Fall wedding season is upon us and as a flower farmer, I am swimming in dahlias, celosia, zinnias and other autumnal beauties. With the popularity of barn weddings and outdoor venues, the rustic vibe is alive and well. What better way to express that than fresh local flowers arranged in some fun vessels from Lehman’s! Continue reading
Doug and Stacy left the city life to live off grid like the pioneers. Today they’re sharing their experience with us of how they heat their home.
After living off grid for eight years, it’s funny now to reflect back on how we thought we could heat our home with a small pot belly stove we found in an ad in the newspaper. We had sold our home and moved into a small one bedroom apartment getting ready for our new off-grid life together. Lots of ideas and ways of going off grid were discussed during our transition time. In the end, both of us decided to live without public utilities such as electricity, water, sewer services and even a few modern conveniences like a refrigerator and air conditioning. Besides, a good challenge would do us good! Continue reading
Below, you’ll see a great poem by Allison Ervin (granddaughter of founder Jay Lehman), celebrating autumn in Amish Country. Want to experience it yourself? Don’t miss Amish Country in leaf peeping season! Our own Holmes County, Ohio is #3 in the world on NatGeo’s Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves.
And National Geographic’s Four Seasons of Travel book says, “In the heart of central Ohio’s Amish Country, maple, oak, and the iconic state tree, the buckeye, hang over narrow roads that meander through wavy fields of corn. Drive under the boughs of bright reds and yellows, sharing the road with horse-drawn carriages of the Old Order Amish and stopping at roadside farm stands along the way.” Continue reading
Washing clothes used to be one of the most backbreaking chores for women. There were two reasons for this: the lack of automation, and the lack of modern detergents. The widespread use of both automation and detergents meant that what used to be an all-day task became a simple matter of tossing clothes into a machine, adding some detergent, and pressing a button.
However, this widespread automation means off-grid laundry is almost a forgotten art. Fortunately there have been amazing advances in non-electric laundry options. These new advances will work for those who are off-grid, living in apartments, RVers, or others who don’t have continuous access to a washing machine.
For more than a decade I have been writing books and articles, teaching classes and presenting workshops on preparing your family for emergencies. I focused primarily on short-term events like fires, floods, hurricanes and winter storms because those were the most likely scenarios. In January, things changed. News reports began to filter in about a novel coronavirus, one with pandemic potential. Early in February, I sent out an email blast to family and friends suggesting it was time to take preparing seriously and get ready for long-term disruptions to supply chains and public services. Some people listened to me. Most didn’t. So here we are. While things are looking more hopeful in some parts of the country, it is clear that this virus is going to be impacting our lives for the foreseeable future. This begs an important question. Is it too late to prepare? To that I say an emphatic no! But where to begin? What are the critical areas to address that can help your family face the winter more comfortably and with less anxiety? Continue reading
Now you can make the best cider you’ve ever tasted! All natural, safe to drink and full-bodied. What’s the secret? Making it in a press so easy to sanitize that pasteurization is not needed.
Preparedness is an important part of living a simpler life. Being prepared just means taking simple steps to keep yourself and your family safe and secure when supply lines are frayed or broken. Before you can plan, you should start with thinking about likely challenges you could face. Power outages and severe weather are common threats for many of us. Continue reading
Who’s suddenly finding themselves being involuntary homeschoolers?! I have some friends whose kids are already home and some who are preparing for it.
I’m here to give you some tips for being sudden homeschoolers from those of us who certainly aren’t perfect, but maybe just used to it. Here are some things that can help you in the process! Continue reading
Last week our close-knit neighborhood experienced a terrifying event. A fast-moving wildfire swept through, burned one house to the ground, destroyed several barns and outbuildings, leveled fences, and torched majestic trees. Miraculously no lives were lost, either human or livestock.
The older couple whose house was destroyed has been reeling in shock – not just the shock of losing everything they own (except their livestock), but the shock of how strongly everyone has rallied around to help them in their time of need. Continue reading