Homestead

New Home Addition – Chimney & Roof Considerations

Maybe A Shed Roof On New Addition?

For the last week or so I’ve been actively planning and designing a new addition to my home. The proposed addition will be located on the west side of my house. It’s the only direction that living space can be added without running into street noise and other structures. When I first started thinking about…

A Spruce Up Turns Into A Complete House Remodel

Removing  A Shelf In The Kitchen

I finished painting the pantry this week. I even stenciled it. When the shelves were dry, some canned food was moved from a cupboard I was cleaning out to the pantry. Usually I don’t keep canned food on open shelves. Because home canned food stores better in a dark, cool location. But the food that…

Fixing A Leaking Farm Pond

Pond Findings

Here in western Pennsylvania we’ve had an unusual amount of rainfall this spring and summer. The constant rain has been a source of frustration for local farmers. Corn planting had to be delayed into early June on many farms because of wet fields. And hay making this summer has been an ongoing vexation. No sooner…

It’s No Joke – A Casting Call For Fools

Cleopatra The Barn Cat

This is no April Fool’s prank. A bit of foolishness and idiocy came to me via email last evening. It’s positively the most asinine proposition I’ve heard about in a very long while. But I just knew you’d enjoy reading it. Who knows? Maybe you’d be interested! ******************************************************************************* Hi there, My name is Jill Hamburgo…

Pennsylvania Dutchman Brand Returns To USA

Pennsylvania Dutchman Mushrooms

Last week while traveling the canned food section of my local grocery store I nearly collapsed from amazement. On the shelf right before my eyes, were cans of Pennsylvania Dutchman brand mushrooms with a big red, white & blue “Product of USA” label on the front of the can. I couldn’t believe it! I picked…

Home Invasion – What’s Your Plan?

Kel-Tec SU 15 & Shotgun In The Pantry

Survival Mom had an interesting post yesterday.  She’s asking her readers what sort of plans, tips or ideas they have in the event of a home invasion. Are they going to fight? Hide? Call 911? I’m assuming most of her readers are suburban women with children.  But I really don’t know that. I’m very curious…

Tonight: An Interview On Christian Farm and Homestead Radio

Farm Power Using A Tractor

Tonight at 8:00 pm eastern time, my husband Richard Grossman will be a guest on Scott M. Terry’s weekly radio show. Tonight’s topic will be “Farm Power”, ranging from human powered tools to draft animals and tractors. Scott’s radio shows are archived so if you can’t hear the show live you can always listen later…

The Best Time For Setting Fence Posts

High-Tensile Fencing

Sooner or later most small holders or garden farmers will have occasion to erect a permanent fence. Whether you build it yourself or pay someone else to construct a fence, there is no getting around it – fencing is expensive. In fact fencing can be one of the most costly capital improvements on a homestead…