When designing a homestead based on permaculture principles, it’s essential to draw out a few maps before getting started. This process is akin to putting together a puzzle. Dumping out and looking at all the pieces from a bird’s-eye view before putting together the puzzle gives you a vision for your ultimate goal, so your […]
Why spend all the money to rent or buy a tractor when you can use chickens to do the work for you? Not only do they till but they give fertilize by giving manure, they eat the bugs (free pesticide!) and then till the manure into the ground. We are moving our chickens for the […]
First it started with chickens…. isn’t that the story of every homesteader? Well in this case our permaculture adventure started with chickens and now after 4+ weeks of chickens in the garden we are about to add a goat and a sheep. Check out this weeks video on how we hooked up our electric fence […]
My attempt at cow manure potting, which composts into the ground within about 12 weeks. We don’t want to waste a thing here at Ike & Eli’s!
I have been gardening in some form or another for pretty much my entire adult life. I have heard the term “permaculture” here and there but honestly it sounded pretty intimidating and expensive. I never really looked into the concepts behind it because I had decided it was something only big scale farmers needed and […]
Many of us have decided to take an active role in providing food for our families, and not all of us have a lot of land or a lot of time to do it. Suburban homesteading is becoming increasingly popular and practical, despite the obvious challenges. Micro-farming is a way to enjoy the rewards and […]