7 Cold-Weather Country Living Projects

Looking for something to do indoors on those cold, cloudy days of winter? Put that time to good use with one of these projects: Set goals for the new year. And schedule time to work on them. When pursuing an objective that requires a long-term commitment, writing down your goal is the first step to…

5 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Writing is a valuable communication skill, no matter what we do in life. Just to name a few of the uses a small farmer might have for writing: Writing posts and pages for an agripreneurial website. Blogging about country living. Writing a how-to book for future generations of farmers. Writing a business letter. Keeping a…

5 Handy Resources for Writers

Every writer has a preferred modus operandi, including diverse details such as when we write, where we write, and what we use to write. For those of you who write in a research-intensive style or genre, here are a few tools that can make your life easier: Microsoft OneNote. And its equivalent, Evernote. You will…

Zotero

If you have ever tried to compile a bibliography by hand, you know that it is not an easy task, even with a small bibliography. Zotero (zoh-TAIR-oh) offers a free, simple, and effective solution to all of you writers out there. Zotero allows users to compile collections of research material: Blog posts. Books. Conference papers….

Scrivener

If you enjoy research and writing, you are probably always on the lookout for a better way to keep track of information. Scrivener is an outstanding program that can help. As for telling you what Scrivener can do, it’s hard for us to know where to start, since it can do so much. First off,…

Introducing Cowboy Poetry

The early cowboys seem to have been artists at heart.  Every aspect of their daily lives seems to have made it into verse, from their love of nature to their battles with wild horses to their prosaic bacon-and-beans diet. Many of the first cowboy poems were song lyrics.  Thus, this poetic style shares the same…

Scribus

You don’t need a pricey suite of software to turn out professional-looking documents to represent your business.  If you are motivated and reasonably artistic, you can use Scribus, a powerful open source desktop publishing program freely available to everybody, to design flyers, brochures, and more for your farm or other enterprise. Scribus was developed to…

New Compact Family Garden Journal Available

The Family Garden Journal published by Homestead on the Range is now better than ever! We have released a new compact edition that is easier to carry, but still contains plenty of room for logging your family’s daily plans, observations, and harvests. Develop your green thumb while creating a keepsake: Start by planning for success…

A Kid’s EcoJournal Series

If your children love the outdoors and also love to write, they may enjoy A Kid’s EcoJournal series by Toni Albert. There are four of these books (spring, summer, fall, and winter), but they all follow a similar format. After some tips on exploring and writing about nature comes space for entries. Each entry has…