W. Beran Wolf
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
"Bluebarb" wine is delicious and well worth the effort!
In today’s post I want to tell you about how I first started writing.
A special spot on my farm where the warm wind blows.
We knew about most of the junk that came with the farm, but something nasty happened to us that we weren’t prepared for.
The author comes up with some surprising facts about Daylight Saving Time.
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.
Starting a new worm bin.
The author shares her recollections of storm watching in the 'olden days.'
The story of my chicken addiction.
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
The author got more than she bargained for when she decided to try growing Walla Walla onions.
Feeding the Wild Birds in the Winter
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
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.
The author notes with relish all the amazing things a homesteader can accomplish with WD-40.
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
A blog documents your life, and hopefully entertains, encourages, or helps someone along the way.
Lots of projects can be made with felt, and it's not that hard to create your own. With wool batts and a little muscle, you can make your felt exactly the way you want it.
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.
A rusty patio swing that was left in our yard by a family friend initially caused reactions of horror. But a second look, some paint, and new lawn chair webbing gave the swing an astounding facelift.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
Weather predictions - when is spring going to be here?
My husband bought me a dry blade container for my Vitamix, but I put off using it. When I finally did, I couldn't believe how simple it was. Why did I procrastinate?
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
Getting my first pair of snowshoes has been great for starting my resolution of getting healthier in 2015.
Making your own sourdough starter is not as daunting as you might think. Follow these basic instructions to get started.
A couple builds a log cabin home in the Maine woods.
Spinning my own wool was just a dream for my retirement years. But Lily hopped unexpectedly into my life and taught me that dreams don't always have to wait.
A story about how I learned that not every rose smells like a true rose.
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.
Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.
Suzie plays crack the whip.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
There are many common sense ways to be kind to the planet (and the wallet), but here are a few other simple ideas.
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
Food kept FDR's Tree Army working to preserve America's outdoors. Here in Part 2 of CCC Food are a few more stories about these men who later headed to WWII as part of the Greatest Generation.
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!
The author extols the virtues of a well-functioning mudroom and the beauty of a woodstove on a cold winter day.
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!
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
The author gets basic instruction from another country gal who is adept at an old timey craft called needle felting.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
A lesson on folklore and why it is sometimes true.
A story of hidey holes and the hows, and whys, of finding them on old farmsteads like my cousin did at her in-laws place.
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
The author shares her experience in taking care of older horses and keeping them healthy and happy.
How to diagnose and treat bacterial disease in your garden.
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
Sarah attended what she thought would be an ordinary farm-to-table dinner event at a local farm, but this was anything but an ordinary experience.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
My favorite salad uses an ingredient all Iowans know.
Country life isn't always easy, but it has great rewards. Hard work brings a deep sense of peace and contentment.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
Gloves might seem like an ordinary object on a ranch or a farm, but this author thinks they are a work of art.
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
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!
Fond childhood memories stimulated from this month’s Capper’s Farmer Magazine edition.
I noticed a tall, bushy weed just where Larry had cleared the thistles. What was that ugly plant?
A home-cooked dessert for comfort and citrus bliss.
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
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.
Be healthier and lower your carbon footprint by using alternative water softener solutions.
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
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.
Just because you live on a homestead and work hard doesn't mean you can overlook your calorie intake. Believe me, it can get out of control very quickly! Noticing subtle changes in how you feel and how you look in the mirror can keep you on track!
Discover how you can get involved in animal-assisted therapy programs.
What happens in a beehive in the winter.
Extreme winter weather.
Bim Bam and Cockoo clocks are part of my family history.
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.
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
An interview with a real ranch woman who made the switch from executive secretary to ranch wife and loves it.
Figs, figs and more figs. Some ideas about how to use figs.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
A celebration of family for Thanksgiving.
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
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.
We enjoy taking the opportunity to rest and relax when it is too cold outside to garden.
A rooster and his hen
Memories of Dad and Horses
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
A Wilson family tradition - homemade cinnamon rolls.
Preparing for spring.
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!
Our hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills has seen a few goats come and go.
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
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 epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
Lori shares some of winter's wonders from her Wisconsin farm.
December is usually a quiet time for gardeners, but we're still finding a little bit of fresh food out in the side yard.
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
Using an old-fashioned apple press for great apple juice.
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.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
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.
For my next installment on the blog, I’m FINALLY getting around to telling you about my little greenhouse(ish) project on the patio of my apartment.
It's the middle of winter and we appreciate that nature has thrown us a bone in the form of abundant water. We look forward to lengthening days.
Ideas about how to organize your kitchen.
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
Fall Honey Harvest
Restoring a porch glider.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
The author has an unabashed love affair with the hat, which is in her opinion an indispensable tool on a small farm or ranch.
Tips on types of wood for firewood, chimney upkeep, and how much firewood to store.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.