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15 Top Homesteaders To Follow On Instagram

Looking for top homesteaders to follow on Instagram? Does the homesteader way intrigue you? Read on and find out the top homesteaders to follow on Instagram!

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started on homesteading, these are the people you should be following. They’ll show you the ropes and get you ready and self-sufficient in no time!

15 Top Homesteaders To Follow On Instagram

If you are interested in living off grid and planning to explore a life outside the comfort of the modern world, you must be aware that you are not alone. More and more people are really doing great becoming self-sufficient and finding ways to create things from scratch. To help you out to which fellow homesteader you can follow to get some tips and guides about homesteading, we’ve compiled, but listed in no particular order, the 15 top homesteaders you can follow on Instagram!


1. The Prairie Homestead

Nope. Not at all.

A photo posted by Jill Winger (@theprairiehomestead) on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:14am PDT

The Prairie Homestead is Jill Winger’s homestead blog. Jill’s blog will let you discover the freedom brought by homesteading and teaches you different ways to your roots and write your own homesteading story.

2. Longest Acres Farm

Father and daughter moving pigs.

A photo posted by Kate (@longestacresfarm) on Jul 28, 2016 at 1:29pm PDT

A farm located in the hills of Central Vermont. Kate who’s a mother and a farmer presents beautiful photos of her Icelandic Sheep, Devon Cows, Ossabaw Pigs, her wonderful life and her family’s experience on their farm.

3. The Elliott Homestead

Simple food. Pork hock, my all time favorite pork cut, simmered in water with herbs, peppercorns, and celery all day long. I then stripped it from the bone and put it back into the broth with potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage plucked right from the garden. Parsley and fresh pepper to garnish. Hello world! May everyone’s bellies and pocketbooks be this happy.

A photo posted by Shaye Elliott (@theelliotthome) on Jul 14, 2016 at 6:12pm PDT

The Elliott Homestead is own by Shaye Elliot and its filled with her homesteading experiences. Here, she allows you to enjoy life on her farm and shares ideas on how to can peaches, the use of cloth diapers instead of disposable ones and tasty dishes you can make by using the crops you’ve grown.

4. The Homesteading Hippy

Grow, watermelon!!! A crimson sweet growing in our garden. What’s your favorite way to enjoy watermelon? #homesteadhippy

A photo posted by The HomesteadingHippy (@thehomesteadinghippy) on Jul 16, 2016 at 6:42pm PDT

Heather of The Homesteading Hippy began her homesteading adventure when they’ve bought their first house in 2006 and have attempted to start their first garden by raised bed boxes and planting over 200 seeds and  plants in a very limited space, though they didn’t have plenty of produce at that time but since then she learned a lot about how to become a successful homesteader and wishes to encourage her followers and readers to start where they can and learn along the way.

5. Root Simple

So we’ve got some squash…grown with no irrigation, btw–all volunteer #plantfriend #gardengeek

A photo posted by Erik Knutzen (@rootsimple) on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:03pm PDT

An urban homesteading blog by the authors of Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World and The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heat of the City, Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne. It covers the topic about going back to basics, gardening, DIY living, urban homesteading, herbal medicines, animals, transportation, saving, and food preservation.


Are you a true homesteader? Take a look at these 5 homesteading characteristics to find out!

— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) July 23, 2016


6. Homestead Honey

Good thing we don’t need to light the wood stove anytime soon!

A photo posted by Teri Page (@homestead_honey) on Jul 31, 2016 at 3:07pm PDT

Terry Page of Homestead Honey shares their off-grid homesteading and shares radical inspiration and practical advice for your homesteading journey. Few of their popular posts include “Building a Tiny House,” “Living Off-Grid,” and “Organic Gardening.”

7. Family Food Garden

#freshbread #homemade #fromscratch #baking #bread

A photo posted by Isis Loran (@familyfoodgarden) on Jul 29, 2016 at 5:13pm PDT

Features the lives of the young family in the west Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada. Through their blog, they wish to inspire others how to reduce grocery bills and help increase their self-sufficiency and health through food preparation and gardening.

8. Chickadee Homestead

My mama heart is bursting with pride tonight. ???? We moved a HUGE pile of wood chips into our garden today. And these two girls were right there along side us, working all day in the heat (hence their swim suits ????). In fact, they were asking to go work on it after we took a lunch break! Everything in that wagon, was put there by these two little ones, and that’s just scratching the surface of the work they put in today.???????? I couldn’t be more proud of their good attitudes and determination. Moments like these help me know I’m not totally screwing up this mothering thing. Instilling good work ethic in our children is a big priority for us. And we want them take ownership of this family garden ???? just as much as we do as their parents. And today that was definitely the case. I just totally love that ???? Oh and I just have to say…no ‘Pokemon’ were needed to enjoy some good healthy fun family activity outdoors ????????????

A photo posted by Lindsey Field (@chickadeehomestead) on Jul 29, 2016 at 6:40pm PDT

Chickadee Homestead is Lindsey Field’s little space to inspire others to become self-reliant and  to live a natural lifestyle. It is where she shares her love and interest for all simple things, natural, and homesteading. Her website focuses on natural and organic farming practices.

9. Big Picture Farm

Junebug loves a good weekend brunch.

A video posted by Louisa (@bigpicturefarm) on Jul 30, 2016 at 7:55am PDT

Wife and husband Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farell moved to Townshend, VT and started their own goat farm. They produce a farmstead confectionery and sells goat’s milk cheese and caramels.

10. Olive and Owl

Thank you @lusa_mama for spreading the love! This t-shirt is awesome!

A photo posted by Kathryn Pagano (@kathrynpagano) on Jul 29, 2016 at 7:07am PDT

Olive and Owl is an urban homesteading blog that is filled with a homemaker and mother’s radical goodness, from cooking with whole foods and gardening, crafting, and parenting.

11. Double N Urban Farm

What a difference a day makes. Feeling more myself. Feeling hopeful.

A photo posted by Double N Farm & Apothecary (@doublenfarmandapothecary) on Jul 7, 2016 at 2:11pm PDT

Double N Urban Farm is an urban homestead blog of a happily married couple that offer tips and advice on how to savor the freshest produce by using organic methods and also educating their readers about the importance of going local.

12. Farmer Meg’s Digest

Headed to @crdnal this morning with nice selection of perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes and Lebanese squash. I will be throwing restraint out of the window on the way there and grabbing some breakfast too! #asburypark #farmlife

A photo posted by Meg Paska (@farmermeg) on Aug 1, 2016 at 6:08am PDT

Farmer Meg’s Digest is managed by an experienced homesteader, Megan Paska. She’s from Baltimore, MD, who have finally moved to a large farm in NJ with her husband. They have an acre of herbs, flowers, and vegetables, operates a CSA that feeds about 45 families and 100 heritage chickens.

13. The Easy Homestead

We all lack self-control in the baby chick department.

A photo posted by The Easy Homestead (@theeasyhomestead) on Mar 22, 2015 at 3:10pm PDT

If you are looking for adventures, recipes and the good and bad and everything in between of real homesteading The Easy Homestead is the site to check. It’s a blog created by Jean and her husband Beau and it talks about their coming-to-be farm which they named “North Fork Farms.”

14. Seven Acres Farm

OSU Blue tomatoes: a striking addition to the tomato beds, but a total tease. It looks ripe way before it actually is ripe 😉

A photo posted by Seven Acres Farm (@farmforlife) on Jul 28, 2016 at 8:08am PDT

Seven Acres Farm were developed and managed Jocelyn and Chris who moved on Seven Acres Farm in August 2014. Their goal was putting permaculture theory and a variety of ecological growing techniques in growing their own food. If you’re looking for ways to grow healthy veggies and happy flower, Seven Acres Farm website is for you.

15. The Kneady Homesteader


A photo posted by Heather Conn (@thekneadyhomesteader) on Aug 1, 2016 at 8:30am PDT

The Kneady Homesteader is Heather Conn’s journey from being a city girl into homesteader. She is a city girl on a mission to teaching herself all about living self-sufficiently and being more self-sustainable. She hopes to inspire even one person to follow their dream like what she did and to enjoy her journey.


There you have it, the 15 Top Homesteaders To Follow On Instagram! Are you up for getting tips for your homesteading? Let’s watch this video from our favorite Youtuber’s OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY:

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Gear for a Rafting Adventure: Camp on the River

Don’t just take a river trip — make the most of it! Remember these 10 items, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable adventure that’s both safe and comfortable.

Whether joining your friends or taking a commercial trip, there’s is nothing like floating down the blue lines on the map. River trips combine the best of car camping and backpacking. Your watercraft will haul a quantity and quality of gear (and food) that would be impossible to bring on foot into the backcountry.

And while you can get by with a combination of gear you already have, adding water to the mix stirs in the need for several essentials. Aside from the obvious camp essentials (headlamp, water filter, cook stove), consult this river-specific list before your next wild waterway adventure to ensure maximum fun and comfort.

Gear for River Trips

I spent 5 days rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River where I tested gear from SealLine, Therm-a-Rest, MSR, and Pack Towel. The gear recommendations here highlight some of the products I used, but I also learned hacks that can work on any budget.

Dry Bags

Keeping your gear dry is the most important consideration when packing for a river trip. A quality dry bag will block any water from soaking your stuff, even if the boat flips. The SealLine Skylake Day Pack allows you to keep gear you’ll use throughout the day — like snacks, sunblock, and hiking shoes — handy without worrying about it getting saturated or worse, thrown overboard.

Coming in spring 2020, SealLine’s new Pro Zip Duffel makes your stuff easily accessible while being fully immersible in water up to 30 minutes. It will have corrosion-resistant hardware, a waterproof zipper, and heavy-duty, PVC-free, waterproof materials. (Don’t forget submersible cases to protect your electronics.)


While straps and dry boxes will tie down and stow larger items and gear essentials, having a locking carabiner on hand is an easy way to keep your day items, like a daypack and Platypus or Nalgene water bottle, handy while on the water without the risk of losing them overboard (even if the boat flips)!

Photo credit: Morgan Sjogren

Staying warm and dry is critical even during warm months. Wearing a swimsuit as your base layer rules out any question of what to wear if it gets hot.

From there, layer yourself with quick-drying fabrics. Avoid cotton and opt for merino wool, Capilene, or fleece. Top it off with a wetsuit or drysuit (depending on your preference to feel the water or not).

For those not willing to spring for a full-on fancy river tuxedo, a dry top paired with waterproof rain pants will suffice during trips with pleasant weather and minimal splash zones.

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(Neoprene) Socks and Sandals

No one will call the fashion police on the river if you’re spotted wearing socks with sandals — make that neoprene socks and sandals (with heel straps).

Neoprene socks will help keep your feet warm even on chilly days as they get splashed and soaked. Wearing them with a sandal or water shoe with a heel strap will keep your feet protected.

The sock/sandal combo make take some getting used to. But it’s more versatile than bringing multiple pairs of shoes for day use ranging from warmer afternoons and day hikes off the boat.

Quick-Drying Towel

While staying dry on a river trip is nearly impossible, getting dry as soon as you’re off the boat is a key to getting and staying warm and comfortable. A PackTowl dries 70 percent faster than a normal towel, folds up tiny, and can double as your seat or sarong on sandy shorelines.

Sleeping Bag

Regardless of the weather and your attempts to keep gear dry, water is a reality on any river trip. With this in mind, opt for synthetic sleeping bags or down equipped with a water-resistant outer fabric to keep yourself as warm and dry as possible.

I used a Therm-a-Rest Questar, which uses Nikwax in its hydrophobic down fill to ensure you stay as warm and dry as possible in between river time.

Base Camp Tent
Photo credit: Morgan Sjogren

Because river rafting trips aren’t exactly fast-and-light missions, having a larger tent with standing room is a wonderful luxury. Privacy is scarce on river trips, and a roomier tent provides a nice refuge if you need your alone time.

Likewise, if it does rain, a larger tent like the MSR four-person Habitude tent (coming in spring 2020) has enough space for you to move your cooking space and camp chairs indoors so your party time is never jeopardized.

Eco-Friendly Sunblock

Reflection off the water can create nasty sunburns, but whatever you spread across your skin affects the water too.

Some substances in standard sunscreens are harmful to the plants and animals that call the river home. Do the river ecosystem a favor and select a chemical-free sunblock like Auctiv, which is zinc-based.

Booze Cruise

Happy hour is a highlight of every day on the river. Canned adult beverages eliminate the risk of broken glass that can wreak havoc on inflatable watercraft and bare feet.

Think beyond beer and opt for canned cocktails and ciders, like the new line from 10 Barrel Brewing Co., to ensure that everyone can join the party regardless of dietary restrictions. (They’re gluten-free!)

Safety First
Photo credit: Morgan Sjogren

Last but most important of all, a personal flotation device (PFD) should be worn at all times on the river. Some models contain built-in pockets and knives, but all will help save your life should you find yourself overboard. REI has a huge selection of men’s, women’s, and kids’ PFDs — and even some for pets.

Bonus: Dress Like a River Rat

Every sport has its ingrained style trends, and river guides are a friendly, quirky, and stylish brood. A pair of colorful boardshorts, a wide-brimmed straw hat, an old button-up dress shirt, and a silver bracelet will help you fully immerse in the good tidings of river culture.

While the shorts and hat are essential items for your comfort, surely the bangles will add a touch of charm and good luck as your forge onward into the rapids ahead.

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Surviving Alone: Is It Possible?

Man is a social being, no male is an island… … we hear these expressions so typically in this life. There is no society more complicated than that of human beings due to the fact that making it through is not just about protecting one’s own life, however safeguarding those around us. Naturally, there are those extremists who tend to be antisocial loners, however for one of the most part we have a desire and require to surround ourselves with other individuals, even in survival scenarios. When we are part of a group, our possibilities for making it through boost. Belonging to a group indicates that we can get and provide defense and assistance in the most desperate of times.

.Enduring Alone: Is It Possible?

Being part of a group boosts the possibilities of survival for each member. The group supports the specific and the specific supports the group. As people collaborate to collect food and other resources, hunt or construct shelter, each member gain from the combined workforce. Safeguarding a house or bug out place ends up being simpler. Life outside the conveniences of the house would absolutely require a great deal of work every day, and a group can assist everybody reach their survival objectives.

When it concerns making it through in a SHTF circumstance, it can be appealing to break off from the pack and take care of yourself. Is this your finest bet for survival?

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.The ““ Lone Wolf ” mindset will get youeliminated.

Arm chair warriors are a dime-a-dozen. For several years I have actually seen this in martial arts conversations, tactical shooting conversations and now in survival conversations. It appears that there is a fairly low portion of the population that believes that if the ship-hits-the-sand so to speak, that they are going to go-it alone and make it through off the land.

Forgive me for being blunt here. If you are among those individuals I wish to thank you today. When you pass away after a number of months (most likely less) of that only wolf mindset there will be more resources for me and mine. Seriously, thank you.

There is a fringe group of individuals out there who believe they will simply up and leave and make it by themselves. A few of the apparent points that are ruled out when believing you will have the ability to achieve this are:

1. Have you ever done this prior to and for how long? If you have actually never ever participated in long term (months long) journeys into the wild surviving on what you collect, forage, trap and hunt. You are not going to make it unless there is a substantial quantity of luck on your side. For me personally, I do not think in luck, true blessings yes, however luck, no.

2. What occurred to individuals you left? Lets state you are the typical household guy, who has a task, its labor extensive, you work hard, genuine hard. You invest a good deal of time every day operating in all sorts of weather condition, and so on You are difficult, there is no doubt about it. For some factor you believe that equates into you having the ability to hack your method into the wilderness. Whether that wilderness is structures or trees is irrelevant here. In your mind, you can make it. What about your household, pals, and so on Are you merely going to stroll away from them. Do you for some factor believe you are going to eliminate huge video game and drag it back to your house for them? When was the last time you drug a deer that far?

through The “Lone Wolf” mindset will get you eliminated – – Dan’s Survival Depot .

.When SHTF, #ppppp> Of course there is constantly an opportunity that you will end up. You must still make every effort and prepare for survival in a group. Having other individuals around will significantly increase your possibilities of making it through, for a lot of factors.

Reality can be harsh, however you can a minimum of wish to still have your household with you when it decreases. Having a group around to assist and support you can be a source of strength in a survival scenario. When you have other individuals to rely on, all of the problems are much easier to deal with. Living alone can generate sensations of seclusion and can result in anxiety. Making it through together with those you like is not an included problem, however a true blessing.

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