Melissa V. Willis
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?!
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!
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
We have an early, frightening incident with our dog.
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.
Starting a new worm bin.
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
Planning summer trips.
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.
This post details how you can stay cool in your house during the hot summer without wasting a ton of money and energy.
We love casseroles in the winter - they warm us up and fill us up! This one uses homemade tomatillo salsa from the canning cellar.
What to plant in a fall garden and how.
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
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.
A great recipe for that Indian summer bounty.
A home-cooked dessert for comfort and citrus bliss.
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
Winter is a great time to plan your spring and summer garden.
A recipe and hints for making German Goulash.
Peas are easy-peasy to grow and taste great. No need for fertilizer, just sun, space, water and perhaps a fence.
I found a way to move heavy countertop appliances. I hope it is helpful to you, too.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
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.
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.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
Particularly when traveling. A visit to the American West includes rafting the Colorado River and exploring Mesa Verde cliff dwellings.
The author shares her experience in taking care of older horses and keeping them healthy and happy.
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
Our writer visits a local premier olive oil producer to see if they can offer tips on making homemade olive oil.
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.
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
The author and her husband, a retired police officer, give an overview of firearms for non-hunting purposes for the average ranch or homestead.
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.
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
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!
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.
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 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.
The story of my chicken addiction.
On the watch for summer vegetable-eating insects.
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.
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.
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?
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
Suzie plays crack the whip.
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.
For some of us, all we have left of our childhood homes are memories.
What happened to the crafts of the past?
They are frosty crisp white puzzles of delight. Living with the cold, but no snow. There are such beautiful sculptures in nature.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
Zinnias are beautiful and functional companion plants in the kitchen garden.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.