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.

Get Rid Of Ticks – Guaranteed!


Living on a homestead deep in the Ozark Mountains, the subject of ticks and chiggers can often be a daily topic. These pests can make your life miserable and even be life threatening. That’s why we are serious about eliminating them on An American Homestead. Ticks are dangerous as they …

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Morel Mushroom Hunt 2015


We love Morels and look forward every year to mushroom hunting time! Morel mushrooms are truly a seasonal food because they only grow in the wild. Morel spawning kits are available, but most people who have tried them will tell you that they don’t work. They are impossible to cultivate, …

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My 5 Favorite Ways to Help Your Garden Grow!


Spring is here and the last frost date is finally past!  While that doesn’t mean that we won’t see one last frost, it’s a good bet that the all clear sign has been given and that means its time to start planting. We are excited to finally get our seeds …

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Mountain Lions and Firearms


We have been getting a lot of emails and youtube comments about carrying firearms around the homestead. People don’t understand why and are even offended at the sight of someone carrying a gun. Let me offer you some perspective on why we carry guns on the homestead.

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Building a Papalo Plant Growbed


Link to find Papalo on Ebay: We are looking forward to having a cilantro replacement here on the homestead. We love having flavorful foods and all of us are fans of cilantro. But its so hard to grow without it bolting to seed before you really get a lot …

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How to Germinate Peppers

How to germinate peppers

Sprouting and germinating peppers can prove to be difficult unless you have heating lambs or florescent grow lights over seed trays. Peppers are usually grown in warmer climates anyway and so those of us who are farther north, may have issues getting them to sprout year after year…especially if you …

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The Spring Greenhouse

The Spring Greenhouse

Our greenhouse is buzzing with activity right now.  We have a new fig tree, lots of cabbages and broccoli ready to transplant and lots more going on.  We will have many more updates on the garden and greenhouse coming up soon as spring kicks into full gear!  Comment below with …

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