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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Hard to believe that another year has passed and a new year is just around the corner!

We’re looking forward to bringing you more helpful content and resources in the coming year. There are some exciting plans in the works!

Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a great time browsing this year’s lineup of our favorite posts and resources.

Best of 2018

From Homestead on the Range
Publishing Newsletter

Homestead on the Range Publishing Newsletter


5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country

5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country


Posts
How to Test Seed Germination Rates

How to Test Seed Germination Rates


Is Raw Honey Safe?

Is Raw Honey Safe?


How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks

How to Welcome Your Mail-Order Chicks


The Broody Hen vs. the Incubator

The Broody Hen Versus the Incubator


Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening

Pros and Cons of No-Dig Gardening


What is Permaculture?

What is Permaculture?


C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials

C:N Ratios of Common Organic Materials


Adding Value to Wool

Adding Value to Wool


Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables

Basic Principles of Breeding Heirloom Vegetables


An Introduction to Sheep Dairying

An Introduction to Sheep Dairying


Series
Goat Breeds

Goat Breeds


Kansas Populist Movement Basics: The Beginning

Kansas Populist Movement Basics


Milk Substitutes: Lactose-Free, Soy, Almond, and Rice

Milk Substitutes


Eat Your Colors

Eat Your Colors


Resources
Territorial Kansas Online

Territorial Kansas Online


Johnny Kaw

Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale


Kansas Historical Markers

Kansas Historical Markers


WunderMap

WunderMap


Dear Readers and Riders

Dear Readers and Riders


Grazing Systems Planning Guide

Grazing Systems Planning Guide


Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course

Intensive Grazing: An Introductory Homestudy Course


Heritage Livestock Breed Comparison Charts

Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts


Top 10 Skill-Building Resources

Top 10 Skill-Building Resources


Lightning

6 Sources of Free Stock Photos


Supplies
Nebo Lights

Nebo LED Lights


5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover Country

5 Years of Abundant Living in Flyover CountryOn July 15, Homestead on the Range passed a major milestone—the five-year mark.

July 15, 2013, saw the publication of the first post at our website. All about living debt-free, this was also the first installment in our Getting Started series. Tips for what do when the hens stop laying, the Arkansas River Lowlands entry in our first-ever guide (Kansas Regions), and a link to a free eBook titled Beans as a Field Crop in Kansas rounded out our lineup for that first week.

Why We’re Here

Our story is told in depth on our About page. Hands-on experience with learning the country lifestyle in Kansas was proof sufficient that a better source of information was needed—one dedicated to learning how to live with the vagaries of this unique state.

Country living can be a challenge in Kansas. In addition to the usual complement of beginner’s mistakes and unexpected mishaps, a newbie can expect to face everything from drought to flood, heat and humidity to biting winter winds. When it comes to the Kansas climate—expect the unexpected. And climate affects everything from the laying rate of chickens to the size of the vegetable harvest to the household electric bill.

But we believe that every Kansan can live their dreams and enjoy a country lifestyle, because we believe that abundant living is possible no matter where you are. And we are here to help. Our mission:

Homestead on the Range is a Kansas-based small business dedicated to serving country living enthusiasts by supplying them with the innovative resources that they need to succeed. Whether your family’s farm or ranch is 5 acres or 500, a business or a hobby, in Kansas or in some other part of the world, our goal is to keep you informed and inspired.

To accomplish this, we have created a number of resources with your needs in mind.

What We Do

So what will you find here at Homestead on the Range? Our posts on a wide range of country living topics are likely the first thing that will meet your eye. However, we have a few other free online resources that we hope you will find useful:

  • Guides. In-depth articles on topics ranging from vitamins to vegetables to Kansas birds. Think of them as online encyclopedias.
  • The Homestead Bookshelf. Gathering knowledge is a big part of successful country living. This is where to go for inspiration, how-tos, or just the facts. Covering topics from Bible reading to crop planting to exploring Kansas, the Homestead Bookshelf is a growing repository of quality information (and a good place to find books to complete our reading challenges).
  • The Gallery. Free stock photos relevant to country living or the Kansas outdoors can be hard to find. Our photos of wheat, composters, wind turbines, and more are available for commercial and noncommercial use without attribution. (Please see our Stock Photo Terms of Use.)

Also free to all are our email newsletters:

  • On the Range. Your weekly country living update! Every Friday, receive notice of new posts, site updates, country living tips, Scripture Passages of the Month, reading challenge hints, relevant headlines, and more, right in your inbox!
  • Publishing Newsletter. A good way to keep up with our newest book releases, specials, and freebies.

And speaking of publishing, that brings us to our books. Our publishing catalog is still in its infancy, but we currently offer The Family Garden Journal and The Worst Jokes I Know with more books in the works.

Thank You, Readers

We are on a mission to collect as much useful Kansas country living information as possible into one place, and we would love nothing better than to have you alongside!

Thank you, readers, for five great years!

Homestead on the Range Publishing Newsletter

Publishing Newsletter

Want to keep up with the latest in Homestead on the Range books? We have a resource just for you—our new publishing newsletter!

By signing up, you will receive timely notice of our latest publishing activity:

  • New book releases.
  • New formats of previously published books.
  • Freebies related to our books.
  • Upcoming sales.
  • Special offers.
  • Special announcements.

Signing up is easy. Navigate to our form, enter your email address, select “Publishing Newsletter,” and click Go!

While you are at it, you may want to take a look at On the Range, our monthly country living update, for more Homestead on the Range news, timely homesteading tips, and relevant headlines regarding Kansas and farming.

We’re looking forward to sending you your first issue of either newsletter!

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017It’s Christmas time once again!

Thank you for another great year at Homestead on the Range! We are looking forward to bringing you even more helpful country living information in 2018.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some helpful resources to start the new year right or just for a little interesting reading, allow us to make a few recommendations.

 

Best of 2017

From Homestead on the Range

3 Ways to Stay Posted3 Ways to Stay Posted

 

The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)The Worst Jokes I Know (and I Know a Lot!)

 

 

Posts

Introducing Cowboy PoetryIntroducing Cowboy Poetry

 

Pros and Cons of Niche MarketingPros and Cons of Niche Marketing

 

Keeping a Garden JournalKeeping a Garden Journal

 

Winkler CraterWinkler Crater: A Kimberly Pipe in Kansas

 

What is a Landrace Breed?What is a Landrace Breed?

 

Seeds From the TombsSeeds From the Tombs

 

8 Reasons to Memorize Scales8 Reasons to Memorize Scales

 

The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

 

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

 

British and Continental Cattle BreedsBritish and Continental Cattle Breeds

 

 

Series

Ox Yokes and CollarsOx Yokes and Collars

 

Dog BreedsDog Breeds

 

Pros and Cons of Hot CompostingPros and Cons of Hot vs. Cold Composting

 

The Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great PlainsThe Agricultural Adjustment Act in the Great Plains: Part 1

 

Kansas GovernorsKansas Governors

 

 

Resources

Web Soil SurveyWeb Soil Survey

 

Murray McMurray Chick SelectorMurray McMurray Chick Selector

 

Stockdog SavvyStockdog Savvy

 

How to Master the English BibleHow to Master the English Bible

 

ScrivenerScrivener

 

Food PreservationFood Preservation

 

Top 10 Marguerite Henry BooksTop 10 Marguerite Henry Books

 

Cover Crop Decision ToolCover Crop Decision Tool

 

An Introduction to Heritage BreedsAn Introduction to Heritage Breeds

 

Kansas Ag ConnectionKansas Ag Connection

 

 

Supplies

Luster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test KitLuster Leaf Rapitest Soil Test Kit

 

Pick PunchPick Punch

 

 

Photos

Shetland SheepdogShetland Sheepdog

 

3 Ways to Stay Posted

3 Ways to Stay Posted

Update: You can no longer follow our site through WordPress. However, you can still receive our posts via email! Just subscribe to “Latest Posts” here.

Did you know that Homestead on the Range offers three different ways to keep up with the latest country living information?

  1. On the Range. Your weekly country living update! With a free subscription to On the Range newsletter, you will receive notice of our latest posts, plus additions to the bookshelf, new photos in the gallery, and important post revisions. In addition, you receive exclusive seasonal suggestions, the Scripture Passages of the Month, reading challenge hints, country living news headlines, and food for thought. While you’re at it, sign up for our periodical publishing newsletter for book releases, specials, and freebies.
  2. WordPress. You can also opt to let WordPress send you new posts from Homestead on the Range, even if you don’t have a website! While you can read our posts in the WordPress Reader, you may enjoy setting up an email subscription for convenience. Just click the floating Follow button in the lower-right corner of the screen, or scroll down to the signup form in the footer.
  3. RSS. And, of course, there’s always our feed, ready for use with your favorite reader.

We’re looking forward to making your country living adventure a success! Enjoy!

On the Range Gets a New Look

On the Range Gets a New LookOn the Range, your country living update, has a fresh look!

The new simplified design for this free weekly newsletter allows for easier reading, no matter what device or program you use to read emails.

Not a subscriber? Sign up today to start receiving information you can use:

  • Timely tips.
  • Headlines that affect you.
  • Fun facts.
  • Food for thought.
  • Reading challenge hints.
  • The latest additions to the bookshelf.
  • New photos in the gallery.
  • Site updates.
  • Notice of new posts.

All you have to do is subscribe.

We’re looking forward to sending you the new and improved On the Range!

Getting Ready for February 2017?

Getting Ready for February 2017?Looking for seasonal reminders and fun things to do this February? We have moved our monthly Get Ready updates to On the Range, our free weekly country living newsletter.

Subscribing is easy! Just follow this link and enter your email address. You can start receiving your weekly newsletter as early as tomorrow!

Other features you can look forward to include:

  • Links to our latest posts.
  • Timely tips on country living.
  • Hints to help you complete the reading challenge.
  • Updates from around the site.
  • The latest additions to the bookshelf.
  • New photos in the gallery.
  • News headlines that affect you.
  • Quotes and fun facts to keep you thinking.

We’re looking forward to sending you your first issue!

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

It’s already that time of year again—time to celebrate the birth of Christ and enjoy the company of our family members!

Cold weather and snow mean that it is also time to find a cozy seat and catch up on some research and reading. Please enjoy this year’s lineup of our best content.

We’re looking forward to serving you again in 2017. Merry Christmas!

Best of 2016

From Homestead on the Range
The Family Garden Journal

New Compact Family Garden Journal


Introducing Our Free Weekly Newsletter

Free Weekly Newsletter


Posts
Pros and Cons of Gardening in Kansas

Pros and Cons of Gardening in Kansas


6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage


The Roots of Western Music

The Roots of Western Music


Pawnee Indian Museum

Pawnee Indian Museum


8 Utopian Experiments in Kansas

8 Utopian Experiments in Kansas


5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise

5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise


Prairie Strips in Field Crops

Prairie Strips in Field Crops


How Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

How Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law Affects You


Top 10 Kansas Towns

Top 10 Kansas Towns


Benefits of Making Music

Benefits of Making Music


Series
The Exodusters: Part 1

The Exodusters


Horse & Donkey Breeds

Horse & Donkey Breeds


Big Predators Return to Kansas—Updated!

Big Predators Return to Kansas—Updated!


The Changing Face of American Agriculture

The Changing Face of American Agriculture


Garden & Orchard Diseases

Garden & Orchard Diseases


Resources
The Kansas Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier

The Kansas Poems of John Greenleaf Whittier


K-State Horticulture Newsletter

K-State Horticulture Newsletter


Farming the Dust Bowl

Farming the Dust Bowl


Dog Breed Selector Tool

Iams Dog Breed Selector Tool


Music Practice

Music Practice


Supplies
Intellitouch Tuners

Intellitouch Tuners


Dustin-Mizer

Dustin-Mizer


Photos
Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines in the Flint Hills


Fleabane

Fleabane in Bloom


Wheat

Wheat Field


Quotes
Quote of the Week: Keep on Shooting

Keep on Shooting


Quote of the Week: Courage

Courage


Quote of the Week: Good Resolutions

Good Resolutions


Quote of the Week: Better to Dare

Better to Dare


Quote of the Week: Forgive Your Enemies

Forgive Your Enemies


On the Range Newsletter Survey

On the Range SurveyHave you been enjoying your free subscription to On the Range, your weekly country living update?

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Enjoy!