The Next Generation of Homesteaders is Here

Patty & Colton

My son & I with his dog and our 15 month old English Mastiff “puppy”.

There aren’t too many people alive today who remember the days when you could claim a parcel of land, build a cabin, and start living off the land. As a matter of fact, I’m not aware of anyplace in the United States that will still allow you to do that.

In the day and age that we live in now, homesteading has an entirely new meaning. When you hear people use the term today, they’re really talking about getting back to a simpler way of life. This often includes living off the grid, raising livestock, growing their own food, and being as self-sufficient as they possibly can.

Many of you know that I started this website shortly after my family moved away from the suburbs of Utah to start this type of lifestyle in the mountains of Southern Oregon. We lived that way day in and day out for over eight years and it truly was a wonderful experience.
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JansenUSA Equipment Mini Towable Backhoe For Homesteaders

Yard Pro Equipment Towable BackhoeNotice: It appears that this backhoe is no longer called “Yard Pro”. I’m no longer able to find the Yard Pro Equipment website. These backhoes are also sold on eBay by the seller “bikefarmjoe”. From looking at their eBay listings, it appears that the name has been changed to JansenUSA.

I’m very excited to tell you all about our newest toy today! FYI, my husband would be mad at me for calling it a toy. For years, we have wanted to buy a backhoe but like many homesteaders, there’s just not any money in the budget for such an expensive machine.

We recently ALMOST made a HUGE mistake and purchased a used 1975 backhoe/trencher but then my husband stumbled upon the YardPro mini towable backhoe. We contemplated whether it would really be able to get the job done since it’s so small. It actually only weighs a bit over 1,000 pounds without an operator in the seat. Well, probably a little more than that when you have 4 gallons of hydraulic oil in it that it doesn’t come shipped with. But the difference isn’t much.
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Tips for Starting Stuborn Engines on Power Equipment

Well, spring has sprung and many of you are pulling your power equipment out of storage. Whether it’s a lawnmower, rototiller, weed eater, or chainsaw, the one thing that all of these devices have in common is an internal combustion engine.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband was talking to a friend who was spending some time working towards getting a riding lawnmower running again. This inspired me to write an article that might help many of you who have a hard time getting those engine driven power tools started after sitting over the long cold winter months.
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Drift Boat Restoration Project Underway

One of the things that many people who live in the boonies have in common is that we enjoy doing things ourselves. Many of us also enjoy recreational activities such as fishing.

My husband has been a long time fly fishing enthusiasts and a few years ago we were fortunate enough to move really close to a world-class fly fishing river.
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