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Shows of An American Homestead are released usually once a week on Monday morning. All episodes can be watched on youtube or on An American Homestead website.

This season, summer is here and the homestead is gearing up for the fall harvest. The garden is in full swing, construction projects are being completed and fall lambing season should hopefully be producing some new additions before winter. New challenges are facing these new homesteaders as they deal with the extreme southern summer heat and forgo the modern conveniences of American city living.

The two families have sheep, a guard donkey named Tilly (short for Matilda), chickens, and guinea hens, and they raise blue gill fish.

Additionally this season, Zac and Tim need to decide what animals will be showing in the coming county fair this year. Jaimie and her mother Joann will be busy in the kitchen canning up all of the goodies the harvest provides, as well as testing out a new pressure canner and stainless steal steam juicer.

This season we also get to meet some of their neighbors and friends as they stop by to visit and together plan for the fall feast known as Sukkot.

Trials and tribulations are what’s in store for those brave enough to leave the bustling city life in search of a more simple one. But will what they find actually be simple? We will find out!

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13 comments

  1. Brother.

    Still thinking of you guys and would love to talk. Still would love to come see you all. We moved to 155 acre home stead and building 776 sq ft homes. Put in 3000 ft of barb wire fence. Off grid. Call if you can.

    jason

    Shalom

  2. Hey ya all from sunny California ! I just want to say I’m a fan of your show. I watch your show on youtube. I love the fact that ya all are eco friendly people and I admire that you are making your american dreams happen. Bleessed Be Dawn

      • I’ve just discovered you guys through Christy Jorden…I really enjoy learning how you do things! I hope you will show an average day as a wife and mother. Also, how do you plan what your going to eat.
        Thanks for letting us in your home!
        Miriam Jones

  3. Hi, Love what Jamie wears on her hair. Would love to know what they are and if home-made. Maybe a video on women living on homestead, like on home-made feminine care products. I have a friend with goats, makes soap and lotion from milk. Really nice.

  4. My husband and I have a small homestead in Northern Wisconsin. I am very interested in advancing to a small array of livestock. There are many predators roaming around our area. We are not far enough north for grizzlies, but we seem to have everything else, and we have neighbors who have lost dogs to them. I am very interested in knowing more about the merits of a guard donkey. Can you direct me to an episode where you feature Tilly or resources for assessing whether a donkey would be a good match for us. Love you family spirit and generosity in sharing what you know and learn!

  5. Sara R much ( Marietta GA)

    Love your videos please more on Jamie and her mom and dad though .may I ask how old are they we are fairing in our late sixties.also how are they fairing living on the homestead and the weather,conditions of living in the Ozarks? Keep em coming bless you guys!

    • We are in our late 60’s and we think it is the best retirement life style. We do not mind the heat of the summer, but we do not like the cold. Thankfully we have our wood heater. Thanks Tim

  6. Was interested in learning all about the pre-fab homes you had set up on your property and the decks that you built around them. That all seems super nice to me and extremely important as far as getting off to a good start in homesteading. However, I could not find any videos on that subject. Was wondering what brand of prefab home and square feet and the company do the set up.

    Another thing that I think you should consider is a solar attic fan for both homes — that is, if you completely rule out solar air conditioning.

    To me keeping the houses reasonably cool in the very hot summers is higher priority that the solar fan you have in the greenhouse.

    The idea of a HOME stead is very much about the house and the homey fealing living and growing there means. It is not very homey to have your house be a sweatbox.

    I liive in very hot central Texas, but would often visit my parents who lived out in the country in northeaster Oklahoma near Ft. Smith Arkansas. I remember how incredibly hot it was without air coniditioning but the nights were cool even in summer. We brought them two window ACs and it changed and I believed lengthened their lives.

    Please change your priorities around if necessary but get some kind of fan or AC in your house for next summer.

    God bless you.

    • We bought our manufactured home from Clayton Homes (they are manufactured by SE Homes). We had additional windows added when the houses were made because we knew we would not have AC. The decks were added later and they provide shade to make the house cooler. We also get late afternoon shade. The attic is filled with insulation so there is no room for an attic fan. We tried an attic fan in a window but it did not help much.

      AC is practically impossible with solar because they draw a lot of power and at the present time our solar array is not large enough to accommodate ceiling fans. Although ceiling fans would be nice they are not an important priority. Summers can be hot, but it is not that big a deal. Most days we don’t mind the heat, but a cold beer sure is nice on a hot afternoon. Winters on the other hand require a wood stove and a lot of work setting in about four cords of wood for the winter. I don’t think we could survive without our wood stove.
      Thanks for your comments, Tim

  7. We are considering going off grid. We are Tim’s age. My question is -is your system a battery backup system?
    I know there is a system that have the solar panels but no battery backup so you have to get your work done during the daylight hours. Would appreciate any thoughts/cmments. Thank you

    • We have batteries for our solar system. That’s the way solar works. The solar generates power and charges the batteries. That’s the least complex way to explain it. We just don’t use our batteries to power anything but our office equipment. We don’t generate enough power for most household appliances. At this point, using any solar power for lighting is not something we want to do. We love our lantern light in the evening. Simply put…we organize our time so that we can relax when the sun goes down. Ask yourself, how did the homesteaders of the past do it? The did their work during the day and rested at night. And I guarantee you that they had much more to do than any modern day homesteader.

  8. Hey Y’all!

    One thing I’ve noticed is there isn’t much reporting on the aquaponics. Could you bring us up to date on your fish and aquaponics in a winter update? I’d love to know how you are doing with it.

    Thanks for the show and God bless!

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