Welcome to our blog, a blog about Dogwood Hollow Homestead

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What it’s all about

My family and I have been living in the Missouri Ozarks now for years and we have lived without running water, electricity, indoor shower, indoor bathtub, sinks, TV, microwave, cell phones (most of the time) internet, or any of the other technological advances that you might find in any, one home anywhere in mainstream society. In fact we do almost everything traditionally even. That means hand washing our clothes, growing our own food, hand making our own dish cloths, wash cloths, blankets and most all our winter accessories as well as what ever we may find we are in need of. Basically, if it can be made from wood, we will figure it out. Just as soon as we can afford it we will also own our own yarn spinner, sheep to sheer and will be making all our clothing from then on. Why are we doing this you might ask?

Because we believe the world is changing to fast, we believe the so called conveniences of the new world is what is killing the planet and everyone and everything that lives here. We live off the grid and we are what you call present day homesteaders. That means we may use some technology but we make our own power using either solar, wind or generator or a combination of the three or we do not use any, which is about the case for us. It means that we collect and purify our own water and it means that we live with next to nothing and love what we do. It means we get up with the sun and just about go to sleep with the sun. We heat our small pallet cabin with a wood stove that we also cook all our meals on, in winter. The wood for that stove I cut myself and we hand split using a single blade ax just as it was done back in the day.

We grow as much food as we can and try not to shop in a grocery store unless we just have to for certain items. We do not use pharmaceutical drugs to cure and prevent our ills, we use herbs and all natural ways. In fact I am an herbalist and native american medicine man and hand make all the family’s medications. Some foods we gather from the wild and sometimes we hunt for additional food, usually to get prepared for winter. We also do a lot of barter and trade. But what we do not get in hunting season, we raise and slaughter for food ourselves. Things such as squirrel, chicken and rabbit, ducks, pigs. We have not bought milk or eggs or meat from the grocery store in many years, our animals provide all we need.

“Dogwood Hollow Homestead” is also our blog that is all about what we have learned from our years of homesteading through trial and error. If there is one thing that homesteading in the Missouri Ozarks isn’t, it isn’t easy. Homesteading is a hard life but a highly rewarding life. Those that have visited here with us at Dogwood Hollow Homestead, have found that life is far from easy and that it is as rewarding as I have said. They are of like minds and ideas, and together we are a homestead that loves the planet, the people and sentient beings that roam free.

As you read through this blog you will learn about tricks and trades of the times when the Pioneer’s and Colonists were what inhabited the country. Homesteading is all about living the natural, simple life, self sufficiency, following a sustainable way of life although simple it is not. Again, rewarding it is. The homestead enjoys great health, a stress free life, natural relaxation, nutritional food and peace of mind that most people in mainstream society spends a lifetime searching for but never finds. You can not find something if where you are looking it does not exist. Homesteading in the Ozarks is a fascinating blog and way of life. It is my sincere hope that those that visit here are those searching for inner and outer peace, a freer way of life and one that takes them back to nature. Those that are searching for a self sufficient, sustainable way to live.

If you are thinking of moving to a more natural way of life, trying homesteading out; and if thinking of moving off the grid, then the information contained in this blog will be an asset for you. If you are already there, congratulations on your decision! You won’t regret it if you stick with it. I remember for the first 9 months or so I had to get used to many things that I had withdrawal symptoms from. At about a year I was alright and from that point on it just got easier and easier. Today I look back and am so happy that I chose to stick it out both for me and my wife and my daughter, who I feel adjusted way better than us adults did.

There will be times when you want to give up, believe me. There will be times when you long for things you used to have, ways you used to live, the things that used to be familiar. But if you stick it out you will see that those things come and go. You have to want this change, the homesteading life, you have to want it bad or you will give up. Those that are tired of how everything is in modern life, those are the ones that will make it. I started the blog out talking about a long lost method of preserving chicken eggs, years ago, because one of the easiest things to get right into with homesteading is chicken raising and egg gathering. If your family has eggs, they will eat. If you have chickens you will always have eggs and chicken to eat.

Methods talked about in this blog were used centuries ago, they still work today. The idea of present day homesteading is to get back to a way of life back before things went wrong, such as, the creation of our food in labs, instead of growing it in a gardening. We give applicable credit to those that helped/help us along the way with information and ideas. I hope you enjoy reading through and visiting Dogwood Hollow’s blog and if you are interested in more information, check out my books I have published online on similar subjects. You can find all my print and kindle books online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble by searching for my author name Merlyn Seeley or pen name Spirit Walker.

You may also wish to purchase and read my book called “Living off the Grid With Merlyn Seeley”, a book I wrote to teach those that want our way of life, available on lulu.com. It is also available on Amazon.com in e-book form.


7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hello, I’m Chris currently in Ukiah, California having been here 6 months after trekking here from off the grid community that wasn’t what is was said to be. I am looking for a place and I’m originally from the show me state. I wish to speak with someone there. Best time to contact me is by email which is provided below. I’m looking to head back to the Ozarks area sooner than later.

    • Hi Chris, well we are heading into winter prep and could use a hand and if you are a real trooper, you could have a camp, of sorts, set up before winter and tough it out helping through winter. We are a primitive homestead, those that come here camp or provide their own shelter of sorts. Contact us at Dogwoodhollow15@yahoo.com to talk to someone, this did not show us your email.

      • How are the winters and temperature there in Missouri. We currently live off grid here in Maine and are looking to buy some very private land in Missouri not far from you in the Thunder ridge mountain area not far from the town of eminence. We will vacation and build another off grid cabin there to eventually retire there. My family and I love off grid we have a cabin here we bought already on the 5 acres. Will never go back to modern living.

      • How exciting! Good luck and good job! MO. temps are cold in winter and hot in summer. 109 in summer is not rare, but many days like that are. It does rain a decent amount in early summer/spring which is great for food production. But recently, if you are aware of the pole shift that is taking place, the pole shift has drifted MO. (N. Amer.) south a lot. So our winters lately have been pretty mild and summers hotter. Over all, this IS the place to homestead off the grid!

  2. Hello, My family and I are relocating from WI to MO in April, near Bunker. I was really excited to see someone who did it and is still doing it. Thank you for the inspiration!

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