We Help You Create an Amazing Backyard Homestead

And live a fulfilling life by becoming more self-sufficient. Grow your own food, raise animals, and live your best life outdoors!

Life is meant to be lived outdoors… not indoors!

You’ll find we spend more time tending the garden and farm than keeping the house tidy… Some people may judge you on the state of your home, but in the end, it’s nature that matters, not whether you’ve done the dishes or wiped the walls, or whatever they do.

We’re all about bringing nature to your own backyard. Did you hear the birds call today, planted something new, collected your own eggs?

That’s the stuff that makes life good!

What about the dishes? Tell ‘m to go you-know-where, they’ll keep.


We’ve Been Featured!

Our tips and advice have been published in many places, including the following websites.

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Our Team

We couldn’t do it without these amazing people from all around the world!

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Elle

Founder & Chief Editor

Wild garden grower, permaculture teacher, and master gardener. Loves creating stuff, from food forests and survival gardens to soap and yoghurt. Enjoys fixing fences and digging holes. Lots of them.

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Dan

Co-Founder & Mechanical Expert

Dan’s been fixing machinery for over 30 years with a passion for old gear. Enjoys getting things going that others have given up on. Plagued by OCD – but that makes him a helluva mechanic!

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Content Editor & Author

Ex-tech nerd who now lives the outdoor life. When not studying the best outdoor tools and gardening hacks, Mike enjoys spending time in nature – miles away from the nearest coffee shop, video game console, or wired internet connection.

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Nicky

Author, Animals & Homesteading

A horse-mad redhead with a passion for the outdoors. Nicky lives on a 6ha small-holding on the Wild Coast of South Africa. She spends her time rearing goats, riding (rearing) horses, and meticulously growing her own chicken food.

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Steven

Author, Reviews & Gardening

Passionate gardener who loves to dig holes and grow anything from fruit trees to vegetables to flowers. Shares his backyard with a group of much-loved barn cats. Enjoys researching the best gear for your homestead, tilling, and mowing lawns.

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Charlie

Author, Forest Gardens, Mindful Foraging & Permaculture

When he is not foraging for his meals, he enjoys designing and planting forest gardens. Has been involved in the creation of forage spaces across the world. Loves projects to re-wild the land and the people on it. Charlie aims to help others connect with the plant world.

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Anna

Author, Raising Pigs & Farm Animals

Anna lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her husband, German Shepherd pup, pigs, and chickens. Her husband is the #1 farmer while Anna helps with marketing and sales. One of her favorite things to do is travel and find new adventures.

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Djordje

Author, Blades & Survival

Our go-to knife guy and a serious survival expert. When you’re in a pinch in the great outdoors, you want this guy by your side. If he’s not obsessing over karambits, you can find him in his workshop tinkering and sharpening stuff. He’s been collecting knives for more than 10 years.

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Sue

Author, Health & Gardening

Grandmother of 4 beautiful grandchildren whom she adores and loves spending time in the garden with. Grew up on a sheep and cattle station in New Zealand and is a retired registered nurse.
Sue’s love of gardening comes from the belief that, if you have a garden, you always have something to give.

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Jan

Building & DIY Expert

Our master builder of hardwood outdoor furniture, farmhouse renovator, build-anything-out-of-wood-man, and outdoor cook extraordinaire. Jan has been a carpenter and tiler for over 50 years; a seriously handy person to have around. Cooks pancakes every Saturday in his outdoor kitchen, never sits still, and doesn’t mind a beer. Gets along great with Dan.

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Steve

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Steve’s been a fixer of things for over 50 years. There’s not a car or piece of machinery he couldn’t fix with some wire and a cable tie. Limitless knowledge of anything with an engine and can drive anything. You’ll often find him out slashing the paddocks, fencing, or fixing up anything with a motor. 

Why Outdoor Happens?

We both grew up on farms. Dan’s grandfather Bob (read his old farming stories!) had a sheep farm in New Zealand and Dan grew up around machinery, animals, and open spaces.

Elle grew up in the country, riding horses, and working in potato and tulip fields. Her family has a long history in growing cut flowers and produce.  

We believe there’s no better way than growing up outdoors, and we believe in making the world a better place, starting with your own backyard. 

We grow gardens so wildlife has a place to live, flowers so bees can flourish. We raise our own meat so we know they’ve been treated well. 

We also believe in making back-breaking work a bit easier on ourselves, something our forebears didn’t have the luxury of doing, and our dream is to create a community of like-minded people here, at OutdoorHappens.com. 

To be in harmony with nature…

To be in harmony with nature, one must be true in thought, free in action, and clean in body, mind, and spirit. This is the solid granite foundation of character.

Have you ever wondered why most great people were born in humble homes and passed their early youth in the open country?

There, a person is accustomed to seeing the sun rise and set every day; there, rocks and trees are personal friends, and geography is born with them, for they carry a map of the region in their head.

In civilization, there are many deaf ears and blind eyes.

Because the average child in the town has been deprived of close contact and intimacy with nature, what they have learned from books they soon forget or are unable to apply. All learning is a dead language to those who get it second hand.

It is necessary that you should live with nature, my friend, if only that you may verify to your own satisfaction your schoolroom lessons.

Further than this, you may be able to correct some error or even to learn something that will be a real contribution to the sum of human knowledge. That is by no means impossible to a sincere observer.

In the great laboratory of nature, there are endless secrets yet to be discovered.

Charles A. Eastman – Indian Scout Talks, 1914
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