• Homesteading

    When a “Farm” is Not a Farm: Zoning Regulations that Violate our Human Right to Grow Our Own Food

    This past week, we were in a real estate contract to purchase a home on some acreage, with a barn. As my husband, “The Farmer,” who hasn’t officially been a farmer in seven years, walked the land with me, I saw his face light up. He was giddy. So was I. Ever since we sold our farm, farm land has been out of reach for us, financially. We have been on neighborhood lots, where we haven’t even been able to raise chickens. While our life has been easier, for sure, we have missed raising animals for food. You may have noticed the word “were” in the first sentence, and might…

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    Why Start a Garden Journal?

    Last night I spent time outside planting zucchini, cucumbers, carrots and dill. Then, I spent an equal amount of time at my kitchen table, journaling what I had planted. This may seem awfully tedious to you, and you might wonder why in the world would I JOURNAL about my gardening? Let me explain. Why You Should Create a Garden Journal Keeping Track of What You Plant I use little plastic plant tags like these with a sharpie, but increasingly, my writing is fading or disappearing. Maybe there are better solutions, but aside from engraved (expensive) plant labels, I think there is always the risk that labeling will fail. When you…

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    GIVE AWAY! Win a Homesteading Book or a Garden Tower!

    It’s been a while since I hosted a give away like this! I think these are SO FUN, and I hope you do too! This time, I am giving away some of my favorite homesteading books and a garden tower to THREE LUCKY WINNERS! PRIZE ONE John Seymour’s The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It Out of ALL of the homesteading books I have ever purchased and checked out from the library, this is by far my favorite. I recommend every homesteader and hopeful homesteader get a copy of this book. VALUE= $25.45 PRIZE TWO The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan This book is SO fun! There are images…

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    A Case For Cooking Whole Chickens

    With empty shelves at the grocery store, I noticed that many of the convenient cuts of chicken were missing, while whole chickens were still available. It may feel, to some people like there is “No food” left when their only option is a whole bird. Or maybe, that cooking a whole chicken is far too inconvenient. Maybe they would rather purchase breaded chicken varieties, which are still available at our stores, than a whole bird. When my family started raising chickens, I  became alarmingly aware of how spoiled we are to think that we should be able to eat various chicken parts any time we want to.  Eating Whole Chickens…

  • Emergency Prep,  Supporting Small Farms

    Befriend Your Local Farmer, a Food Shortage is Coming

    You know I love farmers. I understand their hard life, and what it’s like to labor all day and into the evening, only to sit at a farmer’s market and make $20. Farming is hard life, and, as I shared before, farmers aren’t rich, at least, monetarily. One thing that farmers are rich in is FOOD. I’m thinking about our life on the farm and how, right outside our door, we had free-range chickens, producing year-round eggs. My then-farmer husband (he’s still my husband, just, not a farmer anymore ;)), milked our cows Violet and Snap Dragon, twice per day. Two cows produce far more milk than a family needs,…

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    35 Vegetables that Grow in 60 Days or Less

    Sixty-five days. That’s how many more days the Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, has said that we need to stay in our homes because of Coronavirus. I mentioned the other day that the empty grocery store shelves has me wishing we lived on the farm again. Suddenly, I’m researching, “what can we grow–fast?” We have seven people to feed, and we don’t own thirty acres with multiple animals, dairy cows, and a 50′ x 50′ garden anymore. We certainly don’t have enough space to grow everything we would need in a year’s time. Still, we can grow something. Actually, we can grow quite a few things that will be ready to…

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    Why I’m “Breaking Up” with Imperfect Foods (Food Delivery Services and Safety)

    I love that I live in a time when food can just arrive on my doorstep. What a gift! It’s making that lazy life I spoke of yesterday so much more attainable. 😉 But really, as a mom of five kids (ten and up!), we go through a lot of food. Grocery shopping usually feels like a giant task to me. By the end of the trip, the cart feels heavy, and then I have to put it all in the car? And bring it in the house? Then put it all away? And cook it? It’s tiring, for sure! I first heard of and signed up for Imperfect Foods,…

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    How Coronavirus Inspires the Homesteader in Me

    I’m bacckkk! My husband switched the blog back to The Well Fed Homestead today (instead of The Well Fed Home–that title bothered me ever since I switched it). Why I Haven’t Been Writing Here… Guys, I’m crying to be writing here. Here’s why I felt like I couldn’t write here, for so long: We sold our farm, and ultimately, I felt like we were failures at it. Time gives perspective, and I know that we didn’t fail. We switched gears, re-focused on the most important things in our life (our adopted kids, fostering) and what God had called us to. We didn’t fail. I thought, since we sold our farm,…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming #7

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities Buy Land Before Learning How to Farm Learn About Farming from Books (Not People) Buy a Farm Because You Think it Will Be a “Simpler Life” We didn’t specifically go looking for huge land. Originally we were looking at 2+ acre pieces. Most of the pieces we found were closer in to town, nicely…

  • Farms,  Homesteading

    How to Fail at Farming Post #6

    I hope you’re enjoying this series! In case you’ve missed the other posts, here are the links to read them: A New Blog Series: How to Fail at Farming (Or, Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Succeed at Farming) Buy a Farm without Considering Your Own Personality and Passions Buy a Farm without Considering Your Kids’ Activities Buy Land Before Learning How to Farm Learn About Farming from Books (Not People) I don’t know why I ever got the impression that farming was a “Simpler Life.” Let me start out by saying, loud and clear: Farming is NOT a Simple Life! You know what I mean, though, right? Picture…