Homesteading Resources

Homesteading Resources - Real food, food preservation, gardening, local food, natural health, homestead animals, homemaking, survivalism, preparedness.

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Herbs and Herbal Education

The Herbal Academy of New England (HANE) offers several online courses and e-books for beginning to advanced herbalists.

Online Introductory Herbal Course

The intention for this self study program is to give students with little or no herbal experience a glimpse into the world of herbs.  Make your own teas, tinctures, and body care products. You’ll be mixing up new recipes in the kitchen, using spices and herbs you never knew had medicinal properties! This is a 6 unit, online course.

Learn more: Visit the Introductory Herbal Course

Introductory Herbal Course

Online Intermediate Herbal Course

This program is intended for students with some herbal training, whether that be workshops, the Introductory Herbal Course or self study. This program will include intermediate topics such as safety and side effects; discussions about theory and energetics; in-depth coverage of physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation. This is a 10 unit, online course.

Learn more:  Visit the Intermediate Herbal Course

Intermediate Herbal Course

The Herbarium

Get access to complete and constantly updated herbal monographs, photographs, thoughtful articles, and educational podcasts, videos, tutorials, and teaching charts. As part of The Herbarium community, you will have all of these resources right at your fingertips, enriching your life-long journey through herbalism. The Herbarium membership is open to anyone at $45/year.

Learn more: Visit the Herbarium

Features of The Herbarium

Mountain Rose Herbs

Many of the plants featured in the Weekly Weeder series, and those I use for flavoring kombucha and water kefir, are available dried or as seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They also stock a full line of herbal products and affordable essential oils, as well as all the supplies you need to make your own herbal salves, teas, creams and other herbal remedies.

Visit Mountain Rose Herbs for an excellent selection of herbs and herbal products.

Real Food and Food Preservation

List of Canning and Preserving Recipes on Common Sense Homesteading

Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS e-courses and e-books – Wardeh is my “go to” person for cultured dairy, sourdough, and fermented foods.   She has a ton of information on cooking healthy, traditional foods.

Freebie: Fermenting Formulas Cheat Sheet

Weston A Price Foundation – Real food information based on the work of Weston A Price, focusing  on nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

Eat Nourishing – Real Food recipe sharing site.

Recipes to Nourish – Real food and holistic health.

Herb and Spice Blend Recipe Cheat Sheet – never buy another spice mix again.  Buy in bulk, mix your own and save money.

Simply Canning – All things canning and home food preservation related.

SB Canning – Excellent site for all things canning, plus some other food preservation techniques.  Creative recipes, how-to’s, great photos – wonderful stuff! – where to find local food, and what to do with it once you find it

Food in Jars – blog about canning and preserving.

Nutiva is my favorite source for coconut oil.  They also stock hemp and chia products.

For refined coconut oil, which is flavorless (I use it for frying), I shop Tropical Traditions. they also stock natural cleaning products, grassfed beef, and an assortment of other items.  If you order by clicking on any of my Tropical Traditions links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Shop Tropical Traditions

Bulk Natural Food and Product Suppliers

Vitacost – Wide array of natural and organic food and health products. From discount vitamins and sports nutrition supplements, to herbs, natural household supplies and baby care essentials, Vitacost offers high-quality products for you, your family, and even your pets.

UNFI – United Natural Foods – UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States.

Country Life Natural Foods – Country Life Natural Foods is a wholesale and retail distributor of natural, organic and vegetarian foods as well as a resource for information that promotes physical, mental and spiritual health.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op – Frontier Natural Products Co-op specializes in natural and organic products. They feature a wide variety of organic herbs and spices and aromatherapy products.

Azure Standard – “We specialize in natural, organic, earth-friendly foods and products. We deliver directly to customers, buying clubs and retailers by semi truck and UPS.”


List of Gardening Posts on the Common Sense Homesteading website

My Favorite Seed Sources, Seed Storage and Germination – Printable Seed Longevity and Germination Charts

Dave’s Garden and Garden Watchdog – Dave’s Garden is a large gardening community with info on all things gardening.  The Garden Watchdog page offers customer reviews of 7,373 mail order gardening companies.

GardenWeb – Online gardening community.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening page – best seed starting dates, best planting dates, plant guides, hardiness zone maps – lots of good reference info.

Maggie’s Garden Seeds – New website featuring responsibly grown seeds.  GMO free.

Online Nurseries We Recommend

Cold Stream Farms – Cold Stream Farm is a wholesale / retail bare root tree and shrub nursery in Michigan.  Not fancy, but great prices and very good quality.

Oikos Tree Crops – The most genetically diverse nursery I’ve found. “There are over 15,000 species of plants that have been used for food by man. Only 150 of these are commercially cultivated. There are over 10,000 apple varieties. There is only a few dozen that are commercially grown. All new varieties come from seeds. This is true with annual plants as well as trees and shrubs. If you are interested in creating, preserving and expanding the limits of new food plants then having trees and shrubs grown from seed is the only way to increase genetic diversity.”

Stark Bro’s Nursery –  Great variety of plants, plus a newsletter with growing tips and online planting guides.

Raintree Nursery – Unusual edibles including fruit trees, nut trees, berries, vines, citrus, subtropicals, rootstocks, mushrooms and ornamentals.

My Favorite Garden Seed Sources – plus tips for seed storage and germination.

Homestead Animals

List of Animal Related posts on Common Sense Homesteading

Fresh Eggs Daily – learn how to keep your flocks safe from predators, how to build strong poultry immune systems, and how to keep birds healthy without using antibiotics or other commercial medications.

Backyard chickens – BackYardChickens has become the #1 destination for peeps looking for information on raising chickens in any urban, suburban, or rural backyard!

sheep! Magazine – explores a wide range of sheep-related topics of interest to sheep growers and sheep product marketers at all levels of experience.

General Homesteading

Getting Started Homesteading

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Countryside Magazine

Backwoods Home Magazine
Backwoods Home Magazine - practical ideas for self-reliant living
Mother Earth News – MOTHER EARTH NEWS provides wide-ranging, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health and green building.

Rural Living Today has a great list of homesteading resources, and a homesteading blog.


Household Tips on Common Sense Homesteading

Keeper of the Home – Natural Inspired Living for Homemakers – Your Online Guide To The Crafty & Clever

Joyful Homemaking – Recipes, organizational inspiration, cleaning tips & DIY projects.

Local Food

Local Harvest – “Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.”

Pick Your Own – “This website provides local listings of pick your own (also called U-pick or PYO) farms in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.”

Sustainable Table – “Sustainable Table’s “Eat Local, Buy Local, Be Local” section is designed to help consumers learn what’s happening in the local movement, and to better understand the concept of local food.”

Eat Wild – “Your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles.”

The Farmer’s Garden – Members can search and post free classified ads to trade, sell or give-away excess homegrown produce, tools, gardening space or other gardening related items and activities with people in their local area. Food banks and individuals can also post wanted classifieds for surplus food, garden tool, gardening space, etc. – The eatlocalgrown project was created to help you Find, Rate and Share Locally Grown Food! There are categories for Farms, Farmers Markets, Grocery Stores/Co-ops, Restaurants, Artisans and more.

Wisconsin Specific Sites

Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlases – These regional food guides include farms, farmers’ markets, restaurants, stores and other businesses that sell local food and use sustainable production and business practices. The Atlases cover most regions of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Dairy Artisan Network – Great site listing specialty diary producers/cheesemakers around Wisconsin.  “The Wisconsin Dairy Artisan Network assists current and future Wisconsin dairy food artisans through education, promotion of the craft and regulatory advocacy. The network is composed of dairy artisans and farmstead producers with support from industry organizations. ”

Something Special From Wisconsin – Every dollar spent on SSfW products and services supports local farmers, food processors, entrepreneurs, our communities and livelihood, as well as the Wisconsin way of life. It is not only an investment in the state’s economy but in its future. You can be guaranteed that when you see the trademark logo, at least 50% of a product’s ingredients, production, or processing activities are from Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Distilleries Association – In 2011 several of Wisconsin’s distillers formed this association to promote Wisconsin made spirits.  Related issues we also promote include; Wisconsin agriculture, tourism, small batch distilling and the safe enjoyment of alcoholic beverages.

Wisconsin Specialty Meats map – Specialty meat producers in Wisconsin.

Nami Moon Farms – Pasture Raised Meats, honey, vegetables, eggs and more.  Located in Custer, WI.

Natural Health


The “Common Sense Health:Diet, Detox and Physical Activities” e-book is a hype free, “back to basics” toolbox to give you ideas to help you improve your health.  No big investment or complicated format, just start where you are with what you have.

Buy Common Sense HealthTopics include:

  • Detox:  Things you can do to remove toxins from your life.  It’s tough to heal when your body is full of garbage.
  • Diet:  Healthy eating choices, focusing on nutrient dense food.  You are what you eat – make it count!
  • Physical Activities:  Go beyond exercise to activities that have been used by holistic practitioners, such as oil pulling and barefoot therapy.

List of Natural Health and Home Remedies posts on the Common Sense Homesteading website

Earth Clinic – From their site: “full of effective, home-tested, and community-vetted remedies and cures proven through years on this site and in the homes of commonsense families for centuries.” – commonsense families – gotta love that!

Heal Thyself – This is a great online community that promotes knowledge sharing and healing through traditional foods.

The Natural Living Site – information about traditional foods, herbs, natural living skills, homesteading, animals, alternative healing and spirituality.

Food As Medicine -Todd Caldecott, a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda shares insights for using food to promote healing.

Organic Agriculture

Acres USA – Organic and sustainable farming info.  Great magazine, plus excellent book store of hard to find titles.

OrganicA -a resource for organic apple production

MOSES – Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services – The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis. We promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed.


The Prepper Website

List of Preparedness Posts on Common Sense Homesteading

Self-Reliant School by Are We Crazy or What?

American Preppers Network

Prepper Website

The Survival Doctor

Preparedness Supplies from Emergency Essentials

Emergency Essentials carries a full line of preparedness products at some of the best prices I have found.  They also have monthly specials, so it pays to check back regularly.


Emergency Essentials Solar Power


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  1. Cynthia Schoonover says

    We found a nice Supplier of Old Fashioned Home Goods at pretty fair prices–a lot of Amish made items like grain scoops, brooms also stainless pails and basins and such.. They have clothing and fabric for those that are interested in that kind of things as

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