Ready for a challenge? Tackle this list of 12 books on flora, fauna, weather, conservation, and more.
We love curating helpful reading material for country living enthusiasts! If you are looking for a variety of useful books on everything from starting a farming enterprise to planting crops to drawing horses, we highly recommend the Homestead Bookshelf as the place to find what you’re looking for. We have collected public domain classics, modern…… Continue reading Top 10 Reader-Favorite Books
There are two attitudes toward farm internships prevalent in America today. The first is that of stubborn individualism, the rugged “gonna do it my way” philosophy commonly associated with farmers. The second is best described as, “What I need is some interns to get this place in shape!” In Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering,…… Continue reading Fields of Farmers
Keeping your animals on pasture obviously has financial benefits, and you’ve probably heard of the numerous health benefits, as well. Even nonruminants like pigs and poultry can derive a great portion of their diet from the pasture, although they will need some type of supplemental feed. So how do you make it all work? Pasture…… Continue reading Getting Started With Livestock Part 3: Diet
You know what they say—waste not, want not. And what more delicious application of this proverb is there than bread pudding? This super-easy recipe, adapted from a Betty Crocker cookbook, is a family favorite and an excellent way to keep those bread heels and halves from going to waste. If you make your own homemade…… Continue reading Microwave Bread Pudding
The pros, cons, and best application for popular mulches, organic and inorganic.
While allowing livestock of all types to enjoy the freedom and nutrition of pasture is ideal, there are times when animals may need to be temporarily confined. For instance, you might be raising chicks in a brooder, or you might need to isolate an injured animal in a stall. So how do you keep livestock…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Deep-Litter Bedding
Twelve books to stretch your paradigm and inspire you for a new year of country living.
Is there someone in your family who loves country living? Show that you care with a gift tailored to their favorite interest this Christmas! Allow us to suggest 15 gifts (in no particular order), ranging from cute to indispensable. 1. You Can Farm For either the newbie or the seasoned agripreneur in need of fresh…… Continue reading 15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast
Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) grows sturdy upright stems ranging from two to eight feet in height. Some stems are branched and others are not, but one thing can be counted on with this species—there will be quite a few of them packed into each clump! Look for a pink or red color near the base…… Continue reading Johnson Grass