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80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/FooTToo Twenty things you ought to know about cowsCows love each other . . . at least some do.Cows babysit for each other.Cows nurse grudges.Cows invent games.Cows take umbrage.Cows can communicate with people.Cows can solve problems.Cows make friends for ...

Maple Syrup Memories

When we first bought our small farm in 1985, we were delighted to find a maple stand on the property. The second spring we made our first batch of maple syrup. Recently, I sat down to record my memories of those wonderful days boiling sap in our homemade evaporator.The cold hits my face as the ...

The Old Family Farm

The old Roe farm I guess you can say that there are two types of farms. There are big corporate farms, and then there are the family farms. I'm glad to have had grandparents who owned a small family farm.There are so many memories of that farm that I couldn't possibly list them all. Even though ...

Rain

I ended up not going to one tractor show this year on account of rain. It was a four-day show that I normally attend as a spectator for one day, and it really wasn't raining that much. However in the end, between the light drizzle and a van that was near its death, I decided to miss Boonville ...

Horsepower on Small Farms

Even while bigger and better technology seems to be overtaking every aspect of our world, there are those fighting for new, simple methods to maintain old traditions. Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century (Chelsea Green Publishing 2015), by Stephen Leslie, is the collaborative effort of ...

Eating Your Curds and Whey

Mary Lou Shaw is a former physician, current homesteader, who has seen the consequences of unhealthy eating firsthand. These experiences have shown her the difference that good eating habits can make. And the easiest way to eat healthy? Grow your own ingredients. While processed foods put ...

Land

My dad was a minister. When I was very small, we owned 40 acres in Troupe Co. Georgia. I remember a couple of things about the old farm. He had issues with our cows getting sick. I think they called it “Black Leg”. Also, we owned an old mule named “Jack”. My oldest brother actually ...

Farm Trucks

Just the other day, I found myself doing something that I hadn't done in years. I took a ride in an old farm truck.1972 Ford 600.The truck in question was a 1972 Ford 600 grain truck. As with any old truck, it has a few kinks that need to be addressed. With that being said, it is a nice, solid ...

Birth of a Collector

Very rarely do I get acceptance from fellow antique tractor collectors. I've decided that the reason is probably the obvious. I'm a woman in a man's hobby. Yes, I know. Heads and eyeballs are going to roll with those words, but I can't help it. I'm not bashful about pointing out the obvious. ...

Combines

It was quite a day during one fall day in the early 1980s when my Grandpa Roe had a Massey Ferguson combine delivered to the farm. One of grandpa's older brothers, Glen, stopped by to look over the new purchase soon after it arrived.I couldn't have been much older than five or six at the time ...

Can You Make Money From A Homestead?

There are varying opinions on making money from a small homestead. I have heard a lot of people ask this question, as we did in the beginning, “Can you make money from a homestead?” For our family, we don't make a profit with our homestead. We call our place a hobby farm because that is ...

Moving to the Other Side of the Rainbow

Once upon a time, we were a busy family, rushing through the days, and living life. With a blended family of four children, somebody always had something going on. We had marching band, theater, soccer, baseball, baton, pottery, volunteer events, swim meets and water polo tournaments, plus the ...

Fall: When Hope Turns To Thanks

Fall has arrived very quickly and put an abrupt end to a rather short summer. Where did it go? It seems as if I just put all those plants in the ground. It is the summer that never was. Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the ...

From Stay-at-Home Mom to Hobby Farmer

If you asked me 20 years ago, when I was in college, what I would be doing 20 years in the future, farming was the last thing I would have said. About that time I met my husband, and he lived on the edge of a pick-your-own farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. We had the run of the place and ...

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