W. Beran Wolf
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
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.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Feeding the Wild Birds in the 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.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
The farm and rural community helped shape Erin for her future.
A story of the first time we used our woodstove.
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.
Much of our barn needed replacing. On the other hand, much of it could be saved. It was time to take saving it seriously.
The story of my chicken addiction.
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.
Nina learns the hard way - yet again - that Guinea chicks are crafty.
Weather predictions - when is spring going to be here?
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.
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
Suzie plays crack the whip.
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.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
Querencia, where we feel at home.
There are many common sense ways to be kind to the planet (and the wallet), but here are a few other simple ideas.
Country life isn't always easy, but it has great rewards. Hard work brings a deep sense of peace and contentment.
Lori Havens brings us along as she bakes bread using fresh-ground Einkorn Wheat, an ancient grain.
How to diagnose and treat bacterial disease in your garden.
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
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.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
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.
A lesson on folklore and why it is sometimes true.
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
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.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
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.
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!
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?!
The skunk turns around and heads straight toward me.
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?
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.
Be healthier and lower your carbon footprint by using alternative water softener solutions.
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.
Heating the rural farmhouse with propane is outrageously expensive. We are learning the art and science of heating with wood ... sometimes the hard way!
Extreme winter weather.
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.
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.
Learn about fungal diseases that may be affecting your garden and what to do about them.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
Memories of Dad and Horses
A rooster and his hen
A Wilson family tradition - homemade cinnamon rolls.
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
Preparing for spring.
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.
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
Our hobby farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills has seen a few goats come and go.
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.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
A celebration of family for Thanksgiving.
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
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.
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
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.
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.
Fall Honey Harvest
A quiet winter evening, sipping cocoa, dreaming of next year's garden, and enjoying the company of four furry friends.
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.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!