Goals for our homestead

Goals for our homestead

When we first started this homestead, we really didn’t know what all we wanted to do after we got here. We knew we wanted animals and a garden to sustain us for the most part. Knowing that we’d probably not be 100% sustainable, but that we could provide a...
Automatic Poultry Watering System Tour

Automatic Poultry Watering System Tour

We recently constructed our rain barrel and automatic chicken watering system to create a sustainable water supply for our chicken coop and feed preparation area. We invested a good day’s worth of work putting together the rain barrel itself, plus the stand,...
Gravity-Fed Chicken Watering System

Gravity-Fed Chicken Watering System

When we first decided to repurpose the greenhouse building into a chicken coop, the ability to have running water in the coop area wasn’t really taken into consideration. Since then, the biggest hurdle to providing our chickens with fresh water is the fact that...
Building Our Chicken Run

Building Our Chicken Run

We started raising chickens late last year as our first foray into keeping any kind of livestock. They say chickens are a gateway animal and we can attest to the accuracy of this statement. We started off a small flock and, wouldn’t you know it, chicken math...
Hugel-what?

Hugel-what?

Hugelkultur! A german word pronounced “Hoo-gul-culture”, means hill culture or hill mound. It’s something that I have learned through my permaculture studying and we’ll be applying to our gardening this year. It’s a pretty simple...
Clearing The Land: Making Way for Our Future

Clearing The Land: Making Way for Our Future

Sitting on our back porch enjoying the land surrounding our home has been such a blessing. Over the last few weeks we’ve been busy in and around the house, getting the renovation work finished and the children back on their studies. Most of our work inside the...
Beginning our Homestead Journey

Beginning our Homestead Journey

We’ve officially moved in to the middle of the Piney Woods in Deep East Texas! It’s been a long 4 weeks of house renovations, but it’s been well worth it! It’s time to start plotting out where our fall garden will go, and to start getting the...
Our First Homestead Project: The Stairs

Our First Homestead Project: The Stairs

Just before closing on the land and house, the appraiser added a “Subject to” clause on the report. That subject to was fixing stairs on the back porch that had rotted down and were falling off. My father-in-law and I took it upon ourselves fix the stairs...
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