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Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power and some even invent DIY products. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.

In homesteading, social and government support systems are frequently abandoned in favor of self-reliance in order to maximize independence and self-determination. The degree of independence occurs along a spectrum, with many homesteaders creating foodstuffs or crafts to appeal to high-end niche markets in order to meet financial needs. Other homesteaders come to the lifestyle following successful careers which provide the funding for land, housing, taxes, and specialized equipment such as solar panels, farm equipment and electricity generators.

However you come to these lifestyle changes is a personal choice. We encourage you to read and contribute here. You can find more info at the Family Redoubt, here:

Factors To Consider When Preserving Food

Factors To Consider When Preserving Food

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Factors To Consider When Preserving Food by Michelle Simmons There are many methods to preserve produce, but which one is the best? Here are six factors to consider when choosing a food preservation method to […]

Healthy Living: Raisins vs. Grapes?
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Healthy Living: Raisins vs. Grapes?

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Raisins vs. Grapes: Which is Healthier? (Fitday) –What happens when you compare two items that are practically identical, like raisins and grapes? Raisins are actually dried grapes–so is there any nutritional difference between these two food items? […]

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Prepare and Be Safe During Winter Storms

January 13, 2017 0

Prepare and Be Safe During Winter Storms Due to the amount of snow and drastic temperature changes, the Office of Emergency Management would like you to know what you can do to stay prepared and […]


Homestead Hacks: 3 Ingredient Slow Cook Recipes

December 31, 2016 1

Homestead Hacks: 3 Ingredient Slow Cook Recipes Here are a few terrific recipes for the family on the go. Only 3 ingredients! Fast and easy! Crock Pot Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Ingredients 2 c. Brown […]


Winter Weather Alerts for the American Redoubt

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Winter Weather Alerts for the American Redoubt The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Winter weather advisories over most of the American Redoubt states. A ROBUST WINTER STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION LATE TONIGHT […]

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Heavy Snow Prompts Backcountry Travel Advisory

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Heavy Snow Prompts Backcountry Travel Advisory Recent winter storms prompt backcountry travel advisory from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. With the recent snow fall, the Sheriff’s Office has been responding to an increased number of […]



December 10, 2016 0

With the winter storm season upon us, everyone should be prepared for the unexpected and various winter conditions ahead. Make sure that you have a 72-hour preparedness kit at home and one in your vehicle. […]


Hard apple cider is the perfect home brew project

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Cider gets its start in America The apple was one of the earliest crops imported by English and Western European colonists. The first documented colonial cultivated apple trees were planted in Boston as early as […]

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Canning Apple Butter using a Crock Pot

October 1, 2016 0

Autumn is the time for apples. Here is an easy recipe to use some of your extra fruit. Do you have a favorite way to use or preserve them? Let us know! Canning Apple Butter […]

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