Robert M. Pyle
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
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.
Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
Check out how social media is a baker's best friend.
A funny thing happened to me today.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
Fond childhood memories stimulated from this month’s Capper’s Farmer Magazine edition.
When you plant many trees, such as nut trees, you plant for the future.
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
I participated in Tie One On Day this year!
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
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.
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.
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
What does this dream mean?
Memories of Dad and Horses
A rooster and his hen
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.
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.
Preparing for spring.
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.
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
As Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, I have taken time to reflect on my camping experiences with the organization; my camping food experiences.
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
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.
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.
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.
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
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.
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
Key points in the blanching and freezing process of corn for those wonderful summer tastes at the Christmas or Thanksgiving family feast!
This post details how you can stay cool in your house during the hot summer without wasting a ton of money and energy.
Be healthier and lower your carbon footprint by using alternative water softener solutions.
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
Help this poor postgrad survive another winter!
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
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!
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.
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?!
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
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!
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Make corned beef the way your mother used to make it.
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.
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.
The story of my chicken addiction.
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
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.
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.
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
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.
This is an initial post introducing some of our local farmers and the great, creative ways they are promoting their farm products.
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
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.
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
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.
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.
Along with the land came a house, along with the house came a disgusting basement.
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
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.'
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
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.
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
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.
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.