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I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
From a table-top to yard. How our Christmas tree became a living Christmas tree.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
What Chef Elizabeth served for Christmas this year .
Kellsey loves everything about summer, with the exception of triple digit temperatures. But even the dog days of summer help her dream about the future.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
A story of hidey holes and the hows, and whys, of finding them on old farmsteads like my cousin did at her in-laws place.
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
As a chef and farmer, my days are full of work, and yet I always stop and make time to enjoy seasonal produce as it comes to market. I have such a fondness for anything raspberry - my love for this fruit goes a long way back.
Winter farmers' and gardeners' markets have sprouted (pun intended!) up in my area, giving customers more access to locally grown produce throughout our long, cold winter.
This is my journey of moving to the country and becoming a stay-at-home mom and hobby farmer. I was raising three small boys so why not add some animals to the mix.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Chef Elizabeth prepares for Christmas on the farm with family.
At the end of any road can be a surprise, but especially on gravel roads.
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
M-C's newest post has some peach canning tips as well as a few questions for her readers.
Planting an apple tree appropriate for your zone, pollination and disease resistance is a science. Thankfully, the Stark Bro’s catalog gives all the information needed.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
There is always tension between so-called "civilization" and "where the wild things are" as Maurice Sendak said. Rural living on the edges of wilderness teaches us that we can live in that tension but it's not always easy.
After searching for three years for the perfect modern sewing machine, and never really finding exactly what I wanted, my parents surprised me with an early Christmas gift of a 1961 Singer Slant-O-Matic 500.
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
Food kept FDR's Tree Army working to preserve America's outdoors. Here in Part 2 of CCC Food are a few more stories about these men who later headed to WWII as part of the Greatest Generation.
Before the young men of America were part of the Greatest Generation many had been part of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) The work was hard but the food was good.
Fannie Farmer was a superstar chef before "superstar" was a word. She's one of my heroes. If you love baking, read why she should be your hero too.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
How to take the stress out of gift giving.
It's the middle of winter and we appreciate that nature has thrown us a bone in the form of abundant water. We look forward to lengthening days.
Here's an authentic recipe for buttery cookies using the addition of almond flour.
These tasty cookies make excellent Christmas gifts.
A former city slicker learns the pitfalls - or should I say "poop" falls - of becoming a country chick.
We refer to our first year at the farm as the cleanup year. Now, we would begin the second which soon became known as 'the planting year.'
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
With all of society’s conveniences within easy reach, we are choosing to do things the hard way. Now, why on earth would we do that?!
Looking back on how I came upon this urban farming way of life shows a journey full of twists and turns ... and I couldn't be happier for it!
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
As a frustrated country-girl-wanna-be living in town, I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to move to a ranch as soon as possible. It finally happened when I was a grandma.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
A small family farm seldom makes you wealthy – there aren’t too many trips to Europe and the retirement plan can be pretty “iffy.” But farming brings its own rewards, those that in the end mean far more than the lights of Paris.
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
To name or not to name your chickens?
Sarah attended what she thought would be an ordinary farm-to-table dinner event at a local farm, but this was anything but an ordinary experience.
Dealing with medical issues on the farm causes farmers to become the first responders. Are you prepared with the proper medical supplies for the barn?
Fall has arrived and with the change in season, it changes our work. We begin to prepare the summer beds to mostly lay fallow during the rainy winter months. Also, the season’s change means our menu planning changes as well.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
You never know where life is going to take you, so it’s a good idea to be ready for anything. My family once had a different life, but circumstances changed, there was a period of flux, then we came out better than ever.
You don't have to be a poultry farmer to have an appreciation for the hard work that went into this 1924 edition of The American Standard of Perfection.
Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the wonderful things about farming is the lessons you learn along the way.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Are you building your homestead and following a dream? Do you wonder if you can make money from a homestead? I have some tips to help you answer that question.
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
We have spent many days working outside from dawn to dusk while others our age are golfing, playing cards, and taking life easy. For us, there is immense fulfillment in growing our food.
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
The story of getting our first pig this spring.
A special spot on my farm where the warm wind blows.
When it's time for cows to calve, we need to be there. How do we know when calving is imminent?
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
We finally hired a mason after seeing the problems with the 100-year-old stone foundations ... join Bryan and Lori for a look at the before and afters in the 100-year-old house and barn!
Fall Honey Harvest
This year was the first year we had babies born on the farm.
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
Suzie plays crack the whip.
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
Getting my first pair of snowshoes has been great for starting my resolution of getting healthier in 2015.
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
A recipe for delicious biscuits perfect for serving with the Comfort Foods of Fall.
The masons worked hard to repair the crumbling and leaking barn walls at Wisconsin's Farm on the Hill ... could Farmer Bryan build the brooder room fast enough after they were done to have it ready for the turkey poults?
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they introduce their turkeys to the world outside of the brooder!
It's a good thing my neighbors are great people - even the ones I haven't met yet. Thanks to them I have my horses back!
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
Pumpkin muffins aren't just for the Thanksgiving season. We love these muffins all year round.
Farm on the Hill's pastured turkeys received an unexpected 'stay of execution' when a freak early snowstorm prevented safe travel to the processor! Read along and see the challenges that Farmer Bryan faces as he works to keep the birds safe and alive for one more week out on the winter pasture!
Life and death are a daily reality on a farm. Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they try to help a hypothermic chicken after a night of storms.
They are frosty crisp white puzzles of delight. Living with the cold, but no snow. There are such beautiful sculptures in nature.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
My new venture of goat milk soap has many benefits for the consumer.
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
My journey into goat milk and what to do with all this milk.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
This is my journey about cooking with lard for the first time ever.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Our hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills has seen a few goats come and go.
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
This blog is about handling “suprise” guests on your farm - something new to a city girl. It gives you a quick, simple and traditional recipe to have on hand for unexpected guests.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.

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