Why Build a Tiny House?

Why build a tiny house? Some of the benefits of going tiny | Homestead Honey

Tiny houses have emerged as an extremely popular alternative to modern “McMansions,” and as a way to create shelter that is affordable, sometimes portable, and eco-friendly. We have spent the last two years building our 350 square foot home.  And while I’ll be the first to tout the benefits of going tiny, I’ll also admit […] Read More

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Installing a Homestead Solar Electric System

Installing a Solar Electric system on our tiny house | Homestead Honey

A few months ago, I wrote about the process of selecting a solar electric system for our tiny house.  We ordered our equipment from Backwoods Solar in late summer, and the installation was complete by early November, with my husband Brian doing all of the work himself.  Today, I welcome Brian to tell about the process of installing our homestead photovoltaic […] Read More

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A Homestead Woodstove Warming Shelf

Building a homestead woodstove warming shelf | Homestead Honey

For years we have relied on a woodstove to heat our home. After several years of using a functional, but not great woodstove in our Oregon rental cabin, in 2006 we invested in a Jotul woodstove (I believe it’s an older version of this model). Not only did our Jotul burn wood more efficiently, but its top […] Read More

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Welcome, January!

This is my morning ritual: a cup of Blue Lotus Chai's Traditional Masala Chai with raw cow milk and local honey. Just about perfect! What's your

Happy New Year!  What a sunny, COLD week we’ve had.  It’s so delightful to finally feel the sun upon my face after a very grey December.  Cliché as it may sound, I do feel reset and ready to tackle what comes in 2015!  I am a bit of a sucker for the “One Word Intentions” of the […] Read More

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Top Living Off the Grid and Homesteading Posts of 2014

Top Homesteading and Off-Grid Living posts of 2014

2014 has been an amazing year here on Homestead Honey. As I finish my third year of blogging, I am so grateful to have such an incredibly supportive readership, and want to say THANK YOU for joining us on our living off the grid homesteading journey. I look forward to creating informative and inspirational blog content, eBooks, and eCourses for you in the coming year. Read More

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Celebrating your Homestead Accomplishments

Celebrate your Homestead Accomplishments | Homestead Honey

Did you began 2014 with a long list of homesteading projects to do, or homestead dreams that you wanted to turn into reality? I sure did: Yes, this is a very long list of projects and infrastructure, because really, that is where our newish homestead is at right now. But beyond just being a list […] Read More

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Can I Afford to Buy a Homestead Cow?

Can I afford to buy a cow? A look at the expenses and savings of purchasing your first cow. | Homestead Honey

Can I afford to buy a cow? You know my answer to that question, as we just recently welcomed Creme Brulee to our homestead.  But since I like getting real about money on the homestead, I think it’s important to publicly talk about the financial side of this really big investment.  And yes, a cow […] Read More

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Welcoming our Homestead Cow

Welcoming our new Homestead Cow | Homestead Honey

It’s hard to express the excitement we feel at finally welcoming our new Homestead Cow, Creme Brulée.  Having a dairy animal once again feels so right, so perfect for our little homestead, and yet it’s been a long path to find the right cow, to create infrastructure for a cow, and to invest in a cow. […] Read More

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Overcoming Homestead Setbacks

Overcoming Homestead Setbacks | Homestead Honey

Blogging about real life on a homestead can be an interesting challenge.  On the one hand, I don’t want to use this blog as a platform for whining when things go wrong, as it’s my vision to inspire and uplift others on their homesteading path. But to not share the challenges of homesteading seems unfair and […] Read More

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An Advent Spiral Celebration

An Advent Spiral Celebration for our Waldorf homeschooling cooperative | Homestead Honey

One of the sweetest yearly rituals that our family enjoys is an Advent spiral in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  Although we do not practice a particular religion at home, I find that the Advent spiral encompasses all of the many festivals of light in a beautiful, introspective, and peace-filled way. Our Waldorf homeschool […] Read More

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Welcome, December!

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In the cold, dark month of December, I look forward to celebrations.  Our family will celebrate Ella’s 7th birthday, Advent with our Waldorf homeschooling group, Solstice, and Christmas, bringing love and light to each other and to our loved ones.  December is a month of such activity and creation, and I am excited to dive into […] Read More

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Discover Herbs with The Herbarium

The Herbarium by Herbal Academy of New England

Perhaps you’re new to the healing power of herbs, or perhaps, like me, you’ve dabbled in using herbs for health and well-being, but would love to have a one-stop place for information, resources, and connection. Introducing The Herbarium. The Herbarium is the new membership site of the Herbal Academy of New England (HANE).  In case you […] Read More

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Tiny House Tour :: Part One

Come along on a video tour of our 350 square foot Tiny House and learn how a family of four fits into such a small space! | Homestead Honey

One thing I love about blogging is receiving emails from people who are following their own radical homestead path.  Frequently, the questions I receive are related to building and living in a tiny house, particularly an off-grid tiny house.  Often I get asked for photos or a tour of our tiny house interior. If you’ve […] Read More

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100+ Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Over 100 DIY Gift Ideas for a homemade holiday season | Homestead Honey

Do you love handmade holiday gifts as much as I do? For many years, Brian and I have created handmade gifts for our friends and family – candles, paper, truffles (yum!), cutting boards, liqueur, knitted scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, and many more.  Creating gifts with our own hands is something we value, something we pour our love into, and […] Read More

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Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist :: Book Review

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd | Reviewed on Homestead Honey http://homestead-honey.com

Maybe you’ve heard about Permaculture, but you’re not really sure what it is. Or perhaps the words Edible Landscaping make you drool, but you don’t know how to start creating one.  The book Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd is a user-friendly, project packed introduction to these topics that will leave you inspired […] Read More

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