Join me on a tomato hornworm hunt!
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
Preserving food was a must during the Great Depression. Doris Zicafoose relates memories of drying corn, canning tomatoes, the necessity of a water bath canner and the joy of acquiring a pressure canner.
Four of the requirements honey bees need to thrive, no matter where they live, or what type of shelter they have, or what kind of management they have, or don't have.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
A woman shares her experiences during the Dust Bowl days in Oklahoma of how she ate poke greens, learned to live without electricity and other homesteading memories.
The US Pro Cycle Challenge is a major cycling race that brings cyclists from all over the world including the recent winner of the Tour de France.
Mark Oldham shares childhood adventures of taking care of dairy cows and beef cows including milking, herding cows out to pasture and employing a cattle call in Appalachian country.
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
Kim Flottum of "Bee Culture Magazine" and Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees discuss tips and techniques of keeping bees in different types of hives - top bar hives and conventional Langstroth hives.
Maddy Harland introduces the shrub layer of a forest garden and gives six useful tips for establishing a low maintenance and healthy garden.
A boy growing up in Appalachian Country shares the farming practices of his family.
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
Is the electric car all it's cracked up to be? Let's find out!
We've had a few surprises as we travel the road of backyard chicken raising - some of them pleasant, some not so much. Here are a few things we've learned that might help you as you decide whether or not to get chickens for your backyard.
Photo of a bear with a pack rat that is about to be lunch. Thanks to a friend for sharing it for us all to see.
EZ Mover - A 2" Receiver for Your Three Point Hitch
Cam prefers the view from his office in his country home.
Canning is a homesteader essential skill. Sometimes canning can simply be a way to create and spread love and kindness, rather than just putting by necessary foods. Try out this Peach Orange Marmalade recipe for a change of pace.
This traditional recipe for Potatiskorv, or Swedish potato sausage, is delicious, simple and hearty.
Fond memories of a self-sufficient farm in Armstrong County, Pa., show how hard work and family together results in a truly meaningful life.
Beginning a discussion on top bar hives and standard hives in a question and answer format, getting the best of each for users of both kinds of hives.
Purchase process of the "promised land"
Cam describes a recent adventure involving round bales, train tracks and a stressful drive home.
These large, beautiful, long legged creatures of late summer thrill and amaze.
Our area is abundant with history. We have a limber pine tree nearby that I estimate is over 2,100 years old and still very much alive. History - we have an abundance of it.
The Farm Aid concert is a chance for us to shine a spotlight on these people who work every day to put good food on our tables.
Pull up a chair and enjoy the view from my back porch. And the smell of fresh manure.
Demise of the Southern Energy and Environmental (See) Expo
Cam loves growing and selling food!
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Rachel describes how to turn her heirloom corn crop into beautiful blue corn tortillas!
From pig to plate, learn how to make homemade sausage patties grandma’s way and use rendered fat for more cooking.
Cam describes why he was anxious to leave the city for a life in the country.
I've been living in my tipi for almost a month now. Last night, under a chorus of screech owl trills and whinnies, I spent a little time reflecting on some things I've learned about this curious way of living. Enjoy.
“The Cleaner Plate Club” co-author Beth Bader shares an adventure to the farmers market with her daughter, her “eat local” food values, and her recipe for Lemongrass Tomato Soup.
I made a hole in the ground, and then decorated it with rocks!
It's time to start thinking of winter for your bees. They much have enough food to get through the long months when no food is coming in. It's your job to see that they do.
Are the grasshoppers devouring the garden that you are working so hard to keep alive? I say fight fire with fire!
One of the first steps to building our homestead in Texas was to get water and electricity on the property so we had the basics from which we could build. This blog discusses how we implemented the first phase of our utilities.
Putting up a big cone made of sticks and canvas isn't really all that challenging. Just maybe start before 7pm on a weekday your first time.
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
Listen to what happens when you have a hole in your jeans and angry bees!
Don't let summer berries go to waste! Rev up your recipe collection with sorbets, vinegars and even berry wine! Your berries will be the star of the season!
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
It's been a rough summer for gardeners and farmers alike. Here's how we've been dealing with drought and a few tips on watering.
2,4,D Amine 4 is not a safe product. Read the multiple page information sheet if you can read tiny writing and hieroglyphics.
Who needs a TV drama, when, out the back door, we have our own alfresco drama, complete with territory battles, births, deaths, alien invasions, mystery, beauty and fornication, unfolding daily before our very eyes if we care to look.