I’ve put together a list of resources from my site and elsewhere on many of the homesteading topics you’re curious about. These resources are a great place to start gaining knowledge and skills.
I’ve also included tools that I find incredibly helpful.
Homesteaders are notorious for reusing, upcycling, and going without, but when you do need something, it’s best to buy a high quality item so that you’re not replacing it all the time (and spending more money to do so!).
I wanted to share my favorites with you so you can have a good idea where to start for quality items.
Note: Not all of these links are affiliate links but some are, and if you purchase through them the cost will be the same for you and I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to continue to offer free content!
Homestead skill building
The Encyclopedia of Country Living – This was the first homesteading related book I read. It’s what launched me head first into a life of self-reliance.
Soil Sisters – An excellent book for aspiring women farmers. If you have any desire to monetize your homestead this is a great resource with lots of great info on laws etc.
The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It – A great guide for all aspects of homesteading. Its so thorough I still haven’t gotten through it entirely (which is why I’m so glad I have a hard copy!)
Rootsy – This is a great membership site with tons of training videos, ebooks, workshops, webinars, etc. Each month is a different skill but all of the previous months are available as well. They cover everything you want to know about: Beekeeping, canning & preserving, gardening, raising small livestock, scratch cooking, etc.
My pinterest board on all things Homestead Animals
Electric poultry fencing – This fencing helps us protect out flock while being able to use them to work in the garden for us!
Energizers for poultry fencing – You can choose solar or AC/DC energizers. We have an AC/DC energizer because it’s cheaper, and I’ve heard, works better than the solar.
Broadfork – This tool is for aerating the earth without upsetting the soil structure. Some of the cheaper broadforks will break (so I’ve heard) which is why I bought and recommend this one. The handles are ash (a very hard wood) and it holds up great to use.
Though I try to grow as much as possible, I’ll likely never have access to coconuts in my yard. That’s ok though, because the money I save growing vegetables can go towards buying things I can’t grow that I otherwise may not be able to afford!
Thrive Market – It’s is sort of like Costco meets Whole Foods meets Amazon. For a yearly membership fee Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on natural and organic food. The great thing is that you don’t have to buy in bulk to get the wholesale prices.
Vitacost is a great place to find wholesome foods as well as vitamins and supplements. They offer free shipping on orders over $49 so I will make sure I meet that minimum (of only things I was going to buy anyway).
In the Kitchen
Instant pot – I love my instant pot! I had been toying around with the idea of getting one for a while but I finally took the plunge when I realized you can make yogurt in it!
Food Processor – I couldn’t live without my food processor. I own and love this one.
Ball Jars (mason jars) – I use Ball jars for everything from storage to fermenting to water cups to leftover containers.
This is a living list so check back later for more resources!