Outfitting the modern homestead or ranch

The modern homestead can be a multi-acre spread or a home on a suburban lot. “The modern homestead describes a state of mind as much as a plot of land,” says Randall Schultz, content editor of HomeGardenandHomestead.com. “Homesteading in the 21st century centers around the goal of a more sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle, and that can be accomplished pretty much wherever you live.”

On larger ranch and homestead properties, becoming more self-sufficient means drilling wells and thinking about backup water pumps. But the “homestead-ranch” state of mind can also include raising chickens on a suburban lot. It can even include making your own laundry soap—even if you’re living in an urban apartment.

Check out these ideas for embracing the homestead, ranch and self-sufficient lifestyle.


A deep water hand pump can avert disaster in a power outage


Standard Deep Well Hand Pump from Bison Pumps

The right deep well hand pump can be one of the most important pieces of equipment on a modern ranch or homestead. In the event of a power blackout—including a generator failure or even a major natural disaster—a hand-powered pump can provide life-saving access to water.

A Standard Deep Well hand pump from Bison Pumps can be used as a backup to an electric pump, providing access to well water when the electric power goes out. Bison Pumps can be installed alongside or in-line with your current electric submersible pump. The high quality pump is hand-crafted in the USA for years of dependable service. It even comes with a Lifetime Warranty.

The pump’s stainless steel lift rod is FDA approved for potable water, and the tensile strength of the stainless steel is vastly superior to fiberglass. The entire pump is constructed of stainless steel, TIG-welded, and hand-polished to a mirror finish.

Bison Pumps makes a wide variety of hand-operated well pumps, including the Bison Shallow Well Hand Pump (Model 1900) that’s perfect for pressurizing a water tank. Bison also sells all the accessories needed for proper pump installations. For more information about pumps and accessories including pricing, technical support and finding the nearest dealer, visit www.BisonPumps.com.


Chickens adorn fashionable apron, shoes and tote bag

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Sloggers Apron in the Yellow Chicken Print

Here’s the perfect apron to wear when it’s time to collect eggs from the chicken coop or cook up some eggs for breakfast. This versatile apron has you covered for whatever you do at home or on the homestead. The Yellow Chicken apron from Sloggers is made from 10-ounce 100% cotton denim. It has double-stitched, reinforced seams and deep pockets—deep enough for several eggs. This made-to-last apron comes in one size to fit all. The print is from Vermont artist Sarah Rosedahl, and it’s the same print that is featured on Sloggers’ popular chicken print waterproof shoes.

There is also a new tote bag in the same Chicken Print that’s perfect for hauling eggs or running errands at the store. Sloggers has also just introduced new waterproof ankle boots that are taller than its standard shoes and shorter than its all-weather boots. The ankle boots feature the same delightful chicken print.

Ankle Boot Chicken Yellow webThe Chicken Print apron (in yellow or barn red) sells for $19.99. The Chicken Print Tote Bag (in yellow or barn red) sells for $14.99. The Chicken Print Ankle Boots (also in yellow and red) sell for $34.99. Plus, the Chicken Print is also available in shoes and boots. The entire chicken collection, which is proudly made in the USA, is available at fine stores and www.sloggers.com.


Make homemade laundry soap for 7 cents a load

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Homemade Laundry Soap Starter Kit from Lehman’s

As homeowners and homesteaders look for satisfying ways to simplify their lives and keep costs down, many are making their own soaps. Making homemade laundry soap can slash the cost of keeping laundry clean while extending the life of clothing, towels and other laundry. The Homemade Laundry Soap Starter Set includes everything you need to make several batches of homemade laundry soap—enough soap to wash more than 800 loads of laundry. You only use ½ cup of homemade soap per load, so that comes out to less than 7¢ per load!

The homemade laundry soap can be used in virtually all washing machines, including newer HE washing machines. Most of the components in the Homemade Laundry Soap Starter set are made in the USA. The kit contains a 76-ounce box of 20 Mule Team Borax, a 55-ounce box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, 5 bars of Fels-Naptha soap (5-1/2 ounces each), a plastic measuring cup, a 16-inch-long wooden spoon, a 12 ½-inch-long steel hand grater, a reusable 4-gallon bucket with tight-fitting lid, a carrying bail for storing your homemade soap, plus the recipe and instructions. The Homemade Laundry Soap Starter Set sells for $54.95 from www.lehmans.com or 800-438-5346. When you run out of an ingredient from starter set, simply reorder what you need from Lehman’s.



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