10 Homesteading Blogs That Inspire and Educate
Helpful Homestead Websites For Those Seeking Self-Sufficient Farm Living Advice
Are you on the hunt for helpful homesteading blogs? You’re in luck. The Countryside Network features some of the most influential homesteading bloggers today. You’ll hear from these knowledgeable bloggers (and many more!) on our site daily.
These modern homesteaders also share their personal experiences on their own websites.
Check them out below.
10 Homesteading Blogs We Love
Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily
With an audience that spans the globe, Lisa is well recognized as the creative force behind Fresh Eggs Daily, a popular homesteading blog for natural chicken and duck keeping. A fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, Lisa has been raising her own backyard chickens since 2009 and sharing her chicken farming adventures. Lisa is an aspiring herbalist dedicated to raising her own animals as naturally as possible. She offers practical, natural advice for raising chickens using herbs, and other holistic preventives and remedies. In addition to chicken keeping tips, Lisa shares DIY projects for the chicken coop and run using repurposed materials, natural household and personal products, gardening ideas, and recipes using fresh eggs, vegetables and herbs. Lisa is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily and Duck Eggs Daily.
Janet Garman of Timber Creek Farm
If you are looking for encouragement while starting your homesteading journey, Timber Creek Farm is the homesteading blog for you. Janet and her family raise vegetables for their own table as well as animals for fiber, eggs, meat and companionship. Their goal is small-scale farming with a goal of sustainable living — wasting less and being more self sufficient. Follow along for glimpses into their love of tractors, photography, recipes, and family farm dogs and cats. Learn about raising chickens, ducks, dairy goats, sheep and whoever else needs a home from Janet and Timber Creek Farm. Janet is the author of Chickens From Scratch.
Pam Freeman of Pam’s Backyard Chickens
A gift of four Silver Laced Wyandotte chicks from the Easter bunny started Pam’s backyard flock. Since then, Pam has enjoyed raising a variety of chicken breeds and even a few roosters. As a journalist by trade, it was second nature for Pam to write about her experiences with chickens and poultry, herb gardening, gardening for nature and life in the country. She started Pam’s Backyard Chickens as a way to share her experiences and connect to the poultry community. And, as the digital content coordinator for Backyard Poultry and Countryside, Pam has a great time working with a passionate group of contributors and editors to bring the print magazines to life online and create a community where we can stay in touch and learn from each other. Pam is the author of Backyard Chickens: Beyond the Basics.
DaNelle of Weed ’em and Reap
DaNelle is a self-proclaimed “wanna-be farm girl who convinced her husband to buy goats.” One day she decided her life wouldn’t be complete without a farm, despite the fact that she was battling a chronic illness. She “lovingly persuaded” her husband to buy some land and create an urban farm in Phoenix, AZ on just one acre. Together with their children, DaNelle and her husband are living the dream milkin’ goats, raisin’ lambs, chasin’ chickens, and growin’ all sorts of stuff in our garden. Follow DaNelle for down-home advice with a humorous twist (think goat Cross-Fit). She’s a wonderful resource for anyone interested in living the homestead dream in an urban environment.
Rusty Burlew of HoneyBeeSuite
Rusty is a master beekeeper in Washington State. She has been fascinated by honey bees since childhood and, in recent years, has become enthralled with the native bees that share pollination duty with honey bees. She has an undergraduate degree in agronomic crops and a master’s degree in environmental studies with an emphasis on pollination ecology. Rusty is the director of a small non-profit, the Native Bee Conservancy of Washington State. Through the non-profit, she helps organizations with conservation projects by taking species inventories and planning pollinator habitat. Besides writing for the website, Rusty has published in Bee Culture and Bee World magazines, and has regular columns in Bee Craft (UK) and the American Bee Journal. She frequently speaks to groups about bee conservation, and has worked as an expert witness in bee sting litigation. In her spare time, Rusty enjoys macro photography, gardening, canning, baking, and quilting.
Rhonda Crank of The Farmer’s Lamp
Rhonda is a Southern farm girl transplanted to the wilderness of Northern Idaho. Rhonda shares old-timey, down to earth, common sense knowledge and experience for homesteading today, while striving to offer encouragement, direction, and strength to anyone interested in self-sufficient farm living. Rhonda loves going barefoot in the garden, working with animals, and all things farming. Rhonda lives as close to nature as is possible in a modern world. She uses organic, non-GMO practices based on the wisdom and skills of her grandparents, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in. Rhonda’s family has always been attached to the self-sufficient lifestyle of a farmer.
Jeremy Chartier of Flock Answers
Jeremy is focused on helping the backyard chicken keepers and rural homesteaders of the world through his work with Countryside Network and through his homesteading blog. Jeremy Chartier started his foray into the world of farming at the age of 12, and has never looked back. Growing up in rural Northeast Connecticut, Jeremy was raised on a small homestead with tractors, trucks and farm animals being part of everyday life. Jeremy spent his early years exhibiting goats and chickens in 4-H, along with shadowing his father while building barns and chicken coops, fixing tractors, and creating cool contraptions out of scrap metal or spare parts. Jeremy learned the skills of a self-reliant farmer such as welding, mechanical repair, fabrication, fence and gate installation, hydraulic systems, how to operate common farm equipment and a myriad of other useful things. Needless to say, he’s been driving a tractor since he could reach the pedals.
Rita Heikenfeld of About Eating and In the Garden
Rita Heikenfeld is a CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) and CMH (Certified Modern Herbalist), an award-winning syndicated journalist, inductee into Escoffier Hall of Fame, President’s Medal ACF, Appalachian herbal scholar, accredited family herbalist, author, cooking teacher, media personality and the founding editor of About Eating. Rita lives “in the sticks” outside of Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs.
Erin Phillips of Phillips Farm
Erin is a teacher by trade but has always found joy in making things with her hands. She comes from a long line of gardeners. Her grandmother had a tiny city lot in Cleveland where she utilized every square inch of land to grow something edible: pears, currants, tomatoes, peppers, apples and melons. Some of Erin’s fondest memories of visiting her grandmothers as a child include steaming pies and choosing which cans to take home with us from her cellar. When the Phillips settled into their new home on four acres in Batavia, Erin decided she wanted to continue the legacy in her own way, by growing and making food to share this feeling of home with others. She makes everything she sells in her own kitchen.
Angi Schneider of Schneider Peeps
Angi and her “peeps” recently moved into an older home on 1.5 acres in south Texas. They are in the process of turning this small patch of earth into something that can supply many of their needs for years to come (that includes gardens, fruit trees, chickens and bees so far.) They’re also turning this house into a home (that includes sewing, cooking, home decorating and homeschooling). This homesteading blog is Angi’s attempt to help chronicle their family’s days, share information about things they enjoy and are learning about, and encourage others to try new things.
What are your favorite homesteading blogs? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
Originally published in 2016 and regularly vetted for accuracy.