Melissa V. Willis





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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!
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?!
10/15/2013
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
3/24/2014
We have an early, frightening incident with our dog.
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.
11/12/2013
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
2/11/2014
Sometimes before the rain, we live through those dry days. Rain brings the hope of the greening of the earth, of the life that water gives.
8/21/2013
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
11/19/2013
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
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.
9/4/2013
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
2/21/2014
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
4/16/2014
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
10/15/2013
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
1/7/2014
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
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.
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.
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.
4/2/2014
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
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.
9/30/2013
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.
11/4/2013
PIGS AND POTATOES DO NOT MIX. Why?
12/17/2013
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
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.
5/24/2012
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.
3/25/2012
The story of my chicken addiction.
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.
10/7/2013
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
11/16/2013
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
11/25/2013
Suzie plays crack the whip.
10/9/2013
What happened to the crafts of the past?
1/6/2014
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
3/6/2014
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
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.
1/21/2014
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.


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