Donna Miller of Miller’s Grain House was my guest for this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. She’s been on before, but it’s been a while. So we spent a little time talking about what she’s involved with these days. She’s a busy lady. But we spent the bulk of our time talking about her family’s homestead.
I’ve known Donna for a few years now, and she’s always a joy to talk to. In case you’re not acquainted with her, here’s a blurb taken from her bio in Prepare Magazine, which I’ve edited very slightly for our purposes here.
Donna Miller is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She has been both a guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews. She enjoys teaching online and local classes and ladies retreats. Donna is happily married and has three adult children, and a daughter in-law. She and her husband (Joseph) are the founders of Millers Grain House, YourPreparation Station and Prepare Magazine.
What’s she up to now?
What’s this about a homestead?
Having moved in the winter, they first had to see to it that they had running water and heat. Without a washer and dryer, laundry has to be done by hand or taken to town.
Planning for the purchase of food and other household items is necessary because they’re 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store, rather than three minutes distant as before. It can cost $50 for the trip to town. If you live in such a rural area, you know what that’s like.
While they do have electricity, they’re working to be less dependent on it. Hydro and wind power are works in progress. A spring house figures into their plans for refrigeration. Wood burning is one option for heat in the home.
For cooking, there’s a fire pit, a Sun Oven, and a wood burning stove. Believe it or not, Donna doesn’t use a microwave oven. It hasn’t been part of her kitchen routine for 15-20 years. Her focus is on making and eating wholesome, healthful food.
Seasons must be taken into consideration because, without air conditioning, Donna doesn’t want to do anything in the kitchen that will heat the house in the summer months. On the other hand, the oven is on more in winter because it adds needed heat. That’s how our ancestors had to plan and conduct their activities, isn’t it?
All their chickens were killed by predators last fall, but they plan to get more. Gardening consists primarily of a number of herbs and perennial plants, including berries, grapes and apple trees.
How does she keep it together?
How about a little advice?
How can you find out more?
Any thoughts on what you’ve read here or what you’ve heard in my conversation with Donna? Feel free to leave a comment below. Could you make it without air conditioning or a microwave in the kitchen? Are you already homesteading? What tips would you have for someone who’s planning to do it?