rancid, cheap oils for you!

By | 2017-05-19T01:03:39+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Videos|

Meet Josh and Carolyn

From an early age, both Josh and Carolyn Thomas grew up with a passion and love for simple country living. This evolved into eating amazing home-cooked meals, planting plentiful gardens, taking care of animals and taking great pride in living the “homesteader” lifestyle. The very first tiny garden they grew together started on a balcony [...]

By | 2017-08-17T22:45:55+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Cheaper Healthier Chickens

How? Fermented Grains! You can save 40% or more on your chicken feed costs by fermenting the grain. Our large family loves fresh eggs, we love healthy home raised chicken for dinner, not to mention turkey, duck and goose. But man, the feed can get expensive! Here is one of the main ways we have [...]

By | 2017-05-18T23:42:23+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Videos|

Preserve Your Extra Eggs by Pickling!

Still have too many spring eggs? In this video Carolyn will show you a simple delicious preservation technique... pickled eggs! You can refrigerate or can these tasty, high protein treats. Pickled eggs make a quick, healthy meal starter or easy snack. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesteadingfamily or check out our website [...]

By | 2017-05-03T18:02:04+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Videos|

Homesteading Family Kitchen Tour

OK - You've been asking for a tour of our homestead kitchen... let me show you around on a busy homesteading Saturday. The pizza dough is resting, waiting to be rolled out; the dandelion greens are soaking in their brine to become KimChi; hardboiled eggs are cooling for pickled eggs and my assistants (the kids [...]

By | 2017-05-03T16:49:44+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Videos|