Turning Logs into Lumber – Part II

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So, after my last post about stacking saw milled lumber, you should all be experts in the first steps of getting ready to crank up that sawmill and get to work! When my husband and I realized that we would need to cut down a dozen trees where we planned to build our house, a friend mentioned having someone with a sawmill come in and cut them up into lumber for future building endeavors. As this idea started to morph and become its own beast, we suddenly became the proud new owners of a Wood Mizer LT15 sawmill. Why pay someone to do your dirty work when you can slave and sweat over it all summer long yourself? 😉 And so the story began where every spare moment was spent cutting down trees, cleaning up their tops, having huge bonfires, stacking loads of firewood and cutting lumber out of…

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Introducing “The Homestead Project” Part 4

CarmAl Farms

The Age of the Generalist

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Summer Squash
Well-House Project
50 Year Old Electrical System in need of replacement
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Excavating the Homestead’s Trash Pit

The last 150 years have been the age of the industrialist, the specialist, the inventors and the lifelong devotees to one system. Whether it is Andrew Carnegie with Bethlehem Steel or Bill Gates with Microsoft, the people in the last 2 centuries who have made it big, and who have made it small, all had to specialize. According to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Gates put in over 10,000 hours on cutting edge computer technology before he was in his second year of college. That is success of the specialist.

I believe, with universal increased access to information, and with increased access  to automation, the new pioneers, and homesteaders of the 21st Century will specialize in systems and people. To be specialized in a system or a person, it…

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Homesteading: What The Heck is That?

What is homesteading to you all?

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What is homesteading? Well, the dictionary definition is an act or instance of establishing a homestead, which is defined as a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by the homestead law from seizure or sale for debt. Ok, that’s nice. But what does homesteading mean to the thousands of us who claim this name? To me, it’s the idea of using the lost arts of self sufficiency and sustainability to provide for our families. This can mean different things to different people, but for us it is striving for food independence through gardening, barter and purchase from local sources, putting up locally grown produce and meat to last us through the winter, recycling reusing and renewing items in our home to minimize our environmental impact, creating or repairing items before going to the store to purchase something. Remembering the things that…

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Chickies, Duckies and Turkeys…Oh my!

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So we finally got some chickens!

…and then some more little chickies

…and some duckies

…and some more chicks and duckies

…and we even ordered some turkeys (which haven’t arrived yet, thankfully, since we’re running out of room!)

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It all happened so fast that I didn’t have much time to think it through. Every time we went to The Feed Bin, our local feed store, to pick up an order of birds that just came in, there were always extras. Sweet little extra babies that needed a home…and we knew we had the perfect one for them! I mean, what chicken wouldn’t want to wake up to this mountain view?

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We were like giddy little kids in a candy store pointing to all different shapes colors and sizes of birds saying, “Let’s take one of these, and 4 of those. Oh and look at that one right there! It has fuzzy little…

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How My Husband and I Stay Home Full-Time

How We Homestead

With the recent push of my personal blog and website, Corporate To Country, I have had many inquiries about how I was able to make the move from working full-time in an office to living in the woods and managing a homestead with my husband and kids. It is extremely hard to answer without first breaking it down to two main points; visualization and action. StayHome

Visualizing what we wanted our lives to be like was easy and fun. We created a vision board that hosted images of our dream home, dream vacation, home life, family life and a perfect financial situation for us and our needs. We often discussed what it would be like to homestead and how the challenging life would be incredibly rewarding as well as educational for our children. We wrote down lists of things that made us happy, that brought us joy. We created a gratitude…

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