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.

3 Must Haves For a Prepper Homestead

Having lived off grid now for almost two years and on this homestead for just over a year, at least 3 things come to mind that I’m so glad we have. Everyone on our homestead has a preparedness mindset and thinks ahead about long term survival. Consequently, we have developed …

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Harvesting and Eating Sunflower Seeds

sunflower seeds

I have been a lover of sunflower seeds for as many years as I can remember. I don’t know why, but they are so fun to pop in your mouth, crack open, eat and spit. Gross? No way. Maybe it was playing baseball as a kid in little league. I’m …

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Prepping The Wood Stoves For Winter

We are almost in October and are very busy getting ready for winter around the homestead. All the longterm forecasts are calling for a cold and snowy winter, even here in the Ozarks. So we want to make sure we have plenty of wood stocked up and wood stoves in …

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The Importance Of The Homestead Rifle


The Importance of The Homestead Rifle There are many reasons that every homestead needs a rifle. We have written about how we carry handguns on a daily basis out here and if you have seen our videos, you can see our holstered firearms. Everyone on the homestead has easy access …

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4 Ways We Battle Garden Pests

Pests in the garden. This is an issue that everyone who grows their own food has to deal with. Pest pressures can be very frustrating and it’s important to not feel overwhelmed when it seems the advancing hordes can’t be turned back no matter what you do. Now, it’s easy …

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4 Ways to Raise Livestock Without Chemicals

One of the giant reasons we wanted to live on a farming homestead with my family is because we knew the food that is sold in the local city grocers are all altered. What do you mean, Zac? I mean that the meat that is being sold in almost all …

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Off Grid Homestead Aquaponics


We are just getting started this year with aquaponics. Right away, the weakest link with aquaponics is it usually relies on the grid to keep it going. You need electricity to run the pumps that run the system. In our system, all of the electricity comes from 1000 watts worth …

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3 Reasons Why We Carry On The Homestead

You will probably encounter someone carrying a firearm if you visit An American Homestead. This can be a bit different than your normal face to face encounter in regular everyday life. But on the homestead, there are many reasons to have firearms and to actually wear them most of the …

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4 Big Benefits of Having Livestock

Food glorious food! I think of the song in the musical Oliver as I start this post. I love my veggies.  I even love my veggies mostly raw, eaten right out of the garden. I used to love juicing my veggies when I lived in the city and had electricity.  …

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5 Things You Need For Solar Energy!

Our houses don’t use electricity. We have manufactured homes. They were built off-site and assembled on site. That means they are completely wired for electric hookups.  However, at this point, there is nothing hooked up to them. That is fine as far as we are concerned for now. We have …

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