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 onContinue reading “The Little House Cookbook”
Although it makes a good pet, tourist attraction, or photographer’s model, the Highland has so much more to offer homesteaders and organic beef producers.
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 ofContinue reading “USDA Releases Preliminary 2012 Census Results”
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 ofContinue reading “Starting a Garden or Orchard: Logistics”
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, suchContinue reading “Peterson Field Guides to Birds”
While mainly kept to raise crossbred commercial steers, the Hereford has much to offer the grassfed industry.
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 experimentContinue reading “Silkville: A Utopian Experiment”
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 forContinue reading “Starting a Garden or Orchard: Location”
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 perspectivesContinue reading “Found: God’s Will”
The Guernsey is primarily a dairy breed, one of the favorite choices of self-sustaining family farms and direct marketers of grassfed dairy products.