Growing Mushrooms – Mike Hatfield from Flyway Family Farm

On today’s podcast i’m joined by Mike Hatfield of Flyway Family Farm in southern Illinois. Mike along with his wife and young daughter have a 9 1/2 acre homestead where they do a little bit of everything but their main crop is mushrooms. Mike shares with us a little bit about how he and his wife got into homesteading and how they eventually ended up focusing on mushrooms as their cash crop.

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7 Homestead DIY Kits That Make It Easier To Get Started

Making your own products to use around the house is what self sufficiency and homesteading is all about. But maybe your a little like me and sometimes it’s hard to get started doing something new, well I’ve found when I try to do something for the first time it’s a little easier to buy a ready to go kit.

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5 Ways To Know If You’re A Homesteader

When many people think of homesteading they think about a cabin in the middle of a big woods completely off the grid, living off the land and this certainly can be homesteading at its finest. However these days homesteading has taken on a deeper and somewhat more inclusive meaning, it is characterized by a lifestyle of self-sufficiency and sustainability but this comes in many forms and can look different from household to household.

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DIY Rain Water Catchment Systems

The average roof collects over 600 gallons of water for every inch of rainfall so why not harvest that water and make use of it. If you live in an area that uses city water this is a much healthier source of water for your garden and much more efficient than paying high water bills in dry times. Rain water catchment systems don’t have to be complicated and depending on the size they don’t have to be expensive either. Here are just a few ideas for your very own diy rain water catchment system.

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Heating the Homestead Garage

I recently had to put some thought as to how i was going to heat my garage this winter so i could work on the many homestead projects I’ve got going on. In the past i used a kerosene salamander heater but i sold it this last summer because it wasn’t an ideal heat, to […]

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