Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.
Northern Homestead is a blog about a simple life of urban homesteading in a cold climate. We share how we do things and some interesting information we find along the way.
With Northern Homestead we want to be an inspiration to all cold climate homesteaders and winter gardeners. We write about growing, preserving, and preparing our own real food, from the garden to the table.
We both grew up on mostly self-sufficient homesteads in central Asia and had to learn early how to grow and preserve our own food and care for animals. We lived a simple life and made the most out of what we had. Urban homesteading was what our parents did and what we considered to be a normal life. After living in Asia and Europe we now reside in North America and strive to go back to this simple ‘normal life’ of urban homesteading.
Our Northern Homestead is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada – plant hardiness zone 3A, elevation 1,037 m (3,402 ft), yep it’s cold here. We turned our home into a homestead, our yard into a garden and the old garage into a food production place.
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Under Growing, you will find cold climate (Zone 3) gardening tips and ideas. We grow food using organic methods. A Greenhouse is almost a must-have in a northern climate to overcome our biggest foe – cold and frost. We also grow indoors hydroponically all winter long.
Under Raising, we share our experience with keeping backyard chickens and trying our hands on bees. We are currently an animal-free homestead, except for our sweet cat.
Under Preserving, we share how we preserve food. With only about 100 frost free days, we want to preserve and store our summer bounties as much as we can to have homegrown food all throughout the long winter.
We prefer whole food, plant-based Recipes, from the garden to the table. You will also find old recipes handed down for generations from Ukraine, Asia, and Germany. And traditional methods for fermenting and cheese making.
Simplifying your life is a journey, doing things simple and living a simple life.
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Jakob & Anna