My Family’s First Maple Syrup Adventure

Maple Sugaring Starter KitThis has been a winter for the record books here in Northeastern Ohio. On our homestead, it’s meant cooped up chickens, lots of carrying water, and making sure everybody in the barn has extra straw for bedding down and keeping warm. Continue reading

How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

The Dietz "Blizzard" lantern was designed in 1898 and earned its name by standing up to high winds. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

The Dietz “Blizzard” lantern was designed in 1898 and earned its name by standing up to high winds. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Editor’s Note: This is article was originally published in December 2016.

For some, the thought of upcoming wintertime power outages comes with a sense of dread or even panic. But there has always been something nostalgic to me about the peace that comes when the noisy hum of household appliances falls quiet. The glowing ambiance of candles or oil lamps gently lighting a room takes me back to bygone days when life had a bit more quality and substance. Continue reading

Why I’m Building a Yurt

a yurtEditor’s Note: Hannah started building her yurt last spring where she now lives. She recorded the beginning of her adventure during the process and is now sharing it with us. Enjoy!

These days are very exciting, because I’m starting to build a yurt to live in. I’ve never built a semi-permanent dwelling before, and to be totally honest I don’t have a lot of construction experience. For this project, I get to learn as I go, taking the advice of neighbors, and, luckily, there’s some room for fudging. Continue reading

Life 140 Years Ago

row of journalsAround this time last year, my extended family gathered at my grandmother’s house for a belated Christmas celebration. As tradition has it, my grandma’s cozy basement was filled with tables and chairs, homemade sugar cookies (Grandma makes the best!), and a boisterous noise that erupted every few minutes as members of my family traded stories and laughs. Continue reading

10 Vital Tips for Maple Syrup Rookies

maple sugaring starter kitEditor’s Note: The following article was originally published in February 2015. It came to us from Scott Ervin, husband of Glenda Lehman Ervin (Lehman’s VP of Marketing) and son-in-law of Jay Lehman (Lehman’s founder). An avid outdoorsman, Scott tried his hand at maple syrup making and learned many valuable lessons in the process. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Chicken Who Could Stop Time

sarah and her chickenSeems like everyone I know who has kids has, at some point, wished to stop time.  When the little one stands on her own for the first time. When the last kid has Senior Night for football. Continue reading

Wood Splitting for Women

gransfors bruk splitting maulI’m a solo woman farmer living in a yurt that is heated with wood. My life is a pretty idyllic one—getting to live and farm in a beautiful spot near Decorah, Iowa in the driftless region is not something to be taken without buckets of gratitude. There are some things that are hard about my life, too, as is the case in all lives. There are daily chores to be done that sometimes become a slog. There’s the inevitable challenge of creating a sustainable balance between my social life, personal life, spiritual life, and work life. But one thing that is in many ways pure joy is the chance to cut and split my own wood. Continue reading

Meet Doug and Stacy

off grid with doug and stacy

YouTube vloggers Doug and Stacy (“Off Grid with Doug and Stacy”) have taken the homesteading world by storm. Their down-to-earth charm and common-sense advice speaks to anyone longing to throw off their stressful job and live a simpler life. Continue reading

A Backyard Apple Orchard of Your Own: Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of our interview with Brian Mello from Winter Cover Farms. We hope you find the tips you need to grow your own apple orchard, no pesticides needed! Continue reading

A Backyard Apple Orchard of Your Own: Part 1

winter cover farm applesFor those of us that can’t even remember to water the herbs in our kitchens (ahem, not that that’s me or anything), the thought of growing an apple orchard in our backyard seems downright laughable. Continue reading