5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Writing is a valuable communication skill, no matter what we do in life. Just to name a few of the uses a small farmer might have for writing: Writing posts and pages for an agripreneurial website. Blogging about country living. Writing a how-to book for future generations of farmers. Writing a business letter. Keeping a detailed farm journal. Looking to improve your writing skills? Allow … Continue reading 5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

Thinking about starting a farm with heritage breeds? If you are new to this topic, you may enjoy An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry by The Livestock Conservancy. This excellent beginner’s resource starts with the basics—defining breeds in general and heritage breeds in particular. It discusses the plight and importance of rare breeds, as well as the necessity to … Continue reading An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Perhaps you already have a particular type of wood in mind for your new guitar. Whether that wood is solid or laminated will make a tremendous difference in the sound that you will hear. Solid wood is exactly what the words imply. Pieces of solid wood are carved into the necessary shape for a guitar. A laminate is created by shaving thin strips of wood … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Laminated Woods for Guitarists

Cover Crop Decision Tool

Cover Crop Decision Tool

Looking for the right cover crop? Give this Cover Crop Decision Tool from the Midwest Cover Crop Council a try. First select from one of the following states: Iowa. Illinois. Indiana. Kansas. Michigan. Minnesota. Missouri. Ohio. Ontario. Wisconsin. Then choose options that take into account your growing conditions: County (for frost/freeze date estimate). Planting and harvest dates. Drainage situation. Finally, fine-tune your choices by noting … Continue reading Cover Crop Decision Tool

Onion Disease Guide

Onion Disease Guide

In some years, onion harvest time is troubleshooting time. There are many things that can go wrong when growing onions, especially when growing them in irregular weather patterns. Identifying the various problems can be quite difficult, as they tend to manifest themselves in the same way—rot. This onion disease guide offers a thorough and well-photographed look at the many problems that plague onions. However, it … Continue reading Onion Disease Guide

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog dates back to the Viking invasions of the 9th and 10th centuries. The fierce invaders who colonized the Shetland Islands brought with them small herding spitzes to tend their livestock. These dogs were ideally suited to the harsh climate of the islands, being quite hardy. In the 1470s, however, the Shetland Islands became part of Scotland. The Scottish introduced their own farm … Continue reading Shetland Sheepdog

El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery

El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery

Archaeologists have determined that the ultimate cause of El Cuartelejo’s demise was fire, as testified by the remains of charred posts and corn seeds. The Comanches who later took up residence near the pueblo had a legend that the ruins were struck by lightning. In any case, for the next hundred years, the walls slowly crumbled and vanished, leaving the pueblo to be buried in … Continue reading El Cuartelejo: Rediscovery