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5/22/2015
A story about my cat.
5/21/2015
Fresh lettuce marks our first harvest of the year. Hopefully the start to a successful gardening season!
5/21/2015
A unique way to make moist tasty cornbread plus a quick side dish to go with it.
5/20/2015
A recipe for Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins.
5/19/2015
Rainy days in Missouri.
5/14/2015
Why we have chosen the Dexter to be our family cow.
5/12/2015
Memories of grilling.
5/12/2015
Homemade sauerkraut is very easy to make and good for you!
5/5/2015
Childhood memories of my grandmother canning.
5/5/2015
My mother and mother-in-law were true hard-working women of the past.
4/30/2015
What goes into the making of an old timber-frame, post-and-beam handmade barn?
4/30/2015
Acid-loving plants, using coffee grounds in the garden, and the great coffee grounds pH debate.
4/29/2015
We take a much needed, weeks-long vacation to the Southwest.
4/28/2015
My adopted 'grandmother' who came with the family when I married was one of the sweetest people I have ever known - and taught me valuable skills to boot!
4/28/2015
Discussing growing up with my child shows two different perspectives.
4/28/2015
An alternative method to threading a needle and tying your thread when preparing to hand sew.
4/28/2015
This is a story about my journey into ducks.
4/28/2015
Growing greens is easy and doesn't require a lot of space. Fresh lettuce is delicious!
4/22/2015
Planning summer trips.
4/21/2015
My soap journey has given me new knowledge of essential oils, an important part of staying healthy.
4/20/2015
Zinnias are beautiful and functional companion plants in the kitchen garden.
4/20/2015
A recipe for simple refrigerator pickled asparagus.
4/15/2015
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
4/14/2015
When our children and grandchildren visited us, we had so much fun, we smiled for days afterward.
4/14/2015
My stepdad trying to get one of our antique tractors to run.
4/14/2015
Shearing season is upon us, and with it the need to process all that fiber. Ever wonder how it's done?
4/13/2015
Boots are not in short supply at this farm house.
4/10/2015
We can never quite finish our loaves of homemade and artisan breads, so toasting those leftovers into croutons turns any salad into a gourmet treat.
4/10/2015
Our solution to having two hens fighting over one nest.
4/8/2015
My Facebook friends gave me some good advice on what to do with the piles of greeting cards I have saved during the 55 years of our marriage.
4/7/2015
A recipe and hints for making German Goulash.
4/7/2015
A walk around the neighborhood with my dog.
4/6/2015
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!
4/6/2015
Reminiscing about Easter: Easter service, Easter dinner and the fun we had afterwards.
4/1/2015
My comparison of the Cornish Cross and Pioneer meat chicken breeds.
3/31/2015
Spring's enticing sunny weather can lead us into temptation and planting too early. Mind your frost dates, hardiness zones, and plant requirements!
3/30/2015
The author shares her experiences with ticks on the homestead and offers some advice.
3/30/2015
These waffles would make a great treat for Easter brunch or a special occasion.
3/25/2015
A bucket list of outdoor sites I would like to visit.
3/24/2015
My childhood favourite pecan pie.
3/24/2015
An introduction of my family and life to Capper's Farmer readers.
3/24/2015
By wrapping soap in natural fibers - like wool or alpaca - you can create a felted washcloth around the soap itself.
3/23/2015
A nostalgic look at my childhood visits to my grandmother's home in a small rural town on the Oregon coast and how she continues to influence my own garden and life decades after her death.
3/23/2015
This fermented milk drink is very easy to make and so healthy for you!
3/18/2015
My attempt to catch a pesky mouse.
3/16/2015
You were asked what you would do with another hour on your childhood home and your answers were heartfelt.
3/16/2015
This feeder is easy and cheap to make, and it is safe and effective for your livestock.
3/12/2015
My dogs playing in snow.
3/12/2015
You never realize how much you already know about the self-sustaining lifestyle - until you start doing it on your own!
3/11/2015
Four years ago I sold my car and I haven't looked back since!
3/11/2015
Two bloggers realize they live in the same city and decide to meet.
3/10/2015
Reminiscing about my grandparents' garden as I wait for spring to get here.
3/10/2015
Are rummage sale bargains really bargains?
3/9/2015
Making your flower bed attractive to monarchs is a great way to interact with nature.
3/9/2015
You don't actually need to "play" in a state tournament to have a great time. Here are my memories!
3/6/2015
A story of a girl who loved small town 6-on-6 Iowa girls' basketball.
3/4/2015
A step by step of rendering lard beginning with the skin and fat from a scalded hog to the gallons of fresh lard in your freezer and all the cracklins in between!
3/3/2015
Sometimes it's not about the success of what you're trying, but the fact you tried at all – and learned something from it.
3/2/2015
For some of us, all we have left of our childhood homes are memories.
3/2/2015
Small successes in keeping the cat out of my houseplants.
3/2/2015
The author talks about her own experiences of bad winter weather and tells a few stories of tragic Great Plains blizzards.
2/24/2015
In today’s post I want to tell you about how I first started writing.
2/23/2015
Winter is a great time to plan your spring and summer garden.
2/23/2015
Take a walk back in history with this bean recipe that originated in the days of the Spanish missions of California.
2/20/2015
Grandma always used hankies. I use some I inherited from her to keep the tradition alive!
2/19/2015
It is very easy to look trustworthy; just be a grandma and crochet booties.
2/17/2015
Iron pans are great for every thing on a farm, ranch or homestead.
2/17/2015
Raising good children takes time and energy, but many are giving it their all and doing an excellent job.
2/17/2015
A home-cooked dessert for comfort and citrus bliss.
2/11/2015
This is my journey about cooking with lard for the first time ever.
2/10/2015
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?
2/9/2015
The second part of how to crochet rag rugs. Here we start crocheting the actual rug and learn how to finish it simply.
2/9/2015
Nothing stays the same in this world, and just as the small bookstore and the family hardware business, it is my opinion that the traditional funeral home may also be on the way out.
2/6/2015
A recipe for french onion soup and hints for success.
2/6/2015
Instead of spending money for sweet potato plants this spring, you can start your own and watch the amazing process at the same time.
2/5/2015
We love casseroles in the winter - they warm us up and fill us up! This one uses homemade tomatillo salsa from the canning cellar.
2/3/2015
What if there were a few changes you could make to your home that would save you a large amount of money each month? To get started, here are five ways to conserve energy without inconveniencing your lifestyle.
2/2/2015
Making custom soaps, with ingredients you have, is easy and fun!
2/2/2015
Get started making your own rag rugs from materials you have on hand.
2/2/2015
Finding ways to live in our world responsibly can bring us satisfaction and happiness.
1/30/2015
In the wake of the housing crisis, more people are investing money in their homes when buying a new one is not an option. Here are some of the best ways to save money on your home projects.
1/30/2015
Give up paper towels and substitute homemade "un-paper" towels instead!
1/26/2015
If you haven't built your hoop house yet, you can still have fresh homegrown salad greens.
1/26/2015
I found a way to move heavy countertop appliances. I hope it is helpful to you, too.
1/26/2015
Easy to make, easy to carry, easy to use. Hard lotion bars are all of these things, AND they work great!
1/26/2015
Rewebbing lawn chairs is a fun winter project.
1/23/2015
Ways to use the convenient packages of broccoli slaw found in supermarkets.
1/23/2015
A new suburban gardener plans the New Year with projects and plantings in hopes of great success!
1/21/2015
My husband bought me a dry blade container for my Vitamix, but I put off using it. When I finally did, I couldn't believe how simple it was. Why did I procrastinate?
1/19/2015
We finally complete our much anticipated and ballyhooed chicken pen extension.
1/15/2015
Getting ready for spring planting.
1/15/2015
Pumpkin muffins aren't just for the Thanksgiving season. We love these muffins all year round.
1/15/2015
A healthy twist on a traditional, classic sandwich.
1/14/2015
When it's time for cows to calve, we need to be there. How do we know when calving is imminent?
1/13/2015
Recipe for guacamole and ways to use it.
1/13/2015
Getting my first pair of snowshoes has been great for starting my resolution of getting healthier in 2015.
1/12/2015
Using natural fibers and felting needles, designs can be made in felt. With a few tricks, anybody can learn to do this.
1/12/2015
This apron is one like my grammy used to wear. It is simple and easy for a beginner, but advanced sewers like it, too, because they can finish it in two shakes of a lamb's tail!
1/6/2015
While winter weather can beat up our skin, so can the synthetic ingredients in many skin care products. But I've found effective and economical alternatives right in my own kitchen.
1/6/2015
Lots of projects can be made with felt, and it's not that hard to create your own. With wool batts and a little muscle, you can make your felt exactly the way you want it.
1/5/2015
Ideas about how to organize your kitchen.
1/5/2015
The basis for success in your garden is right at your feet!
1/5/2015
It is easy and gratifying to make hash browns in small or large amounts for the present or future.
1/2/2015
A couple builds a log cabin home in the Maine woods.
12/31/2014
What Chef Elizabeth served for Christmas this year .
12/31/2014
A list of resolutions to apply to your approach to food and how you cook and eat.
12/29/2014
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!
12/26/2014
An old-fashioned ginger cookie recipe inspired a tasty new version!
12/26/2014
A simple recipe for an uplifting fragrance using holiday ingredients
12/23/2014
Homemade foodie gifts have always been a hit with my family over the holidays. This year, I tried something a little different - homemade hot drink mixes.
12/23/2014
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.
12/22/2014
My new venture of goat milk soap has many benefits for the consumer.
12/22/2014
How to take the stress out of gift giving.
12/22/2014
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.
12/19/2014
Chef Elizabeth prepares for Christmas on the farm with family.
12/19/2014
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
12/19/2014
Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!
12/17/2014
Time spent with an Amish man brings fun and laughter,
12/15/2014
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
12/15/2014
A natural alternative for drawing out toxins and boosting your immune system during cough and cold season.
12/15/2014
Did you know that homemade marshmallows are really easy? They're also super-yummy, you can make them different flavors, and they melt like magic in your hot cocoa. Perfect for the holidays!
12/12/2014
Here's an authentic recipe for buttery cookies using the addition of almond flour.
12/12/2014
These tasty cookies make excellent Christmas gifts.
12/12/2014
When our family gets together, I am always asked to make our mom’s homemade rolls. These rolls are so easy and so delicious, especially hot out of the oven. Now that I am sharing our family recipe, you have no excuse not to make them yourself.
12/12/2014
Using re-purposed stones, see how we built our pit.
12/10/2014
Making your own sourdough starter is not as daunting as you might think. Follow these basic instructions to get started.
12/9/2014
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.
12/8/2014
Being thankful for more than items and other tangible things is important. As well as a brief introduction about my lifestyle.
12/8/2014
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
12/4/2014
New Orleans inspired the recipe for BBQ Shrimp.
12/4/2014
Reading about housekeeping a century ago makes me grateful that I live now!
12/1/2014
The author extols the virtues of a well-functioning mudroom and the beauty of a woodstove on a cold winter day.
11/28/2014
Found fruit scavenged from 'our' urban apple tree and our backyard quince made a delicious Thanksgiving pie.
11/24/2014
Thanksgiving on the farm and a recipe for Turkey Potpie.
11/24/2014
Sometimes you just have to take out time to do something you’ve always enjoyed, such as sewing. A fun project for your granddaughter makes it even better!
11/21/2014
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
11/21/2014
Inspired by a Danish friend, I give you step-by-step instructions to make authentic Danish sourdough rye bread.
11/14/2014
This delicious breakfast takes a little while to make but it's worth the wait!
11/14/2014
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!
11/10/2014
If these aren't the best comfort food, I'll eat my hat!
11/7/2014
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
11/5/2014
Join Farm on the Hill's Lori Havens as she shares some inexpensive ideas for decorating your autumn table with the simple beauty of nature!
11/4/2014
We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'
11/3/2014
A recipe for delicious biscuits perfect for serving with the Comfort Foods of Fall.
11/3/2014
The author comes up with some surprising facts about Daylight Saving Time.
10/30/2014
Kale chips are easy to make and delicious! Save money by making them at home.
10/28/2014
Tips on types of wood for firewood, chimney upkeep, and how much firewood to store.
10/24/2014
The change of seasons has me reflecting on the words of Ecclesiastes this week.
10/24/2014
We can let the beauty of our world give us the calmness and rest we need.
10/20/2014
Tracking wild turkeys in their habitat as preparation for hunting.
10/16/2014
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
10/16/2014
A blog about my memories of apples from childhood, about the struggle to keep more variety options and a recipe for Chunky Apple Cake.
10/16/2014
For those living on large tracts of land such as farms and ranches, the threat of intruders carries more danger than for those in urban environments. These common forms of home protection offer the best way to secure your property.
10/16/2014
My favorite salad uses an ingredient all Iowans know.
10/16/2014
My journey into goat milk and what to do with all this milk.
10/9/2014
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
10/9/2014
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.
10/8/2014
Restoring a porch glider.
10/8/2014
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
10/6/2014
Daily lessons taught by your goats and how to best serve those goat lessons.
10/6/2014
It is always fun sharing a skill with grandchildren, such as food dehydration.
10/6/2014
A short story about gathering hickory nuts in Central Iowa.
10/3/2014
A delicious quick and easy recipe for pancakes.
10/3/2014
Maybe an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but processing them daily certainly makes one tired!
10/1/2014
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
9/29/2014
The time machine is in our heads.
9/26/2014
Rock your homemade pizza with sauce made from fresh garden tomatoes.
9/25/2014
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
9/24/2014
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
9/22/2014
A great recipe for that Indian summer bounty.
9/22/2014
The author shares her experience in taking care of older horses and keeping them healthy and happy.
9/19/2014
Capture summer in a jar - make Spicy Tomato Jam.
9/18/2014
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.
9/17/2014
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
9/12/2014
To all the beauty of fall that we've enjoyed in the past, thanks to our little farm, we have added the joy of the harvest!
9/11/2014
Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they introduce their turkeys to the world outside of the brooder!
9/8/2014
Memories of corn de-tasseling.
9/2/2014
In reading books of yesteryear, when a young girl was about to marry, her mother purchased yards and yards of material and sewed for days making all the linens she would need for her bed, kitchen and table. Sometimes these would already have been made and waiting in her hope chest.
9/2/2014
The author notes with relish all the amazing things a homesteader can accomplish with WD-40.
9/2/2014
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?
8/29/2014
Particularly when traveling. A visit to the American West includes rafting the Colorado River and exploring Mesa Verde cliff dwellings.
8/27/2014
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
8/26/2014
There is always something new you can learn or try, even if it is just a vegetable such as Swiss chard. Experiencing it with a granddaughter just adds to the pleasure!
8/25/2014
A rusty patio swing that was left in our yard by a family friend initially caused reactions of horror. But a second look, some paint, and new lawn chair webbing gave the swing an astounding facelift.
8/25/2014
Gramma tells a story about a mistake she made and what she learned from it.
8/21/2014
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.
8/19/2014
A memory of longing for an ice cream cake as a child pushed me to finally try to make one, with much success!
8/15/2014
The author shares her recollections of storm watching in the 'olden days.'
8/15/2014
The author is proud of her accomplishment, and her dried figs are beautiful and delicious!
8/13/2014
Spinning my own wool was just a dream for my retirement years. But Lily hopped unexpectedly into my life and taught me that dreams don't always have to wait.
8/12/2014
What if the clouds covered the sunrise while they were here? But then, probably nothing can dampen new love! We would just have to wait and see.
8/11/2014
Figs, figs and more figs. Some ideas about how to use figs.
8/8/2014
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
8/5/2014
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
8/5/2014
Using an old-fashioned apple press for great apple juice.
8/5/2014
The best use for all those zucchinis taking over your garden are brownies.
8/5/2014
Gloves might seem like an ordinary object on a ranch or a farm, but this author thinks they are a work of art.
8/1/2014
A metal sun with a caladium goatee.
7/30/2014
There's no shortage of synthetic mosquito repellents on the market intended to keep those vampire-like pests away. But I've been successful making my own from natural ingredients.
7/29/2014
If you've become disheartened about the human race in general, you should come out to visit us and meet some of these nice country people who are always ready to give a helping hand.
7/28/2014
The author and her husband, a retired police officer, give an overview of firearms for non-hunting purposes for the average ranch or homestead.
7/23/2014
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.
7/21/2014
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
7/21/2014
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
7/17/2014
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
7/17/2014
Like all occupations, farming has its challenges. For that matter, so does life. In the midst of our busy days, we need to notice those good moments.
7/14/2014
Thanks for listening, friends, and let's meet here soon. In the meantime, enjoy being able to do whatever is before you. Yes, work is a good thing!
7/14/2014
The author discovers that seed saving is not such a mysterious process when she starts by harvesting sunflower seeds.
7/11/2014
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
7/9/2014
With the wedding season upon us, I'm sharing a few DIY tips my husband and I used for our nuptial to put a unique spin on our wedding while staying debt-free.
7/7/2014
A rainy day on the farm is a great opportunity explore the fluffy delicious French classic dish made from farm-fresh eggs.
7/7/2014
What are we really eating? Let's take a look into the oil that we cook with.
7/7/2014
The author envisions the summer of 2014 as the summer she spent in the cold shower.
7/3/2014
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
6/30/2014
The author has an unabashed love affair with the hat, which is in her opinion an indispensable tool on a small farm or ranch.
6/27/2014
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!
6/27/2014
Summer is the time for outdoor celebrations and family gatherings. The simplest ones can be the most fun!
6/25/2014
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
6/24/2014
No snakes allowed! Ways to keep snakes (and other pests) out of your chicken coop.
6/23/2014
A story about how I learned that not every rose smells like a true rose.
6/23/2014
On the watch for summer vegetable-eating insects.
6/23/2014
The author's newest hen is a challenge when she becomes broody.
6/19/2014
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
6/19/2014
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
6/18/2014
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
6/18/2014
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.
6/18/2014
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
6/16/2014
Bim Bam and Cockoo clocks are part of my family history.
6/16/2014
Deciding to raise backyard chickens.
6/16/2014
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
6/16/2014
The author got more than she bargained for when she decided to try growing Walla Walla onions.
6/16/2014
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
6/13/2014
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
6/13/2014
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.
6/11/2014
Another reason we try to eat less processed foods.
6/10/2014
These hamburger buns will replace your storebought ones.
6/5/2014
Native Americans planted "three sisters" together in hills hundreds of years before scientists proved it was a good idea.
6/5/2014
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
6/4/2014
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
6/4/2014
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
6/1/2014
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
5/30/2014
The author takes a trip down memory lane remembering the days when she rode horses with her friends.
5/29/2014
How to repel mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals.
5/29/2014
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
5/27/2014
The author's husband - with a little assistance from the author - transforms a regular bed truck into a flat bed truck.
5/23/2014
A lifelong love of rhubarb.
5/23/2014
I have recently undertaken the task to see if I can make everything I typically purchase from the store from scratch and have it taste as good as or better.
5/23/2014
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
5/21/2014
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
5/21/2014
The story of getting our first pig this spring.
5/19/2014
The author takes a trip down memory lane when she finds her mother's old jewelry box.
5/19/2014
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
5/16/2014
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
5/15/2014
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
5/13/2014
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
5/13/2014
The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.
5/13/2014
Follow along with Lori Havens' tutorial, and learn how to make delicious, low-sugar jam using agar agar instead of commercial pectin!
5/6/2014
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
5/6/2014
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
5/6/2014
The author, worn out from an extraordinarily busy week at the ranch, offers an easy chicken recipe. Great for when you're worn out or know you are going to be.
5/5/2014
To name or not to name your chickens?
4/30/2014
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
4/29/2014
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
4/28/2014
These garden beds fertilize themselves the natural way!
4/28/2014
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
4/28/2014
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
4/28/2014
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
4/28/2014
An interview with a real ranch woman who made the switch from executive secretary to ranch wife and loves it.
4/25/2014
Simple to put together, chicken tunnels make for safe free ranging.
4/24/2014
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
4/24/2014
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
4/23/2014
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
4/22/2014
There are many common sense ways to be kind to the planet (and the wallet), but here are a few other simple ideas.
4/21/2014
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
4/21/2014
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
4/18/2014
A family tradition making Hot Cross Buns.
4/18/2014
This year was the first year we had babies born on the farm.
4/16/2014
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
4/16/2014
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
4/15/2014
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
4/15/2014
Querencia, where we feel at home.
4/15/2014
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to save the world, to make things better, to be a hero. Well, I've long since accepted that I'm no hero, but I never forgot what an old farmer told me, "You wanna change the world, honey? Then start where you are, use what you've got."
4/14/2014
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
4/14/2014
Horse ownership from the perspective of a long-time owner.
4/10/2014
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
4/10/2014
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
4/9/2014
What better destination than farm and wine country!
4/9/2014
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
4/8/2014
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.
4/8/2014
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
4/7/2014
It's that time of year again - empty milk jugs, egg cartons and plastic containers pile up to serve as temporary greenhouses for young seedlings.
4/4/2014
Transforming old spool racks into a lovely wall decoration for jewelry.
4/4/2014
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
4/2/2014
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
4/1/2014
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
4/1/2014
Our hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills has seen a few goats come and go.
4/1/2014
We think you'll be inspired to keep your old buildings when you read about Todd's ingenuity, perseverance and hard work while saving the old chicken house.
4/1/2014
Rural living involves a lot of learning by trial and error. Our plan to make big money from sheep went awry, but if we don't ever fail, it may mean we have quit trying anything new or challenging.
3/28/2014
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
3/27/2014
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
3/26/2014
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
3/24/2014
Be healthier and lower your carbon footprint by using alternative water softener solutions.
3/24/2014
When I couldn't find the right sized tablecloth just a day before having 12 people over for a ministry meeting and lunch, I had to figure out how to make one with materials I keep on hand. Because the nearest department store is an hour away, buying one wasn't an option.
3/24/2014
We have an early, frightening incident with our dog.
3/21/2014
Check out how social media is a baker's best friend.
3/20/2014
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
3/19/2014
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
3/18/2014
An easy way to thwart gophers by using common materials and no killing.
3/17/2014
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
3/17/2014
This post details how you can stay cool in your house during the hot summer without wasting a ton of money and energy.
3/14/2014
We read that one need not be hasty in destroying old farm buildings, especially if you can’t afford new ones, as they can often still be used.
3/13/2014
Simple pleasures help soothe the complicated pressures of life.
3/13/2014
Flowers and herbs you'll want to plant near or in your garden.
3/12/2014
Lori and her farmer son, Bryan, assist a neighbor with an otherwise overwhelming job on their farm, and rediscover the tradition of bartering. Money isn't the only thing that has value!
3/12/2014
I was fortunate to be among the last of the generations that benefited from the skills taught in home economics classes in public school. Will it make a comeback?
3/10/2014
Super easy to make and ever so scrumptious - a recipe from the old farm.
3/10/2014
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
3/10/2014
Construction on the Eggmobile and Chicken Tractors is in full-swing at Farm on the Hill, while a surprise in the brooder throws a monkey wrench in the preparations for the arrival of baby chicks this month!
3/7/2014
Preparing for spring.
3/7/2014
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
3/6/2014
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
3/6/2014
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
3/5/2014
Weather predictions - when is spring going to be here?
3/5/2014
Keeping bees without breaking your back.
3/4/2014
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
3/3/2014
We overcame rocky soil and built a decorative fence.
2/27/2014
Perhaps bee stings aren't the best thing on which to try out home remedies. Life in the country has its risks, but common sense usually wins the day.
2/21/2014
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
2/21/2014
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
2/20/2014
A kind gift prompted a reconfigured limoncello cake recipe.
2/20/2014
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.
2/17/2014
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.
2/16/2014
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
2/15/2014
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
2/14/2014
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
2/12/2014
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
2/11/2014
Reading someone else's blog lead Mary to learn new things like cleaning and seasoning cast iron, and then making toast on a wood-burning stove.
2/10/2014
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
2/7/2014
We have endless varieties of cereal to choose from, some good and some not so good, but for years, I've just made my own healthy, economical granola.
2/6/2014
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
2/6/2014
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
2/5/2014
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
2/5/2014
The time-honored tradition of re-purposing lives on.
2/3/2014
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
1/31/2014
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
1/31/2014
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
1/31/2014
A Wilson family tradition - homemade cinnamon rolls.
1/31/2014
A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.
1/29/2014
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
1/28/2014
Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...
1/28/2014
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
1/27/2014
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
1/22/2014
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
1/22/2014
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
1/22/2014
California has had the worst drought year in recorded history. If we don't get some rain, farmers won't be the only ones crying the blues.
1/21/2014
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
1/20/2014
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
1/20/2014
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
1/20/2014
Lori learned to oven can her dry goods to keep them safe from mice this winter, and in the process linked a young man with his great-grandfather.
1/16/2014
Make corned beef the way your mother used to make it.
1/15/2014
Just because you live on a homestead and work hard doesn't mean you can overlook your calorie intake. Believe me, it can get out of control very quickly! Noticing subtle changes in how you feel and how you look in the mirror can keep you on track!
1/15/2014
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
1/15/2014
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
1/15/2014
A special spot on my farm where the warm wind blows.
1/14/2014
Simple instructions for two versions of a sewn towel topper - an easy afternoon sewing project.
1/13/2014
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
1/13/2014
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
1/8/2014
Getting a tractor would mean we could keep up with the weeds and thistles, claim new areas, dig post holes, and a whole lot of other needed jobs.
1/6/2014
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
1/6/2014
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.'
12/31/2013
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
12/31/2013
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.
12/31/2013
A funny thing happened to me today.
12/30/2013
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
12/30/2013
My mother's battered copy of "The Settlement Cook Book" provided a wealth of unique and traditional recipes, as well as a fun crash-course in food history.
12/30/2013
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
12/26/2013
From a table-top to yard. How our Christmas tree became a living Christmas tree.
12/19/2013
In times of plenty or want, a homemade gift given with love warms the heart of the recipient. This Christmas, an easy-to-make, yet unusual “gift-in-a-jar” will find its way to our family and friends.
12/17/2013
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
12/17/2013
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
12/17/2013
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
12/17/2013
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
12/17/2013
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
12/17/2013
Extreme winter weather.
12/13/2013
How we used burlap sacks for everything imaginable.
12/11/2013
We found a place under the pines where the hives would be out of the 110-degree heat, so we started a free hive recovery service to build up our hives. Beekeeping brought us a number of surprises this year!
12/10/2013
A celebration of family for Thanksgiving.
12/10/2013
They are frosty crisp white puzzles of delight. Living with the cold, but no snow. There are such beautiful sculptures in nature.
12/9/2013
I started hanging clothes five years ago, shortly before we bought the farm, and I just can’t go back to using the dryer again.
12/6/2013
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.
12/6/2013
Feeding the Wild Birds in the Winter
12/5/2013
For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.
12/4/2013
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
12/4/2013
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
11/26/2013
From bright and sunny to dense black fog.
11/26/2013
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
11/25/2013
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
11/25/2013
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
11/25/2013
Suzie plays crack the whip.
11/20/2013
Fall Honey Harvest
11/19/2013
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
11/19/2013
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
11/19/2013
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
11/17/2013
Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.
11/16/2013
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
11/15/2013
Baker Creek Seed Catalog Arrives
11/15/2013
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
11/12/2013
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
11/11/2013
Country life isn't always easy, but it has great rewards. Hard work brings a deep sense of peace and contentment.
11/11/2013
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
11/6/2013
A tale of two imaginative children.
11/6/2013
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
11/4/2013
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
11/4/2013
PIGS AND POTATOES DO NOT MIX. Why?
11/3/2013
A rooster and his hen
11/2/2013
Highly productive small gardens that produce huge yields
10/30/2013
Fond childhood memories stimulated from this month’s Capper’s Farmer Magazine edition.
10/30/2013
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
10/30/2013
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
10/29/2013
Susan finally learned to appreciate homemade mincemeat after becoming a homesteader and canner. Bringing back wonderful memories of childhood, mincemeat is now a holiday staple at her house.
10/28/2013
Tips to help you get started working at home.
10/28/2013
The pre-Halloween ritual of finding the perfect pumpkins for carving, pies, and seed roasting is as much as part of autumn as jumping in a pile of freshly-raked leaves.
10/28/2013
Memories of Dad and Horses
10/28/2013
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.
10/26/2013
Some of the varieties of free fruits available for the taking. All it takes is a little time, a little work, and some scouting of the area for what grows in your neck of the woods.
10/25/2013
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
10/24/2013
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
10/23/2013
Dealing with bugs, snakes and oil.
10/22/2013
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
10/22/2013
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
10/21/2013
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
10/19/2013
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
10/16/2013
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
10/16/2013
This is an initial post introducing some of our local farmers and the great, creative ways they are promoting their farm products.
10/16/2013
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
10/16/2013
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
10/15/2013
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
10/14/2013
Wisconsin's freakishly mild autumn seasons in recent years has extended the laundry-hanging season, and I've added some of my Grandma's techniques for fresh-scented laundry.
10/14/2013
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
10/13/2013
Karen shares her favorite seed catalogs that offer specialized seeds.
10/11/2013
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
10/9/2013
What happened to the crafts of the past?
10/7/2013
Help this poor postgrad survive another winter!
10/7/2013
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
10/6/2013
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
10/6/2013
A lesson on folklore and why it is sometimes true.
10/4/2013
I got home today from town and found a mess. The pigs had broken out of their pen and proceeded to tear up my pasture. The llama was on alert and hidden behind the dirt pile, sending out her warble of appeal. The sheep were huddled up into groups of four or six.
10/3/2013
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
10/3/2013
An abnormal fear of accidentally poisoning people from home canning mistakes has kept me from trying to preserve my garden and farmers' market goodies. This season, I've decided to overcome my fears and test the waters.
10/2/2013
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.
10/2/2013
A short story about what happens when you turn two boys loose in a peach orchard. Even when they are supervised.
10/2/2013
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.
10/2/2013
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?!
9/30/2013
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
9/30/2013
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.
9/27/2013
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
9/25/2013
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
9/24/2013
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
9/20/2013
Karen walks you through what to do when dealing with viruses or parasitic nematodes in the garden. She also provides a quick overview of her previous posts on vegetable diseases.
9/20/2013
Key points in the blanching and freezing process of corn for those wonderful summer tastes at the Christmas or Thanksgiving family feast!
9/20/2013
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.
9/20/2013
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
9/13/2013
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
9/10/2013
As fall begins to settle in, Donna Rae fondly recalls those first back-to-school days as a child - as well as those experienced by her father.
9/10/2013
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
9/10/2013
How to diagnose and treat bacterial disease in your garden.
9/6/2013
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.
9/6/2013
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.
9/5/2013
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.
9/4/2013
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
9/3/2013
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.
9/3/2013
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!
8/30/2013
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
8/30/2013
This post is about the prolific growth of the garden over 16 hot, wet July days when we were away on vacation in the Yukon.
8/29/2013
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
8/28/2013
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
8/28/2013
A trip to the garden to grab some cucumbers for a delicious down-home salad sends me on a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this recipe from your grandmother's kitchen table?
8/27/2013
I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
8/26/2013
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.
8/22/2013
A former city slicker learns the pitfalls - or should I say "poop" falls - of becoming a country chick.
8/21/2013
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
3/13/2013
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
1/30/2013
Discovering a new word to me in a old book has led to rambling thoughts about food and reading.
12/4/2012
A letter to Santa requesting Christmas miracles
9/27/2012
At first glance a dinner party and hunting knife don't seem to go together but then you probably don't know Ethan Becker or his mother or grandmother.
9/5/2012
Some things are a mystery; especially some older kitchen tools. These two didn't come with directions but I managed to solve both mysteries. One tool seems quite useful, the other not so much.
8/13/2012
What does this dream mean?
8/13/2012
You can find thousands of recipes on the internet but you can't find your memories. Recipe cards remind of friends and family who shared their best recipes with us; generations of love on handwritten cards.
7/27/2012
Cave men knapped glass knives for hunting. During the Great Depression glass knives became quite the item to have. Glass knives cut cleanly and didn't tarnish like carbon knives. They were a perfect in the kitchen and at cutting cakes for tea.
7/9/2012
Questioning why we still have zoos when it is available on-line and documentaries on TV.
7/2/2012
Watch out for the heat over this fourth of July. Don't be a hard-headed person like me.
7/2/2012
Peach Cobbler, it's a Southern classic and so easy to make. The basic recipe is so easy a child can make it but you can add your own flair with special spices or even change the fruit to what's fresh and available in your area.
6/12/2012
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.
5/31/2012
At the end of any road can be a surprise, but especially on gravel roads.
5/24/2012
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.
5/22/2012
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
5/2/2012
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.
4/16/2012
The Pillsbury Bake-off has been an American institution since 1949. Although network food challenges seem to be everywhere after 60+ years the Bake-off still spotlights cooks and their creative recipes.
4/12/2012
The tale of the life of Baby Banzai.
3/27/2012
I can live without television but I can't live without a library card. Even when I am not looking for food related information my library surprises me with how many food tidbits are waiting to be discovered.
3/25/2012
The story of my chicken addiction.
3/19/2012
The Raptor Research Project has followed a pair of Eagles near Decorah, Iowa, for many years. The first of three eaglets is expected to hatch between March 23 and 25. Our family is fascinated watching this bit of nature we couldn't otherwise see.
3/14/2012
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
3/12/2012
As Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, I have taken time to reflect on my camping experiences with the organization; my camping food experiences.
3/7/2012
Food is part of all our lives, a daily chore that has to be done to feed a family. Now that the family has grown it's time to explore food from all angles: history, new tastes and new cooking methods. Food is now a relaxing hobby.
3/7/2012
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!
2/25/2012
The adventure of catching an escaped black horse at dusk.
2/16/2012
The epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.
2/15/2012
The story of how we got here and who we are.


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