Meet Rachel from Herbs, Birds & the Bees – Self Reliance

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Welcome to Herbs, Birds & the Bees!

Herbs, Birds & the Bees is a community striving for more practical, sustainable self reliance. Our focus is on the garden, chicken keeping, bee keeping and little bit of life on the homestead.

My goal in this project of mine is to help everyone who stops by to become more self reliant, even if just in the smallest way.

Writing has always been a passion of mine and photography has been an outlet for years to help endure the difficulties of life. Working in the garden is one of the sweetest pleasures in life. Teaching my kids principles of self reliance and seeing their confidence and excitement grow inspires me everyday. I am a coach, an educator and current student of Permaculture who loves the simple things in life.


Fate has brought me here, sharing my artistic expression and perspective with the world.

5 Random Things:

  • I once started falling down a steep cliff while glissading down a mountain. My ice axe and quick reaction time most likely saved my life.
  • I have a reputation for being a veggie lover.
  • My favorite thing to do will always be swimming laps for hours and having that quiet time to think.
  • The best day includes reading an intriguing book by the fire, cooking with my kids, taking a nap and spending hours in the garden with the people I love.
  • My husband and I love doing pillow fights with our kids. It feels like a great way to pay them back for all the sleep deprivation, and they love it.

Personal Self Reliance Favorites:

Preserve Fresh Eggs With Hydrated Lime

Harvesting Mammoth Sunflowers

Crock-pot Cobbler Recipe For Whatever Fruit You’re Craving

Tips For Storing Water in 55-Gallon Water Barrels

I can’t wait to connect or do business with you! Wishing you and your family all the best in your self reliance journey!


Herbs, Birds & the Bees

Garden, Chickens, Bees & Homestead