Robert M. Pyle





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11/15/2013
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
5/29/2014
How to repel mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals.
11/17/2013
Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.
2/3/2014
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
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.
12/31/2013
A funny thing happened to me today.
3/21/2014
Check out how social media is a baker's best friend.
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.
10/21/2013
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
11/25/2013
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
10/30/2013
Fond childhood memories stimulated from this month’s Capper’s Farmer Magazine edition.
1/20/2014
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
6/18/2014
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
5/19/2014
The author takes a trip down memory lane when she finds her mother's old jewelry box.
12/10/2013
I participated in Tie One On Day this year!
9/30/2013
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
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.
8/13/2012
What does this dream mean?
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.
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.
2/10/2014
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
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.
7/31/2014
I tried growing mustard with the idea of harvesting the seeds to make my own mustard. I wouldn't say it was a great success, but it was still fun!
10/11/2013
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
12/24/2013
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
8/1/2014
A metal sun with a caladium goatee.
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.
5/13/2014
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
12/31/2013
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
10/6/2013
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
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.
12/13/2013
You don't have to be a scientist to make wine, but it probably helps. When you harvest fruit, honey, or other fermentable crops, don't be afraid to try your hand at new recipes.
10/28/2013
Memories of Dad and Horses
11/3/2013
A rooster and his hen
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.
8/13/2014
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
6/16/2014
Deciding to raise backyard chickens.
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.
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.
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.
1/15/2014
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
3/12/2014
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
9/24/2013
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
3/10/2014
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
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.
2/14/2014
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
7/21/2014
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
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.
10/28/2013
Tips to help you get started working at home.
6/16/2014
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
8/28/2013
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
4/28/2014
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
12/13/2013
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
3/7/2014
Preparing for spring.
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.
5/22/2012
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
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!
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.
4/24/2014
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
4/10/2014
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
3/14/2012
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
4/28/2014
An interview with a real ranch woman who made the switch from executive secretary to ranch wife and loves it.
8/30/2013
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
10/7/2013
Help this poor postgrad survive another winter!
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!
8/11/2014
Figs, figs and more figs. Some ideas about how to use figs.
8/15/2014
The author is proud of her accomplishment, and her dried figs are beautiful and delicious!
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.
4/1/2014
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
6/4/2014
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
6/24/2014
No snakes allowed! Ways to keep snakes (and other pests) out of your chicken coop.
7/7/2014
What are we really eating? Let's take a look into the oil that we cook with.
6/11/2014
Another reason we try to eat less processed foods.
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.
1/22/2014
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
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.
3/24/2014
Be healthier and lower your carbon footprint by using alternative water softener solutions.
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!
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?!
9/3/2013
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!
2/6/2014
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
4/28/2014
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
4/21/2014
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
3/25/2012
The story of my chicken addiction.
2/15/2012
The story of how we got here and who we are.
2/6/2014
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
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.
9/27/2013
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
11/26/2013
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
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.
4/10/2014
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
3/19/2014
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
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.
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.
10/15/2013
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
1/16/2014
Make corned beef the way your mother used to make it.
10/22/2013
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
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!
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.
6/23/2014
On the watch for summer vegetable-eating insects.
4/24/2014
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
5/16/2014
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
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.
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.
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.
4/4/2014
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
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.
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.
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!
4/15/2014
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
9/13/2013
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
7/17/2014
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
12/30/2013
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
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!
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.
6/13/2014
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
8/8/2014
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
10/16/2013
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
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.
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.
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.
5/21/2014
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
11/19/2013
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
1/28/2014
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
6/18/2014
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
8/5/2014
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
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.
4/9/2014
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
10/14/2013
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
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!
12/17/2013
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
6/4/2014
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
2/21/2014
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
10/30/2013
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
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.
4/15/2014
Querencia, where we feel at home.
10/24/2013
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
6/25/2014
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
3/4/2014
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
12/4/2013
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
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.
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!
4/29/2014
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
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.
7/21/2014
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
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.
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!
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.
3/27/2014
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
2/17/2014
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
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.
5/6/2014
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
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.
1/31/2014
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
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.'
3/20/2014
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!


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