Building a Kansas Homestead

| 8/30/2013 2:40:00 PM

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A photo of the author, Caleb ReganWe’ve accomplished much around the homestead this spring and summer, the two most significant tasks for me being building a chicken coop from reclaimed lumber and starting a pretty sizable vegetable garden from scratch. Right now, the hens – seven Buff Orpingtons, seven Rhode Island Reds, one Hamburg and one Dorking – are producing and our kitchen table is overflowing with garden produce. But here’s a look at the progress along the way.

Here's our old farmhouse. The only thing anyone knows about it's age is that it's between 150 and 200 years old, but was recently rebuilt.

Old Farmhouse

First up was the chicken coop.

Chicken Coop Under Construction

Adding Paint to Interior

9/26/2013 1:12:05 PM

Caleb - I enjoyed your blog post about a fellow-Kansan's homesteading adventure. My husband and I have been building our homestead for about six years now - Keep finding time for those fishing and camping adventures! We are determined to carve out a little more time for those types of endeavors in the year to come!

9/13/2013 10:23:23 PM

How I enjoyed that pictorial of your progress and it's wonderful to see a family living off the sweat of their brow and loving it. I applaud your chicken house and first garden. Next to begin canning and I suppose drying herbs. You can save eggs for months by greasing them and putting them in a barrel with flour, sawdust or some filler..... Thanks for showing us how to do it -

9/6/2013 7:06:29 AM

Dave, the bass came out of a farm pond down in southeast Kansas, where I'm from. My brother and I hauled several nice size fish out that day, plus a couple of decently sized crappie. It was some fun fishing.

9/5/2013 4:48:43 AM

Looks great! Beautiful corn. Thanks for sharing with us. Sue

9/4/2013 8:07:23 PM

Calab, you have been a busy guy this summer, haven't you. Did you catch the bass out of a farm pond near your house? That's a really nice looking fish. Bass is one of my favorite fish to eat. You did a great job on the chicken coop. Those birds do grow fast don't they. I guess I'll have to wait for the bean story in another month. Have a great day on the homestead.

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