Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
For farmers, finding a good balance between work and mental well-being is a necessity for a successful business.
Feeding the Wild Birds in the Winter
For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.
Fall Honey Harvest
Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.
Country life isn't always easy, but it has great rewards. Hard work brings a deep sense of peace and contentment.
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 amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
The farm was a disaster, but we were out to save it - one weekend at a time.
The pre-Halloween ritual of finding the perfect pumpkins for carving, pies, and seed roasting is as much as part of autumn as jumping in a pile of freshly-raked leaves.
Memories of Dad and Horses
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
This is an initial post introducing some of our local farmers and the great, creative ways they are promoting their farm products.
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.
I got home today from town and found a mess. The pigs had broken out of their pen and proceeded to tear up my pasture. The llama was on alert and hidden behind the dirt pile, sending out her warble of appeal. The sheep were huddled up into groups of four or six.
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?!
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.
You don't have to be a poultry farmer to have an appreciation for the hard work that went into this 1924 edition of The American Standard of Perfection.
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
The local farmer’s market offers patrons fresh, seasonal foods and a feeling of community that is often lacking at large supermarkets.
A small family farm seldom makes you wealthy – there aren’t too many trips to Europe and the retirement plan can be pretty “iffy.” But farming brings its own rewards, those that in the end mean far more than the lights of Paris.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
Kellsey loves everything about summer, with the exception of triple digit temperatures. But even the dog days of summer help her dream about the future.
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 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.
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 am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.
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.
A former city slicker learns the pitfalls - or should I say "poop" falls - of becoming a country chick.
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
What was it like on cattle drives in the mid to late 1800s? A cowboy's tale offers insight into a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
Thanks to a cattle dog on a North Dakota homestead, the local population's crops and homesteads were saved from a stampede of cattle.
Youngsters take their mother at her word while hunting for their range cattle on a Moffat County, Colorado homestead.
Unusual way of peppering cattle in southern Missouri; even by homesteading standards.
One cowboy bucks the traditional game while breaking a horse in New Mexico Territory.
Cattle present a huge challenge for homesteaders in northwest Oklahoma.
Cattle hands offer awkward exchange over lunch on homesteaders' South Dakota land.
Blizzard on homestead in western Nebraska wiped out an entire cattle herd.
A homesteading boy in Alberta, Canada trains a trusty steer in an unusual way.
Woman with young children encounters a timber wolf in her doorway; door gets finished shortly thereafter.
Signs your pet is overweight and tips on how to help them lose the extra pounds.
Tips for making healthy, long-term changes for a healthier future.
Coming to love a cocky rooster and learning how to live with animals helps one man grow up.
A community fears that even collaborative effort won’t save the local animal shelter in a small rural town in this fictional — but timely — story for the holidays.
Keep your pets safe this Halloween.
Choose the right food for your pet.
Save money while getting needed nutrients.
Kansas Settlers had mare horses trained so well it left an impression on neighbor homesteaders.
Homesteading hunter gets a rude awakening when he realizes he's about to become a panther's next meal.
These tips will get you on track so you’re ready when it’s time to retire.
During the Second World War, Ernie Archer donated his collie, Scott, to Dogs for Defense, an organization that trained dogs for the K-9 Corps.
A new report shows dirt makes children healthier and happier.
Simple ways to help you save your hard-earned money.
Safeguard your pets from fleas and ticks this summer.
The tale of the life of Baby Banzai.
The story of my chicken addiction.
The Raptor Research Project has followed a pair of Eagles near Decorah, Iowa, for many years. The first of three eaglets is expected to hatch between March 23 and 25. Our family is fascinated watching this bit of nature we couldn't otherwise see.
My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!
Nebraskan recalls riding work horses bareback and jumping into haystacks with her siblings during the depression era
Nebraska woman rode a horse to high school during the depression era, and recalls having to swap her jeans for a dress before class.
It's a good thing my neighbors are great people - even the ones I haven't met yet. Thanks to them I have my horses back!
Missouri woman remembers her father during the depression era, undertaking corn planting with a horse-drawn plow.
Arkansas woman remembers having seven cents of spending money over six months during the depression era, which she spent on postage.
A depression era teen remembers working at one of the first IGA grocery stores, and earning extra money with his Shetland pony
The adventure of catching an escaped black horse at dusk.
Kansan recalls running a depression-era dairy farm in his youth.
The wedding gifts that one Nebraskan woman received saw her family through the lean times of the depression era
The epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Alabama man remembers eating homemade corn bread and smoked pork on his grandparents' family farm
Missouri woman recounts summers spent playing in a little creek and picking black raspberries on her family farm
Missouri woman recalls her grandparents making the trip from the family farm to the nearest town in a hack pulled by a team of horses
Iowan recalls the average farmer's daily activities on his family farm
Illinois woman talks about the miraculous recovery of Blackberry, queen heifer on her family farm
An Oregonian briefly describes her childhood pet house cat, his origins, and frilly apparel
An Iowan relates the humorous antics her pet goose, Susie
A woman tells the story of two little girls, who, bored, decided to play dress up with some little pigs
Selling baby "Easter bunnies" allowed an Iowa woman to buy some candy eggs for local children's Easter egg hunt
A Missourian tells how her family dog, Pandy, saved her baby brother from a mean old rooster on their family farm
A Missouri woman recalls how her mother raised a pet bull calf that was orphaned in a storm on their family farm
An Iowan tells a story about a lesson she learned while raising geese for college money
An Oregon woman tells the story of how Mother Hen, one of her Leghorn chickens, raised a clutch of orphaned ducklings
Colorado woman recalls taking care of milk cows and a heifer on her family farm
Iowa woman recalls her two favorite farm animals while she was growing up on her family farm
An Iowan shares her memories of cats and dogs and some unintentional pets made of baby skunks
Missourian recalls his first horse, a bay mare, purchased at a farm sale
Oregon woman recalls caring for two baby rabbits during her childhood on her family farm
Granddaughter remembers the story of how her grandfather started their family farm in the late 1800s
A woman recounts the tale of her father building a Kansas homestead, and keeping their family farm alive during the drought and dust in the 1930s
A Nebraska woman shares her brief reminisce about hard times on her family farm
A Tennessee woman recalls the chore of churning butter as a girl
Kansas woman recalls her parents milking their Jersey cow and using a cold-water milk separator
A Kansas woman recalls the community shared by her and her nearest neighbors "as the crow flies" on her family farm
Kansas woman recalls being a farmhand on the family farm, raking hay, cultivating corn, and taking care of mules and cattle
Iowa granddaughter remembers her mother helping her grandfather during harvest time on the family farm
Illinois resident shares his fond memories of rural America during the Great Depression, describing his childhood on the family farm
New York man describes his experiences as a farm hand on a family farm in Vermont
Arizona woman talks about growing up on her family farm; remembering her chores, entertainments, and life lessons
Sugar beets are, and have been, an important cash crop on the family farm for decades. A Michigan woman talks about the process of cultivating sugar beets.
An Iowa woman recalls her childhood farm chores on her family farm, including carrying water to the kitchen
Milking cows was a memorable farm chore for one Missouri woman
Kansas woman recalls rendering lard in a copper boiler, caring for chickens, and other chores of her childhood on the family farm
An Oregon woman fondly remembers her favorite cat, farm chores, and living on her family farm in southeast Kansas
A Kansas woman describes how the seasons shaped life on her family farm
A Wisconsin woman talks about hatching baby chickens in an incubator with her mother in the 1930s
A Missouri woman talks about how her mother's hard work around their family farm, and hobby of raising geese, sustained their family and helped put her through college
A Michigan woman tells how she raised chickens for farm fresh eggs, and relates a humorous anecdote about a close encounter with one of her family farm's roosters.
An Iowa woman relates the story of how keeping geese on her family farm was an electrifying experience
An Iowa woman recounts how her family farm's first cow escaped and had to be recaptured
A recalcitrant runaway sow escapes and causes havoc on an Iowa woman's family farm
Working in her family farm's chicken yard provided livelihood and fond memories for a Mississippi woman
One morning in the barnyard of her family farm, the author finds an orphan calf, and after looking for the mother, decides to raise it herself
An Iowa woman reminisces about the Chester White hogs that her family raised on their homestead
Oregon woman relates how, as a child, her livestock often made life interesting on her family farm
Raising geese during high school on her family farm gave one woman the added funds she needed to pay for her education
Oregon woman remembers a close encounter with a yearling Holstein bull while cycling to school from her family farm
While picking wild blackberries for blackberry jam, a woman comes upon a berry-thieving duo of family farm animals
Louisiana man remembers the story of a prank played by his brothers on a rice farm in the deep South
A Michigan woman tells childhood stories about rationing, sugar beets, and work horses on her family farm
Pennsylvania woman relates her experiences with farm life while growing up on the family farm
Grandaughter shares the story of how her grandparents built their family farm in Kansas
A Michigan woman recalls the history of her fifth-generation family farm
Growing crops and eating together helped build community on our family farm.
Tips for successfully introducing a puppy to his new family.
Make one of millions of animals needing a home part of your family by adopting your pet from a shelter.
Start every day with milk, and start college with a scholarship.
Put children on the right path with money lessons, starting at an early age.
Following these simple tips can help you become more fuel efficient.
Simple tips for keeping things fresh and clean, for you and your pet.
Keep your dog healthy with exercise and a well-balanced diet.
Tips for meeting fitness goals.
Cleaning hints to make your home shine for the holidays.
Panicked ferryman shoves team and wagon filled with used farm implements and household goods into river.
Lead team of horses pulls out team and covered wagon floundering in stream.
While grasshopper swarms eat bushes and covers, the lilacs survived to bloom the next year.
New Kansas homestead wiped clean after grasshopper plague strikes in summer of 1874.
Grasshopper plague in 1874 descended as a black cloud blocking out the sun.
Couple leaves Wisconsin where bears and wolves killed livestock; traveled to South Dakota and endured blizzards.
Ox team and covered wagon days were exciting, says one who lived through them.
Being chased by a panther was among grandmother's pioneer stories.
Among mother's pioneer stories is tale of toddlers lost overnight in a wheat field.
Walking behind covered wagons, children spotted mountain lion.
Bellowing, long-horn cattle follow Kansas pioneer home.
Young mother waves red-checkered tablecloth to divert cattle stampede away from garden and home.
Settlers stay on course toward Kansas homestead as wolves nipped at horses and wagon.
A roar warns young woman of impending doom, as she and child hide in covered wagon.
Rural schoolteacher kills rattler, then saves rattlesnake skin and rattlers.
A load of buffalo bones netted settler a couple of dollars.
Recollections include herding livestock across Nebraska to Colorado.
Covered wagon train stops for meal and toddler is bit by a rattlesnake.
Blizzard only one strange occurrence during buffalo hunts.
Pioneer family moves to a homestead with a desert cabin that proved to be a big panther's sleeping spot.
Different campsite a necessity after covered wagon awakens snake den.
Woman throws down garments to distract big panther from hunting her.
Indian offers ponies for daughter during family's trek herding cattle.
Father didn't mind peaceful job of working alone on Katy Railroad.
Father's unexpected visitors on way to work made railroad employment a scary job.
Colorado settlers and family members all stuck together and worked together to make it in Moffat County, Colorado.
Celebrity pet expert Andrea Arden advises new dog owners see that puppies get proper diet, regular vet visits, and plenty of exercise and love.
Tips on organizing coupons to make using them simple.
Social Security questions about short-term disability, how to apply for disability, who is eligible for survivor benefits, and how power of attorney works with Social Security.
Tips and treatments for dealing with migraine pain.
Homemade pet food for kitties and canines available on the Internet.
Try two recipes for quick meals and biscuits your dog will love!
Social Security questions about taking early retirement, drawing on a spouse’s record, and how soon to sign up for benefits.
Tips on how to cut down summer spending habits and save money.
Information on how to control diabetes with diet, exercise and medicine, if needed.
Zootoo.com, a Web site created for pet lovers, is giving away a makeover to one lucky animal shelter.
Social Security questions about applying for benefits online, a name change and how to get a statement.
For a between-meal snack, try popcorn, which is healthy and delicious.
Train your dogs to be well-behaved when you take them on walks.
Green expert Sloan Barnett offers simple steps to help people maintain or start a green lifestyle on a budget.
Social Security questions about surviving spouse benefits.
Different ways of walking – fast, quick, long strides – produce individual body-toning results for certain parts of the body.
Felines start off small, but they grow up fast. Owners can pay attention to behaviors and growth patterns to be sure their kittens develop well. Also, we look at some indicators that a kitten should visit a veterinarian.
A new kitten owner could wonder why it’s necessary to have the pet vaccinated every few weeks – and dewormed as well. We have the answers.
Proper grooming is important for kittens, brushing keeps fleas and hairballs at bay. Also, be sure to spend plenty of time playing with your young pet – it will be less likely to keep you up at night tearing through the house.
Pet food gets expensive fast, and all the empty cans leftover aren’t exactly great for the environment. Taking a first stab at preparing homemade meals for cats and dogs proved surprisingly easy and economical.
The healing power of aloe vera is commonly known when used topically, but many people don't know how beneficial it is when taken orally.
Social Security questions about taxing Social Security income and how much money a person can earn at a job while drawing benefits.
Don't get stuck with a bad car deal. Here are five ways to walk away from an auto dealership and save money on the vehicle loan. They are: research, be flexible, avoid no-money-down loans, do a short-term loan, and get pre-approved.
Dogs are being pampered by their owners, enjoying such creature comforts as gourmet dog food inspired by entrees more commonly found on the dinner table.
Social Security questions about how to find out how much a person's benefit amount will be and how benefits are paid.
A new drink made with organic whole grains and fruit, and packaged in a juice box, is available. Kids love it so much, they don't even realize it's healthy and naturally low in sugar.
Don't shelter your children from financial realities.
Before adopting a pet, be certain you are ready for the long-term commitment and possible lifestyle changes.
Barack Obama should visit an animal shelter in his search for a dog. The Humane Society was the last home of a cocker-spaniel-and-probably-poodle-mix that is the huggiest dog anyone could hope to find.
Selecting a bank for your money is a crucial decision, so when choosing one, research the options available, to see which one meets your banking needs.
If you are looking for a natural remedy to help with insomnia, try essential oils and aromatherapy.
Social Security questions about receiving disability benefits while working part time and if disability benefits switch to retirement benefits at a person's full retirement age.
When my children were growing up, one of my mantras was, “Eat your colors, kids.” I wasn’t trying to get them to nibble on their crayons, I was reminding them about their nutrition. Now nutritionists are backing me, saying that eating a rainbow of colors can be the pathway to a well-balanced diet.
Turkey recieves pardon, thanks to the work of a Colorado woman.
Beware of hospitals bearing credit cards. That’s the conclusion you could draw from a Consumer Reports investigation of credit cards designed for paying off medical debts.
Winter is a time of itchy and dry skin. Flaky skin becomes a norm, and constant nourishment becomes essential. Here are some easy ways to keep your skin well hydrated and skip the winter woes.
Getting a credit card means you’re able to pay for goods that you cannot afford to pay in cash. Being able to repay the credit card purchases off at a slower rate whilst unadvisable is an option for the more daring spenders.
Social Security questions about disability benefits and direct deposit.
Understanding more about generic and brand name drugs could be good for your wallet and your health.
Tips to help prevent yourself from being a victim of identity theft.
Ever flummoxed by your feline? If so, you might enjoy the Animal Planet network's Housecat Housecall (9 a.m. EDT/PDT Saturdays, and 7 a.m. EDT/PDT Sundays). The show follows Australian veterinarian Katrina Warren as she tries to solve kitty conflicts.
If you’ve had poison ivy dermatitis, you’re among millions. Being immune one year is no guarantee you won’t be sensitive the next.
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