What kind of people sell their spacious home in the suburbs to move to a comparatively tiny fixer upper on a small acreage to start a micro farm and live the life of their dreams? (Crazy people?) We do! Our names are Bonnie and Kyle and this is the ongoing story of our adventures together after moving our family out of the city and into rural Manitoba, Canada.
Posted by Bonnie Earlier this year our local Peavey Mart had a grand opening sale and put the Coops & Feathers Superior Hen House on at a deep discount. Until that point we had been considering building our own coop but (as always) time was in short supply, and we had a commitment to pick up […]
Instagram Contest: 1000 followers! Let’s celebrate! Want to win two bars of soap made by me, Bonnie, homesteader and the maker behind Stonebridge Soap Company? I am giving away 8 bars of soap, two each to two lucky winners… and two of their friends will win as well! That means that if YOU win… One […]
Posted by Bonnie How to cope with unsupportive people. This is a bit of a deep topic, that hits very close to home for me because it’s not just any people, either. I am talking close friends. Maybe, close family. A grandparent. A brother, even. You decide. I think we all have someone like this […]
Posted by Bonnie If we are to believe everything we see online, then it’s pretty safe to say that literally EVERYBODY has chickens. Or at least, everyone on our Instagram! On our 2 acres we should be able to accommodate a pretty sizable flock without much difficulty right? Right. We thought. Also, in case you […]
Anyone can be a homesteader. And if you're doing it in an apartment, it isn't practical to hang on to stuff you really don't need. If you have a comfortable household income, there is no reason to do things as inexpensively as possible. Most importantly... If you're looking for 100% farmstead based income? Yeah, don't relax. Work HARD. The money isn't just going to appear.
Posted by Kyle As winter turns to spring, projects around the homestead are starting to ramp up. We are still buried by at least a foot of snow but the temps have been hovering around 0°C for the last week or so and it’s starting to melt :D:D:D This past weekend, Bonnie and I tackled […]
Now as a disclaimer, the title of this post is "A Beginners Guide to Beehive(s)." I meant that in the plural sense as there are a number of different types of hives but I will only be discussing one, the Langstroth hive. This is by far the most common beehive out there and is the one you will see in fields all stacked up.
Posted by Kyle Our family values and beliefs have been slowly evolving over the last number of years. As we transitioned to our new life on the homestead it became clear to us that the services we came to rely on as city dwellers were actually very fragile things. We learned this the hard way […]
We’ve had our Presto pressure canner for a couple of months now, and believe me when I tell you… Canning is EASY. I am really not sure why people don’t seem to can anymore! I guess it is easier to buy canned food at a grocery store, but I prefer my own cooking to Campbells […]
Posted by Bonnie It is February and it is freezing here in Manitoba. Today’s high was somewhere around -15 C and the low was -25 C. Add a bit of wind and temperatures felt as low as -30 C (-22 F). Winter came early this year, and after almost 4 months of snow, freezing temperatures, […]