What is Homesteading?

Between being back at work and Christmas crafting in full swing, it is difficult to find the time to write. But I wanted to take a few minutes to address a question. What is homesteading? I have been seeing this question more frequently on Facebook groups and forums. Some argue a strict definition which excludesContinue reading “What is Homesteading?”

Recipe: Quick Garden Salsa

Nothing beats a quick garden snack on a warm day or a bit of heat on a cool day. This summer, I have been enjoying a garden salsa that takes two minutes to make! The recipe is simple: add 1-2 large tomatoes, 1 small onion (or 1/3 of a large onion), and your favourite hotContinue reading “Recipe: Quick Garden Salsa”

Adding A Touch of Colour to the Garden

Last year, my gardens were full and green but it still felt like something was missing from them. So this year, I put emphasis on adding extra colour to the gardens. I like to plan every detail of my gardens but this year, I took the make it up as I go approach. There wereContinue reading “Adding A Touch of Colour to the Garden”

The Red Tree – August Update

We have had a very busy month here so far and there is no sign of slowing down for the next little bit. But that isn’t a bad thing (just a test of our time management skills). The garden continues to flourish and are now producing some of the more exciting crops. We are nowContinue reading “The Red Tree – August Update”

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?”