Hi! I'm Heidi--

I'm a midlife (always learning) homesteader, medicine maker, aspiring gardener, newbie goat-herder, chicken (and other poultry) raiser & lover, and food preserver.  I'm also a grandma, wife, yogi, and lover of Jesus.  

I'm SO happy you're here!

I began this blog with the intention of sharing and creating a community of people interested in learning about how to be as self-sufficient in our modern world as one chooses to be and WHEREVER you happen to live!  Healing Harvest Homestead has become a quickly growing collective of some truly wonderful people! It’s a blessing to have met so many of you “online!” And if I haven’t “met” you yet, then I truly look forward to it!

Why I Started Healing Harvest Homestead

The reason I began blogging about some of the things I’ve learned in my 53 years—about herbalism, traditional living, beginning homesteading (even in an urban environment), gardening, and more—-is because I once upon a time, I had an online shop.  

Yep.  I had an online shop on Etsy, and it started doing quite well.  So well, in fact, that I could not keep up (I was still working outside the home full time as I had not yet retired).  It was about that time that I started in on my Advanced Herbalism studies through the Herbal Academy of New England….and my eyes were opened to the unpleasant powers of the FDA and Big Government. Turns out, there are all kinds of laws (state and federal) that I was NOT in the know about—- So, between knowing more about federal laws and just being overwhelmed with work, studying, and creating products, I chose to close down my store.  I may reopen at some point, but that's a future dream right now.

Now I write! I write to inspire and empower people like you! To show that you CAN start homesteading and being more self-sufficient and take charge of your health no matter where you happen to live! 

I write about the things I've learned over my life about herbalism, fermentation, raising animals, traditional foods, cooking from scratch, gardening, and lots more. I share all my recipes for body care, essential oil blends, making soaps, etc.  Plus, once in awhile, I'll share more personal every day life things with you, my readers who I love.  

HENCE….Healing Harvest Homestead was born.  

Healing Harvest Homestead is a place for you IF:

  • You want more independence from the current health industry and want to take charge of you and your family’s health—
  • You want to learn about healthy and traditional ways of living and creating foods—thereby becoming naturally more healthy--
  • You are interested in taking your own baby steps in areas of urban and suburban homesteading involving keeping chickens, ducks, turkeys, and goats—-(I truly believe you can learn from others’ mistakes—-and I share those as well as successes)—
  • You want to learn more about how and why to become prepared for potential emergencies so you can keep your family safe.
  • You are interested in beginning to garden: amending soil, composting, sprouting seeds, growing, and harvesting! 
  • AND LOTS more! 


I hope you’ll join us here!  And if you are interested, here is a little bit more about me, so you can get to know who I am:

I have been a teacher for most of my life: preschool, then elementary school, then middle school (I wanted to bring my kids with me, and I did…since homeschooling back then wasn’t an option, I got to choose my children's teachers and schools), then I taught special education for children with learning and emotional disabilities. I loved every minute!

After earning several degrees, up through a Masters degree plus various certifications in my field of education, I decided I wanted to teach in a different way.  And here I am….teaching (in a way) through my blog, Healing Harvest Homestead. 

I’ve always loved writing.  And teaching.  And creating. And learning. And homesteading. So? Here I am.  And I hope you’ll join me!

Have you ever wanted to make your own natural products you can trust? I have many articles on soap making and other body care products: Make Your Own Soap: My Favorite Hot Process Recipe, How to Make Your Own Deodorant, and lots more! PLUS, if you want extreme details on how to make the perfect hot process soap and customize it the way YOU want it, take a look at my eBook, How to Make Hot Process Soap. 

Interested in learning about how to use herbs and essential oils safely? Check out these articles to get started:  INSANE Things You Must Know About Tea Tree Oil, Find Out Why Herbs Don't Work!, and How to Make a Tea for Allergy Relief (Safe for Kids)---and lots more!

Want to know about raising poultry and livestock on less than an acre of land? What You Need to Know Before Bringing Home Your Chicks, Seven Lessons We Learned About Raising Turkeys, What Do You Do About Pasty Butt?

Interested in Gardening topics and solutions? Try How to Amend the Most Horrible Soil in the World!   and All About Growing Burdock, for starters.  

I'm really into fermentation right now, too---both for the probiotic goodness and high level of nutrients for your health, but also as a food preservation method.  Here are a couple articles that may interest you: How to Make Herbal Kombucha, Fermented Russian Tomatoes, How to Make Golden Beet & Turmeric Kvass!, and What is Fermentation, Anyway?  

I also write on survival and preparedness topics, mostly geared for the beginner and women.  Here's a post on Getting Your Food Storage Started.  and another on Why You Need a Seed Bank!  

So you can get started experimenting with using herbs and essential oils, I’ve written a “starter” herbal eBook just for you, “How to Relax Using Herbs.”  It’s filled with information and recipes so you can begin right now to learn how to use herbs in specific, safe ways. I have a second free eBook for you, too, if you want some easy and favorite essential oil blends for your diffuser, aromatherapy sprays, or roll-ons! Even if you are experienced in herbalism or using essential oils, I think you'll love these books! I continue to enjoy learning from others, even though I've been practicing herbalism and using essential oils for a long time!

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I truly hope to hear from you!  Leave comments! I love them and always reply! Sign up for the newsletter and email me with your thoughts and questions! I love and appreciate the feedback...and more than anything, I'd love to get to know you! 

Hugs & Self-Reliance,


This picture was taken from the middle of the mountain that rises above our little village.  You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is.  This is a little part of the Mojave Desert.  

This picture was taken from the middle of the mountain that rises above our little village.  You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is.  This is a little part of the Mojave Desert.  


Thank You for Stopping By! 

I truly appreciate all of you sharing your tips, successes, things you've learned, and even your failures (I'll be sharing mine too!)  Your comments, shares, and emails mean so much to me, and I look forward to learning along with you! It's BORING without you! So, please comment and share! Check out Healing Harvest Homestead on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, too!

Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM! 

Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM! 

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This is the most amazing pressure cooker! It's great for creating meals, and also....you guessed it!  Canning and preserving.