I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
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!
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
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 epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.
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.
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
The adventure of catching an escaped black horse at dusk.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
Memories of Dad and Horses
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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 Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
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?
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
A special spot on my farm where the warm wind blows.
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
Fall Honey Harvest
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!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
Suzie plays crack the whip.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
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.
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
They are frosty crisp white puzzles of delight. Living with the cold, but no snow. There are such beautiful sculptures in nature.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.