Building a BBQ – Turning a Lemon Into a Hog Roaster

Building a BBQ -Great ideas don’t always work as planned on the homestead.  Mark’s biochar building learning curve produced a failed burner, but left him with raw materials for a new BBQ!  We’ve BBQ’d our share of hogs on the roll around grill he made almost 20 years ago at our Montana farm, and he’s ready to up the game.  The plans include being able to cold smoke meats for ourselves, so there are more than just BBQ possibilities here.  But, here’s Mark to tell you about it himself:

Past Homestead Blogs – Anyone Can Farm

Spring and visions

It's Spring! April is an odd time, a transition time on the farm. We're still cleaning up winter, but summer's energy isn't quite there yet. No snow. No grass. So, what are we doing? Preparing. Entertaining visions of the possibilities of the summer. That includes:...

A Little Pig Tale: Lessons from the homestead

The homestead is a teacher. Some lessons are easy. Others, not so much.

Homestead Hog Harvest

Homestead Hog Harvest isn't just a class. It's an experience.  "Never underestimate the power of a bloody handshake."   --a former class member The class always starts with people wearing name tags standing in a circle around Mark, looking at each other a little...

Homestead Economics: more than money

The bottom line of your homestead farm's economics. Are you all about a good environment for the kids? Making some money? Having good food to eat? Helping your local community? All of the above are possible and important. The economics of a homestead is about the...

Teaching them the ropes: homeschool on the homestead

Farming on a small farm is a family affair, which makes a homestead a great homeschool tool. Everybody participates to the best of their ability. It's surprising, too, how much ability kids can have! One of the things that has kept us going all these years has been...

It’s CSA chicken season (Almost)!

The snow is melting. The sun is shining. The kids are shedding their snowpants and coats. Spring! That makes me think about Chickens. Also, my chicken corner in the freezer is almost empty, so that makes me think about spring and chickens, too. This week I've worked...

Reading Lists for the homestead

Books are a homestead farmer's best friend.  Right up there with YouTube and Google. And older farmers.  On our LIVE YOUTUBE Q&A programs, we've been asked what books we use as resources and reference. There's a whole list right here:  Homestead Farm Books The...

The value of a life: Homestead Hog Harvest

This is our project this weekend: teaching a valuable homesteading skill. Appreciating your food and knowing that it was raised, harvested, and prepared with care from field to plate is part of a healthy lifestyle. Your food is your nourishment and an investment you...

Building fences

    Setting good fence posts is the foundation of a good fence. https://youtu.be/xOoTeXsIgSk We've chased our share of pigs. And cows. And goats. And sheep. It's not an experience we look forward to. It makes for a good "Farmfit" exercise. And lots of...

Summer scenes on the farm

Every year is a new adventure on the farm.  Every summer brings it's own challenges and joys.   What's up this summer?  We're still raising our chickens out on pasture in mobile chicken tractor pens and giving them GMO free feed along with the grass and bugs.  We're...

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