Posts Tagged ‘homesteading’

Sept. 1, 2012: Mid-America Homesteading Conference in Joliet, IL

Join the Mid-America Homesteading Conference at Joliet Junior College for Saturday, September 1. There are sessions on gardening, canning, raising all sorts of livestock, and making money on your homestead, whether it is in the city or country. Check out the web page for more info:

Mother Earth News Features Modern Homesteading

A recent article in Mother Earth News featured Q&A with several modern homesteaders. The interviews featured Harvey Ussery, author of a great book on chicken raising, and Deborah Niemann-Boehle (, author of the new title Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living.

Some great points from the article:

  • There are various reasons for homesteading (“our desperate search for a decent tomato”)
  • Homesteading is not an all-or-nothing enterprise.
  • Having a self-reliant community is important.
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Work with nature.
  • Observation is important.
  • Much practical knowledge has been lost in the last century; question modern notions of agriculture.
  • Learn to accept death.

Happy reading! It’s a great article!