Category: Homesteading

How to Survive the Coming Global Recession Like Your Great-grandparents

female worker in WPA lunch room

Worker in WPA Lunch Room – Public Domain

We’re not saying that a global recession is right around the corner. Then again the history of the United States has been peppered by depressions and recessions – one about every five years or so – so never say never.

Whether you’re facing hard times or just want to get back to basics the Survival Life blog (via Pioneer Settler) shares 13 Survival Tips From the Great Depression.

The Depression-era ethic behind these tips (reuse, repurpose, do it yourself) make perfect sense in any economy. Frugality is good for the planet and good for the soul.

For other sensible tips check out Wise Bread, Frugal Village and Eco Thrifty Living.

Bonus: The Tightwad Gazette

A Master List of Skills for Modern Homesteaders

Milking a Goat | photo via PioneerSettler

Milking a Goat | photo via PioneerSettler

Do you know how to set up a greenhouse, grow herbs, pluck a chicken, and properly train an animal? PioneerSettler serves of a list of 133 Homesteading Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader along with links to information and resources that will help you master these skills.

Some of these skills are ones that you’d¬†obviously want to try at home, like making candles. Others are maybe not so obvious, like how to build a geodesic dome:

What is a Geodesic Dome?

Geodesic domes are one of the strongest, lightest structures you can build. Due to their unique design, they are wind, hurricane and tornado resistant. Geodesic domes can be used as extra storage, a greenhouse, or as a living space. It takes about 3 hours to put one together and about 15 minutes to take it apart. The parts are readily available at local hardware stores, and it the cost for this 19 ft x 9.5, 278 sq. ft dome is about $300.

These tips are amazing – like the Whole Earth Catalog for a new millennium.

One skill that is inexplicably missing from the list, considering all the advice about backyard poultry, how to dig a grave.


New Category on Wild Rye – Homesteading

Pioneer family - photo public domain

Pioneer family – photo public domain

We’re opening a new category of topics on Wild Rye, loosely grouped under the heading “homesteading.”

This section will include classic homesteading topics like backyard poultry, canning, and doing-it-yourself. But it will include things of interest to the more urbane homesteader such as setting up your wifi for your connected home.

If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see related to setting up and maintaining a homestead on your own suburban frontier, let us know in comments below.

What does “homesteading” mean to you?