Do you like to reuse and repurpose? Well, here is a new use for abandoned houses!
A personal essay about owning land.
About old trucks used by farmers.
The start of my fascination with antique tractors.
I remember one of my favorite radio commentators from years ago.
We fulfill a long standing dream. We buy a small farm.
An old person has a lot of information that may soon be lost.
This delicious bread is a variation on a basic zucchini bread recipe.
The fifteen Mission olive trees on our ranch are begging for something to be done with their fruit.
No one will ever suspect that this cake has a "secret ingredient"!
Our Guinea Fowl are more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
A short story about combines.
Our Guinea Fowl adventure continues successfully with a few surprises.
You might find food sources lurking in surprising places!
Most of us are knee deep in tomatoes right now. Here's a way to use them up!
Consider this recipe as intense tomato essence.
This season we built raised beds and brought in fresh soil and worked so hard to plant the tomato and leek crops, and they failed.
Bring your hammer and your "eagle eyes" and join Lori and her son, Farmer Bryan Havens, for the fourth and final installment of the story of their major land restoration project, a journey that takes them back into the past in order to launch them into the future!
This year I tried to stay calm and go with the flow during the birthing season. It was a lot easier knowing a little more and being ready with a milking stand if I needed it.
Put your mud boots on, grab your shovel, and join Lori and her son, Farmer Bryan Havens, for part three of the story of their major land restoration project, a journey that takes them back into the past in order to launch them into the future!
My enjoyment going to sales.
Join Lori and her son, Farmer Bryan Havens, for Part 2 of the story of their major land restoration project, a journey that takes them back into the past in order to launch them into the future!
Join Lori and her son, Farmer Bryan Havens, as they undertake a major land restoration project at their 100-year-old farm that takes them back into the past in order to launch them into the future!
Unlike most tractor shows that I go to, the Red Power Round Up is an International Harvester only show.
A family leaves a fast-paced life behind to slow things down on a small farm.
A short story about the F-20 tractor at home.
A short essay on the farmers' markets in Macon.
A story about my cat.
My mother and mother-in-law were true hard-working women of the past.
This is a story about my journey into ducks.
My soap journey has given me new knowledge of essential oils, an important part of staying healthy.
When our children and grandchildren visited us, we had so much fun, we smiled for days afterward.
My stepdad trying to get one of our antique tractors to run.
The little chicks that joined the farm this winter have grown up! Join Lori as she returns to the farm after a month away to care for her parents, and enjoy her favorite way to prepare farm-fresh scrambled eggs!
My childhood favourite pecan pie.
Two bloggers realize they live in the same city and decide to meet.
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.
This is my journey about cooking with lard for the first time ever.
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?
Pumpkin muffins aren't just for the Thanksgiving season. We love these muffins all year round.
When it's time for cows to calve, we need to be there. How do we know when calving is imminent?
Getting my first pair of snowshoes has been great for starting my resolution of getting healthier in 2015.
What Chef Elizabeth served for Christmas this year .
My new venture of goat milk soap has many benefits for the consumer.
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
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.
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
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!
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
A recipe for delicious biscuits perfect for serving with the Comfort Foods of Fall.
My journey into goat milk and what to do with all this milk.
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
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.
Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they introduce their turkeys to the world outside of the brooder!
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?
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.
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
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.
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!
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
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.
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.
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
The story of getting our first pig this spring.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
To name or not to name your chickens?
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
This year was the first year we had babies born on the farm.
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
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.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
Our hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills has seen a few goats come and go.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
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!
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.
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
A special spot on my farm where the warm wind blows.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
They are frosty crisp white puzzles of delight. Living with the cold, but no snow. There are such beautiful sculptures in nature.
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.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
Suzie plays crack the whip.
Fall Honey Harvest
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
PIGS AND POTATOES DO NOT MIX. Why?
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
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.
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
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.
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?!
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
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.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
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.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
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.
A former city slicker learns the pitfalls - or should I say "poop" falls - of becoming a country chick.
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.
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!
The story of how we got here and who we are.