Off to the Market

How to make money on a homestead is one of the most frequently asked questions around homesteading. It is usually the breaking point for most homesteads or the barrier that stops people from getting into homesteading. For our family, it is a barrier that is preventing us from homesteading full time or at a largerContinue reading “Off to the Market”

The Hard Things and Exciting News

Today has been a bit more of a reality check for us as we are reminded that we are not in control. This month, we are learning that although we have the privilege to work with nature in order to produce food for ourselves, nature also requires some food back. Over the last few weeks,Continue reading “The Hard Things and Exciting News”

The Chickens are here!

Our chickens arrived last week! Liam has enjoyed going to visit his grandparents almost every day for the last week as he gets to play with chickens. We finished the coop and run just in time for some of the new tenants to move in. The build was designed for 12 hens and the firstContinue reading “The Chickens are here!”

The Red Tree – July Update

Well, it has been a little while since we gave an update of how everything is progressing. But everything here at Red Tree is growing quickly – especially the weeds… Home garden We have been eating garden salads for just over two months now and the gardens show no sign of slowing down. Last night,Continue reading “The Red Tree – July Update”

Homesteading? How did I get here?

My father recently said to me that he never expected to have a farmer in the family. To this, I replied, “I never expected to be the farmer in the family.” Growing up, my interests always had me around the water whether it was working at the pool or surfing. My future plans had meContinue reading “Homesteading? How did I get here?”

What is permaculture?

Last year was my first adventure into a larger garden and I spent an enormous amount of time fighting different pests and babysitting each plant. Throughout the winter, I noticed a trend in YouTube gardening videos that came with a buzzword: permaculture. It seemed that this permaculture idea had everyone excited and some of theContinue reading “What is permaculture?”

Exciting Developments for Red Tree

Sorry we have been so quiet but we have had an exciting week! Earlier this month, we had our first road side plant sale. Although a lot of interest was expressed in buying plants, we actually had very few sales. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. New Field A few months ago,Continue reading “Exciting Developments for Red Tree”

May 2020 Update

Today, I just want to give a bit of an update as to what we have accomplished this year, what we are working on now, and a small glimpse into what we are hoping to do this year. So what have we done and what are we doing… This year, we have seen a muchContinue reading “May 2020 Update”

How to: Build a raised garden bed

Gardening season is fast approaching as the weather continues to warm up! The flowers are beginning to bloom, including the dandelions (which are great for our pollinator friends). We are hoping to be transplanting our seedlings in the next week or so! Raised garden beds are a staple for urban gardens. Although not required, raisedContinue reading “How to: Build a raised garden bed”

Why and How to Start Beekeeping

When I’m out working in the hive, veil and gloves on, smoker lit, holding frames of bees, it is very common to have people from the community stop to check out the unusual sight. I am frequently asked where did the bees come from and if I am doing it for the honey. Well, todayContinue reading “Why and How to Start Beekeeping”