Riding Monday Creek

ATVs are perfect for farm and fun. After a long week of work, take your ATV off-road to a National Forest near you!

Discover the Joys of Homemade Living!

Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more.

Property Lines

Knowing where your property starts and ends.

A Gratifying Accomplishment

Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be a very gratifying experience.

The Method to My Madness

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.

Magic Mushrooms

Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.

The Rhythm of Work

Country life isn't always easy, but it has great rewards. Hard work brings a deep sense of peace and contentment.

The Weed Commissioner

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 Farm Cleanup Continues

The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!

Pumpkins Rock!

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.

Field Trip

Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.

Grandma and Grandpa's Farm

The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.

A House With History

It was a house that most women would run from, but somehow, I was blind to the mess.

Life on the Root Farm Arlee Llama Alert!

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.

Farm Machinery: Then and Now

A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.

A 1924 Guide to Perfect Poultry

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.

Foggy Morning Dreams

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.

A Yearning for Land

We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.

Summer Dreams

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.

We Are Homesteaders

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.

Starting Off Small

I am a young woman who has finally found her niche. One bachelor's degree later, it turns out to be farming.

Why Move to the Country

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.

Baby Banzai

The tale of the life of Baby Banzai.

Patience Thy Name is Eagle...Bored Thou Art a 9 Year Old

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.

Chicken Run

My carefully planned new shipment of chicks came in today . . .and brought an extra adventure with it!

Trucks in the Snow

The epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.

Money: Social Security Connection

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.

Homemade Dog Food

Try two recipes for quick meals and biscuits your dog will love!

Money: Social Security Connection

Social Security questions about taking early retirement, drawing on a spouse’s record, and how soon to sign up for benefits.

Health: Shape your body by walking

Different ways of walking – fast, quick, long strides – produce individual body-toning results for certain parts of the body.

Money: Going green on a budget

Green expert Sloan Barnett offers simple steps to help people maintain or start a green lifestyle on a budget.

Money: Save money on your next vehicle loan

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.

Health: Healthy drink for kids

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.

Editor's Notebook: Shelter dogs make wonderful pets

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.

Social Security Connection-December 2008

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.

Aromatherapy and insomnia

If you are looking for a natural remedy to help with insomnia, try essential oils and aromatherapy.

Finding the right bank for you

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.

Editor's Notebook

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.

Health: Nourish your skin in winter

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.

Feature: TV show, Web site offer advice to help cat owners

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.