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.

Off Grid Homestead Aquaponics

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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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Achocha Cucumber Success!

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2014 is our first attempt by ourselves to really get a garden going. It’s a first year garden at this location and to be honest my family’s first year ever having enough space to really grow whatever we want. As long as Jaimie and I have been married, we either …

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Bring on the Rain!

This has been an exciting spring and early summer.  We are getting rain at least once a week and the garden is so enjoying the constant moisture.  I approached summer with the intention to water the garden at least every other day if need be.  But the temps have been …

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Sassafras Tea = RootBeer on the Homestead!

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I was searching a portion of the property for passion fruit early this spring when I made an exciting discovery. I knew that passion fruit was in the area because I saw it last fall. Passion fruit has a peculiar leaf structure unlike most plants, and I had my eye …

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