Hello and Welcome To Homesteading for Women!

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Welcome to my Homesteading for Women blog!

Homesteading for women welcomeHello! Michelle here! Let me first say how happy I am to be writing this blog for women who want to get back to their roots and live a simple life again. Maybe you want to start your own Urban Homesteading For Beginners with your family like me. So many blogs out there are for guys. I wanted a blog just for women and teach some of the lost skills that so many girls are missing out on in life nowadays, with this new digital life. They are growing up in a phone rather than in the real life.

I on the other hand grew up outside. I spent my days in the woods, making mud pies, riding my bike which lead to many trips to the ER to fix a busted lip or knee. Lol! I learned how to cook from scratch, clean, sew, mow the grass and hang out our clothes outside on the line to dry in the summer. I was cooking full meals for my family after school each day as my mom worked at an early age. I used her old Betty Crocker Cookbook and would call her if I got stuck.

On the weekends we had a summer camp that we went to each weekend, where I ran with my friends, went fishing all day at the river and swam in the ponds by the camp. I even learned to drive at that campground. Dad would let me drive on the old road to the camp when I got old enough to not wreck us.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

The Backyard Homestead Great Book For The Modern Homesteading Woman!

I love this book! It walks you through what you need to get started with your own homestead. No matter if you live in the suburb or out in the country. Everyone can live a homestead lifestyle with just a few simple changes. Like adding some containers filled with veggies this summer or get a couple chickens for the backyard. This book is a great way to learn some new skills. Fun for you and your family.

Growing up in Southern Indiana in the 70’s, my grandparents grew all their our food, well most of it anyway. They had two very large gardens and grew a multitude of yummy things. Corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage and onions were the main crops. Grandma had a wonderful flower garden as well.

I want to get back to that simpler life, and now that I’m sort of retired, I can take the time to do what I love and that’s living out in the middle of the National Forest and building a simpler life, one filled with less chemicals and more pure country living. Join me on this adventure!

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My Goal with This Blog

My goal with this blog is to get back to my roots and make my little slice of heaven in the forest become more of a modern homestead. If you would like to read more about me on this page.

Learning to preserve my own food from the garden and my Redneck Bathtub Garden canning and making jelly from strawberries. Make aย Container Herb Garden For Beginners.

I preserved some herbs in oils to make my own herbal medicine but had to throw out the whole batch, because I had no idea what I put in the jars. Oops better labels next time.

I also want to spend more time in our Tiny Cabin in the woods.

Here is my list for 2018, so I can take a look back at this list next year and see how well I did. And if you scroll on down you can see My Plans for last year 2017 and what worked and what didn’t. You Can Read my Happy 1st Blog Birthday Post here.

My Homestead Plans for 2018

Here are my plans for the coming year, it’s quite a list! But it’s time to start a new chapter in my life and get some things done around the homestead. Plus do things that I put off doing last year and do some things I’ve never done before. I’m super excited about this!

  • Hatch Chicken Eggs
  • Buy more Silkie Chickens that are smaller
  • Build new chicken cages and fences where the goats used to be.
  • Tear down the old chicken houses and replace.
  • Learn how to show Chickens at a fair, so my eggs and chickens will sell better and for more money with winning chickens breeders.
  • Buy quails and hatch to sell
  • Learn more about ducks and buy some.
  • Start our cricket Biz again only this time sell to only very small scale selling to 7 stores not 7 states like before. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Buy and try to grow a Pawpaw tree. Back in the 1970’s my Grandma’s woods had them and I remember eating them at her house.
  • Get a new stash of Elderberry’s this year for syrup, next winter.
  • Buy Heirloom seeds and grow some of Grandma’s Green Beans to Can for next winter and Can Tomatoes for Chili next year.
  • Learn how to Can Tomatoes and Green Beans! And really do it this year.
  • Plant some Fall flowers that will come up next spring.
  • Get my eBay sales back up, meaning I need to go to every yard sale this summer.
  • Put on a new metal roof on the house and Garage.
  • Buy a building for the crickets and then finish the inside.
  • Have a gas tank installed in the new cricket building.
  • Get water run to the new building.
  • New outside dog that won’t hurt the chickens.
  • Learn more about sheep, or milk goats. I would like to get sheep so I can spin the wool. But I could just get a rabbit for that. We could raise a couple sheep each year to put in the freezer. But could I eat them after raising them? Not sure on that. But we don’t have enough land for cattle. Maybe I’ll just get some chickens for meat. I’m just thinking out loud on the some animal we could use for meat each year. Ok I think it will be chickens. Super easy and small. You don’t have to raise them for very long before you put them in the freezer. I’ll get a few this spring and see how hard it is get them in the freezer. So I’ll at that to the list.
  • Learn how to butcher and freeze meat chickens.
  • UPDATED February: Get some rabbits! I’m obsessed! Angora Rabbits for my own Wool Production! Buy Three Rabbits in Different colors.
  • Make Cages for Rabbits
  • Make sure Rabbit Cages are in a secure building with doors for winter.
  • DONE! Buy a Spinning Wheel and learn how to spin better. I bought this one on layaway. Spinolution Pollywog!
  • Make a pair of Angora Gloves for this winter.
  • Start some superworms to sell for bait and the pet stores.
  • Double my mealworm production to sell to the pet shops too and feed my chickens.
  • Get my furnace and air conditioner fixed or replaced.
  • Get this blog to bring in $100 a month.
  • DONE! Buy a new camera for ebay.
  • DONE! Get new lights to take pictures inside.
  • DONE! Buy a cube to make my pictures look awesome on ebay.
  • Clean out craft room so I can do crafts again. Lol! Sell stuff on ebay.

Homesteading For WomenLooks like I’ve got some big plans this year. The biggest will be getting the crickets going again and get a metal roof on the house and fix the furnace and air conditioner. Big expenses but the income will be awesome. I love selling on ebay it’s fun and it pays the bills which is awesome and I will always do it, it’s like a money tree. It doubles my money because I make back double or more of what I spend. The crickets is hard work but it can really get all my big expenses paid for this year without getting a loan. We are debt free, besides our house payment. And with the crickets going again. My second year income will be to pay off the house.

I look at my parents who are on social security and they can’t go or do anything. They have no extra money. Plus they have big debt. Not me. For one I never thought there would be any social security for me when I retire, so I’ve always knew I would need some type of income to support me. I’ll be investing in Real estate maybe this year but for sure next year. Rental houses, Hunting cabins are on my radar in the coming years. And Silver/Gold coins.

We used to trade crickets for silver coins back in the day. I’m so glad because when silver peeked a few years ago. We sold our coins on ebay. That paid off all our debt which was a lot after the crickets and being stupid with credit cards. I’m so grateful for those coins and will be buying them back for the next few years, so next time silver and gold goes up or if the dollar fails we will have money. It’s one of the best things we ever did and it let us rest and heal after the loss of our Son and our Business these past 10 years.

My Homestead Plans for 2017~What worked and what didn’t

This is what I did in 2017. I’ve written in Red my notes on what worked and what didn’t

  • Make a Container Herb Garden For Beginners.ย Win!ย This worked GREAT! We grew a pumpkin in one and Carrots in the other one. One didn’t drain right so we left it. But the carrots grew all year long. We grilled some, put some in soup, feed some to the mealworms and the chickens loved the tops. They lasted summer long and then in the fall we took the rest out and had a big bowl full that I’ve been adding to soup. It was Awesome!
  • Fix the chicken cage, the wire fence around the cage is totally falling down, the past owners of the house didn’t dig the holes deep enough for the poles and one fell over. My chickens can now come and go as they please. But they are around 10 years old so they can do what they want. ๐Ÿ™‚ Win!ย Yep we fixed up the old cage and fence and put my silkie chickens in with my old gals. The old ones stay in a group by themselve. I can’t believe they are still alive.ย 

Homesteading for women chickens

  • Get new chickens as stated above my hens are old ladies and choose not to lay anymore in their retirement. Win!ย We ended up buying chickens in the spring, silkie chickens and a golden sea brite which I call “Mrs P” Later in the fall we bought a rooster and hen for her. She wasn’t too happy about that. I just love their color. I also bought s Black Cochin rooster and a couple of hens that I hope to hatch out their eggs next year.
  • I also want to get some chickens for meat. Granny always had plenty of chickens for eggs and eating. I can’t wait to get some new chicks on CHICK DAY at our feed store. FAIL!ย Nope didn’t do this. Did you know that silkies have black skin! I couldn’t bring myself to eat one, even though I wanted to eat one of those Huge silkie roosters that we bought from the auction. They are going back next spring!Chicken Coops
  • Be a much better garden grower and learn to can my veggies this year. I loved to get grannies canned green beans, can’t wait to put up for myself this coming year. FAIL!ย My garden was a fail this year. Hubs planted stupid sun flowers in the garden and they shadowed my crop. The rabbits kept eating my green bean vines to the ground each night. I did get a couple messes of them to cook and a few tomatoes. I think we only got a very small amount of yellow squash. There’s always next year.
  • Do something about all the weeds that grow up in the flower garden the previous owners built. A couple of years ago I had a run in with a big patch of poison ivy. I was moving some iris plants, that was growing in the edge of the woods. I wanted them by the house. Stupid mistake. I should have got my book out to see what was poison ivy and what wasn’t. I know what it is now! ๐Ÿ™‚ It never bothered me before, but I guess with age things change. WIN! We had the best most beautiful flower garden this year. Hubs really worked on getting that looking good. You can see it on instagram. Beautiful! Way better than the weeds in the previous years.
  • Make Extra Moneyย I want to make more money this year, I’ve got a lot of things I want to get done. Need a new roof on the house and garage, build a barn for our tractor and campers. Our Heater/Air Conditioner crapped out, so this needs to be fixed before winter. In the meantime, no air conditioner this summer. Yikes!ย Fail!ย No we stayed the same or even made a little less. We worked on a craft show for months and made nothing at it. Total waste of time and then we lost out on a bunch of yard sales so that meant less money on ebay. Next year will be better
  • I said we have a Tiny House Rustic Cabin in the woods, that is totally off grid, this will be the third summer and we’ve just about got it finished on the inside. We would like to add solar panels this year to it. I’ll be sure and give updates on that this year as well.WIN! I love this cabin it’s so much fun to go to the end of our driveway and into the woods and be at the cabin. From there you can’t hear or see the house. It’s just like we took a trip and rented a cabin in the forest but we are just a small ride on the 4 wheeler up to the house. Love it! Or friends love to visit it too.
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That’s it for 2017! I think it went well. I see more green than red which is good. We did end up getting sick a couple times last year and got the flu at Christmas which turned out that we had to cancel seeing the family until later in January. Next year is going to be big changes on our homestead! Be sure to subscribe so you can hear all the details!

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We did the Goat thing, but it didn’t work out. I got rid of the goats last year, they were very destructive so I won’t be getting any more of those buggers…Not for a while anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

They were super cute but they peeled ย a bunch of our cedar trees. Goats need a very good fence or you’re going to wake up to something being eaten. They really loved my rose bush, it never had flowers the years I had my goats.

They would run from the cage to that bush every time we let them out, trying to keep them from peeling the cedar trees.

I’m thinking the chickens will be much better and maybe some rabbits later in the year.

 

ย Start A Side Business To Supplement Your Homestead

As you’ve already read. I’m an entrepreneur I’ve been self employed for most of my adult life. I’ve done everything from making stained glass windows for the Governor of Indiana to Raising Bugs for a living. I know how to make a quick buck or two. I’ve started my 100 ways to Make Extra Money page, that I’ll be adding to over time of all the things you can do to make extra money.

Getting a side business started will set you on the path to being able to live the life I live. Out in the country with my animals and not having to work a so called Real JOB! Oh I still work but in my “Fat Pants”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Raise Mealworms for your chickens and then sell some to your local pet shops or sell them online. It is super easy to do and you don’t need but to buy one batch of worms for about $5. Put them in a bucket and forget about them. Easy!
  2. Raise Meat Rabbits. I’ve not done this YET! I’ve had my share of rabbits and the last ones had really long angora hair. They were Beautiful! But I still remember cleaning up the cages, so can’t get any yet. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Raise Crickets, this is what we did for over 20 plus years and we made really great money doing it. Later this year I’ll give a little tutorial if anyone is interested.
  4. Raise and Sell chickens for meat and or the baby chicks. I read someplace that one homestead makes $1000 a month selling her baby chicks. Pretty cool! Might have to look into that now that I have all my new Baby Chicks!
  5. Grow a Garden and sell your fresh veggies and herbs at the Farmers Market. You could also sell your chicken eggs.
  6. Start a blog! That’s what I’m doing here and I have aย 5 Day Start A Blog Course to get you started if you’re interested.
  7. Sell Your Old Stuff on eBay! That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 6 years, selling full time on eBay.

Happy Homesteading,

Homesteading for women MichelleMichelle

 

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58 comments for “Hello and Welcome To Homesteading for Women!

  1. Jessica
    March 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Im so glad I have found your blog!!! I am in full starting a homestead mode this year. we have raised small livestock the last few years like chickens, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits. We got out of rabbits (we would show them) when I found out I was pregnant, because we had so many and acutally needed the shed for storage. My family also got into showing chickens and ducks. Ducks are fun!!! and we would raise a few turkeys for holidays.. (FYI totally not a cost savings!!!) Turkeys eat a lot!!!!! but it is awesome to have a 40# bird on the table for thanksgiving!!! We have recently gotten into goats, and now I am hoping to have my own chickens (for eggs). I am excited for this journey with my husband and daughter (who is 7 months). I have only read one or 2 posts so far, but I have definitely added my email to your list!!

    • Michelle
      March 10, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Hey Jessica,
      Thanks so much for finding me and commenting. It really means a lot to me!! Thank you! That’s so exciting! Congrats! Hubs just came into my office and commented that we would get some turkeys to run around with the chickens and have one for Thanksgiving, he said we would eat the one we don’t like. lol! Looking forward to my first ducks this year too! I am in the Rabbit Addiction right now. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Valeri
        March 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm

        Michelle, I’m going out of my mind waiting for you to get your ducks. It’s that time of year now. If you need a good place to get best breeds go to Strongborgs. My suggestion to you is to get Magpie ducks. Not only are they gorgeous ducks but they are amazing layers & will even lay all winter and they are great winter tolerant ducks. I live in Washington State and never locked mine up and they have thrived.

        • Michelle
          March 12, 2018 at 6:58 am

          Lol! Thanks Valeri!
          Too funny, hubs was talking about getting a couple turkeys and I chimed in and said I was also getting Ducks, there are so many to pick from. Thanks for suggesting the breed. Can’t wait for them to mow some of my grass! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll let you know when I get them.

  2. Valeri
    February 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I agree. To much overhead in feed, etc to make a profit

  3. Bianca
    January 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I have tried selling crickets and mealworms and I would like to suggest roaches instead.

    Blaptica dubia is non invasive, super easy to grow and they smell way less than crickets and are a lot hardier. They also don’t eat each other or their young. And they are quiet!

    Shelfordella lateralis are also easy to grow and most lizards love them.

    • Michelle
      January 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Yes I’ve raised them also, but most pet shops raise them themselves. The money is really in the crickets and mealworms. They are great for the individual that just wants to raise them for their own reptiles, if you can handle them. I really didn’t like them, but that’s just me. Thanks for the tip!

      • Valeri
        March 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

        You better. Hahaha

  4. Valeri
    January 28, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I love winter. I truly do. But it is more challenging with my ducks and geese. I’ve learned to make fodder in my basement. Lol. My cat thinks my sprout trays are her personal play yard. My birds are starting to pair up now and I’ve had to move my geese to other side of the yard because my ganders want to breed with everybody. My poor ducks. Had to move my best breeder Magpie duck to a cage inside because my geese really did a number on her. She’s much happier and loves daily swims in the bathtub. I have truly become a crazy duck lady. Hahaha. Also started CLEANING out duck house and adding to a compost pile. I used deep litter method this year. Much easier. Anyway, my little mama is sitting on a clutch in her cage. So far, so good. I’ve candles the eggs and I think I might have some ducklings this year.

    • Michelle
      January 28, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Hey Valeri,
      Haha, cats are so funny! I had to move a couple of my little silkie chickens from the Giant silkie roosters I got this spring from the Amish auction. Those dudes have most of my little gals feathers all messed up. They are so gone this spring. I bet your little Magpie is super happy now on her winter vacation. Lol! I so need a compost area, now with this bunny inside. He is litter trained, which is good and bad. He only pees in his box and when he’s outside he pees in the box I have for him to sleep in. Lol! I have to change his box every couple days and I’m just piling it on the end of the garden. I have a big rock on the pile because I’m lining the box with newspaper and hay. I hope that’s not going to be a big mess to clean up and that the paper will be gone come spring. Lol! I know it won’t. Oh well, deal with that later. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Can’t wait to get a couple ducks this spring.
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Valeri
        January 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm

        Newspaper is supposed to be good for your compost pile. I sigh every time youu talk about your silkies. I’m just wondering if they wouldn’t be easier than ducks. I live in the city and a new family bought the house next door and their 11 yr old son is apparently afraid of ducks. They want me to move my flock so he doesnt hear them at night. I moved the geese today but until spring comes i cant really build another duck house. All my other neighbors love my ducks and their eggs. I dont do conflict well. If my eyesight was better and i could drive, i would have moved to the country with some acreage.

        • Michelle
          January 29, 2018 at 10:30 am

          Hey Valeri,
          Well that’s good! I’m going to find out if they are easier than ducks this summer. And I found a lady that has really really cute silkies. All different colors. That’s what I want some of the different colored ones. I have one little one that I took out of the flock and put with Tito, I spell his name different every time.LOL! Her name is Puff. She is a cutie. So sorry about the sucky neighbors. I hate that! Maybe they will move soon.

          • Valeri
            January 30, 2018 at 3:50 pm

            I sure wish we lived closer Michelle. I think we’d have major fun. Anyway, all my other neighbors are totally in love with my ducks. I let them out front every day to mow the grass when there’s no snow. And my flock is so friendly little ones like to sit on my grass and hand feed grains. I’m just sad about this one new neighbor.

          • Michelle
            January 30, 2018 at 5:48 pm

            I wish we did to Valeri! I would find out first hand how to take care of those ducks I’m going to get this year. That sounds so cute! Can’t wait to get me little herd of grass mowers! I’ve got a Bunch of grass they can mow! I really dreaming of a little red barn with my ducks, bunnies and a couple of my favorite chickens. Guess I could paint the goat shed Red until I can get my dream barn. Lol!
            Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Valeri
            January 31, 2018 at 11:06 am

            Heck I’d even give ya some ducks. Lol BTW I have a pretty good sized front lawn & only mowed 2 or 3 times last year and ducks don’t eat down to the roots. They weirdly like an even cut.

          • Michelle
            January 31, 2018 at 11:14 am

            That is so cool! I can’t wait!

  5. Paula
    January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Michelle, first time commentor on any blog, my children would be proud! I appreciate the list of things that worked & ones that didn’t. It helps me to realize failure is only a stepping stone. I have just started over for the 3rd time in life in my mid 40’s with 6 children (ages 2 to 24). I opted for 1 1/2 acres & small home because I won’t be young forever. I planted a few fruit trees & berry bushes. Luckily the cattle farmer beside me dumps aged cow manure mixed with hay across the fence for me each season. Great for gardens!This is my first year here & unfortunately dogs killed my flock of chickens except 1 hen & rooster. Luckily she went broody & gave me 12 beautiful babies! I reinforced their fence & hope to enclose my gardens so they can do cleanup for me. I would love to know more about raising crickets & mealworms. I work full time but I’m self employed so if I could supplement my income at home I could start working part time & have more time with my children & pursuing my dream. Thank you for your blog, I need the encouragement!

    • Michelle
      January 18, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Hey Paula,
      Kids are so funny, my son is always laughing at me from my lack of techy things. And my husband just got a Iphone and he called me the other day to get the number for pizza hut, which I looked up on my Iphone. Lol!. I had to laugh and text our Son to tell him about it, we both got a good chuckle out of it. I’m just glad it didn’t pitch this one in the creek like the last one. Yeah, living on a farm somethings work and some don’t. “There’s always next year” Bummer about your chickens. I had the same thing happen, my little chihuahua, went into my chicken house and killed all my little young chickens and thought I would be so proud of him over it. NOT! This time I put them in a “Scruffy Proof” Cage until they were big and could beat the crap out of him. He was used to no roosters in the flock, now we have Three. He won’t even go in the cage now. He has a way of sneaking in the tiniest places.

      I can’t wait to share with everyone how to raise crickets and mealworms. It’s so lucrative and when you get a little route going in your hometown, you’ll have people calling you out of the blue to get them. Nice supplement and full time income, depending on how much work you put into it. Mealworms, Superworms are the cheapest and easiest to start with. Crickets require climate control, so money needs to be invested in heating, and controlling the air in the bug building. We are starting over with the crickets and doing it very small scale. We like selling on ebay too much to give that up entirely. I’ll be sharing each step along the way, when all this snow melts. Man we’re having a bad winter this year, oh well it will kill all the fleas and hopefully a bunch of moles in my yard. Good luck to you Paula!

      Warm Regards, Michelle

    • Valeri
      January 28, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      You are living the dream. I am retired, divorced , kids all grown. You are truly living the dream

  6. Laur
    January 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Hi Michelle. Hope youโ€™re feeling better. I came down sick New Yearโ€™s Eve and impatiently waiting for it to pass so I can get back to work finishing my โ€œChick Mahalโ€ as my friends are calling it. But thatโ€™s ok – itโ€™s been far too cold to work outside anyway. Weโ€™ve been on our just-under-10-acres for just over a year now and my first to-do list looked as ambitious as yours for this year. My husband and I started building our combination chicken coop/garden storage, I started putting together a cluster of 4 compost containers out of pallets, got three 4โ€™x12โ€™ raised garden beds built, and planted some peonies and gladioli in hopes to sell them to local florists. Can you say โ€œbit-off-more-than-she-could-chewโ€? With health issues, family issues, and what turned out to be a lot of soggy ground and drainage problems, I just didnโ€™t get done all I wanted. So this year Iโ€™m going to just pick a project and concentrate on getting it done before moving on to the next. First priority – getting the coop finished and ready for my first flock of chicks in April. For years Iโ€™ve had a long list of ideas for making money homesteading if I ever had the chance which included eggs and chicks, flowers, worms, jams and jellies, even species-specific bird houses. Youโ€™ve given me some more good ideas to add to my list. Thanks! So this year, the goal will be getting one thing up and running then going on to the next item on my list. Happy New Year!

    • Michelle
      January 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Hi Laur,
      Yes I feel way better! I so need to make a compost area! That’s funny I know all about “Bit-off-more-than-she-can-chew” I think this years list is just that. ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad to have given you some more ideas to make money on your homestead! Good luck and you get better soon too! Can’t wait till spring and Happy New Year to you!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Valeri
    January 6, 2018 at 2:05 am

    So glad I found your blog. I am retired and live alone and it’s always been my life’s dream to homestead. I bought a house in Spokane Jan 2017 and got some ducks and geese. I’ve had ducks before so I’m pretty knowledgeable about waterfowl. I like that other women are like me. Thank you for this blog

    • Michelle
      January 6, 2018 at 4:32 am

      Congrats Valeri! It’s so excited getting started homesteading. I would love to get some ducks this year. I’m always learning new things, that’s part of the fun!
      Good luck on your new adventure!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Valeri
        January 6, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Ducks are so much easier than chickens. No lice or fleas, the don’t need to perch, they love snow, they’re cute as can be, eggs are more nutritious, males don’t crow like rosters, did I say they are cute? And geese are the very best protectors. Wish I could attach a few pictures here. All the ladies would smile

        • Michelle
          January 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

          Hey Valeri,
          Oh good idea! I’ve always wanted ducks! I would love to see pics and ask questions. You can add pictures to my facebook page, I would love to see them!https://www.facebook.com/Homesteadingforwomen/ When I was traveling in our RV one summer I saw a lady that had a duck in her car. That duck just watched us as we passed. I laughed and laughed. Really need to add that to my list now. Lol!
          Thanks for Sharing!
          Michelle

  8. December 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Oh gosh. I am so overwhelmed! My husband and I moved earlier this year, purchasing 10 acres in south east central Ohio. Our land has so much potential. To add to it, I literally just quit my corporate management job, opting for less stress and more simplicity. And so here I am. I know a fair amount in the business world but feel so lacking when it comes to living off of the land. I realize we are a ways away from it, but would really like a good resource that offers beginners strategy. Of all the resource you are aware of, which do you recommend? I need something pretty succinct because I will spend way too much time research and just need to pull the trigger, so to speak. I really appreciate your input. Thanks~

    • Michelle
      December 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Hi Tara!
      That’s such a good idea for some blog topics this coming year! My best advice to you is to just take baby steps. Whatever your interested in then learn how to do that. Say you want to grow a garden, then get a good garden book or if you want to get chickens then find out what is the best chickens to get. One of the best advice I can give you is to find an old farmer that lives around you. Make friends, those old timers have helped me soooo many times. Like when we were snowed in and needed his tractor to get us out so we could deliver our crickets that day. We didn’t even ask, he was up at the farm cleaning out our driveway at the crack of dawn. Or When the snake was in my cricket barn and I was freaking out and called the neighbor to get it out. Lol! You will learn more from the old folks way faster than any books you read. We are going to raise a small chickens this next year so I’ve been searching out groups on facebook that have local chickens. I’ve found one place that I will for sure be visiting come spring. It’s so exciting! I love living out in the country!
      Best of luck to you!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. November 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Where in Southern Indiana did you live? I am in the south west area around Vincennes. My husband and I just started a cattle farm 2 years ago. It has been a lot of work, but very fun & rewarding. I’m learning new skills all the time. I’d like to expand to have more animals, but so far we just have the cows. I am thinking of starting a garden & landscape around our porch next spring. We both have full time jobs, and would love to just farm one day. I will have to save this for future reference!

    • Michelle
      November 24, 2017 at 7:45 am

      We are around Tell City area. I had a Great Aunt that lived in Vincennes. And there is a little pizza place we like to visit up that way when we go to the covered bridge festival. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your little farm. I would love to have a Jersey cow. just haven’t talked hubs into that yet. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Michelle

  10. Rachel rumble
    November 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Instead of Goats try minacher cows better milk better manners and not as much hassel as a full sized cow . good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michelle
      November 14, 2017 at 6:12 am

      I would love to get a cow! I’ll look into it, that’s for the tip!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Sarah Hluchy
    August 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Hi I just found your blog through a pin on Pinterest. Had to check it out since I’m “of the female persuasion.” when I eventually move out on my own (I’m 25 and considered to be disabled, so I still live with my parents) I want to do some homesteading in a suburban setting, in the same neighborhood I currently live in. We had a bumper crop of peaches from our tree this year, we were forced to share with maybe five of our closest neighbors so few peaches would be wasted! Daddy even had to attempt to repair a couple branches that were starting to split from the sheer weight of fruit! We’ll see if the repairs are successful. And we get a few tomatoes and cucumbers, not much else even tho we have a pear tree and a grape vine.

    I hope to do something similar with my own place: have an easy care garden, and also get a couple angora rabbits as house bunnies. I’d shear them at the appropriate intervals and keep the fiber of course. My dad only likes cats so keeping a rabbit right now isn’t an option.

    • Michelle
      August 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hey Sarah,
      So glad you found me! I want an angora bunny so BAD! But they are so expensive.. I’m waiting and saving up for one. I did have a many, many years ago, but gave them to some neighbor kids who homeschooled and the girl wanted to learn how to spin and use the rabbits for 4-H. I still have the fiber, little tricky to spin. I’m not that good at it. But that’s part of the fun! I had a Daddy just like that and he only let me have an old cat that licked himself so much he had to be on medication. Lol! So watch out when you get out on your own, you will be wanting every animal there is! I bought horses TWICE. I’m just not a horse person I guess. Well good luck and I hope you made some peach jelly.
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sarah Hluchy
        August 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

        I made a peach pie–my first real pie! It was delicious! And a failed attempt at peach cobbler. It failed because the recipe was for apples; peaches make too much juice so the dough never fully cooked. It was yummy tho. And a neighbor dropped off some peach preserves made from our peaches.

        Going to start making small items to try to sell, just help myself out and save some money so I can take online classes next year toward a degree. I am good at a few fiber arts, like pin loom weaving and loom knitting, and I’m a novice at crochet.

        • Michelle
          August 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

          Hey Sarah,
          Yummy! I love peach pie! I might have an idea on how you can make some extra money to go along with your fiber arts. Send me an email and I’ll let you in on what I’m working on now. (Snicker) I’m always up to something!( michelle at homesteadingforwomen dot com )You’ll have to put that together. This will keep the robots from tagging my email and sending me a bunch of junk mail.
          Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Robin Phillips
    August 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Hello, I love your chickens. They are pretty. I however will be homesteading without animals. So just call me a gardner. LOL My husband has recently been diagnosed with Lupus and we are looking to live a much simpler life style, eat as healthy as possible and be as self sufficient as possible. You blog is beautiful and I look forward to reading more.

    • Michelle
      August 17, 2017 at 5:58 am

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks so much! Good luck with your new venture and sorry for your husband’s health. I know for me living out in the country always makes me feel better and who knows you might decide to get some chickens if for nothing else than to get farm fresh eggs. Which are so awesome and I can’t wait until my silkies are big enough to lay some. Thanks for stopping by!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Joyce Jenkins
    August 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Hey Michelle. I started my homesteading journey about a year ago. Ive just purchased a double wide mobile home (it’s a fixer upper) and im really excited about getting started on it

    My plans are to raise chickens and sell eggs, grow and sell fresh eggs, and sell my wood work. I dabble in a lot of crafts including jelly making, jewelry making, and repurposing stuff.

    So glad that I found your blog. Good to know that there are other homesteading beginners like myself. I will be reopening my blog in a few months now that I have the actual homestead in place.

    • Michelle
      August 10, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Hi Joyce, I’m glad you found me too! I’ve also found that you can sell baby chicks really easily all year long. Most people grab them up at the sale barn I go to and on Facebook. Good luck in your adventure!!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Marla
    July 12, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I forgot to post this and I thought it might be helpful to those of you who have chickens. When we lived in Florida a lady I worked with Bonnie told me this idea and I thought if i ever had chickens I’d try and do it her way. Build your chicken coop in the middle of an area and then put three doors in it. The doors on each side will have like a doggy door to allow the chickens to come and go as they please and give you access to your garden. Do an enclosure on each side and don’t forget the top as we have predatory birds here. Rotate each season which side the chickens are in. So this year chicks are on right side plant garden on left side. The next season flip them and you already have a tilled and fertilized area for your garden. So simple but fantastic. The chicks dig the fertilizer in for you. Try it she got the biggest veggies I’ve ever seen.

    • Michelle
      July 12, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Hi Maria, I love this idea! I’m totally going to give it a try with some of my chickens.
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Marla
    July 12, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Love your blog. First time commenting on any blog. I’d love to homestead. But my hubby has health issues so I do most of the extra stuff. We live in a small town of about 10k and I commute half hour to work. I started a community garden at work 8 years ago and have a decent sized yard. My grapes are going crazy as I need to build an arbor. We got our first blackberries this year. I have tomatoes squash cucumbers herbs cherry apple and pluots in the tree area. Everything is set to drip. Thank goodness. My parents used to have an 11 acre ranch I miss the peace and quiet but its nearly impossible if you work outside the home. Its nice to dream and maybe in retirement and I applaud all of you. Fernley. Nevada

    • Michelle
      July 12, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Hi Maria,
      So Glad you found me! And Thank you! I’m kinda winging it. BTW I LOVE Nevada, me and hubs spend two months out in our RV traveling from Indiana to Reno following Antique bottle shows. Hubs is a collector. I worry if hubs gets sick if I could take care of this place. At least we don’t have the cricket business anymore and we do have a nice new mower that will hopefully outlast me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hate mowing! Congrats on all that you have accomplished and the drip system in place is on our list next year. And fixing a better fence to keep out that darn rabbit that keeps snipping off my beans! We had a big patch of blackberries but hubs mowed them down this year. Will have to wait a couple years again for those to come back. Chicken tip is amazing! Our fence was down for a while this year. I’m so surprised they didn’t get eaten by coyotes someone must have thinned them down. But I did notice how happy my old chickens were and every time I came outside they would come running. The big dog kept them off the back porch which was great. We are going to build them a new chicken house this fall I’ll have to tell hubs about that idea, so awesome! Be sure to join my facebook group, the link is below. Would love to hear more. Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Sheryl
    July 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Happy to find this! My husband and I are getting our ranch ready for the market next year hoping to buy a farm house. I want bees and chickens. I was thinking goats but not sure. We have three boys under the age of five all of a sudden I realized one day I was watching them on tablets in front of the TV and my heart just sank we decided we needed a life change for them. I’m excited to give them land to watch them work for the things that we eat and to take care of the animals this is become our dream for our family.

    • Michelle
      July 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Sheryl, We were in the same situation years ago when our boys were little. All they did was play video games all day. When we moved out in the country they didn’t know what to do with themselves and would stand looking in the window at me. Lol! That soon changed, building forts in the woods, swimming in the pond when it wasn’t warm enough to swim yet, fishing in the pond and then running to the house to get me to help them take the fish off the hook, only to find out that they didn’t secure the pole and it went into the pond.lol! We have wonderful memories of the boys growing up out in the country. My youngest who will turn 30 next week just told me how much he misses the quiet and will often ask to stay in the cabin for a few days to unwind. You will be so happy moving your family to a farm. I’m seeing many fun 4-H projects in your future. ๐Ÿ™‚ Michelle

  17. Lee
    June 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This is so unlike me to make a comment. But I stumbled here and you made the request so…
    We’ve just bought a farm outside of a new city that we’ve moved to for my husband’s work. I was just getting off mat leave so for the time being I’ve decided to stay home. It’s good but I feel so useless. I can’t seem to mom my 2 year old and get into homesteading. Everything’s been focused on the 29 chicks right now and the garden still needs to be prepped. My seedlings really need to get out into the ground. And I’ve missed starting lots of veggies I’d like to have. This will be our first summer and I feel so incredibly behind, but I just never seem to have the energy to get things done after the little one’s in bed.
    Well, that ended up being a lot more whiny then I intended. Oh well. So I guess the answer is yes, I’d like to jump in, guess I’m just wishing I could swim more instead of feeling like I’m treading water all the time!

    • Michelle
      June 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Hey Lee,
      So glad you found me! Don’t worry! Last year we didn’t even have a garden. It rained too much. And you’ve got a two year old. Just enjoy that kid and the outdoors. Just plant one thing in a container. Doesn’t matter if it works out or not. Head to the farmers market and grab some fresh veggies. You have a lot of chicks to take care of, so you’re doing Great! I just opened a private facebook group, head over and join. I’ll help you feel more like treading water.
      Big ((Hugs)):-)
      Michelle

  18. Amanda
    May 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    We’re a vegan family of 5 and we up and decided to start growing all of our own fruits and veggies! All my starts are flourishing inside, and now I’m just trying to prep the garden bed out back. I live in the city. So we don’t have a ton of space, but it’ll be a good 12×12 garden to grow the basics. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Onions, tomatoes, purple carrots, green beans, sugar snap peas, cilantro, jalapeรฑos, cucumbers, and green onions! My question is: how do you prep your garden bed if it’s in the ground? We want to do raised beds but I want to make sure I can find my green thumb first! Haha. We have all the jars and pressure cookers to can our own foods, but I just need things to grow first! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michelle
      May 16, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Amanda,
      Glad you found me! The ground needs to be tilled or dug up. If this is the first year of gardening. I would just start with a couple things first. Like cherry tomatoes. Those are easy and will grow just about anyplace. You can even put them in a container, and they come back each year. No matter if you want them too or not. Purple carrots sound fun. We grew all purple one year and the purple tomatoes tasted like soap. That scared me away from purple. lol! Tomatoes would be a really great start and then you can make salsa! Can tomatoes for chili are the best. Grandma canned them. I want to try canning this year for sure. We are putting out our garden tomorrow, hubs is turning over the ground in a little plot we have by the house and we have our bathtub gardens mostly planted and a raised bed that we’ve not had anything in yet. Can’t wait to eat my first tomato of the year. You just can’t buy them like you can grow them, the taste is out of this world. My favorite thing to eat is tomato sandwiches in the summer.
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 25, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Amanda, the reason raised beds are so popular now is because they are the easiest to help you “find your green thumb” because you are providing all of the soil. My husband and I have been suburban gardening for 17 years now and whenever we move to a new locale we know our first garden isn’t going to produce much in the soil available. It takes either money or time to properly amend your city soil. So don’t think if your first garden plot isn’t great that you don’t have the touch. A good way to start is by tilling some store bought compost into the available soil to give it a jump start. After that you can add your homemade compost to it year after year and your garden will produce more and more. Good luck.
      EarthshaperArts

  19. Meagan
    May 16, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I’m glad I found this blog! I live in a town house in the city, so no livestock for me! My big ambition is to prepare for my eventual migration into the country. I’m building my own raised garden so we can have our own produce and if I do well I can can (haha) for the winter! I’m also going to grow strawberries for jams ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t do much, but while I’m waiting I might as well get decent at something I CAN do around here!

    • Michelle
      May 16, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Hey Meagan,
      I’m glad you did too! I had a friend along time ago that had a townhouse and her garden was in the back of the house in raised beds too!, She even sneaked in a couple tomato plants in the front. No one made her move them. Ha ha! I’m a small time garden grower. I love to use my bathtubs to grow tomatoes, yellow squash, green peppers and carrots. This year we are growing green beans in the garden spot. We didn’t even have a garden last year. Hey crop rotation! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! I would love to make some jam this year, strawberries are my favorite!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Andrea Burpee
    May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Recently overheard my husband tell a friend, she (me) could live offgrid. Thats the greatest compliment ive ever received! Homesteading has always been a dream of mine. And your blog is great! I’ll keep following and hope to implement some of your ideas.

    • Michelle
      May 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Hey Andrea,
      Glad you found my blog! I love it when men realize we are tougher than most think!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. April 21, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    What an adventure for you so far! I am a city girl that just moved to the country and boy oh boy is it fun. We have a lot to learn but we’re raising chickens and gardening a bit so far. I love canning and preserving, all very new to me. We have 7 chickens, 4 are laying, and we have a big bird delivery coming up in a month! We ordering all these guinea chicks and peacock/peafowl chicks. We’ll probably be in over our heads because we both still have jobs, but it should be fun! How’s the gardening going for you? We have poison ivy in our garden and we have weeds the size of small trees…I can’t keep up. So I decided to do some patio container gardening until I learn enough about it. We do have several fruit trees, wild berries, also asparagus just planted. We’ve been lucky enough to get lots of cherries and wild berries the past year, but those were here when we bought the house. Hoping to get blueberries, apples, and pears this year! I’ve had bad luck with tomatoes because of fungus (we live in the woods), but peppers, lettuce, and herbs are going well. Wish me luck! Talk soon.

    • Michelle
      May 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Hey Marisa,
      Chickens are so fun, good luck with your new crew! I had a run in with poison ivy and for a couple years I wouldn’t weed anything. lol! My house looked like a jungle. But this year I started early and am very careful about what I touch. I hope to can some strawberry jelly this year. Thanks for stopping by! Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Kris
    April 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Michelle, I have put 3 cabins and a pole barn in the woods. First two years got one cabin done and decided closet to small so built a small apartment inside pole barn with a larger closet. Under my completed cabin I had a bunker put in first for storms with a French well in case of extended stay down there. I do have solar. Right now have only the sump plugged into it and also have electric. Wood stoves are in each of the cabins and Lp gas in the polebarn. I started chickens right away. Now I sell the eggs. I will never go back to store bought. First year had trouble with varmints killing them. Now have put a fence on top and 2 large dogs. Do not have problems now. I also learned to boil my eggs for 20 minutes due to the thicker shell. Also I learned to put baking soda in the pot of boiling eggs to peel easier. Fresh eggs are terrible to peel. I love it here in the woods. I plan on renting cabins to hunters and fisherman in the near future. Because of the rabbits I have had a hard time growing a garden plus living in the woods do not help either. Slowly am clearing out cedars that I take to saw mill for walls. Name of my place is Cedar Cabins. But in doing so is opening up dun room for my garden. I am learning as I go. I am 65 and last year met a guy with the same likes. So he is here with me now helping pitch in.

    • Michelle
      April 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Hey Kristine,
      That is so awesome!! That’s what we have planned is to rent out our cabins. We did that on the other farm for years getting quite a bit of money for opening days. This one is taking longer than we thought it would, guess getting older is slowing us down some, but we do have plans to build another one just for hunters. We lost a bunch of chickens at first too. Then we got our big dog like you, no more problems. Mostly! Our place is full of cedar too. So Proud of your accomplishments, please share some pictures on my facebook page. I would love that! Thanks so much for commenting, please keep us informed on what you’re doing!
      Michelle ๐Ÿ™‚

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