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Season 1

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Episode 1

The first episode of An American Homestead. We meet the family and take a look at some daily chores on the farm. Pumping water, wringing laundry, caring for chickens and we get our first look at the massive off-grid aquaponics system in the greenhouse.

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Episode 2

The second episode of An American Homestead. We explain why we want to grow and raise our own foods as we give an overview of the garden. Future episodes will go into more detail on the garden. What birds will devastate a tick population? Oh and we give our opinions on homeschooling on the homestead!

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Episode 3

The third episode of An American Homestead. The homestead produces a lot of waste and we want to use that waste in the most efficient manner possible. We take a look at 4 areas of composting that we manage around the homestead. Animal manure, Humanure, Kitchen scraps, and vemiculture.

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Episode 4

The fourth episode of An American Homestead. There are lots of building projects underway. We take a look at our solar energy production and what life is like without electricity. Jaimie goes into detail about life without a grid connected home. Then we show you some of our footage of our sheep shearing this past spring.

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Episode 5

The fifth episode of An American Homestead. The harvest is coming in with abundance and we are putting up as much produce as possible for future use. This means lots of canning. But we have to do this without spending an arm and a leg on propane. So that means wood fire canning! Plus, we take a look at some of the garden all-stars this year!

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Episode 6

The sixth episode of An American Homestead. People have asked lots of questions about how we came to the decision to leave the city. How did we do it, what was involved? It wasn’t easy but we were determined to make a life away from the modern world and many of its trappings and carve out our own existence!

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Episode 7

The seventh episode of An American Homestead. It’s time to harvest potatos and we are showing off our working aquaponics system. We really want to maximize the amount of food that we can grow on our homestead and that is one of the reasons we opted to build an aquaponics system.

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Episode 8

The eighth episode of An American Homestead. The chickens on the homestead are finally big enough to start eating. After canning them, they should be a food source for us well into next year. Plus the homestead finished the brick pizza/bread oven that will help us reduce our dependence on propane gas. All that and its time this week to start the county fair. Will the homestead see any blue ribbons?

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Episode 9

The ninth episode of An American Homestead. The homestead visits the county fair and finds out if we won any blue ribbons this first year. Then we visit the garden again and continue to process the abundance of tomatoes for the winter. And then, we finish the week with a chicken dinner cooked with out new outdoor brick oven. YUM! What happens next week?

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Episode 10

The tenth episode of An American Homestead. The homestead builds an outhouse for guests to use when they come camping in the spring and fall. Not everyone is into using a composting toilet so we build a simple yet efficient outhouse for visitors. It’s been just over a year that we arrived on the land that has become An American Homestead. We’ve been super busy. In this last episode of the season, we take a look back at everything we have accomplished in 12 months time. The result of all the hard work is a homestead we can be proud of and share with others.

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10 comments

  1. That’s an impressive setup you have there. Great video! I hope YHWH continues to bless you!

  2. Sherri Strouse

    Thank you for this site! I have been a subscriber of your other page on you tube for a while. This is great!! My husband, son and my parents just bought 90 acres in Northern Maine . We will be completely off grid, our plan is to be there permanently in 5 years. Looking forward to reading and learning from your family.
    Thanks again for taking the time to help others.

  3. David Szatkowski

    Hello Zach! Great vid! We are planning a homestead as well and need a lot of help as we are city slickers from LA not Lower Alabama, but Los Angeles. Is there a way to have home that is switchable between off grid and on grid electricity? Also, how does your plumbing work in your home if you do not have running water in your home? Thanks!

    • You are either on grid or off grid. No switching back and forth! You can always choose to not use your electricity when you are on grid, but not the other way around! We have plumbing because we have manufactured homes. The water goes down the drain just fine. But to get the faucets to work, we need to install a holding tank on the roof with a pump to get water into it.

  4. Great work on your homestead. I have been following your progress on youtube concerning you barrel phonics system and look forward to setting mine up when my family and I move to our property to live off grid. Keep up the great work.

  5. my question is how do you afford to do all of this. I know that you are off grid, however there are certain things that you purchase. like going to the grocery store for butter, how do you afford that? you oil for you lamps, the gas for your vehicles. All of these things cost money, as well as new constructions on you property, and building materials etc… so where do you generate your revenue, so that you can purchase these things?

  6. Great videos! I’ve been following you on youtube, and have always loved the homestead videos. Keep them coming! This is my new favorite show!

  7. Besides an occasional bug, what do the fish eat? There is no perpetual motion machine. You have to supply something. The plants eat the fish crap…….the fish eat what?

    • We found an organic blend fish pellet online that they are eating now. But we will eventually start making our own soon. Plus we are growing meal worms and next summer will grow black soldier fly larva as well for them to eat.

  8. Great site, I love what you are doing this is exactly the same way me and my family decided to start off. We bought land first and moved a travel trailer onto it. Keep up the exciting work bub..

    Good-luck to you and your family!

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