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?
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.
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.
3/21/2014
Check out how social media is a baker's best friend.
12/31/2013
A funny thing happened to me today.
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.
9/30/2013
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
12/10/2013
I participated in Tie One On Day this year!
12/24/2013
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
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.
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.
10/6/2013
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
12/31/2013
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
8/13/2012
What does this dream mean?
10/28/2013
Memories of Dad and Horses
11/3/2013
A rooster and his hen
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.
2/14/2014
A Hearth Warming Recipe for Days when the Weather Traps You Inside
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.
3/7/2014
Preparing for spring.
10/11/2013
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
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.
3/10/2014
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
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.
9/24/2013
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
10/28/2013
Tips to help you get started working at home.
1/15/2014
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
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.
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.
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.
3/12/2014
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
1/22/2014
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
4/10/2014
How our farm truck turned my day and yard upside down.
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.
8/28/2013
A woman finds out the hard way that yes, there are lots of bugs in the Arkansas countryside.
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!
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.
5/22/2012
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
8/30/2013
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
9/27/2013
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
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!
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!
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.
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?!
2/6/2014
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
4/1/2014
Giving our grandchildren their first ever campfire was a joy.
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.
3/14/2012
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
11/26/2013
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
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!
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.
3/19/2014
Discover some helpful tips for your next outdoor get-together.
4/10/2014
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
12/13/2013
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
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.
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.
3/25/2012
The story of my chicken addiction.
4/15/2014
Farm on the Hill's Egg Mobile inches ever-closer to completion ... watch the progress with us!
10/22/2013
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
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.
9/13/2013
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
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.
4/8/2014
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.
12/30/2013
Making scrubbies is a fast and easy way to recycle and save money.
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.
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.
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.
11/19/2013
We have an unusual holiday dessert tradition.
1/28/2014
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
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.
10/14/2013
Free Starbucks coffee grounds have a variety of uses around the home and garden.
10/24/2013
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
10/30/2013
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
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!
12/4/2013
We were bone-weary with no place to relax.
12/17/2013
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
2/21/2014
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
3/4/2014
It is difficult to get in the planting mood in the deep of winter.
4/9/2014
We discovered you can take the sag out of a barn roof without machinery and very little money.
4/15/2014
Querencia, where we feel at home.
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.
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.'
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!
1/31/2014
Protecting our gardens from the deer is expensive and hard work.
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.
2/17/2014
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
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.
3/20/2014
Cleaning up old buildings and saving what you can just makes a body feel good!
3/27/2014
This building continues to serve us, even after it was razed.


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