Homestead Barn Hop #51

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Welcome to the 51st edition of the Homestead Barn Hop!

Wow, I have to say that I have been overwhelmed and incredibly humbled by last week’s response to my new eBook, Your Custom Homestead. I am so very happy that the book is serving the purpose I had hoped it would: to encourage even the unlikeliest of homesteaders that they CAN indeed start an adventure of their own.

If you have purchased your copy yet, head on over to the Your Custom Homestead website for more info, including testimonials, a video, and a chance to preview a free chapter.

In other homestead news, I’m thinking we’ll have a new batch of baby goats VERY soon! I spend yesterday morning preparing a kidding pen and laying down fresh straw. This is always such an exciting time of year- I can’t wait to introduce you to our new additions!

Alrighty, now down to the business of this week’s hop.

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, along with three other fantastic homesteading gals:

Amy from Homestead Revival, Kendra from New Life on a Homestead, and Kelly from The Morris Tribe.

**Note regarding New Life on a Homestead** Kendra’s blog was hit hard by some nasty hackers. She is still struggling to get things back to normal. But, she’ll be back as soon as possible, so don’t give up on her!

We encourage you to stop by every Monday and share your latest homesteading posts with us. From cooking to animals to gardening, we want to hear what’s been happening at your homestead this week!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Remember to provide a link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share. Feel free to grab the banner at the top of this post, if you would like, and use it to link back to us!

2. Please link to a specific post, not your blog’s main page.

3. If you don’t have a blog, share your latest homestead updates in a comment on this post!

4. We, the hosts of the Barn Hop, reserve the right to remove any link that we deem inappropriate or offensive. We will err on the side of caution.

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  1. Abby Jo says

    Hello Jill, congratulations on your book! Life had been busy on our homestead too. I can’t wait to check out your book.
    Posted on my granny’s cocoa cream pie & backwood diaries. Have a great homesteading week :)

    • Jill says

      I saw that pie recipe…. YUM! Hey, if you are interested in doing a review/giveaway of the book, shoot me an email! I’d love to set one up with you!

  2. says

    Hi Jill! I posted two links, but for some reason they aren’t showing up. I’ll check back later. Thanks for hosting!

  3. says

    Hi Jill,
    Thank you for hosting – I linked up our Tasty Turkey Meatloaf.

    (Yes, it really have have flavor…if you saute the veggies using a bit of bacon fat in some cast iron!)

    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

  4. Stephanie says

    We too are getting ready for kidding! I love this time of year when its so exciting to see what my girls are going to produce for me. Boys? Girls? White? Red? Spots? Patches? Our buck is a doe maker so we only get a about 20-30% bucklings but we are hoping for a real “Buck” year . Planning the garden and a small orchard is also keeping us busy.

    • Jill says

      Lucky you to have so many does! We had 6 bucks and 1 doe last year… yikes! But, we have a new buck this year, so hoping things are a bit better. :)

      • Stephanie says

        We prefer bucklings as we sell for meat and most folks want a buck or wether for meat purposes. This year prices are way up and we sold 7 young kids (5 bucklings and 2 doelings) and that brought us almost $1000.00. The money we get from kid sales goes right back into our feed/prep budgets as this year our hay prices are at 20.00 a bale for alfalfa. We have reduced our herd from 70+ to only 12 just because of the feed prices. I am however looking for a couple of milkers – probably from one of the goat dairies so I can raise a couple of drop calves for the freezer and later for the milk for soap and I freeze it for later use. I think as a prepper this will also be a good barter item.

  5. KimberleyH says

    I got your ebook last week – read all the way through it! Loved it! I have been wanting to live the homestead lifestyle for quite some time now, its a dream of mine. After reading your ebook, I am now diving into starting my suburban homestead (I can do this!). We live on a very large suburban lot, so I should be able to do quite a bit with it. I have already had a garden before, but I can expand it. As a first step, last thursday I purchased whole wheat berries from Bob’s Red Mill (which is local here), and this weekend I ground my own flour and baked some bread from scratch! Yay for me! My family loved it. And we are also starting to make plans for backyard chickens. I am actually also debating starting up a blog just to journal my journey (from the beginning) into this suburban homestead life – the successes and mistakes – :) Thanks again for your ebook and for your encouragement to all of us out here like me. Blessings to you!

    • Jill says

      Oh Kimberley,
      Comments like yours make me so happy! :) I’m so happy that you enjoyed the ebook and that it gave you some inspiration. It sounds like you have a wonderful start to your suburban homestead. Keep up the great work!!

  6. says

    Jill, Thanks so much for hosting this! I linked several posts – Tips for Managing a Large Family, When Natural Remedies Are Too Confusing, and Getting Started With A Natural Medicine Cabinet. I absolutely love your site and it’s so encouraging! I just saw your new ebook and I can’t wait to read it! We live on a huge suburban lot, in a 1904 home, smack dab in the middle of the city. We adore it, and I like to pretend there are rolling hills past my wooden fence and I dream of chickens and a goat. I will settle for a large veggie garden this summer and thankfully we are within walking distance to the largest farmer’s market in our state! Your blog is so encouraging and as our family starts making strides towards self-sufficiency, your tips and articles are a great encouragement! thanks for taking the time to blog in the midst of homesteading…I have 3 little ones and also a small business, and I know how time consuming blogging can be. It’s much appreciated! Blessings, kelsi

    • Jill says

      Thank you for the sweet comment Kelsi. :)
      It sounds like you have a wonderful start to your homesteading adventures! Lucky you to be so close to your farmer’s market– ours is over 45 minutes away! So glad you joined me, hope to see you around the blog more soon.

  7. says

    This week I’ve posted on 13 Ways to Create a Sustainable Food System. Consumer demand for humane, real food is simply not enough to stop the destruction of our planet and our health by industrial agriculture. Here’s a more comprehensive approach (that includes support for more homesteaders and small farmers).


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