Are you ready to start living your best homesteading life?


Do you want to learn and implement practical homesteading skills in a simple, modern way while being cheered on in a friendly and supportive community? 

You've come to the right place!


Join The Kiwi Country Homestead today

It has never been more important to start learning how to become more self sufficient

But if you are a new or aspiring homesteader who is feeling overwhelmed with how much there is to learn, you might just be feeling like your dreams of living a self sufficient lifestyle need to be thrown in the "too-hard basket"

You're already busy and feeling so stretched by your regular daily life that it feels like there is just no capacity for learning anything new or creating more work for yourself.

But deep down inside, you have a desire to live this lifestyle. You want to be more self sufficient and less reliant on others for basic things. You long to spend summer outside picking strawberries to make jam, autumn preserving the harvest from your garden, winter crocheting a cosy beanie and spring hatching chicks and starting seeds!

And you start to dream...


Each time you set foot in the supermarket you wonder if you could grow or raise food yourself.

Each time you buy a $12 loaf of artisan bread you wish you could bake it.

When you buy eggs, you wonder if you could have a few chickens running around the back garden.

But then you shelve those dreams because what if you do it wrong? What if you fail? And none of your friends are doing it, so why would you?

But guess what? 

There is a whole community of people just like you! And they are baking delicious loaves of bread, growing beautiful fresh produce and teaching their families valuable skills alongside them.

They are finding ways to implement these skills into their lives without sacrificing anything and in doing so, are getting so much satisfaction out of what they are achieving.

They are confident in learning new skills and know that even if they fail, it's all a learning experience and part of the journey!

They are living the lifestyle of their dreams! And even better - they've found a community of friends with shared interests and values!

And you can have this too!

Welcome to

The Kiwi Country Homestead!

I’m Laura MacDonald and I run the website The Kiwi Country Girl and the thriving online community, The Kiwi Country Homestead!

My husband Josh & I, along with our kids, have spent the last 9 years slowly building our homestead, learning things and making small changes to our lifestyle along the way. 

We started with a few chickens and now we grow most of our own vegetables, raise animals for eggs and meat and make all of our meals from scratch along with snacks, yoghurt, bread, preserves and more.

But something I noticed along the way was that skills and methods that have been around for generations are often over complicated, making them seem too time consuming and unachievable for someone starting out.

I don't know about you, but I don't have time for complicated!

I mean, let's be real here. We have 3 young kids, Josh works full time and I run a business from home. Like many people, we have a lot going on but still want to live the lifestyle we desire and share it with our kids.

So over time we have refined our skills and simplified the way we do things in order to actually fit them into our life!

Our whole approach to homesteading is all about sharing how we incorporate old fashioned skills naturally into our day, involving our kids and making it simple and achievable!


And I want the same for you!


Join The Kiwi Country Homestead now!

As a member of The Kiwi Country Homestead, you will have access to:

  • Exclusive recipes and videos based on a monthly focus topic¬†
  • Helpful printables, infographics and resources to support the monthly focus topics
  • Instagram close friends stories - behind the scenes content, stories relating to the monthly focus topics and priority messaging
  • The incredible Facebook community where you can connect with other members to ask questions, share successes and get to know other like minded friends
  • Members only discount on my ebooks and first access to all new digital and physical products!
BONUS: Join as an annual member and you will also receive my best selling ebook bundle! (value over $60)

Bundle includes my 4 week meal plan ebook, 30 minute meals ebook, freezer meal prep ebook, freezer baking ebook, burrito spice ebook, + printable freezer meal labels and a printable weekly meal planner!

But don't just take my word for it...

Here are some of the incredible things my members are making, learning and inspiring others to do!

Just a few of the current topics available as soon as you join up

Available now

2024 Homestead Planner

A printable yearly planner to help you organise all areas of your homestead:

  • Weekly spreads with areas for meal plans
  • Goal planner and monthly project pages to help you break down and accomplish your homesteading goals
  • Sections for in the kitchen, garden and paddock to keep detailed records¬†
Available now

Sourdough Basics

An introduction to sourdough bread. We will learn how to:

  • Make a sourdough starter
  • Bake a loaf of artisian sourdough bread
  • Bake my favourite recipe for soft sourdough sandwich bread
Available now

Learn to crochet

An introduction to crocheting. We will learn how to:

  • Create basic stitches
  • Crochet a simple dishcloth
  • Crochet a beanie
Available now

Instant Pot Basics

All of my best tips, tricks and information about my favourite kitchen appliance. This month will cover:

  • Instant Pot 101
  • Comparisons of 2 popular models
  • My favourite things to cook in the Instant Pot
  • Cheat sheet with timings for all of the things I use my Instant Pot for on a weekly basis
Available now

Homemade Yoghurt

  • How to make dairy and non dairy yoghurt
  • Instant Pot and yoghurt maker methods
  • Our favourite yoghurt recipes
Available now

Keeping Chickens for Eggs

Everything you need to know to get you started with backyard chickens! This topic covers:

  • A walk around our chicken set up
  • Why keep chickens?
  • Getting ready for your chickens
  • Caring for your chickens
  • Troubleshooting and common problems
Available now

Water Bath Preserving

Everything you need to know to get you started with water bath preserving. This topic covers:

  • Why we water bath preserve
  • Equipment needed and where to source it
  • A step by step of the process
  • Recipe for Zucchini Relish
  • Recipe for Berry Sauce
  • FAQ's and Tips & Tricks
Available now

Fill Your Freezer

It's a challenge month! This topic covers:

  • First access to my brand new ebook - 25 Freezer Dump Bag Recipes
  • Join the members challenge to fill your freezer with delicious dinners to make meal time easy!
  • Live Q&A on all things freezer meals
Other available topics when you sign up

Planning and starting a garden, how to build raised garden beds, homesteading with kids, growing from seed, garden irrigation, stocking a bulk pantry, homemade gift ideas and more!

Upcoming topics 

Homestead goal setting,  fermenting and dehydrating food, companion planting, hatching and raising chicks, how to compost, processing meatbirds, baking yeast bread and more!!


Become a member of

The Kiwi Country Homestead today!

The Kiwi Country Homestead is all about teaching you these valuable, somewhat old fashioned tried and true methods of cooking, gardening, preserving, keeping animals and raising kids but with a modern approach and in a very simple, achievable way. 

And as a member, you will be able to help shape the membership so that you can get the most out of it!



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Annual membership


Join for a year and get 2 months free and bonus ebook bundle!

Doors are open for new members until Saturday 11th May 2024.
If you decide that The Kiwi Country Homestead is not a good fit for you, you can cancel anytime, no questions asked.

I can't wait to support you on your homesteading journey!

Click the button below and join now and I'll see you inside the community!

Join The Kiwi Country Homestead today!