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Capper’s Farmer Holiday Gift Guide for 2016

Capper's Farmer Holiday Gift Guide for 2016By Capper’s Farmer EditorsIf you're looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, look no further. As we've done for the past few years, the Capper’s Farmer staff has been busy testing a variety of products we thought would ...

Tool and Accessories

Tools and AccessoriesBy Capper’s Farmer EditorsFor the do-it-yourselfers, handymen, and handywomen – of all ages – these practical products are sure to please. 48-Pocket Tool CarrierThe 48-Pocket Tool Carrier from Lee Valley fits over a standard 3½- to 5-gallon bucket to create an ...

Sustainable Gardening for Compact Spaces

Not everyone who wants to begin living sustainably can move out to a homestead and work their own land. Sometimes this effort must start in an apartment, in a city, in a suburb. So how do you live frugally in such a compact space? Lolo Houbein has the answer in her book, One Magic Square ...

Homestead Dreams

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. For me, April brings more daydreams than I know what to do with. Right now, thoughts of a few acres of my own in the country run rampant through my mind.I have always loved the looks of a log cabin. Maybe it's just me and my mental vision of ...

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 ...

A New Firepit on the Homestead

In every home we have lived in, we have built an outdoor fire pit. And our homestead now is no different. We hope to remove some trees and landscape the yard surrounding the house next year. There was an overgrown unsightly clump of trees in the front yard that I hoped to take out and seed for ...

Crunch Time at the Homestead

Things around our homestead are kicking into high gear as we get ready for another growing season.The garden looks pretty bare now but won't for long. Our seedlings have graduated from the grow lights to spending a few hours every day outside soaking up the sun and experiencing the wind. ...

How to Make a Grapevine Wreath

Create handmade and heartfelt gifts by following the simple tips and instructions provided by Jennifer Worick in Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit (Voyageur Press, 2010). Not only does Worick outline eco-conscious gifts for any holiday or occasion, she also ...

Dreams

Do you have a dream?My dream is to have 2-5 acres to homestead again and raise pork, turkeys, more chickens, a dairy cow and of course grow vegetables. After eight years of farming on 3 acres in NC, we had to move up North and are on 1/4 acre. I have downsized considerably. It is very ...

An Old Barn

As I drove up to the barn, I could hear the gravel crunch under the tires of my car. The tall grasses were waving on both sides of the driveway and a row of shorter grass grew down the middle. At one point in the road, there was a low spot where all I could see was the billowing grass, the ...

Finding Paradise Right Where You Left It

Seven years ago my wife had a chance to visit Santa Fe and she fell in love with what she saw – myriad creative minds living a lifestyle that she could only describe as pure bliss. I was interested in what she was able to witness and about a year later I had the opportunity to visit Arizona. ...

The Mystic Medicine Show on the Homestead

A medicine show came to our town often in a wagon with gaudy painted sides and a back that let down to form a stage. The medicine man always had entertainers who sang, danced and played musical instruments, but all he did was hawk his wares. He always put on a good spiel; his medicine, he ...

Family Farm Passed Down for Generations

My father-in-law, George Holzwarth Jr., was born in Rohrbach, Russia, November 8, 1885. His parents were George and Philpine Holzwarth. There were nine children in the family. His parents decided to leave for America because their son, John, would have had to go into the army; the 100 years of ...

Homestead Stays in the Family

In March 1872, my grandfather got a passport for himself, his wife and his son, John, to come to the United States from Prague. His wife never reached the United States; whether she died or never boarded no one knows. They landed and went to Cleveland, Ohio, where more people from the old ...

Infare Dinners on the Homestead

I wonder how many remember the infare, or second-day dinner, that used to follow a wedding. My grandmother believed that such a dinner was the outgrowth of the Old World custom of feasting for several days after a special event. I went to many infare dinners as a small child. I loved the ...

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