What is a Modern Homestead? | Old Ways, New Technology

What makes a modern homestead different than a traditional one? Today I want to answer this question for all those who may be wondering. I wouldn't have even known what this was a year ago. It's all been this crazy, unexpected adventure for us, but we wouldn't change it for the world. Old Ways, New…

Why Should I Test My Soil? | Part 1

Today's post comes from a very close friend of mine, Hannah Whitney with The Whitney Homestead. Hannah and her husband are starting a small homestead in Southern Maine, along with their yellow lab, Maple, and a baby girl on the way! During her first year gardening, while living in an apartment in a small town, she…

How to Make Money on a Homestead | 15 Creative Ways Without Using Animal Products

Hi Friends! Are you looking for a creative strategy or two to bring in some extra income on your homestead? I see a lot of great ideas online, but many of them involve selling meat, dairy, or animals. Those strategies may work for you; however, with the Sunshine Farm being primarily a plant-based homestead, with…

How We Bought a Farm in Our Early Twenties

Hi Friends! Today I want to share with you the story of how Chris and I were able to buy our little farm in our early twenties. People are often surprised that we live here and own this property. One time someone came over and asked where my parents were. Another time someone came by…

Homesteading in the North | The Perks of Living through the Cold

Hi Friends, lately I have been hearing a number of people mention how they couldn't handle living in the North or having such a short growing season. Being a transplant to NY in the winter of 2014, all the way from sunny and warm Southern California, I bring this perspective from my experiences living in…

Becoming Debt Free | Starting our Journey Towards Financial Freedom

This week Chris and I begin our journey towards financial freedom, with a goal of becoming 100% debt free. After church this past Sunday, we talked about how we can improve our finances, and really prioritize paying off both our small debts, and our large mortgage. While we haven't been in financial crisis, we do…