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.

Tasting Our Smoked Venison Salami


We visited another homestead called Shalom Acres and they make some great hard salami with all of the animals they raise. Grass fed beef, sheep and harvested deer. Amazing! Throw in some homemade wine and raw cheese and you have some wonderful fruits of labor. Here is their website:

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Building Your Own Greenhouse


We got a lot of questions about building our greenhouse and what materials we used. If you’re looking for a good source for greenhouses, this is video you want to see. Having your own greenhouse is great and gives you an extra growing season with lots of possibilities.

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Easy DIY Rocket Stove


Have you ever wanted to build a rocket stove? It’s very simple and very useful. I’m sure you can find multiple uses for this projects and building it is very affordable! Give it a try!

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Artisan Cured Meats


When we decided to make artisan cured meats on the homestead, it was not out of a desire to sell to a market or create a business. It was out of a necessity to save meat for long term storage. Being off grid means we don’t have abundant electricity beyond …

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The Ultimate Survivalist Garden Food


Do you want a good source of food that will grow back every year guaranteed without planting? Would you like a food that you could easily hide on your property and nobody else would know what it is? I have the solution! Plus with other added benefits! High in Iron …

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Solar For Your Chickens


We have gotten very good egg production over the last year and we wanted to try and improve that a bit by adding a light in the chicken coop. Here is the article mentioned in the video. How We Got 1447 Eggs This Winter and How You Can Too! How …

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Preparing Your Garden For Spring


You can’t just sit around during fall and winter and expect that when spring gets here that your garden is going to be ready to go for planting. There are things you need to do to get the ground ready with lots of nutrients that the plants will love. Every …

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Homestead Backhoe Woodsplitter


Our friend and neighbor got the idea to turn his backhoe into a woodsplitter by making a few adjustments to the stabilizer arm. It works great and it saved him a lot of money instead of buying an expensive woodsplitter at the store simply by using what he already had …

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What to Look for When Shopping for a Wood Cook Stove


This shopping guide was prepared by, US sellers of La Nordica wood cook stoves. Wood cook stoves are new to the 21st century home dweller. Most have seen them in history textbooks and many remember them in their grandmother’s homes. Some have even used them, but very few have …

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