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Off Grid Kitchen Appliances

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What are the most used off grid kitchen appliances that we love on the homestead? The kitchen on An American Homestead functions a bit differently than your average modern kitchen.   Let’s be honest shall we?  Most nice homes have large kitchens stacked to the brim with the latest electric appliances …

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The Homestead and Humanure Compost System

Humanure Walkthrough

Humanure Composting System We recently were sent a message from The Homestead Life asking about our humanure and composting system. We have been using this very simple and easy humanure system for over 5 years with great success and various benefits to our homestead. The most common response to a …

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Should I Homestead OFF or ON GRID?

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So you want to live on a homestead. Have you ever thought about living off grid? Will your modern homestead be on the grid or off grid? Is it better to start on grid and work your way off? These are the questions we get on a regular basis at …

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We haven’t Had Rain in Almost 2 Months!


What is your homestead’s primary source of water? Do you have a secondary source? What if two sources of water go down? Do you have a third? Water is the most important element an off-grid homestead can have and it’s our biggest concern when the rains don’t come for any …

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IKEA Off-Grid Tiny House for $1100


One of the biggest questions we get is how to get affordable housing on raw property. So you want to live off grid and build your own homestead? But you want to build your house yourself and do it right. What about living in a temporary shelter in the mean …

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Fall Preparations on the Homestead


This time of year, I often think about Aesop’s iconic fable of “The Ants and the Grasshopper”.  Summer has turned into fall and my pantry is completely restocked with beautiful mason jars.  They stand as an amazing reminder of a summer’s hard work of planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preserving.  I …

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Off Grid Pitcher Pump for the Homestead


An American Homestead now has indoor plumbing thanks to this beautiful pitcher pump. Jaimie is excited to have all the water she needs right at her fingertips again. It’s a very easy pump to maintain and disassemble as demonstrated in the video. Enjoy!

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How Humanure Changed My Life

Humanure (human manure) is defined as “human fecal material and urine recycled for agricultural purposes via thermophilic composting.” EWWW!!! Does that definition completely gross you out? Well, you are not alone! The word “recycled” is what gets to me. It brings to my mind images of Kevin Costner in “Water …

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Candid Thoughts on Living Without Running Water


I’ve often said that living without running water is the hardest thing about living off grid. Reaching for the faucet and expecting water to flow out of it, is so ingrained in us that for many it seems impossible to imagine a life without that luxury. Yesterday water flowed into …

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