Spring Season Essentials for Your Homestead

In just a few weeks, homesteads and hobby farms around the Midwest will usher in spring by tossing some seeds in the ground for an early spring crop. They'll clean up their barnyards and freshen things up for their livestock. Spring is almost here, and there are essential tasks to be completed to make the most of the 2017 growing season. 

In order to support you with your spring homesteading preparations, Rebecca of the Cedar River Homestead opened up her hobby farm for a peek at what could (or should) take place over the next few weeks. 


Rebecca and her husband are in their fourth year on the seven-acre Cedar River Homestead, having sold their separate homes in town when they married. They grew up in the country in Eastern Iowa, but neither had experiences like those they're cultivating today.

Urban Homestead Meal Plan - Week of 2/20

What an amazing weekend we've had in Eastern Iowa! For the last three days Iowans have enjoyed temperatures of 60*+ and we have about three more days of mid-60's in store this week. John and I made the most of this weather by spending the entire day Saturday splitting wood. We break ground on our home any day now, and prepping the timber was a huge undertaking.


It's quite scary that we're experiencing these warm temperatures in February, coupled with the fact that we've had a very mild winter with little precipitation. I can't help but make connections to climate change. 

Our consumeristic lifestyle destroys our environment and commercial and industrial systems are destroying our eco-system. We can do better. We ALL can do better. In an effort to be more transparent with you and serve as a realistic inspiration for a zero waste lifestyle, I am sharing photos of our temporary kitchen on Instagram. I'll also be sharing photos and tips with how we reduce our consumption of goods in order to have less of an impact on our environment. 

Here's a sneak peak into our pantry, which we shared in full on Insta: 

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In this week's meal plan (which is sometimes a photo of our menu board in our kitchen, sometimes a screenshot of my Real Plans, sometimes a simple list with links to recipes), you'll find several homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. Of course, there will be a few repeats throughout the week since we try to eat in-season and lots of leftovers for lunch. Breakfast is usually a smoothie or steel cut oats; something that can be prepared quickly in the morning. 


Monday - Mustard-almond crusted salmon, steamed broccoli, leftover couscous
Tuesday - Chopped salad w/ chicken, veggies, goat cheese, homemade honey mustard dressing
Wednesday - I have a Board meeting and dinner is provided. John is hunter/gathering. 
Thursday - A salad of some sort OR we may go out to dinner before going to one of my teachers' band concerts
Friday - Baked tilapia w/ roasted garlicy cauliflower
Saturday - Marinated pork tenderloin w/ quinoa (loaded up with kale and whatever veggies are in the fridge)
Sunday - Meatballs in marinara sauce w/ leftover quinoa (maybe IN the meatball?)


It might seem complicating to eat locally and in season, but we actually get the bulk of our meal plan ideas from Real Plans. You can go here to learn more!






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Urban Homestead Meal Plan - Week of 2/13

My apologies for getting our meal plan posted a little later than usual. It was such a relaxing weekend, and I didn't spend much time at the computer. Lately if the weather is nice we spend every moment possible out at our property. We have the land mostly cleared and 2 of the big brush piles burned. There is still a LOT of wood to split and move out of the way and 2 more brush piles to burn before the major construction of our log home can begin. I suppose the work can begin regardless of splitting the wood and it can happen around the brush piles, but it wouldn't be as convenient. 

Do you follow us on Instagram? We are sharing a lot of progress photos there. Of course, if you follow us on Facebook you'll see a couple photos there as well. 

By the way, did you see the great giveaway we're hosting right now? We're giving away gift certificates to use at any meat counter for $10 in FREE beef or pork.
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In this week's meal plan (which is sometimes a photo of our menu board in our kitchen, sometimes a screenshot of my Real Plans, sometimes a simple list with links to recipes), you'll find several homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. Of course, there will be a few repeats throughout the week since we try to eat in-season and lots of leftovers for lunch. Breakfast is usually a smoothie or steel cut oats; something that can be prepared quickly in the morning. 


Monday - Citrus marinated tilapia and braised cabbage
Tuesday - Garden salad with goat cheese and sunflower seeds
Wednesday - Tuna salad on celery sticks with buttered peas
Thursday - Chopped salad with baked chicken breast
Friday - Steak stir fry (we didn't have this last week like I hoped)
Saturday - Mustard-almond crusted salmon and a coconut kale salad (Valentine's Dinner!)
Sunday - Pancakes and homemade sausage patties


It might seem complicating to eat locally and in season, but we actually get the bulk of our meal plan ideas from Real Plans. You can go here to learn more!








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