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What Are the Most Important Homesteading Kitchen Supplies?

November 15, 2019
homesteading kitchen

The kitchen is where the magic happens. You cut, chop, bake, cook, boil and deep fry so that you can enjoy delicious masterpieces. Whether you decide to share your tasty treats is another story.

But in order to create your favorite meals, you need to have the proper equipment on hand first. Below, we’ll delve into the most important homesteading kitchen supplies you won’t want to skimp on buying. 

Juice Press

What kind of fruits do you grow on your homestead? Whether you oversee extensive farmland or boast a tiny or a backyard garden, we’re betting you grow a few fruits that make their way into your kitchen.

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Environment, Oceans

Homesteading Water Supply Options

November 13, 2019
homesteading water supply

Homesteading is a lifestyle characterized by self-sufficiency and independence from living on the grid. Homesteader’s invest in subsistence agriculture, preservation of food and raising livestock or other animals to provide a self-sustaining life. However, water supply is a source of strife for many individuals who invest in living independently from the grid. When buying a homestead, you should prioritize your water source when looking for a home. If you already own a property but do not have a viable source of water, there are alternative solutions available.

Dig a Well

Digging a well on your property creates a reliable source of water that your household can depend upon. Although digging a well is expensive, upwards of $10,000, it allows you to be entirely off the grid and self-sufficient. Wells are perhaps the best long-term solution for homesteads that desire a reliable source of water while remaining independent from the grid.

It is essential to decide whether your well will have a manual pump or an electric pump and if it has an electric pump how it will be powered. Manual pumps require more manual labor, but it ensures that you always have a source of water. Electric pumps allow for an automated water source, but it does rely on outside factors. Electric pumps are either powered by the grid, which can defeat the purpose of a well for some, or they are reliant upon solar or wind power, which puts your homestead at the mercy of the weather. These factors are all considerations when installing a well at your property.

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Environment, Wildlife

The Best Animals for Homesteading Beginners

November 11, 2019
best animals for homesteading

Many people spend years dreaming about owning their own homestead. A homestead gives you space to spread out and live how you want to, without the pressures of neighborhood watchdogs and community rules.

Once you finally get that homestead, the possibilities are endless. What will you grow on your land? How will you use it? You may feel inclined to start raising animals, as many homesteaders do. It’s a big step towards living on sustainable land and minimizing your carbon footprint.

The problem is that not everyone grows up on a farm, so you may not know where to start. Instead of guessing which animals you should raise, read about these animals that are the best for homesteading beginners. You’ll start off with easy and rewarding farm animals that will help you build your sustainable homesteading skills.

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Environment

What are the Homesteading Basics for New Homesteaders?

November 6, 2019
homesteading basics

Have you ever purchased something only to get home and realized you could have produced it on your own? Do you find yourself contemplating how our consumer-driven society isn’t a sustainable model? Do you wish you were more self-sufficient? Maybe it’s time you consider becoming a modern homesteader.

What is Homesteading?

The term might be familiar if you’re a history fanatic or remember anything from the last US history class you took. Taking its name from the Homestead Act of 1862, where land was given to families in an effort to encourage western migration, homesteading is a way of living characterized by self-sustainability. Modern homesteading is a mindset above anything else, a can-do attitude.

While the homesteading movement of 1862 was all about pioneers in the wild, today it’s all about self-sufficiency and building the skills to grow your own food. Many modern homesteaders will raise their own animals including chickens, ducks, quails, bees, goats, pigs and even in some cases, larger animals such as cows and horses. Some might even go “off the grid,” taking advantage of solar power, wind turbines and other alternative energy methods. There isn’t a checklist of what you must do to be considered a homesteader; rather it’s the way you think about and interact with the world around you.

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Environment

When Will We Consider the Environmental Impact of Coffee Production?

October 10, 2019
environmental impact of coffee

Many people enjoy a nice cup of coffee to start their day, but do you think about where it comes from? What about who makes it?

For environmentalists, these are essential questions that require detailed answers. Consuming sustainable goods is one of the many levels of your journey as an eco-friendly buyer, and it may involve reevaluating how you think about your favorite foods.

Coffee is a popular drink in the U.S. and around the world, but its production methods leave much to be desired. The environmental impact of coffee extends to humans, animals and plants. Its creation can lead to the destruction of valuable resources and wildlife habitats — whether intentional or unintentional. If there’s ever a perfect time to consider coffee’s influence on the climate, now’s the time.

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Wildlife

Economic Benefits of Wildlife Conservation vs. Eco-Tourism?

October 7, 2019
economic benefits of wildlife conservation

Eco-tourism — travel to areas that conserve the natural environment — makes up one of the largest segment of global tourism income. It’s also one of the fastest-growing kinds of tourism, and responsible for producing more than $28 billion in revenue for developing nations. And when eco-tourism works well, it conserves the fragile habitats as it provides income for local communities and indigenous peoples.

But while eco-tourism can provide many benefits for both the environment and local people, not all eco-tourism is sustainable and beneficial to local communities and conservation efforts.

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Environment

The Best Eco-Friendly Skin Care Products to Help You Transition From Summer to Fall

September 9, 2019
eco-friendly skincare products

Caring for Earth has always been paramount, but now, more than ever, we can see the urgency of sustaining our world. The sustainability movement is an incredibly meaningful effort to be a part of — whether you’ve recently started on your journey or have years of experience. Incorporating environmentally friendly habits within every aspect of your life makes a tangible effect on the world.

You may have wondered about your cosmetic and skin care usage due to the less-than-green practices involved in producing them, but rest assured, you have alternatives. Keeping your skin hydrated is an essential part of weathering the cold months, and you may need to look beyond your summer products for effective solutions. Explore the numerous eco-friendly skin care products sustainable brands offer — you can keep your healthy summer glow while helping the planet.

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Environment

World Population Day: Can Our Planet Sustain a Growing Number of People?

July 11, 2019
world population day

In 1989, the United Nations dubbed July 11 World Population Day to focus on the urgency of Earth’s growing population. The day’s purpose is to encourage discussion about health care, contraceptives, family planning and much more. With a current population of more than 7 billion people, the Earth is seemingly already at capacity.

Experts are searching for ways to extend our planet’s natural resources. But in the meantime, overpopulation acts as a threat to our species’ existence, with 83 million people added to the population each day. As the years pass and more people are born, it will compound the problem.

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Green Technology

How Green Buildings Will Change Our Architectural Landscape

May 13, 2019
green buildings

Decades ago, you didn’t hear much talk about global warming or saving the planet. It was all about building bigger and better. Studies now show construction — everything from sourcing materials to putting them together — is responsible for 23 percent of air pollution, 40 percent of water pollution and 50 percent of landfill waste.

Now, people are more aware of the Earth’s dwindling resources and are taking steps to implement green initiatives.

This growing awareness — along with sustainability becoming more profitable and desirable in the construction market — has led to a demand for more building options. In fact, experts say green building is the fastest growing industry worldwide.

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Environment

7 Composting Facts for Composting Awareness Week

May 6, 2019
composting facts

International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) occurs during the first full week of May each year and educates the compost industry and individuals about the benefits of composting. ICAW started in 1995 in Canada and has a different theme each year, such as “Cool the Climate – Compost” for 2019.

The Composting Council, who heads up ICAW, works with businesses across the globe to create composting events for communities, such as workshops, compost give-away days and lectures from gardening experts. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own compost pile, May is the perfect time to get started. Begin by learning a few basic composting facts before moving into more aggressive sustainability approaches.

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