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.
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.
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.
The author takes a trip down memory lane when she finds her mother's old jewelry box.
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.
The first month of hand milking my goat has not been an easy one.
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 transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
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.
When you are a senior, you need to look for the easiest way to do things.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
Memories of Dad and Horses
A rooster and his hen
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.
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!
Shared my delicious blueberry muffin recipe and a little about our blueberries on the farm.
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.
Deciding to raise backyard chickens.
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.
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
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.
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
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.
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
Preparing for spring.
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.
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!
An interview with a real ranch woman who made the switch from executive secretary to ranch wife and loves it.
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!
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?!
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
Visit the springtime pastures of Farm on the Hill as "the girls" are introduced to their new home!
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
This is how our whole gardening adventure got started.
Another reason we try to eat less processed foods.
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.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
The author shares her favorite recipe for the delicious treat known as Indian Tacos.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
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.
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.
The story of my chicken addiction.
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.
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
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.
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.
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
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.
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!
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.
I like to crochet something that will actually be used, so I am crocheting for my future great-grandchildren!
Giving up or even postponing what you love can be a difficult decision.
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.
Sometimes one wonders about why things happen as they do, but there is a plan here and there we wouldn't change.
All you want to know about potato bugs and more.
When you are in pain and cannot do much, you can always recall memories of happy times.
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.
With a new front, new beams, and a complete steel roof, the barn was saved!
The springtime workload can get overwhelming, but we try to stay focused and do one task at a time.
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.