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My book FIND LAND NOW: A QUICK GUIDE FOR HOMESTEADERS is now for sale. Praise be to God! If you’ve ever dreamed about finding land for growing your own food and raising animals, this book is for you.

In 2021, our family successfully made the move from the city to the country so we could set up a homestead. I’ve compiled our most useful experiences and information inside these pages for others who want to do the same.

Even if you’re unsure about homesteading, this book will help you to see the kinds of decisions you’ll encounter should you pursue greener pastures.

Main topics covered:
-Methods for locating land
-Financing and finding cheap land
-Number of acres and shelters to consider
-Desirable property features and pitfalls to avoid
-Finding land in the city if you stay put
-Securing eternal survival in Jesus Messiah

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We raised them. We processed them. We…

Details from Jonathan: This was our attempt to make use of 10 of the 13, yes 13 roosters, in our flock of 19 chicks we raised this year. This will save feed for us and the dark meat was decent – the rest was too tough as roosters can tend to be even at 12 weeks old. We are going to try to see if we can get more weight on these next time and cull at 8-10 weeks. These were only 3 lbs dress weight vs the usual 6 lbs you’d get in the store. Good experience for sure!

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It’s time to harvest wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa). This herb really does kill pain. The milky substance inside the stem and leaves (Lacticarium) works like Advil. It can knock you out, too, which is good if you need that. Don’t operate heavy equipment after taking wild lettuce.

You can cut up the leaves and stems and freeze them for year-round use. You can also dehydrate the milky substance, make tea, make tinctures, etc.

Wild lettuce grows as a weed practically everywhere.

For more information on this herb, see the YouTube channel of Mike Reed Outdoors. He covers Wild Lettuce extensively. As always, forage carefully and responsibly. You are liable for your own actions.

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I know, you want to quit your job and homestead full time, but the truth is, you still need an income, and you will continue to need that income as you establish your homestead. Once your homestead is up and running, you’ve paid your debts,  and you’re able to produce most, if not all, of your own goods and services, then, you might be able to cut back on your hours or transition to a lower-paying, but more rewarding, job. In the meantime—so long as it’s possible—please keep your job. Please.

If you’re able to generate income through homesteading, then great. But don’t let the breadwinner of your household leave his or her job until that homesteading income becomes livable and sustainable.  If the breadwinner is unable to keep his or her job due to your family’s relocation, then make sure he or she has secured a job with comparable pay before you move.

Instead of buying a fancy food dehydrator, I’ve been loading trays into my car and parking in the sun. I try not to put the food and herbs in direct sunlight, especially if the herbs are delicate.

Pictured Below: Cat’s ear weed flowers and roots. I’m using the flowers for medicinal tea, and the roots for an oil infusion for the skin. The root contains cortisone, so I’m planning to make allergy skin salve with the infused oil. You can also prepare the leaves, stems, and buds of the plant as food. Supposedly, the stalks are like asparagus, and the buds can be prepared like capers. The leaves can be used in the same way as any other leafy greens, such as spinach. Always identify plants with utmost care and caution. When in doubt, go without.

Thank you to Simply Starry for the tip!

Cat’s Ear Weed – Flowers and Roots

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