Reality of Homesteading

July 31, 2017 Janelle Farm LifeHomesteading

The reality of homesteading

  As I was milking our Jersey, Spark, the other evening, I was thinking about how this was what I dreamed about for years.  Living off the land, growing our food and getting milk from our own cow.  Life is good!  And then Spark swatted me in the face with her tail. Everyone glosses over […]


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Missouri Ozarks: What’s Great & What’s Not

June 22, 2017 Travis HomesteadingMissouri

Missouri Ozarks

It has now been three years since we purchased our farm in the Missouri Ozarks. What a whirlwind of three years it has been!  We are very grateful to be here and are enjoying our new routine, but like anything, it isn’t perfection either.  When we were making our decision regarding moving to the area, […]


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Putting Farm Animals to Work

April 17, 2017 Janelle AnimalsHomesteading

Farm animals have an important place on the homestead.  From the backyard homesteader to the full time farmer, producing your own eggs, milk and meat is a fulfilling accomplishment.  We give our farm animals fresh food and water and the best care possible.  But could our farm animals being doing more for us in return?  […]


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Farming: A Career Change

May 24, 2016 Travis Farm LifeHomesteadingMoving

A conventional job is often described as comfortable, stable, or secure.  Whether or not that is actually accurate, it can certainly feel that way.  However, humans tend to be rather illogical about things and that perceived security may not be as secure as it feels.  Regardless, comfortable easily describes many jobs.  Routine and known things […]


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Getting started without permanent fencing

April 12, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we purchased our farm in the summer of 2014, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us.  Our farm had a lot of barns, most in disrepair.  The fencing wasn’t much better.  There was a lot of barbed wire, some of it was in good shape but most of the fence […]


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10 Reasons For Trees

February 12, 2016 Janelle Homesteading

Reasons for Trees

  Let’s hear it for the trees!  Trees are beautiful and majestic, but their benefits are often overlooked.  Here are 10 reasons why you should have trees on your homestead.       1. Oxygen Trees use the carbon dioxide in the air and in return give us oxygen.  The removal of trees on our […]


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The Chicken Coop: “Coop Deville”

January 7, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we moved to Missouri we had to leave our mobile chicken coop, “The Eggmobile” (a la Joel Salatin) behind.   Travis had designed and built that coop, but it was just too big to move from Colorado to Missouri.  We sold the chicken coop to a good friend and decided to build another coop similar […]


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The opinions expressed on Homestead In The Holler are based on our own research, thoughts, knowledge, and experiences. We are not doctors and cannot prevent, cure, diagnose, or treat any disease. Our experiences do not serve in any way as legal advice. (c) 2017
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