A Mind To Homestead

Homesteaders and preppers everywhere rejoice!
Now for the first time in print here is an eclectic collection and anthology of practical and inspirational writing from the classic small farm and homesteading blog, GRANNY MILLER.
Written from a traditional agrarian point of view, this volume examines the mindset, outlook and attitudes necessary to successfully pursue a long-term life of homesteading and self-reliance.Illustrated with black & white images from life, the non-electric and off-grid topics include: home heating with wood and coal; oil lamps; basic cook stove advice and operation; and an extensive and indispensable treadle sewing machine chapter.
Many of the popular notions of contemporary preparedness, prepping and the modern survivalist movement are challenged and assessed in this book. Insights and advice regarding meat rabbits, chamber pots and general homestead management and philosophy are discussed by way of questions from readers.
Grounded in old-time common sense, Katherine Grossman shares a depth of experience that sets this book apart from many other books in the genre.A born contrarian, her written work is passionately original and has always been peppered with plenty of strong opinion. This little book is certainly no exception. It is an absolute must read for anyone exploring the path to a life of greater self-reliance or intentional living. 68 pages.

Excerpts from A MIND TO HOMESTEAD –

“The lack of traditional housewifery and the lost concept of self-contained household economies, which are interconnected with other traditional households, seem in part to have been the breeding ground for the modern survivalist and prepper moment. America became a helpless and dependent society the day American housewives quit working for themselves and their households, and became wage slaves for someone else.” – from Survivalist, Prepper or Housewife?

Home Canned Grapefruit Sections

Canned Red Grapefruit Sections

“The top surface of a cook stove is called the hob. There are round plates on the hob called “eyes” that are removable for cleaning out soot and ash. They are not burners. With some cook stoves (not mine) the eyes can be removed while the stove is in operation. Stove eyes are removed to add small pieces of wood directly to the fire and to seat a pot into the hole for more heat if you need it to cook faster. The eyes are lifted off with a “lifter.” On a cook stove the entire hob is used for cooking. The part of the hob that is directly over the firebox is the hottest part of the stove.” – from Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove

Wood Fired Cook Stove

“When buying an old treadle sewing machine it is wisest to look for a sewing machine that was mid-priced and popular for its time. Singer sewing machines were made by the millions and are still relatively easy to find and affordable. The Singer model 15-88 and Singer model 66 are both good choices when looking for treadle sewing machines. The Singer 15-88 was the last sewing machine that Singer made for treadle use. Most were made in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. The model 15-88 uses a modern needle, low shank feet, and has a reverse.” – from Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

Singer Treadle Sewing machine

Singer 15 -88

“To my way of thinking the notion of a paramilitary household management is the antithesis of stability, security, and comfort that most people desire in a home. I am positively revolted by the survivalist perception and belief that somehow there will not be enough food, water, clothing, shelter and goodness and humanity to go around when “the collapse” comes. Such valuations are indicative of people who are consumers rather than producers.” – from Preppers Verses Tradition

Traditonal Pantry Storage

Food & Supplies For A Year

“You don’t need lots of land to produce some of your own food. Many people produce much of their own food with a large garden, a dairy goat, backyard chickens and rabbits and a few fruit trees. Three generations ago that’s what most people did whether they lived in towns or in cities.”- from How Much Time & Land Is Needed To Survive Off The Land?

Kitchen Garden

Small Kitchen Garden

“The advantages of coal for home heating are many. Coal can be safely stored for an indefinite period of time and it never goes bad. Coal doesn’t rot or draw insects like wood. Coal does not need a pipeline, or any type of special tank or container like LP gas or fuel oil. Depending upon your location, coal is often a more affordable home heating option when compared to either fuel oil or natural gas. Best of all, coal is not produced by people who want to behead you or hate you.” – from Heating Your Home With Coal

Coal Fire

Burning Coal

“Hard to believe that less than 100 years ago most people living in rural America used only oil lamps for their lighting needs. No matter who you are or where you live, keeping an oil lamp or two in your home is a good idea. Not all oil lamps give the same amount of light or operate the same way. Here are the fundamentals of what you should know about oil lamps. Your personal family needs and economic considerations should influence the type of lamp that is best for your situation. As far as oil lamps go, there are basically 3 or 4 different kinds.” – from Advice About Oil Lamps

Aladdin Lamp By Cook Stove

Non-Electric Task Lighting

“The following list was first published on December 31, 2012. My husband and I compiled this list quickly and effortlessly while sitting at the kitchen table after breakfast. I had no idea the impact it would have on my readers and those seeking a life of preparedness. Since its first publication the list has become the most copied and plagiarized content from my website. At the time of original publication it struck a chord with many preppers and new homesteaders.” – from 101 Basic Homesteading Skills

Ram Feet Trimmed

Hoof Trimming