What does it mean to live a life more sustainably in the context of homesteading? I believe the answer changes and shifts, evolves like we do as human beings and varies for each one of us depending on life circumstance and resources available.
When I first started talking about growing fruit trees at 8,600 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, people looked at me in a rather peculiar way. Having such a short growing season made gardening a challenge, let alone the idea of growing fruit. The standard growing environment for fruit trees calls for at least 150 […]
Growing kiwi and grapes at 8,600 feet without a green house? How about sea buckthorn, lingonberry, or plums? You didn’t think that is possible? When I moved up here the feedback I received from people was that growing anything was very limited, if at all possible. The very stubborn homestead woman in me decided to […]
When you embark on the journey of beekeeping you most likely will start out by ordering life honey bees from a commercial vendor rather than catching your own swarm. When I received my first bee package it was a super exciting time for me. I drove to the pickup location and was greeted by the […]
If you have thought about keeping bees at high altitude you are on a beautiful, exciting, and at times challenging journey. Honey bees are remarkable little helpers who require looking after like any other domesticated animal. Being a beekeeper requires commitment and care; in exchange you will be blessed with joy, excitement, and an often […]
Winter seems to be the perfect time to make all these lovely vanilla infused yummies. It is snowing outside, the woodstove is keeping us warm, and I am doing my thing in the homestead kitchen. I use fresh vanilla beans to infuse alcohol, oil, and salt which I use in various dishes in my kitchen; […]