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.
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
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.
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.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
A former city slicker learns the pitfalls - or should I say "poop" falls - of becoming a country chick.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
This is the second part to the story of a woman who finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
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.
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
We are not impulsive people. We are also opposites, so it is not like us to both want the same thing and at the same time. Yet, here we were, both wanting to buy a piece of land that we had only read about on the internet. Twenty acres with a small red barn.
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.
PIGS AND POTATOES DO NOT MIX. Why?
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!
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?!
Fall Honey Harvest
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
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.
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
Suzie plays crack the whip.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
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.
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.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
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!
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
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.
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.