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Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

Homestead Mountain Squash


We call it the Ozark Mountain Potato. It is actually a cross of a pumpkin developed by my friend Travis Hughey in South Carolina. I’m not sure of it’s exact origins but we have been growing it here on our off grid homestead for the last few years with great …

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Keep Deer Out Of Your Garden!


Here is a great easy way to keep deer out of your garden and it’s so simple! It’s plastic bags! We’ve been doing it for years now and it works. Deer are skidish creatures and they don’t like surprises. Notice how they are always looking around and on the alert. …

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Chickens Eat Corn, I Dig The Sweet Potatoes!


What’s it like here on An American Homestead? This is how we spend our summer days. With fall quickly approaching and the harvest almost complete, we take you on a video adventure to show life on the modern off grid homestead. Jaimie is busy cooking in the off grid kitchen …

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Bring In The Deer This Hunting Season!


Hunting season is coming soon and I want to help you get the most our of your season that you can get. The best most effective way to bring in deer is to bait them. You go fishing, you bring bait. When you go hunting, bring bait! Some states do …

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We haven’t Had Rain in Almost 2 Months!


What is your homestead’s primary source of water? Do you have a secondary source? What if two sources of water go down? Do you have a third? Water is the most important element an off-grid homestead can have and it’s our biggest concern when the rains don’t come for any …

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How Much Land For My Homestead?


We get asked all the time about how much land should a person get for their homestead. Like most questions, the answer depends on what your goals are. Do you want to live off grid? Do you want livestock? Do you want to harvest timber? Are you going to grow …

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No Homestead For You!


I’m walking around today on the back side of our mountain and looking around for deer antlers. I didn’t find any but any walk through my woods is an enjoyable one…especially in the fall and winter. Take a real hard look at becoming a homesteader before you actually become one. …

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You Won’t Starve This Winter – PLANT THIS!


Here is a plant that will make you a successful gardener GUARANTEED! The Sunchoke or what is sometimes called the Jerusalem Artichoke will always produce year after year for your family. Once you plant it, you can count on it coming back each year and always giving you food for …

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Never Pay A Butcher Again!


Never Pay For A Butcher Again! Processing your own meat takes a little practice but its a big money saver. We are back at our friends homestead and helping them fill the freezer! It took 3 guys less than 4 hours to completely butcher this cow. All 3 men doing …

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