Ready to take your homestead to the next level?

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I know you are.

Is it ok if I tell you a quick story?

When I started FrugalChicken, it was to share my life on our farm and connect with the homesteading community.

I didn’t realize – then – it would become a resource for other homesteaders. Until I started getting daily comments and email questions. YOUR questions.

We moved to our homestead because we were tired of the constant race. I wanted peace, and time to think. My blood pressure was so high, I was constantly sick. I got some chickens, and the rest followed.

Since starting this blog, I’ve connected with so many of you, and the support is unbelievable. 

Thank you. I mean it. Thank you.

3 chicks I bred!

Enough about me!

If you want to know more about me, check out this page.

FrugalChicken is all about showing you strategies and tips to improve your homestead.

Each post is an in-depth look at a different homesteading topic, designed to show a method or idea that has worked for me.

My main focus is to:

  • Show you frugal tips to set up your homestead for success
  • Help urban farmers/apartment dwellers homestead in a small space
  • Share ideas about what’s worked for me and what hasn’t
  • Learn from your experiences

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  1. Just found your site, Where have you been all my life…. would love to know more…thanks

  2. I located you through Pinterest and have been reading through your site. I am thrilled to find someone that speaks the language without pushing the dream away with the financial aspects! My children and I are currently living in the dreaded city, outside a huge metropolis and are hating every minute. After reading your “9 tips” I feel the dream is closer than ever! We “homestead” in every way possible by having a small garden, despite the horrid SW temperatures, foraging citrus and prickly pears for jam, shopping at our local farmer’s market, and purchasing honey and other in season items from neighbors.

    I was raised in the Midwest in a rural environment and only came to the city out of necessity ten years ago. A nasty divorce makes you go where you must and not always where you wish. I have been struggling to return ever since. That is the life my two children want, as well. We just didn’t think we could ever do that since I have only had part-time work over the past two years and am a full-time student. My children try to help but are limited by their early teen years. Since reading your articles, I am going to be a bit more creative in this process and see what else we can come up with. The will is certainly there. We have only been lacking the financing.

    Out of curiosity, looking at your photos, I am wondering what part of the country you actually homestead. I see pecan trees and much grassy land. It looks similar to where my sister lives in southern Nebraska. Anyway, thank you for your posts and I look forward to linking with your site for updates!

    1. Hi Kay, I’m so glad you found the blog and that the post inspired you! Not sure if you read this on the blog, but for 10 years I lived in a condo in the DC metro area, so I know what it’s like to want to homestead but to feel limited by your surroundings. If I had a blog like FrugalChicken back then, I probably would have been a lot happier!

      You can definitely homestead where ever you are. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my free book Cheesemaking For Beginners, get one, because it’ll show you how to make your own farmstead cheeses in your own home. I’m coming out with a booklet about pickling shortly which will be free to email subscribers, too. Those books should help you on your journey! Can’t wait to hear more from you!

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