Episode 215 | Suburban Homesteading + Backyard Beekeeping | Katie Brandt of Sweetgum Spot

I hear from many of you who are dreaming of life on a homestead, but you are currently living in the suburbs.  While it can be discouraging to search and wait for that dream property, there is so much you can do in the backyard of your neighborhood lot.  Join me in listening to Katie’s story about making the most of where you are.  Katie now helps other homestead dreamers begin their homesteading endeavors no matter how small their property.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Katie began homesteading using only her balcony
  • Why beekeeping should be the gateway venture for homesteaders
  • Getting started raising meat rabbits in your backyard
  • A cost breakdown for raising meat rabbits
  • An argument for being involved in the raising and processing of the meat you consume
  • What benefit is there to keeping bees on your homestead?
  • Issues to watch out for in your bee hives
  • Navigating hive swarming and splitting
  • How much honey do beehives produce?
  • Is beekeeping safe?  How often do you get stung?
  • How to get plugged in to your local beekeeping community and find a mentor
  • All about the helpful resource Katie has created to help you get started with beekeeping

Thank you to our sponsors!

Toups and Co Organics uses nourishing, organic ingredients to create simple and safe skincare products.  Toups and Co is offering my listeners 10% off any one purchase with the code FARMHOUSE.  Visit ToupsandCo.com to order today.  And check out my interview with the founder of Toups and Co, Emilie, to find out more about this amazing company and their products.

In my free 5 Day Blog Challenge, I will share with you the framework I used to build my blogging business so that you can create one too.  I teach you how to narrow down your niche, craft your brand, and come up with a content plan while also providing you with the checklists and planning sheets you need to make it all happen.  Visit bit.ly/5dayblogchallenge to find out how you can earn a full-time income by sharing what you love!

About Katie

Katie is a homesteader and homemaker based in Fort Wayne, IN. Before homesteading, Katie was a working actor, musician, and director, but chose to follow her heart and come home to be a mama and tend to the most important garden in her life, her growing family. Along with her husband and two little girls, Katie grows a decent-sized garden, raises meat rabbits, and keeps bees all in the backyard of her quarter acre property in the suburbs. After years of thinking she couldn’t homestead until she moved out to the country, Katie decided enough was enough and started creating abundance in her backyard. Now, she teaches families how to create their dream homestead right where they are through backyard beekeeping!

Resources Mentioned

The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Beekeeping


Katie Brandt of Sweetgum Spot | Website | Instagram | TikTok

Lisa Bass of Farmhouse on Boone | Blog | YouTube | Instagram | TikTok | Facebook | Pinterest

Join us in the Simple Farmhouse Life Facebook community!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *