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The Buckley Homestead

If you live in or around Colorado Springs, you know Ed and Allison Buckley.  Buckley’s Homestead Supply has become a beacon for the homesteading community in Colorado Springs, and their easy going, “we got this” style is subtlety infectious. Ed and Allison have built a business and asset for the community, while at the same […]

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The Amazing Elderberry

Elderberries are one of the most versatile, easy to grow fruits for the Front Range.  These large shrubs produce tons of berries in the late summer and early fall (depending on the weather).  The berries can be used in many different recipes, and this fruit has potent medicinal qualities that add to the allure of […]

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Donny Pawpaw

Step aside Johnny Appleseed – there’s a new fruit planter on the Front Range and he’s out to change our lack of knowledge on North America’s much forgotten fruit.  Don Chilo, aka Donny Pawpaw, is determined to bring the delicious and beneficial tree back into the mainstream, and he’s doing it one tree at a […]

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Backyard Farming In Suburbia

There are times when I’m invited to come see someone’s backyard farm because they need some advice, a little encouragement, and maybe a tweak to their design. That is typically why I’m invited over to see someone’s set-up, and that’s perfect because I so enjoy helping folks with their design and build. And then there […]

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The Best Year We’ve Had For Fruit

With the epic spring rains we had this year, it’s no surprise that our fruit production is the best we’ve seen.  The real magic here is that the heavy rains coincided with the age of our fruit trees, shrubs, and vines – this was the year they were really supposed to hit their stride.  And […]

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Meet The Smith Family

This week I want to introduce to an urban homesteading family in Colorado Springs – Brian, Christy, Megan, Bryson, and little Luke Smith.  I had the absolute pleasure of spending some time with the Smith family at their northeast Colorado Springs urban homestead, and I was so impressed by what I saw.  I shot several […]

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The Best Recipes For A Backyard Farm – All In One Place

Earlier this year I made you a promise that I would provide you with seasonal, homegrown recipes that you could create from things you raised or grew in your backyard.  Well, I’m here to tell you that I will not be keeping that promise.  ‘Ever had that experience where you set out to do something, […]

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