The Little House Cookbook

If you’ve read the Little House series, your mouth was probably watering a good portion of the time. Hearty soups and homemade bread figured prominently in most of the books; Little House in the Big Woods was notable for maple treats and a huge supper at sugaring-off time; wild game abounded in Little House on…

Highland

The north Atlantic coast of Scotland is a particularly wild, rugged region. Little wonder, then, that both its people and its animals were equally wild and rugged, well suited for a struggle for existence in a harsh climate. One of the hardy animals that has made its home in Scotland since time immemorial is the…

USDA Releases Preliminary 2012 Census Results

On Thursday, February 20, the USDA released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The census shows that while the number of farms in America continues to gradually decline, the value of farm products sold in the United States has increased by 33% from 2007. Here are a few of the highlights of…

Starting a Garden or Orchard: Logistics

Hopefully by now you have chosen an ideal location for your garden or orchard.  Don’t start digging yet, though!  You still have a little more planning to do, and one of the things you need to think about is how to make your garden as navigable as possible.  You will be spending a lot of…

Peterson Field Guides to Birds

Peterson field guides have been around for many years and are still favorites with nature lovers of all kinds. The bird guides have an especially good reputation, and justly so. What makes the Peterson bird guides so useful? Color plates that point out key differences between similar birds. Plates devoted to special identification challenges, such…

Hereford

While mainly kept to raise crossbred commercial steers, the Hereford has much to offer the grassfed industry.

Silkville: A Utopian Experiment

More than one utopian dreamer has chosen Kansas as the place to found his grand experiment. A list of state ghost towns would be full of communities founded on some form of idealism—Victoria, the Vegetarian Colony, Silkville…. Silkville? Yes. One of those little towns started out with silk farming as its principal industry. This experiment…

Starting a Garden or Orchard: Location

So just where will you put your garden or orchard? If you live on a small acreage, your choices may be limited in this regard. However, you probably still have some options, so do the best you can with what you’ve got. Here are some things to consider.   Sunlight Probably the most important criterion…

Found: God’s Will

Many of us have some funny ideas about what God’s will is.  Too often we’re so busy looking for it that we don’t have time to actually do it.  Other times we’re pretty sure we know exactly what God’s will is: it’s the thing we absolutely do not want to do. Neither of these perspectives…

Guernsey

As its name suggests, the Guernsey cow comes from the Island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands located off the coast of France. Much of the breed’s earliest history is speculative. Some researchers suggest that Roman and Viking cattle were abandoned on the island and gave rise to the Guernsey. The most common theory,…