Meet Survivalist Britt Ahart (Coming to Lehman’s June 1st!)

We’re so excited to announce that survivalist Britt Ahart (from the History Channel’s show “Alone”) will be at Lehman’s on June 1. Come hear him speak about his experiences and more.

“I probably am a little crazy,” admits Britt Ahart with a laugh.

Born and raised in Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., some people might agree with Ahart’s description of his sanity. That’s because Ahart has unexpected side to him: a passion for primitive living and outdoor skills. Continue reading

A Mother’s Lament

holding handsAs a daughter I often wondered why my mother did things the way she did…was she just trying to torture me? Or was there a method to her madness? Now that I am a mother myself, I understand why Moms do the things they do. Continue reading

Living Off Grid 101: Water

Stacy watering the gardenEditor’s Note: They’re back! Our guest bloggers Doug and Stacy are sharing with us today their journey of providing water for their off-grid home.

The one thing we cannot live without is WATER. Somehow that thought escaped us when we bought our 11 acres in the Midwest. We, being Doug and Stacy who homestead off grid on YouTube and other social media, came straight from city life. The property we found had a little of everything except the most important thing which was a water source. The pond on the property was the only source for water, and we thought putting in a well could be a good option. What we didn’t realize was the average cost of a well in our area is $10,000 and up. This is with no guarantee that you will even hit water! We came to our property with no debt and so spending that kind of money was not in the plan. We knew that this lifestyle was going to require being solution focused and patient.
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Living Off Grid 101: Lighting

Stacy with oil lamp

Stacy with oil lamp

Editor’s Note: Please welcome back our special guest bloggers Doug and Stacy from popular YouTube channel OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY!  Eight years ago, they decided to leave the rat race, cut that average $100 a month electric bill, and live a much more simpler life. Today they’re sharing with us how they light their home without electricity.

One of the biggest things people take for granted is electricity. The ability to flip a switch and turn a light on is rarely thought about or questioned. When you live off the grid like we do and embrace the pioneer lifestyle, turning the lights on takes a bit more thought and effort. Continue reading

Jay Lehman: Leading A Life Well-Lived

Jay Lehman

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, founder Jay Lehman celebrated his 90th birthday! Continuing the celebration, his daughter, Glenda Lehman Ervin, is sharing with us more about Jay and his journey over the years.

A depression-era baby, born in a rural village and raised with little formal education in a one-room school house, Jay Lehman is leading a life well-lived. He is an oxymoron and a legend. Continue reading

Goodbye, Moles: The Story Behind Our Mole Chasing Windmill

mole chasing windmill closeup

Our Mole Chasing Windmill is a simple solution to a pesky problem. Read on to learn how it works.

If you’re looking for a chemical-free, humane way to get rid of moles from your yard, the answer is in the wind. Yep, that’s right – the wind. Continue reading

10 Tips To Get Your Home And Garden In Tip-Top Shape

garden accessoriesSpring has sprung! Well, maybe not quite yet, but it is certainly coming. And with it comes rain and rising temperatures. During this pre-summer season, it is the perfect time to start prepping your outdoor spaces for the hot, sunny summer days. Sure, maybe it did snow recently so it’s still too early to plant our gardens and mow our yards, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done! Here are ten steps to prep your garden and outdoor space, so everything is ready to go when warm weather and gardening season begins. Continue reading

Submit Your Recipes for Lehman’s Upcoming Cookbook

Kids Baking

Cooking and baking are wonderful family traditions. Share the fun by submitting your favorite recipe!

Calling all cooks! We’re looking for mouthwatering, can’t-get-enough recipes for Lehman’s upcoming cookbook. Think you have a dish that will impress our taste buds? Then send it our way – it might just appear in our next cookbook! Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Garden Prep and Daffodils

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Gardening has begun here on our homestead. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

After a slow and chilly start, we are excited for spring to appear in Ohio and it is luring the whole family outdoors to tackle spring chores around the farm. We are a homeschooling family so I consider many of our outdoor tasks as part of our learning experience and no one objects to abandoning books for a few hours to spend time in the sunshine. The teen boys are in charge of pruning fruit trees, our 10-year-old son is helping start seedlings and everyone pitches in to get the garden rolling. Continue reading

5 Vegan Recipes For An Animal-Friendly Easter

preparing vegan mealEaster is a celebration of life. For many, it is a celebration of Christ being resurrected and living once more. It’s also a time of new life and birth at the beginning of springtime. That’s why I choose to celebrate this day peacefully and compassionately. Continue reading