How to Start Microgreens

Hi friends! Today I want to share a quick tutorial on starting microgreens. Microgreens are a really easy way to grow indoors during the winter, and produce nutrient packed greens to put on salads, sandwiches, bowls, and pretty much everything! They are so delicious, really easy to grow, and can allow you to continue gardening,…

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How to Soil Test | Soil Testing Part 2

This guest post is the second in a three-part series about soil testing. This series is written by Hannah Whitney, with The Whitney Homestead. She lives with her husband, their yellow lab, Maple, and a soon-to-arrive baby girl, on a 2-acre homestead in Maine. You can read the first post by going to the link…

Baby goat on the homestead

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…

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…

Did we Meet our 2018 Goals? | A Reflection on the Past Year

The New Year is always an interesting time. You have people who LOVED the past year, and you also have people just itching for it to be over with. Chris and I are kind of just in the middle, we don't tend to think of time as being confined by years, and mostly take things…