Get Ready for December 2016

Get Ready for December 2016

Christmas will be here before you know it! Prepare tasty treats and heartfelt gifts from your own homegrown offerings, and snuggle up on the couch for a little storytelling. Retell the story of Sod Corn Jones. Read Scripture passages about the meaning of Christmas. Make a sweet potato beetle. Encourage your child to start an EcoJournal. Give a weather diary this Christmas. Create homemade gifts … Continue reading Get Ready for December 2016

The World of Little House

The World of Little House

What child doesn’t love Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books? Now they can see firsthand what it might have been like to live in Laura’s time! The World of Little House by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christine Wyss Eriksson introduces the people and places of the Little House series in a fun, child-friendly format. After a biography of Laura, each chapter begins with an introduction … Continue reading The World of Little House

Get Ready for June 2016

Get Ready for June 2016

June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work. Brush up on your mandolin technique. Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days. Discover the story of the Stetson hat. Make a strawberry shortcake. Collect five things every beginning charcoal artist needs. Consider what caused the Dust … Continue reading Get Ready for June 2016

5 Homemade Gifts from the Farm

5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas.  The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you have an excellent opportunity to make and grow gifts that will touch others.  Need some inspiration?  Consider these ideas: Heirloom seeds.  If you raise and save seeds from heirloom plants, why not share that favorite … Continue reading 5 Homemade Gifts From the Farm

Homemade Cards

Homemade Cards

Looking for a way to say it just right to that special friend or loved one?  Don’t buy a card—make one! Both adults and young people can enjoy making their own greeting cards, and Homemade Cards by Charlene Kennell offers great tips and inspirations: How to find useful but inexpensive supplies. How to use the elements of card design to advantage. How to add special … Continue reading Homemade Cards

4 Uses for Fresh Cucumbers...and a Bonus

4 Uses for Fresh Cucumbers…and a Bonus

Yes, we all know that cucumbers were made for pickling.  But not all of us want to go to that much time and trouble.  We’d rather enjoy a nice, fresh cucumber straight from the garden. Please note that not all cucumbers are suitable for eating fresh.  Some varieties are bred specifically for pickling, and they are too bitter to be a pleasant experience for most.  … Continue reading 4 Uses for Fresh Cucumbers…and a Bonus

Kids Knitting

Kids Knitting

If your children are looking for a useful but simple skill to pick up, consider handing them a ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and this book. Colorful and friendly, Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick covers a variety of handy tricks and stitches: Casting on. Binding off. Basic knitting and purling. Taking a gauge. Making tassels. Ribbing. Knitting in the round. Picking up dropped … Continue reading Kids Knitting