Urban Homesteaders

Growing and do things the old way. Do you grow your own vege, make soap, use herbs, cut your own firewood, long for the pioneer days where it literally came from your own back yard. If you do then this is the group for you.

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Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2017

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Fermentation 17 Replies

does anyone have any idea on how to ferment foods ?I know how to make ginerbeer and have found a wonderful video on youtube that take me step by step through it...but i would luv to know how to…Continue

Started by Linda Lucas. Last reply by kiwi brown Jan 24, 2013.

Trouble rolling/flaking oats

Hello everyone,I was excited to try out my new Family Flaker Mill on some hulled oats but it isn't working properly. The roller will flake wheat and rye with no trouble so there is nothing wrong with…Continue

Tags: Flaker, Mill, Family, Flaker, roller

Started by Katie Jul 26, 2012.

Making your own home cleaning products. 14 Replies

Hi AllJust wondering if people may be able to share there "How to make home cleaning products" recipes with me.Clothes washFloor washTable polishSoap (husband has sensitive skin)Oven Cleaner (and by…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Donna Mac Rae Jun 24, 2012.

Make your own toothpaste? 5 Replies

Hi Fellow Ooooby's Does anyone out there make there own toothpaste? A friend of mine is wanting to do so but has no computer at the moment. All replies would be FABBO!!!!!! Thanks RachelContinue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 22, 2012.

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Comment by Lynn on April 30, 2011 at 2:13pm
Have just picked up my ordered book from the library about Earth Ovens. Looks fantastic, and now that it looks like rain and I'm done what I'm doing in the garden today, I shall light the fire and cosy up with the book!
Comment by Fi and Steve on April 9, 2011 at 5:59am

Hi all,thanks for your help with info on lamps,new it seems to be between a colemans or a tilley lamp both over $200 ahhh.So i think i will have a look on tm.How are you all going with winter clothing,i am a bit more organized this year.Living on Waiheke we seem to forget about Winter and then its here.I have been buying warm clothing form op shops (4 on Waiheke)for a while.We have 4 children,15,14,7,6.This year i am going to invest in good thermo undrewear .The best deal i have found soft merino are from Postie plus you can see it on line.Will last a few years and easy to patch.Next i am on the hunt for hats and socks,smiles Fi

Comment by Fi and Steve on April 7, 2011 at 7:27pm
Hi Tony,thanks,we have just bought a big colemans rechargeable lamp$150 but i would like a kero lamp as a back up.On another note here is a great checklist for homesteading, smiles Fi
Comment by Tony Lucas on April 5, 2011 at 9:33am
Hi Fi - you can some times get new ones on or try your local camping shops though they are expensive.
Comment by Fi and Steve on April 5, 2011 at 7:30am
Hi all,does anyone no where i can buy new hurricane oil lamps from in nz,thanks Fi
Comment by Lynn on March 6, 2011 at 12:16pm

I have recently had the great pleasure in seeing first hand the wonderful terracotta pottery available from a great potter in Havelock North. Crespin Pottery provides plates, bowls and containers for cooking in a more natural way, using less fat (or not fat!) and able to be used in microwaves, home ovens, and even wood fired pizza ovens. The 'chicken bricks' are delightful and the Pizza Stones are amazing. I love ALL this range and will be getting some very soon. I am so excited about it I thought I would share the products with can find them here

Comment by Jane Maarie on February 17, 2011 at 12:25pm
Thank you Kelly, I will definately do a hunt down for that book but in the mean time i will look at this website. Cheers :O)
Comment by Kelly Ronayne on February 16, 2011 at 12:20pm

Jane, you should check out the Edible NZ Natives group here on Ooooby:

I have a great (though a little old) book by Gwen Skinner, called 'Simply Living: A gatherers' guide to NZ's fields, forests and shores' - it lists heaps of native and introduced wild plants with their traditional, edible and medicinal uses, and even some recipes! I love it. I got mine off Trademe.

Comment by Sheri on February 15, 2011 at 2:20am
Way to go Margaret! I bet that was fun and tasty!
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 14, 2011 at 6:21pm
I can't say how excited I was to host the local Meet UP group Colorado Springs Urban Homesteaders, pot luck this afternoon! Good food, good conversation, good people! I had a wonderful time!!

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