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Berm Building and Mulching for Water Retention

I come from a long line of people with soil under their fingernails from playing in the garden or in the fields. My father's parents' families were farmers for a couple of generations before him. He was a nursery owner, landscaper, an agronomist, crop adviser and farm consultant. I learned a ...

A Bear and a Watermelon

When you hear the word bear, what image comes to mind for you? A favorite threadbare teddy bear, cuddled in the arms of a young child before bed? Christopher Robin, deep in the Hundred Acre Wood, playing with his friends Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and most of all, Winnie the Pooh? Or do you see the ...

Snakes on a Farm

Every spring, as I walk through the woods and meadow of our farm, I think about the approaching arrival of snakes. Their metabolism rises during the warm weather of spring after the long winter months, and soon they will make their appearance. And every spring, I remember all the amusing ...

Monday Creek

Living in a rural area is fun. If you're lucky to live near a creek, you're lucky enough. Monday Creek flows through our valley; a creek where Indians congregated, settlers cooled off after a hard day's work, and, finally, a scenic spot in my world. The horse pasture is just east of Monday ...

Old Newspaper Articles from Capper’s Farmer January 1927

Where Some Profits Go Rushing rainwater sweeping over the fields of the United States carries away 20 times as much plant food material every year as is permanently removed by crops, says H.H. Bennett, soil scientist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Soil erosion takes $200 million away ...

The Life of Cats

Perhaps it's just me, but being related to farmers, or at least coming from a farm family, can give you a unique outlook on life. Or, at least it differs somewhat from someone who has never experienced farm life. I can't say that I know everything that a farm kid does; however, even though I ...

The Trials and Tribulations of Tomatoes, Part 2

I developed this recipe to use the surplus of cherry tomatoes from my garden. This is a very loose recipe – you can cut the tomatoes in half but I don't bother. You can remove the seeds from the tomatoes and peppers if you like. I leave the cherry tomatoes whole and throw in a few plum ...

The Trials and Tribulations of Tomatoes, Part 1

It is a fact of farm life that bad things can happen. This year a bad thing did happen – my crops were the victims of blight. This season we built raised beds and brought in fresh soil and worked so hard to plant the tomato and leek crops, and they failed. In the past, critters had decimated ...

Garfield

If you've ever experienced farm life or have had a pet, you have probably experienced the happiness of seeing a newborn and the agony of loosing an animal. I have felt the agony this week.Garfield was a shy little cat when I met him two and a half years ago. I found him in the backyard near ...

Pimento Dip: The Caviar of the South

Summer is here, and we all want quick and easy delicious recipes for entertaining. On the farm I always have this treat tucked away in the fridge for emergencies. Everyone knows that when living on a farm there is an open invitation to drop by. Or so people think! That is something that really ...

Why We Raise Meat Animals and Birds

Raising meat animals isn't for everyone. There are some who have accused me of animal cruelty for raising and butchering animals. Others have said they don't understand how I can kill an animal. I know where some of my detractors are coming from. The idea of eating an adorable, fuzzy little ...

Goat Politics

NoOb goat herd management on a hobby farm is interesting. We tried three breeds, not knowing how they would get along or that we would end up getting rid of some. We also didn't plan on a fatal mauling and an accidental poisoning. Ah, goats. We think our Boer buck died after ingesting a plant ...

Parents Left the Old Country as Teenagers

How did my father get from Ellis Island to a farm in upstate New York, when most young immigrant Jews became peddlers or worked at sewing machines in the garment industry's sweat-shops? I finally found out when I read that one of the many Jewish immigrant aid societies encouraged young Jewish ...

Outhouse Meeting

I recall how we cousins would love to all go to the outhouse at the same time when we visited at Uncle Bert's farm. He was a great hand at doing things different, and built a large outhouse. In the center he had this square about 4 feet by 4 feet, and on each corner was a hole. Four of us could ...

Making Candles

Making candles can be a cinch with this illustrated guide excerpted from Farm Anatomy(Storey Publishing, 2011) by Julia Rothman. Follow each step with accompanying images in the Image Gallery[link], and make candles in no time.1. Use double the length of wick for the size candle you want to ...