Free eBook: Sheep Production in Kansas

If you are looking for a basic guide to purchasing and caring for a flock of sheep, try Sheep Production in Kansas.  This 76-page bulletin was originally published by the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1927. The bulletin covers a variety of topics, including sheep selection, pasturing, feeding, and housing.  Want to know: Which breed…

Flint Hills

If you’ve lived in Kansas for any length of time, you’ve heard of the Flint Hills, the largest remaining tallgrass prairie on the continent. 4.5 million acres of bluestem pastures and rolling hills about two counties wide stretch from Cowley County in the south to Marshall County in the north. Many Kansans (and non-Kansans, too!)…

Streams of Income

Setting up multiple streams or sources of income is a good idea no matter what we do in life, but it is an invaluable practice for the country family and an indispensable one for the self-employed country family.  If a catastrophe strikes one source of income, chances are there will still be others.  Furthermore, small…

Getting Started: Part 4—Focus

Distractions abound in all areas of life.  Every day we are bombarded with ideas: Things that we must do. Things that we could do. Things that we want to do. Things that we really ought to do. Things that we have to do whether we want to or not. Things that we would be happy…

Free eBook: How to Direct Market Your Beef

For those of you who want to sell beef, How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder is a must-read! In a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, Holder explains the different aspects of direct marketing entrepreneurs will encounter, such as niches, pricing, distribution, advertising, public relations, and record keeping.  You’ll also find out how to have…

Cherokee Lowlands

The Cherokee Lowlands occupy roughly 1,000 square miles in parts of Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in the southeastern part of the state. Overall, the region is one of mostly level plains, although a few hills rise up here and there. These plains are cut by narrow valleys and by ditches left over from…

Why Direct Market?

When it comes to selling produce and livestock that we have raised ourselves, we have two main options: Market products directly to our customers. Sell products through conventional commodity channels. One of the problems with the latter route is that commodity markets do not lend themselves to fulfilling producers’ unique purposes. If we decide to…

Getting Started: Part 3—Persevere

Country living is exciting.  Every day is a new adventure.  The opportunities to learn and challenge yourself never end.  Freedom, family life, peace and quiet—aren’t these things we all crave? However, forewarned is forearmed, so here it comes: Sooner or later you are going to become tired of the whole thing.  You will feel overwhelmed,…

Free eBook: Growing Corn Successfully

Here’s some old-time wisdom we can benefit from today! Growing Corn Successfully: A Treatise on Corn Culture From Plowing and Planting to Harvesting and Marketing by E. S. Teagarden was originally published in 1895 as a protest against a problem all too prevalent in the author’s time—farmers were trying to grow more corn than they…

Chautauqua Hills

The Chautauqua Hills run in a narrow band (ten miles wide at most) from the Kansas–Oklahoma line up to about Yates Center. Rolling uplands mark the region, and the Verdigris, Fall, and Elk rivers flow at the bottoms of the slopes.   Soil A thin layer of dry, sandy soil covers shale and sandstone across…