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.

Mom Prepares interviews Jaimie – Podcast

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MomPrepares.com called up Jaimie for an interview to discuss off-grid living. They talk about life without electricity, no running water, using composting toilets and they even talk about the homestead guard donkey! We think you will enjoy this interview! And check out MomPrepares.com on the web!

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Persimmons, Cedars and Gardens

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We are busy clearing cedars and brush away from all of our fruiting persimmon trees so that we have a good and easy harvest next year. Along with that comes a lot of debris that we can use on the homestead or share with our new neighbor! Take a look …

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Valley Food Storage: Product Review

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I’m always excited to review products for our website. I especially like to review products for the prepper community as I know so many of us use our hard earned dollars to stock up on these items that our family may someday rely on. Food storage products are a hard …

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When The Grid Goes Down: Making Fuel

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There are a lot of concerns for if and/or when the grid goes down and we are unable to acquire some of life’s basic items. It is a given that life as we know it will change forever and any number of scenarios can be entertained that will make it …

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Connecting Your Own Grid

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Being on the “grid” is generally considered to mean that one is connected to the electrical grid supplied by a local electrical provider. Today, labeling yourself as “off grid” can mean a whole bunch of things. Maybe you don’t have water or sewer. Maybe you don’t shop at the store. …

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When The Grid Goes Down ~ Kerosene

Kerosene-Article

I recently received a comment from someone who saw our kerosene lantern video on YouTube. They couldn’t see any benefits to burning kerosene lanterns over using battery powered LED lights. I can see lots of benefits and reasons why You Should Be Using Kerosene. Kerosene oil is one of the …

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The Smallest Gun On the Homestead

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Jaimie is full of surprises sometimes. One of those surprises is tucked away, hidden in the kitchen where she spends a lot of her time. I’m talking about her .22 caliber North American Arms mini-revolver. When we lived in the city, the small pistol was kept by the side door …

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Meat Harvesting and Processing

Fall brings yet another chore for the homestead: meat processing. As the weather turns cold, and the final harvest from the garden is complete, we turn our attention to stocking up on the meat we will need for the following year. Just like canning green beans, carrots, potatoes, and pickled …

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The Homestead Guard Donkey

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Her name is Matilda. We call her Tilly for short.  She comes from a long line of guard donkeys which are raised about 20 minutes from our farm. When we were first researching having livestock for our farm, we knew we wanted to have sheep and some cattle.  We have …

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Homestead Wine Production

Homestead Wine Production

Making wine is a very simple procedure. This was our first time making it but definitely not our last. We are not big drinkers here on An American Homestead. But we will drink wine on certain occasions and I do love a good wine. When I served in the military …

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