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LH 145: Raising Goats & Other New Homesteading Skills

LH 145: Update on Beginning Homesteader Bev Ross

There’s SO much to learn when you are just starting out in homesteading. But the fun is in the journey of learning new homesteading skills as you go!

In today’s episode, I bring back Bev Ross who was my guest on Episode 122: Lessons From A Beginner Homesteader.  I wanted to catch up with her and have her tell us about her newest adventure: Raising Baby Goats! (They are adorable)

But to be honest, I really don’t feel right calling Bev a beginner anymore.

She has learned so much and grown so much in the last 10 months since her homesteading journey started.  In today’s chat, she shares what’s happening in that journey and what’s up next.

You will learn:

  •      Why you might want goats
  •      What’s REALLY involved with raising baby goats
  •      Why naming goats is half the fun
  •      How these goats will co-exist with her chicken flock
  •      The ups and downs of homesteading
  •      The lessons in everyday moments on a working homestead
  •      How to plant more perennial food sources
  •      What’s next for the homestead

Bev Ross:

Bev Ross - www.livinghomegrown.comBev is a new homesteader, and now blogger that moved her family from the desert suburbs of Phoenix, to rural Ohio. Working for an environmental consulting firm, she’s always been passionate about the environment and sustainable food, and wanted to live a lifestyle that matched her values and just tasted better.

In June of 2017, with only minor convincing (a woodshop promised to the husband, and baby chicks promised to the kids) they settled on 12 acres in a tiny town of less than 900 people.

When she’s not chicken tending, goat wrangling, or begging her garden not to die, she shares her homesteading adventures on her blog and Instagram, co-hosts the weekly podcast We Drink & We Farm Things, and is the administrator of the Homestead Skills Book Club on Facebook.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Ross-Roost – Bev’s website

Bev’s Instagram – Lots of goat pics!

We Drink & We Farm Things – Bev’s New podcast

The Homestead Skills Book Club – On Facebook

Bev’s Chicken Tractor Plans – Link to Bev’s blog post

Stark Bros Website – For Trees and Fruit

Red, White & Blue Grapes  Bev is planting


Other Related Episode:

LH 122: Lessons From A Beginner Homesteader 



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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.