My Kansas

My Kansas

Back in 2011, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel and Tourism Division, published a spectacular 160-page collection of best-of-Kansas scenes by the best Kansas photographers. This book, My Kansas: A Photographic Journey Across the Sunflower State, may now be easier to borrow than to buy. But if you can find a copy, by all means enjoy it. This beautiful book includes photos in the following … Continue reading My Kansas

Winkler Crater

Winkler Crater: A Kimberly Pipe in Kansas

Winkler Crater is located near the town of Winkler in northern Riley County. It has long fascinated the locals, since it is perfectly round and 950 feet across. Its surface is covered by grass and trees and crossed by streams. Throughout the 1960s, scientists speculated that the crater was caused by a falling meteorite. This theory was supported by magnetic anomalies in the crater.   … Continue reading Winkler Crater: A Kimberly Pipe in Kansas

2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

Taking on a reading challenge is a fun way to broaden your reading selection and therefore your knowledge base. Homestead on the Range is happy to announce our first annual reading challenge. We would like to challenge to you commit to finishing 12 books before the end of the year (about one a month). The theme for our first reading challenge is the Chisholm Trail, … Continue reading 2017 Reading Challenge: The Chisholm Trail

Get Ready for January 2017

Get Ready for January 2017

January is a great time to plan for a new year! Take some time to shape your philosophy and develop a farming or gardening approach. Plan a garden. Discover community-supported agriculture. Learn the pros and cons of gardening in Kansas. Study the farming practices of the Plains Indians. Define sustainable agriculture. Preserve Kansas heritage. Evaluate the interstate highway system. Find out how compost gardening works. … Continue reading Get Ready for January 2017

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

Get Ready for November 2016

Get Ready for November 2016

Hard to believe that November is already just around the corner!  Take some time on those chilly fall evenings to learn from nature and pull inspiration from innovative farmers and gardeners.  And while you’re sitting at the table with family this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for the simple things. Learn lessons from the bison. Discover that you can farm. Eat your egg yolks. Explore … Continue reading Get Ready for November 2016

Registers of Historic Places

Registers of Historic Places

Looking for a particular landmark, or just curious to know what historic places are in your part of Kansas?  Check out the registers kept by the Kansas Historical Society. These databases can help you view historic sites listed in several places: National Register of Historic Places. Register of Kansas Historic Places. Kansas Historic Resources Inventory. Along the way, read about historical background, architectural notes, and … Continue reading Registers of Historic Places

Get Ready for October 2016

Get Ready for October 2016

October is just around the corner! Are you ready to start a business, explore nature, and live by faith? Start and run your own small farm business. Find out how livestock are upgraded. Explore options for super-small-scale farms. Identify the wildflowers and grasses of Kansas. Love God with all your mind. Save money on seeds. See the stars. Understand the importance of the 100th meridian … Continue reading Get Ready for October 2016

The Heritage of Turkey Red Winter Wheat

The Heritage of Turkey Red Winter Wheat

There are many reasons to love heritage foods, including health and flavor.  But another fascinating aspect of these foods is their history. And what better heritage food to celebrate than Turkey Red winter wheat, the grain that made Kansas the Wheat State?   Origins The history of Turkey Red begins in the country of Turkey, not surprisingly.  By the early 1800s, it appears to have … Continue reading The Heritage of Turkey Red Winter Wheat