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LH 135: Balancing Homesteading, Family & Beekeeping

How one homesteader balances family life with raising farm animals and bees.

There’s so much processing done to the food in our grocery stores today that much of that food is unrecognizable. And that processed food has certainly lost most (if not all) of it’s nutritional value.

Homesteading is one way to take back control of the food that we eat. When we grow our own food, we know EXACTLY what’s on our plate and where it came from.

Although I grow much of my own food and raise chickens for the eggs, my kids are teenagers and help with the chores that come with that. But I remember how hard it was when my kids were little!

That’s why I have such a deep appreciation for parents who homestead with little ones. It’s a balancing act for sure!

This week, I invited Kristina Urquhart, author of The Suburban Chickento talk about raising a family on a homestead, the challenges of producing your own food, how she raises her own meat rabbits, and everything you could want to know about beekeeping!

Kristina shares the story of how she and her husband struggled at first to get a financial foothold on their dream, and how dedication, hard work, and some creativity made that dream a reality.

You will learn:

  • Why it’s so important for our kids to know where their food comes from
  • Which meat rabbit is good as a full service animal
  • Where should you start if you’re interested in keeping bees
  • Which books are best for beginning bee keepers
  • Why sometimes homesteading doesn’t always go as planned
  • What can keep you motivated to keep going
  • Check out the blooper at the very, very end…

Kristina Mercedes Urquhart:

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Kristina Mercedes Urquhart is the author of The Suburban Chicken: The Guide to Keeping Healthy,Thriving Chickens in Your Backyard (i5 Press, 2015). She’s the beekeeping colunnist for, and a columnist and regular writer for Chickens magazine.

Kristina also writes for TAPROOT magazine and has blogged for Whole Home News. She supplies hand-drawn illustrations for each of her columns, and her chalkboard drawings can be found in Crackers & Dips: More than 50 Handmade Snacks (Chronicle Books, 2013).

Kristina is the buzz behind the growing beekeeping Facebook group, The Humble Honeybee. After receiving her master’s degree in Art Therapy from New York University, Kristina moved to the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband, intent on living closer to the land. With their two young children, Kristina grows food and raises animals on their 6 acre mountain homestead.



Resources & Links Mentioned:

The Suburban Chicken* – Kristina’s book

The Humble Honeybee – Kristina’s FB Group
The Suburban Chicken by Kristina Urquhart on

Backyard Beekeeper* by Kim Flottum

Natural Beekeeping* by Ross Conrad

Proper Honey Storage – Article by Kristina

Why You Should Not Heat Honey – Article by Kristina


The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum on

Related Episodes You Might Like:

Episode #132: Welcome to The Elliott Homestead



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.