Honeychick Homestead

Homestead, Health, and Happiness


New Year (2016) Homestead Update!

It’s taken almost 3 weeks to get back to “normal” after returning home on January 1st from our 30 day cross country road trip! Isn’t it fascinating how long it takes to get back to your routine after being away?

The ‘Infusio Interviews‘ seem to have taken a front seat on this blog but I promise there is much more going on around here! Now that I’ve begun the therapeutics semester for my nutrition program at Bauman College, studying and homework have taken up a majority of my time.

I had a bit of extra time today and wanted to share what’s been going on with the homestead we are attempting to build. And those waiting for more Infusio info, I will have updates and with a comprehensive FAQ’s post coming soon. I’ll have a new ‘Pre-Infusio’ interview ready to publish tomorrow. Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr. Rooster, Hello Rocky

My first experience with chickens has definitely been exciting! As I shared the last time I wrote about my chickens, we ended up with a rooster who we called Roadrunner because he ran so fast. Here’s the video of him getting out his first crow:

Because our home is zoned R-1 residential, we are not allowed to keep roosters, so we had to exchange him for a hen. I was bummed because I thought it would’ve been super cool to raise my own baby chicks from my flock! I am sure most of my neighbors were happy to see him go, hearing a rooster crow at 6 am isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

My first attempt to catch him by myself to bring him back to the farm, failed miserably. Thankfully, we came up with a good plan how to catch him, this all happened before our chicken condo was built so we couldn’t get inside the coop. Chasing him around our orchard was another thing I tried but that was also a failure, like I said, he was fast! Continue reading

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Why Urban Homesteading?

A silly sign my sister-in-law gave me!

A silly sign my sister-in-law gave me!

Homesteading, what the heck is that? Until a few years ago, I’d never heard the word! Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

Broadly defined, 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.

I guess that kind of describes me?!?

I lived in a town home for almost 10 years, the only outdoor space was a tiny patio. During that time, I craved more outdoor space of my own. I’ve always wanted a decent size yard, somewhere my kids could play, and explore. Early in our marriage, my husband and I talked about having fruit trees, and a garden, when we could afford a house.

The more I learned the truth about the factory food system, it encouraged me to explore my organic, local food options. Gaining knowledge about real food, and sustainability sparked my interest in growing my own food. I want to be able to teach my children the things I’m learning. These are just a few things that gave me the “homesteading” bug, but I had no idea of the other fun things came along with homesteading. Continue reading