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Jan 5, 2015

Homesteading & Technology: 5 free apps for today's homesteader

First off, let me wish you all a very happy New Year, filled with all things bright and beautiful!
Welcome back from the holiday festivities and into a new year of homesteading activities.

Now, let's get on with the homesteading show (so to speak)...

Today's homesteader has a world of resources at their fingertips: blogs, digital libraries, print libraries, county extension offices, aunt Gertrude and many more.  If you're semi-techie (like me) you probably have a smartphone or a tablet lying around, so now you can keep a pocket resource in the form of apps as well.  I personally like the iPad so the following list of apps is iOS based (sorry android users but I hope you can find them in your app store too).

So here we go, the 5 FREE apps I've found useful in our homesteading venture are:

1.  Flipboard - This app is like a personal magazine/newspaper.  You can customize it to follow a broad range of topics and interests - including homesteading!  It's visually appealing, easy to setup and very pleasant to read.


2. Vegetable Garden Calculator - A very handy little app for helping calculate how many plants you will need to feed a given number of people.  Old pros may not find this one quite as thrilling but for newbies like me this is a great little tool to have.

3.  GardenMinder - Nifty app for helping to plan raised-bed gardens.  It will allow you to layout the garden beds and keep a journal with notes and pictures of each garden right in the app.  It also features automatic weekly reminders that are based on the frost dates for your area and the specific crops you are growing.

4.  Grow Your Own Organic Herbs - easy to use quick-reference tool that provides tips and advice for growing organic herbs.

5.  Newsify - This is similar to Flipboard but also works as an RSS reader allowing you to keep up with all of your favourite homesteading bloggers from around the country and the world.  Laid out in a lovely, easy to read format - imagine all that homesteading goodness right there at your fingertips.


So there you have it, my choices for 5 free homesteading apps!  I hope you find these useful and if you have some other apps that you use often in your homesteading endeavors feel free to let us know in the comments area!

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  1. Looks like some neat tools here but I still have a "dumb" phone :) One day, if I upgrade, I hope to try some of these out. Have a happy and healthy new year on the homestead :)

  2. Thought you might be interested to know we developed a new app just for homesteaders! We have been using paper based homestead management binders for years and realized just how valuable it would be to be able to have our binders with us wherever we go! It's called SmartSteader and lets you track various areas of production on the homestead such as laying hens, dairy cows and goats, vegetable gardening, beef, meat chickens, pigs, rabbits, etc.... You can record expenses to help with sticking to a budget and knowing what it costs to grow and raise your own food. There are note-taking/journaling features and the next version will have income tracking (we're constantly adding new features so it's going to get better and better over time!) SmartSteader is available on iOS & Android and another cool thing about it is it instantly syncs between devices... (even across platforms which is great for spouses. All your records are safely backed up so no more worries about losing records, notes, or receipts! It's been a real game changer for us and we're hoping other folks will find it real useful too.

  3. I love Flipboard! Flipboard for Android is a superb alternative to using standalone RSS feed readers, browsing individual sites, and following Facebook and Twitter feeds. Great for my website MXplayer social media accounts :)


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