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12 Things You MUST Do to Prep the Garden for Winter

Putting your garden to bed for the winter is very valuable. It can save you time, energy, and equipment come spring. If you prepare your garden properly in the fall, you can jump right into planting season come spring.

How to Plant Garlic (Fall Garlic Planting)

Growing garlic is a wonderful and easy crop to grow. It’s important to know how to plant garlic for the best yield and harvest. Here are the basics when it comes to planting and caring for garlic including when to plant and how to care for it while it’s in the ground.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

If you’ve never learned how to make pumpkin puree, you’re in for a real treat! Come see how to properly cure your pumpkin, then turn it into homemade pumpkin puree for all your fall baking.

Lacto-Fermented Green Beans Tutorial (aka: Pizza Beans)

Lacto-fermented green beans make a fantastic healthy snack. They’re tangy, flavorful and crunchy and can be flavored up countless ways. Fermenting beans produces a product that can be stored at cool temperatures for months, meaning one less thing you have to can, all while keeping the vitamins, living enzymes and probiotics intact.

20 Vegetables You Can Plant in Late Summer

Even if you didn’t get a spring garden planted, there is still time, late summer, to plant vegetables and harvest them before the first frost. A late summer garden means you can harvest fresh produce well into fall and sometimes even into winter. Here are 20 vegetables that grow well when planted in late summer.

DIY Homemade Greens Powder: Preserve Your Garden Greens

You can pack a big nutritional punch into a tiny amount of powdered greens. But buying these powders is expensive. We’re sharing how to make your own homemade super greens powder with produce from the store or your garden.

Get an Instant Garden in the GreenStalk Vertical Garden Planter

You may be thinking it’s too late to get a garden started this year, but it’s not! Grow an instant garden in less than two-square-feet in a GreenStalk Vertical Tower garden.

How to Keep Weeds Out of the Garden – Managing Weeds

Knowing how to keep weeds out of the garden is something most of us would like to do, weeds compete for nutrients, can crowd out your vegetable plants, and can quickly become an unruly problem taking over the garden. These weed management strategies will help.

How to Can Beef Stew for Easy Convenience Meals

Learning how to can beef stew at home is simple and a great way to have ready-to-eat meals on your shelf for quick lunches or dinners. You can also use venison, lamb, pork or other game meat in this recipe.

Where To Find Canning Supplies When There’s a Shortage

With the national shortage of canning supplies, it’s become extremely difficult to find jars, lids and even pressure canners. So what do we do if we can’t find what we need to preserve the harvest?

How to Dry Fresh Herbs (Oven, Dehydrator, or Hanging)

Growing and preserving fresh culinary or medicinal herbs is so much easier than one might think. But there are a few tips to know when learning now to dehydrate herbs for long-term storage and use.

How to Store Onions the RIGHT Way

Learning how to store onions the RIGHT way can help preserve your onions for long term storage. Unlike braiding onions, this old-fashioned method allows you to grab one onion at a time for easy cooking throughout the winter months.

Lacto-Fermented Green Beans Tutorial (aka: Pizza Beans)

Lacto-fermented green beans make a fantastic healthy snack. They’re tangy, flavorful and crunchy and can be flavored up countless ways. Fermenting beans produces a product that can be stored at cool temperatures for months, meaning one less thing you have to can, all while keeping the vitamins, living enzymes and probiotics intact.

Food Preservation: A Year at a Glance

Knowing how much food you’ll put up in a year is wonderful, but life can often throw us curve balls. It’s a smart idea to have your food preservation for the year laid out ahead of time to plan for the unexpected and be prepared for anything the weather or the seasons throw at us.

Canning Mistakes to Avoid When Water Bath & Pressure Canning

If you plan on doing any canning, it’s important you follow safe canning protocols. Here are the top 5 canning mistakes to avoid whether you’re water bath or pressure canning.

How to Make Butter – 3 Easy Homemade Methods

Learn how to make butter from raw milk at home using three different methods including a Kitchen Aid mixer, an old fashioned butter churn, or in a jar. It’s easier than you might think, and is a fun project to do with kids!

Laundry Strategies – How to Keep Up (Large or Small Family)

Learning a laundry system that works for you and your family can be difficult. I’m sharing the tips I use to keep my 9 kiddos in clean, fresh clothes without the headache of baskets of clean clothes left sitting unfolded for days on end.

Best Homesteading Books for the Novice or the Pro

Whether you’re wanting to learn how to become a modern homesteader or to homestead the old fashioned way, whether you have 40 acres or a tiny patio on a balcony apartment. These homesteading books are the best we’ve found and will help you on your journey to becoming a homesteader.

What to do With Rose Petals (Medicinal Uses + DIY Rose Face Wash)

If you have a rose bush you may be wondering what to do with the rose petals. Can you eat them? How do you dry rose petals? Can you make a rose petal tea? All these questions plus a DIY moisturizing and toning rose face wash recipe for dry aging skin.

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally – 7 Steps

Learn how to boost your immune system naturally with these seven simple steps. A healthy immune system is your first line of defense to ward off illness.

How to Buy a Homestead – What To Know Before You Buy

So you want to buy a homestead. There are many factors that must be considered before buying any property, whether developed or not. Here are our best tips for knowing what to look for when looking for homesteading property.

How to Clean Cast Iron Properly to Maintain the Seasoning

Once you’ve picked out the best cast iron cookware, and seasoned your pans to perfection, it’s important to know how to clean cast iron properly. We’re sharing tips and tricks on washing, protecting and maintaining the seasoning of your cast iron.

Stripping and Seasoning a Cast Iron Pan

Using a well-seasoned cast iron pan can be even better than a non-stick pan. If you have old rusty pans sitting around then following this method of stripping and seasoning a cast iron pan can easily bring it back to its original glory in three easy steps. Strip, season, bake! You’ll be sliding eggs outta the pan in no time.

15 Medicinal Herbs To Grow, Harvest & How to Use Them

Knowing which medicinal herbs to grow and their uses can be daunting. Here are the top 15 herbs we recommend and their common remedies.

Tips for a Zero Waste Home

Having a zero waste home is virtually impossible in today’s world, but there are many things we can do to lessen our waste to a reasonable amount.

How to Choose the Best Cast Iron Cookware (New or Used)

Finding the best cast iron cookware, whether it’s new or used, can be tricky. You need to know what to look for when choosing the right cookware for you. These tips should help.


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I am loving all the amazing information being offered by you in such a way that makes it delightful for me to learn… Thank you. I feel confident to move forward now.

– Isabel T from Madison, Virginia

I have already fermented my first sauerkraut, am going to begin skimming cream from our raw milk, make clabber, and have decided to start…a garden in my parents’ backyard. I feel confident enough to try the things I’m seeing. – Monica G from Harlingen, Texas

First of all thank you for all your videos and pantry chats! They are very encouraging as I continue to learn how to best provide for my family through gardening, homeschooling, and preserving

– Krystal M from Grants Pass, Oregon.

There are not too many complete and reliable resources online like yours. You give clear answers with practical ways to implement them as well as resources and specific directions.

– Karen Wood from Alandale, California

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Carolyn, after 40 years of inconsistent results, my husband and I just had sandwiches on homemade bread that didn’t crumble or crack our teeth! It was light, fluffy and sliced with ease. What a super blessing! Thanks ever so much!

– Caroline C. from Tallahassee, Florida

I did it!!! My very first Pressure Canning ever!! Thank you, Carolyn! for your awesome classes and encouragement!! I can’t believe how easy that was, and to think I’ve delayed for years because I was afraid. Can you tell I’m excited? – Dinah S. from Birmingham, Alabama

Thank you so much for these lessons. It’s perfect information all in one place, the what, why and how to. (In the past) I have sat for hours trying to figure out which herbs that I need, and which ones are not necessary to start with. So, this is a blessing!

– Kim S from Eldon, Missouri

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Meet Josh and Carolyn:

Josh and Carolyn both grew up with a love for the country life and watching things grow. Their first tiny garden started on a balcony 17 years ago and has now grown into a 40 acre homestead in North Idaho where they grow, preserve and prepare most of their own food right on the property while stewarding the land for the next generation.
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