"Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the "Homesteader" drying rack. First of all it arrived the day after I got the shipment notification. Granted, I'm only one state over, so some folks will have to be a little more patient. Second, It easily holds a medium size washer load and is easy for one person to move. I was planning on only using it during summer months when it just kills me to run the dryer, but I think it'll have a place near (but not too near) a heater vent this winter. Why not repurpose some of that hot air that'll be blowing around anyway? When my mother in law saw it she was instantly envious as she line dries year round. My only complaint is that I did have to spend the whole first afternoon keeping my children from climbing it! Great product!" - Margarita
WHY WE LOVE OUR "HOMESTEADER" DRYING RACK
"Your "Homesteader" rack is very well built which shows the amount of time
and thought that was put into designing them. The rack was easy to
assemble and all the parts fit together beautifully. Very good job! We
are so pleased with this drying rack that we are ordering another right
now. We have other drying racks but this is the best we have had the
pleasure to use. The quality and size makes it a very good value." -Jim, VA.
"I think a picture is worth a thousand words so I took a picture to illustrate the difference between our "Homesteader" Drying
Rack and the largest 'other' drying rack available online. The rack I
am showing next to the "Homesteader" has 56 sq. ft of drying space and
currently sells for 110.00 postpaid. It has very thin dowels which will
start to bow after use. It is much narrower and shorter which means
many regular size items just don't fit well on the rack. One of the
most important things I should mention is that the design of the racks
from Forgotten Way Farms is that they allow for good airflow between
each dowel so clothes can actually dry is good time. My hope is that
after reading our testimonial and viewing the pictures every potential
customer will make a decision to purchase from Forgotten Way Farms.
There are so few handcrafted items of this quality that are still Made
in America and this is an item that will stand the test of time!"- REBECCA, VA.
"This drying rack is just plain addictive. My "Pioneer" easily held two twin-sized fleece blankets and a smaller baby blanket, all of which dried in one hour next to the woodstove. Wow. Dry time was as fast as my electric drier with zero cost! My active one year old also kept pulling himself up on the bottom dowels and they held up beautifully. The sturdiness of this rack is not even comparable with the cheap one I had in my closet. This rack is so worth the cost! Not too big, not too little, the Pioneer will save me loads on my electric bill. And with the laundry needs of our seven member family, that makes a real difference" - Jessica, Idaho
"I love the "Homesteader" drying rack!! It is tough and sturdy. It very efficiently dries a whole load of laundry at a time, and it's a joy to toss my sheets over the top to dry. This rack is so beautifully crafted that I think I will use it to display my antique linens on my porch during the summer months. It's just too nice to ever put away. Great job, you guys!" - Kathi, Idaho
" I use the "Homesteader" drying rack every day, there is just nothing like it " - Cindy, Idaho
"I got my Homesteader last week and I LOVE IT! At first I was feeling
guilty for spending so much for something like a clothes drying rack,
but oh my goodness -- IT'S WORTH IT! It's so nice to have all my clothes
in one place instead of here and there throughout the house. It's also
perfect for my wool blankets. I'm glad I found you all!" - Rhonda, Kentucky
"The "Homesteader" drying rack is the largest one you have and is absolutely the most wonderful thing I've acquired in a long time. Everybody that sees it is thunderstruck at the size and sturdiness of it. My health and my husbands disability make it nigh to impossible for me to use a clothes line. I dont like using a dryer. This rack will keep me from ever needing to run the elect. hog, dryer. Thank you so much for making such a wonderful tool and making it affordable."- Peggy, AR
Reviews on Homesteading for Beginners DVD series
From our happy customers: Green Living Review (England)This three volume DVD series made by Homesteading Productions, narrated by Erin Harrison, and with her entire family as participants, covers everything from raised bed gardening (though a different style to which we may be used to in Europe), harvesting and preserving of produce, raising livestock of various kinds, bread making, maple syrup, canning met, potatoes, etc., to making buttermilk and so much more.
There DVDs are extremely instructive and great fun to watch. Erin's easy and fun style of narration make it so together with the fact that children are involved. As regards to latter please be prepared for a few great antics and thus for some laughs.
The Harrison family homesteads on a property in Wisconsin and live what they preach and that more than just on the homesteading level.
Erin is probably one of the most amazing women I have “met” though, in fact, we have not, as yet, met in person.
She is, despite her disabilities, which does not show in the videos, bubbling with energy and with new ideas and ventures all the time. One has difficulties keeping up with everything that she is doing.
Each DVD comes with a small companion guidebook with recipes and other stuff. While each of those DVDs in the series can stand alone I would sincerely recommend anyone to buy the entire series as a complete set. You will want to watch them all once you have seen the first.
As said, the presentation of those DVDs is very easy going to fun and they are extremely well made, edited and presented.
HOMESTEADING FOR BEGINNERS is just the video for those who are considering the possibility of moving to the country. This video gives a delightful overview of life on a small family farm. Erin and Mark Harrison invite the viewer into their home to learn and laugh with them and their five children through the many adventures of homesteading.
You gain insight into all that it takes to get a REAL chicken dinner onto the table from the ground up – literally, from seed to supper. All of the scenes are filled with a beautiful rural setting and happy, healthy, helpful children keep popping up into almost every scene.
Learn how to make butter and cheese using kitchen tools you likely already have on hand. See how this family raises and harvests chickens and eggs. Get an introductory demonstration on wood splitting, building a simple chick pen, learn how to start seeds and tend a low-maintenance garden. Mama takes the time to show you how to freeze and can your produce and meat, gives you the recipes, and then shows you how to prepare the meal. Pamper your inner flower-child and learn how to make a wild-flower crown to adorn your head. If you watch carefully, you might spot Mike and Gabriel Pearl giving a knife-throwing demonstration.
The attentive viewer may even pick up some tips on how to incorporate child training and education throughout the busy day. Washing eggs becomes a math and chemistry lesson taught by a curly blond-headed little girl that needs a step-stool to reach her mama’s kitchen sink. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the film. A take-charge big brother is happy to demonstrate how to use scraps of wood to make signs for the garden. Listen carefully as Papa patiently explains how to milk a cow while little voices comment on the condition of the barn floor (you’ll have to rewind here as your laughter might drown him out).
Grandpa and Granny loved watching with us as little ones stole scene after scene. Grandpa said, “I can see now, if I wanted to homestead, I’d have to find some little helpers.”
HOMESTEADING FOR BEGINNERS should come with a warning label for parents that are used to children sitting peacefully in front of the television all day. After viewing this video, those children could be inspired to go enjoy the great outdoors more often. They might begin asking for some chickens or a cow of their own . . . possibly even some pigs to ride!
I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to make these DVDs and teach others how to homestead. I especially appreciate seeing your family doing everything together. I have 6 children, ages 8 and under, and my husband and I have the same desire to teach and learn alongside our children how to be self-sufficient and raise up godly children while serving the Lord. We just weren’t sure where to start. We’re trying to come up with a home business to allow my husband to come home and work. Your DVDs have been an answer to our prayers! Please continue to make them…We watched Volume I last night and my children were glued…and I felt like I was watching my dreams come to life. We’ve already tried our hand at chickens (for meat and eggs), gardening, homemade bread and canning but I have a long way to go! We are looking forward to learning all the skills you’ve taught us!
Thank you so much,
"I have already watched the first two 'Homesteading for Beginners' DVDs - and really enjoyed them. Your children are enchanting, and watching them pitch in and have fun with all the activities brought back fond memories of my own childhood and long, hot summers and deep, cold winters spent on my Grandfather's farm. I'm so glad you invested the time and effort to make these inspiring productions - and I do look forward to seeing whatever you do next!
With thanks and my very best regards, -Mark H. R.
"Today, I finished watching Volume 3 of the homesteading for Beginners DVD series. This particular DVD covers cooking with long term storage foods, home canned meats, vegetables, and self-raised dairy products, in great detail. Erin Harrison is very down to earth, warm and friendly as she demonstrates, with easy-to-follow steps, how to cook her all-natural recipes. As you watch the video you feel as though your right in the kitchen with Erin and her five children. The only sad part is that we can't partake in the tasting of all of those wonderful foods they are making. Erin's videos make me want to get outside and get my gardens in and get myself into the kitchen to do more cooking and canning. I highly recommend these videos! They are wonderful to watch with your children. You and your children will learn so much from Erin and her family. You'll want to watch these videos over and over."
-James Wesley, Rawles
"The homesteading DVD's arrived, as did a ton of snow. We've had a great time watching them, and it's just so delightful to see the personality of the mom come out as the film progresses. She's great! She's the neighbor you always wished you had. God bless! "
"Dear Harrison Family,
Just recently my family and I came across and purchased your Homesteading DVD's volume 1 &2. I just wanted to let you know how much we have all enjoyed them. We really didn't know what to expect when we bought them but they are wonderful! We love them! The thing that I like most about your videos is that it's real people living real lives and sharing what they know. We have often thought of moving to the country and living that kind of life but we never did because we weren't sure we could do it or where to begin. Your videos all make it seem possible now. We love how you clearly explain everything and find the videos to be both encouraging and inspirational. Not only do your videos give great advice on farming, gardening, taking care of the animals and so much more but it's full of recipes and nutritious ways to keep our families healthy. ( I have even used them in our homeschooling.) I was also surprised and pleased to see that each video came with a little booklet containing excerpts from the videos with recipes, canning tips, gardening tips, herbs, nutritional info and more. All available at my fingertips whenever I need them. Wonderful! We have even tried some of the recipes and have enjoyed them very much. Keep up the great work! We are eager to learn more and look forward to more videos. God bless you in your endeavors."