Robert M. Pyle
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
How to repel mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals.
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.
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.
A funny thing happened to me today.
Check out how social media is a baker's best friend.
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.
My favorite salad uses an ingredient all Iowans know.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
Fond childhood memories stimulated from this month’s Capper’s Farmer Magazine edition.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
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!
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.
This post is about blueberry picking at my local pick-your-own farm. It includes a quick and easy blueberry bread recipe.
What does this dream mean?
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.
The author takes a trip down memory lane when she finds her mother's old jewelry box.
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.
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
My journey into goat milk and what to do with all this milk.
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.
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
My journey about learning to eat healthier and how farm life has helped do that.
A metal sun with a caladium goatee.
I participated in Tie One On Day this year!
Time spent with an Amish man brings fun and laughter,
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.
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!
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
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.
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.
Memories of Dad and Horses
A rooster and his hen
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
As Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary, I have taken time to reflect on my camping experiences with the organization; my camping food experiences.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
Deciding to raise backyard chickens.
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
We all procrastinate and make mistakes, although my husband often says, 'I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong!'
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.
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.
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.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
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.
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
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.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
The author extols the virtues of a well-functioning mudroom and the beauty of a woodstove on a cold winter day.
Making your own sourdough starter is not as daunting as you might think. Follow these basic instructions to get started.
A natural alternative for drawing out toxins and boosting your immune system during cough and cold season.
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
Preparing for spring.
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 look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
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!
Gloves might seem like an ordinary object on a ranch or a farm, but this author thinks they are a work of art.
Particularly when traveling. A visit to the American West includes rafting the Colorado River and exploring Mesa Verde cliff dwellings.
The author notes with relish all the amazing things a homesteader can accomplish with WD-40.
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
No snakes allowed! Ways to keep snakes (and other pests) out of your chicken coop.
What are we really eating? Let's take a look into the oil that we cook with.
Another reason we try to eat less processed foods.
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.
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
An interview with a real ranch woman who made the switch from executive secretary to ranch wife and loves it.
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
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!
Figs, figs and more figs. Some ideas about how to use figs.
The author is proud of her accomplishment, and her dried figs are beautiful and delicious!
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!
The author and her husband, a retired police officer, give an overview of firearms for non-hunting purposes for the average ranch or homestead.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
Key points in the blanching and freezing process of corn for those wonderful summer tastes at the Christmas or Thanksgiving family feast!
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!
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
A blog about my memories of apples from childhood, about the struggle to keep more variety options and a recipe for Chunky Apple Cake.
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.
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.
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
The story of my chicken addiction.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
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.
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
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.
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.
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
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.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
Restoring a porch glider.
Make corned beef the way your mother used to make it.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Follow along with Lori Havens' tutorial, and learn how to make delicious, low-sugar jam using agar agar instead of commercial pectin!
On the watch for summer vegetable-eating insects.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
My mission to find a billy goat to breed our does.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
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.
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
Join Farmer Bryan and Lori as they introduce their turkeys to the world outside of the brooder!
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
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!
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.
Even the foundations of abandoned buildings can soon be ruined.
Grandchildren certainly liven up the place, and the bonding lasts for a lifetime.
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.
There was no way I was going to do the tedious job of preparing gooseberries for a crisp, but I discovered something better.
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.
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
Homemade ice cream is always a hit with family and friends on holidays or any other day!
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.
We can let the beauty of our world give us the calmness and rest we need.
Caramel popcorn made in the microwave is easy, fast and good, but you could learn to make the world's best instead!
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
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.
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!
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
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.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.
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.
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
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.
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
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.'
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
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.
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!
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.
It is always fun sharing a skill with grandchildren, such as food dehydration.
If you like the handiness of precooked bacon, you can learn to precook it yourself and enjoy better flavor.
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
Maybe an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but processing them daily certainly makes one tired!
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.