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These are my favourite homesteading channels to watch on YouTube – some of my people. There’s always something to learn and encouragement to gain and share, whether it be about gardening, animals, building projects or just how to run a homestead with kids in tow.
Roots & Refuge – Faith, family, a beautiful veggie garden, a small farm and big dreams. Get your dose of peace and perspective here.
Lumnah Acres – If there’s a project, Al can do it. Building projects, growing food, processing their own meat, felling trees and a huge new property to start from scratch on.
The Hollar Homestead – They travelled the US in a motorhome to find their homestead and family dream. They’re still setting up, with a new baby in tow. They’ll give anything a go and Ben is always making things from what he can find, especially if its metal.
Weed ’em & Reap – Urban farming on 1 acre. Danelle is queen of the goats and organisation and Kevin is king of finding stuff on the side of the road or for cheap. Their teenage kids are always good for a laugh.
Dave’s Garden — All kinds of plant information, PlantFiles – very useful searchable database for species and cultivars.
GardenNZ — Articles and information about all things gardening.
NZCPN – New Zealand Plant Conservation Network — A great database for information about NZ native plants.
Oratia Native Plant Nursery — No longer in operation, but still a source of information on a wide range of natives – good for checking what conditions plants like to grow in.
RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) — Plant Selector and Plant Finder, mainly useful for exotic plants.
Egmont Seeds — Online seed shop for flowers, veges, herbs and more.
Kings Seeds — Online seed shop for flowers, veges, herbs, microgreens and cover crops.
Koanga Institute — Online shop for heritage vegetables seeds, bulbs and tubers and fruit trees, plus information about all things to do with growing edibles and living sustainably.
Setha’s Seeds — Online seed shop for heritage vegetable seeds, including garlic, onions and potatoes.
Chicken Calculator — Not something to help you with chicken maths, but a genetics calculator for those interested in colour breeding. Complicated, but fascinating.
The Chicken Chick — A very informative website with straight-up articles on all kinds of chicken care.
Fresh Eggs Daily — A source of information on natural chicken keeping, plus egg recipes and more.
Dirty Hippie — Natural body products made here in NZ. I haven’t used all the products, but I highly recommend the probiotic deodorant and the shampoo/soap bars. The lavender shampoo bar is my hair cleaner.
Nature Body — My other source of NZ-made natural body products. They also have probiotic deodorant, plus lotions, bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws and more.
Pure Nature — My main one-stop essential oils shop. They also sell a wide range of ingredients and supplies for making natural cosmetics, soap, candles and beeswax wraps. If you click on this referral code — Who wants a discount? — you will get $10 off your first order and I’ll get a small reward too, so that’s a win-win.
Gluten Free on a Shoestring — My primary source for yummy, well-executed gluten-free recipes. Just don’t look at it when you’re hungry.
Grounded & Co. — Coffee and tea that’s fair trade, certified organic and helping the planet? Yes please. This is where we get all our coffee beans these days.
Hendersons Fine Foods (Hendersons Bacon) — The bacon to buy. Why? It has no cancer-causing preservatives like most of the bacon in our country and isn’t full of water. Also, it tastes like proper bacon. Available at good supermarkets.
Ravelry — The knitting website you can’t do without – search thousands of patterns through all kinds of filters, add patterns to your queue, manage your projects, keep track of your yarn stash, etc.
Loveknitting — A one-stop shop for yarn, needles and more, with fast delivery and sales of dangerous frequency.
Spotlight — The local one-stop craft shop for yarn, fabric, accessories and more.
Marketplacers — Bags, aprons, throws, stationary, coffee and more – an NZ company that supports people in developing countries to manufacture the products and earn fair wages.
Trade Aid — Food, chocolate, homewares, clothing accessories, toys, crafts, soap and more – an NZ not-for-profit organisation who supports small farmers and artisans under strong fair trade principles.
Tearfund Gift For Life — Instead of buying a gift for someone, buy a gift for someone in need in a developing country on behalf of them. You could pick a chicken, or medical supplies, or stopping trafficking or more. Gifts with a real purpose.