Cold Hard Truths

Cold Hard Truths

It’s been a busy time filled with various projects, from setting up a new chicken coop to smoking our first ham and tackling some home improvement tasks. Let’s dive into the details of our week and share some insights and experiences from our homesteading journey.

Setting Up the Chicken Coop

Our week started with getting the chicken coop ready for our feathered friends. We moved the coop inside and set up the chickens temporarily to get them acclimated to their new surroundings. Em has been diligently checking on them to ensure they’re comfortable and adjusting well. It’s always a joy to see them exploring their new home and settling in.

Smoking Our First Ham

One of the highlights of the week was smoking our first ham. Although we didn’t raise the pig entirely on our homestead, we were involved in most of the process, making it a special experience. We used the East Oak smoker, a budget-friendly option we found on Amazon, which worked surprisingly well for our first attempt.

The marinade for the ham was a simple yet delicious combination of brown sugar, molasses from Roy’s place, and some honey mustard dipping sauce. The result was a tasty ham that, while not perfect, was certainly enjoyable. There’s room for improvement, but for a first attempt, we were pretty pleased with the outcome.

Preparing for Spring Planting

With the threat of freezing temperatures seemingly behind us, we’ve moved our produce out of the pole barn. This week, we also invested in some cattle panels to set up a trellis system for our beans, peas, and tomatoes. However, we mistakenly got the more expensive horse panels, which put us over budget. Despite this, we’re excited to see how the trellis system will support our plants as they grow.

Maintenance Work on the Pole Barn

Maintaining our pole barn was another task on our list this week. We’re replacing the roof screws on the main building and the original lean-to. Over time, the sun and weather can degrade the rubber washers on the screws, leading to leaks and deterioration. It’s important to replace these every few years to keep the roof in good condition.

Home Improvement: Spraying Knockdown Texture

We also tackled a home improvement project by spraying knockdown texture on the walls. It’s been a while since we’ve done this, so it was a bit of a learning curve to get the right consistency and technique. The knockdown texture adds a nice finish to the walls, covering up any inconsistencies between drywall pieces. We’re pleased with how it’s turning out and can’t wait to see the finished result.

Spending Time with Friends

One of the joys of homesteading is the community of like-minded individuals we get to interact with. This week, we spent some time with friends on the ridge, helping them build something for their homestead. It’s always great to share stories, enjoy good food, and support each other in our homesteading endeavors.

Looking Ahead

As we wrap up this week, we’re excited about the projects and challenges that lie ahead. Homesteading is a journey filled with learning, growth, and the satisfaction of building something with our own hands. We’re grateful for the support of our community, both online and offline, and look forward to sharing more of our adventures with you.

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Starting Seeds Of Community S1E2

Starting Seeds Of Community S1E2

Backroads Homestead Podcast
Starting Seeds Of Community S1E2

Hello, fellow homesteaders and preppers! This is Ryan from backroadshomesteading.com, and today, I’m thrilled to bring you another enriching episode of our podcast, titled “Starting Seeds of Community.” This episode isn’t just about planting seeds in the soil; it’s about sowing the seeds of camaraderie and resilience in our homestead and prepper communities.

Seeding Trays and Sowing Community Bonds

As I speak, I’m in the barn, hands deep in the soil, starting trays of seeds, a ritual that marks the promise of new beginnings. But this act is more than just agricultural; it’s a metaphor for how we, as a community, can start and nurture the growth of our connections and support systems. Just like these seedlings that require care and attention, our homestead and prepper communities thrive on the mutual support and shared wisdom of their members.

More than Just Farming: A Discussion on Farm Shares and Goldbacks

The conversation goes beyond the soil and seedlings. We delve into the concept of farm shares, an innovative approach that allows community members to reap the benefits of local produce and support local farming. But our discussion doesn’t stop at agriculture. We also explore the fascinating world of goldbacks, an alternative currency that’s gaining traction among preppers and freedom-loving individuals seeking a reliable and tangible exchange medium, especially in these turbulent times.

Current Events and the Promise of an Early Spring

In this episode, we also touch on some current events shaping our world and our communities. And there’s good news to share – Phil the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, heralding an early Spring! Recording this episode was a true delight, as I found myself in a T-shirt, basking in the 70-degree sunshine, soaking up the warmth in the garden. It’s moments like these that remind us of nature’s cycles and the promise of renewal and growth.

Closing Thoughts

As we wrap up this episode, I want you to remember that every seed you plant, every community bond you forge, and every step you take towards self-reliance is a testament to the resilience and spirit of our homesteading and prepping lifestyle. Let’s continue to nurture these seeds and relationships because, just like the early Spring on the horizon, there’s a season of growth and prosperity awaiting us.

Until next time, keep sowing, keep growing, and keep sharing your light with the world. This is Ryan, signing off from backroadshomesteading.com. Stay rooted, my friends!