Deborah Niemann

New Society Publishers

Thrifty Homesteader


Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs, and dairy products, while a garden and fruit trees provide produce. Niemann presents workshops across the United States and in Canada. She is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally.

Deborah is speaking in Texas, Pennsylvania and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.


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The Skinny on Soapmaking

Avoid unhealthy chemicals and the price of organic soap by making your own! Learn step-by-step how to make cold-process soap, how to choose carrier oils, the difference between fragrance and essential oils, and how to incorporate milk in your soap. Deborah Niemann talks about the equipment and ingredients needed. Hear about the history of soapmaking, how modern soapmaking is different, and how to create your own soap recipes. Find out how to make your own soap recipes using whatever oils you prefer.
Natural Health

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The Natural Home Dairy

With the help of cow, goat, or sheep partners, and by sharing milk with their babies, you can produce all of your family's dairy products, from fluid milk to cheese and soap. Plus, you can use their milk to feed other animals that can be raised for meat and leather. The icing on the cake is that you can use their manure to fertilize your garden and fruit trees.

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The Healthy Homesteader

Today, too many people are literally sick and tired all the time. That is not sustainable, and we can’t afford it. Our modern lives are filled with conveniences that are killing us slowly. We spend too much time sitting and eat too much so-called food that didn’t exist 50 years ago. So, what’s the answer? Start cooking from scratch. Plant a garden for fresh veggies. Get a few backyard chickens for fresh eggs. Step away from the desk. Move!
Natural Health

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Homesteading Businesses

Discover a variety of ways you can turn your homesteading passion into a business. In addition to talking about choosing a business, marketing, and where to sell your products, learn what you need to consider in terms of liability and government regulations when you start selling products.
Modern Homesteading

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Homestead Business: Value added products

If you want to make money on your homestead with value-added products, there are a lot of things you can do! Deborah Niemann talks about various options for selling milk, cheese, soap, meat, compost, leather, and more. Learn about startup costs, as well as legalities and liabilities.
Modern Homesteading

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Choosing Livestock for Your Homestead

It's tempting to buy every cute animal you see, but you'll probably regret at least a few of those purchases. Deborah Niemann starts with an overview of livestock and talks about how to choose the right animals for your homestead and your life, depending upon your property, your personality, and your goals.
Animal Husbandry

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