Top 10 DIY Projects

One of the best parts of a DIY project is that you can create something custom that suits your needs perfectly. Whether you’ve always wanted to build your own root cellar or collect rainwater for your garden, this year’s a great time to get it done. For whatever your preferences, here are some projects for you to try out. 1. …

Top 10 Uses for a DIY Walk-In Cooler

A DIY walk-in cooler can make storing vegetables, beer and wine, and meat both affordable and energy efficient. Here are some ways you can use a walk-in cooler for home projects. 1. Root Cellar / Cold Storage Room Calling all homesteaders! Finally, there’s a modern and affordable way to keep your food fresh and in the perfect environment without having …

How to Build a Walk-In Cooler for Your Small Farm [Free Guide]

For small farms, cold storage can mean the difference between profitability and not making ends meet. Produce starts to deteriorate as soon as it’s picked, and, especially in warm temperatures, that deterioration can happen very quickly. This can lead to costly postharvest loss. Cold storage enables you to harvest your crops at the most advantageous time and keep them fresh …

How Amber Bradshaw Brings Fresh, Local Food to Her South Carolina Community

Amber Bradshaw knows a thing or two about growing, storing, and selling local, wholesome food — and how it can transform people’s lives. A little over eight years ago, Bradshaw started The Coastal Homestead, a website focused on teaching others about healthy, homegrown food and the simplicity of nature. She then took her knowledge of and passion for healthy, holistic …

“Go Break a Sweat”: Wise Advice from Homesteader and Author Marissa Ames

I thought I was busy. And then I met Marissa Ames. On the day I interviewed her, Ames was working on her latest novel for NaNoWriMo. She’s written a medieval fantasy series with rave reviews and has a nonfiction healthy eating book in the works. She writes for Backyard Poultry and Countryside Magazine and has a homesteading blog on Countryside …

Helping Bar Owners Pour the Perfect Pint in New York’s Hudson Valley

From updating their draught systems to making sure every pint is perfect, bar owners in the Hudson Valley know exactly who to call when they need help: Brendan Daly. And for good reason! Hailing from Dublin, Daly earned a degree in microbiology and began his professional journey with beer as a quality assurance / product manager at a large Irish …

If the Economy Collapses or a Disaster Strikes, Will You Have Enough to Eat?

We’ve probably all had that moment of hearing about a disaster (natural or otherwise) in some part of the world and thinking, “If that happened here, what would I do?” And most importantly, “Would I have enough to eat?” For many of us (myself included), the answers are, frighteningly, “I don’t know” and “No.” We’re waiting and wondering, which isn’t …

Where to Find Local, Organic Food Made the Old-Fashioned Way in Blanco, TX

As you drive along U.S. 281 just north of Blanco, TX, you’ll see a big pink tractor on the side of the highway. You’ll want to stop. That well-known landmark signals that you’ve arrived at Pink Tractor Farms, a Central Texas haven for a wide variety of fresh produce, as well as Texas-made ice cream, pickles, cheeses, farm fresh eggs, …

Demo Day Wrap-Up: How the CoolBot is Helping Smallholder Farmers in Honduras

Feeding a family on half an acre is tough. But that’s exactly what smallholder farmers in Honduras are struggling to do. Fortunately, there’s help. The Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program, which is a partnership between USAID and Fintrac, partners with private companies to help bring new technologies to smallholder farmers in countries considered “hunger zones,” like Guatemala, Malawi, …