Okay, so those of y’all that have been with me a while know by now that I quit watching tv. This is due to a variety of reasons but the short answer is that the list of reasons why I shouldn’t watch grew far longer than the microscopic list of reasons why I should.
Instead, I read the news on the internet and follow a few folks who inspire me on youtube.
That is where An American Homestead comes in. I happened upon them right after they posted the very first episode and all season long it has felt like Christmas to wake up to find the weekly episode posted. After sharing an episode on the Southern Plate Facebook page a few weeks back, I discovered that y’all fell instantly in love with them as well and received many requests to share more episodes.
So I reached out to Zac, the father and filmmaker behind An American Homestead and he generously gave me permission to share the entire first season with you here.
Who is the family behind this and what is the story with An American Homestead that has so many of us glued to our computers to keep up with this precious family? You’ll have to watch below and see.
Get ready to be encouraged, learn a lot, and get inspired.
And don’t forget to subscribe to their YouTube channel by clicking here!
*Episode summaries courtesy of AnAmericanHomestead.com
Season 1, Episode 1
The first episode of An American Homestead. We meet the family and take a look at some daily chores on the farm. Pumping water, wringing laundry, caring for chickens and we get our first look at the massive off-grid aquaponics system in the greenhouse.
Season 1, Episode 2
The second episode of An American Homestead. We explain why we want to grow and raise our own foods as we give an overview of the garden. Future episodes will go into more detail on the garden. What birds will devastate a tick population? Oh and we give our opinions on homeschooling on the homestead!
Season 1, Episode 3
The third episode of An American Homestead. The homestead produces a lot of waste and we want to use that waste in the most efficient manner possible. We take a look at 4 areas of composting that we manage around the homestead. Animal manure, Humanure, Kitchen scraps, and vemiculture.
Season 1, Episode 4
The fourth episode of An American Homestead. There are lots of building projects underway. We take a look at our solar energy production and what life is like without electricity. Jaimie goes into detail about life without a grid connected home. Then we show you some of our footage of our sheep shearing this past spring.
Season 1, Episode 5
The fifth episode of An American Homestead. The harvest is coming in with abundance and we are putting up as much produce as possible for future use. This means lots of canning. But we have to do this without spending an arm and a leg on propane. So that means wood fire canning! Plus, we take a look at some of the garden all-stars this year!
Season 1, Episode 6
The sixth episode of An American Homestead. People have asked lots of questions about how we came to the decision to leave the city. How did we do it, what was involved? It wasn’t easy but we were determined to make a life away from the modern world and many of its trappings and carve out our own existence!
Season 1, Episode 7
The seventh episode of An American Homestead. It’s time to harvest potatoes and we are showing off our working aquaponics system. We really want to maximize the amount of food that we can grow on our homestead and that is one of the reasons we opted to build an aquaponics system.
Season 1, Episode 8
The chickens on the homestead are finally big enough to start eating. After canning them, they should be a food source for us well into next year. Plus the homestead finished the brick pizza/bread oven that will help us reduce our dependence on propane gas. All that and its time this week to start the county fair. Will the homestead see any blue ribbons?
Season 1, Episode 9
The homestead visits the county fair and finds out if we won any blue ribbons this first year. Then we visit the garden again and continue to process the abundance of tomatoes for the winter. And then, we finish the week with a chicken dinner cooked with our new outdoor brick oven. YUM! What happens next week? Stay tuned to find out and be sure to subscribe to our channel and share our videos!