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grow more each month. Their biggest following outside the
U.S. comes from Australia and Canada.
"It's an interesting time that we're in," says Kevin. "We
get questions from people in Africa or Sweden on how to do
certain things. When else in history could someone in rural Missouri teach someone in Africa how to raise rabbits?"
The couple credits their channel for inspiring them to
keep learning and looking for future projects. They love
taking on new challenges.
"We did a series on meat chickens, comparing two different breeds, week by week.
We got a lot of great feedback from that," says
Kevin. They've also done a series on raising
meat rabbits, including different ways to raise,
Ava
butcher and cook them. "People from all over
the world have been using those videos to raise
rabbits," Sarah says. They've even written a
book on it, called "Our Family's 25 Favorite Rabbit Recipes," which they sell on Etsy and Amazon.
They love creating how-to videos. They try to outline the
following week's recording schedule, but it depends primarily on what needs done around their farm at the time.
Most Saturdays, you'll find them at the farmers market
in Ava, selling plants and produce. This provides a great
chance for followers to meet them in person.
Kevin and Sarah also grow seed for Baker Creek Seed
Co. in Mansfield and do occasional speaking engagements.
However, YouTube has now become a full-time job. It's not
uncommon to find them with a garden tool in one hand
and a camera in the other. Their self-sufficient lifestyle
incorporates the old with the new.
Summertime affords ample opportunities for videos,
especially in the garden. Rows of peppers, beans and okra

just scratch the surface of what the family grows. They
work year-round establishing healthy garden beds and
trellis systems. "I always say my knees are about 40 years
older than the rest of me," Kevin says with a chuckle,
pointing to a row of pole pinto beans. "The more I can pick
things standing up, the better."
Last year, they grew more than 900 pounds of tomatoes.
"If I'm not canning something every day, I'm going to be behind," Sarah says. It's not uncommon for them to record
a video at their kitchen table, demonstrating various
methods of preserving and cooking fresh produce.
"The nice thing about Missouri is that the seasons
only last so long. We grew up in Wisconsin, where
the winter lasts forever and in Arizona, the summer lasts forever, so this is just perfect. The best
of everything, minus the ticks," Sarah laughs.
While the YouTube channel has been successful for the family, their reasons for doing the educational videos haven't changed, Kevin says. "We're
in this to be self-sufficient."
Their family is grateful to reconnect with the past and
with a community of others who share the same passion.
"We thank God for putting us in this era with technology because otherwise we wouldn't be doing what we're
doing today. It's a weird blend of living the traditional life
and making a living online," Kevin says with a smile. "It's
the best decision we ever made."
To learn more about "Living Traditions Homestead,"
visit the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/
livingtraditionshomestead or visit their website at www.
livingtraditionshomestead.com.
Kaiser is a freelance writer from Hartville.

Above: Kevin films Sarah in the garden for a new video.The channel has more than 350,000 followers from around the world. Left: The Mathews family,
Kevin, Grace, Samantha and Sarah, relocated from Arizona to the Ozarks in 2016 to live their homesteading dream. Now, they share it with thousands on the "Living Traditions Homestead" YouTube channel.
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