Well, hello there! I'm Heidi— a city dweller for five decades turned Idaho small farmer. I’m dedicated to helping you become self-reliant in your life—-to produce a healthy lifestyle (growing, making, and creating your own)  no matter where you live!  I did it, and so can you!

Well, hello there! I'm Heidi— a city dweller for five decades turned Idaho small farmer. I’m dedicated to helping you become self-reliant in your life—-to produce a healthy lifestyle (growing, making, and creating your own) no matter where you live! I did it, and so can you!


I'm SO happy you're here!

Welcome to Healing Harvest Homestead! We are all about teaching our experiences to help you learn how to live naturally and independently for a healthier, happier life. To be as self-reliant from the modern, mindless systems as you can or want to be.

We are all about THINKING DIFFERENTLY in this modern world. Outside the box, so to speak.

Mr. V and I got so tired of being at the mercy of the BIG powers-that-be: the modern health industry, Big Ag and the sick food industry, and being at the mercy of monopolistic utility companies.

So, we began changing our lives and learning how to be as independent as we could. We did this by learning how to make our own medicines with plants, growing our own garden, raising as much of our own meat as we could, and basically doing a LOT ourselves.

Here at Healing Harvest Homestead: You’ll learn:

  • how to make your own natural products for health

  • how to make your own natural body care and cleaning products

  • how to forage for and use herbs & essential oils

  • grow your own vegetables & meats & preserve them for later

  • become prepared for emergencies

  • cook from scratch

  • learn traditional food preparation and preservation methods (including fermentation)

  • how to raise and care for backyard chickens and small livestock (even if you have a small property)

  • and lots of the other lessons we've learned along the way!

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 look forward to it soon!

In fact, here are some testimonials from readers of Healing Harvest Homestead:

"What a delightful website you have created!!!  I can see that you’ve put a BUNCH of time, thought and Love into all the information you have organized.  Thank you very much … that is a blessing to me!" --Heather

And another:

“Hi Heidi!  Just getting your weekly newsletter helps me.  Even when things are down you always find a way to end your news with something cheerful, uplifting and full of hope.  Your writing style is delightful and fun to read.  I just started back to an online school and went through and unsubscribed from a bunch of my weekly reports because I didn't have time to keep up with them.  There was never any question about keeping yours!” —Karen


"Dear Heidi,   I just want to give you a big shout out because I love your newsletters, I really look forward to each one....  You have inspired me to making some soap, which I have always wanted to do, but keep putting on the back burner and the sticky wax wraps which I now have my resin so that’s my project for this weekend. Great way to use up some of our lrg quantities of beeswax....So thank you for your fantastic, inspiring thoughts and doings for each week. May you have an amazing day. Kindest regards, Sally🙏🌺🌈👍"

Here’s another:

Thanks Heidi!

Its great to really connect with you. I too have a vision-to buy about 2 acres near a pine forest and build a cob house and live peacefully, having retired early from my job. Infact I am working towards it...And meanwhile as you say I am learning new things. I am making soap and sewing things and cooking etc etc...Now I am going to learn about sewing leather/faux leather messenger bags...

Thanks for you inspiring newsletters, Heidi...

Take care,


I really love our growing community (that’s you), and I hope you will be part of it by visiting often, searching through the articles for things you’re interested in, emailing me with any questions, getting the newsletter and accessing the Resource Library I am creating for you FREE. :-)

***I think you’ll really enjoy reading through the articles on the blog and learning how to make and do so many useful things on your own homestead!

No matter where you may live!

I feel very strongly about that statement. You see, I lived in a large quickly growing city for 50 years of my life. I saw that city grow from 250,000 to over 3 million in just 40 years.

Although I didn’t know it, I was an urban homesteader. I began gardening in my yard in the suburbs when I realized the vegetables in the stores were filled with pesticides, and buying organic was not an option on my teacher’s salary as a single mom of four.

And then I kept on learning more and more, experimenting with other ways to be as self-reliant as possible.

I didn’t even know homesteading was a “thing.”

But it is because of my own journey that I KNOW you can take steps you want to take to become as self-reliant as you can and want to be no matter where you may be living right now.

I’ve had many people tell me “thank you” for sharing our experiences, recipes, and solutions so everyone who is interested can be more self-reliant. But there’s always that question, “Why do you do this?”

I teach through my writings about self-reliant living to help and inspire people to know they do not have to be at the mercy of the “ big” systems out there. Big Ag, Big Pharma, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.—-and boy is it ever sad), and that simplicity often wins the day.

You don’t have to be a victim to the herd mentality that has become rampant in our modern society!

Think different! Act different. Be happier, healthier, and be more satisfied in your life.

That’s what Healing Harvest Homestead is all about: Natural Health and Self-Reliance!

A Bit About Mr. V. and Me:

Some people may think we are strange and perhaps even old-fashioned when they notice our herbal medicines in the window, or watch our "farm" animals that rotate through each year. 

After 47 years living in Las Vegas, NV, we moved an hour out of the big city (where we continued to commute back and forth for work for several more years). We lived off-grid and also learned to have a small homestead with chickens and goats in a tiny village of about 100 people.

This little homestead outside the big city was a small 2/3 acre lot in the Mojave Desert, so some of the articles on the website will reflect that lifestyle.  

Recently we moved (4/2018) to a new homestead in Idaho so we could continue with this amazing homestead journey we began. Our new place is on 26 acres in the panhandle of Idaho, filled with prairie grass, hillside, and pine trees.

We are currently overwhelmed with this new place. And that's perfectly ok. Because THAT is where the growth happens! Where the learning happens!

You will experience this growth too, as you take your own personal steps to learning how to be self-reliant—-no matter where you find yourself right now. 

The thing is: I learn as I write to you. I share my experiences, and they don't always turn out. My newsletter  to you all is very personal, as a matter of fact. 

**You can sign up for the newsletter here and also get access to the password protected Resource Library that is expanding weekly with eBooks, guides, cheat sheets, and lots more to help you in your own self-reliance journey. Just complete the form below:

Anyhow….Like we did years ago, all you have to do is start learning where you’re comfortable.

Pick something to try, learn it, and then learn and do some more! Start with easy things.

Ask questions! Please ask in the comments section of articles. It’s where we all learn and can be helped. Or if you know something I don’t know or didn’t think to add, please share with all of us!

That’s all there is to it! Homesteading is so fun, useful, and empowering! And self-reliant!

I am here to tell you: You can do this! You can be who and what YOU choose to be, my friend! All you need to do is keep moving forward, a little bit each day.

Healing Harvest Homestead is a place for you IF:

  • You want more independence from the current health industry and want to take charge of your family’s health—

  • You want to learn about healthy and traditional ways of living and creating foods—thereby becoming naturally more healthy

  • You’d like to learn more about using natural plant medicines so you can move away from Rx and OTC medications.

  • You are interested in taking your own baby steps in areas of urban and suburban homesteading by learning about gardening, keeping backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, and goats, and more.

  • 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!

  • You want to do it and make it yourself!

  • You want to learn along with us! And hopefully share your experiences on the website, Facebook page, Instagram etc. It's a collective journey!

  • AND LOTS more!

And here are other notes I’ve received from readers:

"Oh my goodness, I am absolutely loving your site! My hubby and I made your deodorant recipe last weekend and, for the first time, we now have a natural alternative that actually works! Yay! :-) ... Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your amazing wisdom and recipes with all of us out here. I can't wait to try more of your stuff." --Michelle

And another:

"I want to thank you so much for all of the valuable information that you send out.  You have inspired me soo much to continue to push ahead and use the talents that the Lord has blessed me with.  I am a new beginning soapmaker and have soo many questions, and I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.  I absolutely love the scriptures that you also share and how you acknowledge the Lord in your newsletters.....Please keep up the excellent work that you do and stay encouraged because you are truly a blessing." ---Debra

And more:

"I love reading your articles.  I can relate to another human out there when I read them.  Keep up the good work spreading your knowledge.  Maybe just one person will make a change in their diet or lifestyle based on what they have read on your website.  You have a big heart to want to help others in this way." ---Jena

 I hope you’ll join us often on our website, and help us build this community by sharing your own thoughts & ideas with us! 

And here are some extra facts about me you might want to know:

I hold B.A. and M.A.Ed. degrees, plus various certifications in the field of education, herbalism, and soon, clinical aromatherapy. Soon, I will be a certified aromatherapist and will add the title C.A. behind my name too.

I have been a teacher for most of my life: preschool, then elementary school, then middle school (I wanted to have my kids with me, and I did…since homeschooling in the 80's and 90's wasn’t an option where we lived.

When I started teaching, I got to choose my children's teachers and schools). Then I taught special education for children with learning and emotional disabilities when my own kids were older. I loved every minute!

After working for several decades in the public school system, I decided I wanted to teach in a different way to a different group of people. 

And here I am….teaching through my blog, Healing Harvest Homestead. 

Here's a bit more about things on the blog:

My favorite list of Valuable Resources I use all the time!

Favorite Blog Posts: 

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:

Interested in learning about how to use herbs and essential oils safely?

Check out these articles to get started:  

Want to know about raising poultry and livestock on less than an acre of land?

Interested in Gardening topics and solutions?

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:

I also write on survival and preparedness topics, mostly geared for the beginner and women.  

Here's a post on

So you can get started experimenting with using herbs and essential oils, I’ve written a free “starter” herbal eBook just for you, “How to Relax Using Herbs.” 

It's a gift from me to you!  In fact, it is one of several gifts I have for you in the FREE Resource Library. It’s password protected for subscribers as a “thank you” for being here! You can get access by completing the form below:

From another reader:

"Geez Heidi,    I just found you!  My  hubster made me get off the computer cause i spent so much time reading your stuff.  Why cant you be my neighbor dangit?  I have the hardest time with friends cause they think me so strange. Ha ha. Thanks for the manly gift ideas!---Liz"

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, Health, & Self-Reliance,


Thank You for Stopping By! 

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 Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!

Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!