A description of farmers' even tempered dispositions.
It's snake season, and I found a black snake out my back door!
If you think Bambi is cute, try keeping him out of your strawberry field!
The different sounds that you hear in the city or country are as different as the people that live there.
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
Dealing with potties out in the country.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
Humorous real-life stories of moving and adjusting to farm life.
An auspicious start to our beekeeping? Maybe!
Learning to raise cows is more of a challenge than you would imagine!
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
A humurous description of the beginning of an adventure in farming.
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
Winter is over and the colors of spring are here!
Listen to what happens when you have a hole in your jeans and angry bees!
Some things have come full circle, so now we have a chance to fix it right this time!
Learning to clear fields can be fun!
Blackberry picking only happens at the height of summer, but is well worth the thorn wounds!
Trying to follow directions out in the country can be challenging!
Clearing your land to ready it for farming can be quite a challenge!
Virtual farmers markets make buying and selling fresh farm goods easy and can grow into a thriving business!
If you want whiter teeth but don't want to buy chemical-heavy products at the store, these food and DIY home remedies will help you get whiter teeth, without the cost and chemicals.
This acorn-shaped wool garland is easy to make and perfect for fall decor.
Robert White explains why he's attending the Growing Farmers workshops, and describes what he learned in the first session.
Sarah is a friend to the farm who taught Ilene Freedman how to make "Farm Chi." Farm Chi is Sarah’s version of kimchi, fermented mixed vegetables from the seasonal farm harvest.
If you are challenged by growing carrots, you might consider transplanting them and growing some dancing carrots.
Baby greenhouse plants are spring babies too, just like the birth of baby animals. Here’s a way to keep them warm in the hoophouse.
The “hygiene hypothesis” could explain the rise in asthma and allergy rates, according to some scientists. Learn more about why exposure to germs isn’t always a bad thing.
Are you looking to do your own environmental audit at your home or workplace? Here's what you need to know.
A recipe for whisking up a batch of homemade mayonnaise and a full serving of DIY empowerment.
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
Guidance for aspiring micro dairy owners and managers when navigating regulations and permitting on the local and state levels.
It takes a few good rationalizations to get through the busiest part of the growing season.
Making garlic powder is easy, and a good way to preserve a crop of split garlic.
Curing sweet potatoes so their starches turn to sugars; plus my three favorite recipes.
Growing corn early by transplanting may be unconventional, but its a great way to beat the challenges and...eat corn in July!
The White House will launch an open-to-the-public farmers market.
I cure my spring fever by planting in a hoop house.
President Obama plans to help earn the White House LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Discover what antioxidants are, how antioxidants work in your body, and which antioxidant-rich foods to choose.
Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.
Making your own spice mix is a quick, easy DIY project. Ilene White Freedman shares her chili powder DIY project woes. Learn from her discoveries before you start your batch.
Learn about three consumer-driven green energy trends for 2015 that will have a direct impact on our pocketbooks in the coming year, including net-zero energy homes, electric vehicles, and green energy production.
After fire took her friends’ award-winning historic, renovated home only a year after its completion, Ilene White Freedman asks “Who will rebuild their spirits?” A follow-up to her post about the home's renovation.
The surprising connection between the drug trade and the environment.
Put together your own mini-indoor garden with these clever ideas.
Learn about the dangers of radon in the home and what can be done about it.
Learn about five easy ways for companies to help the environment by implementing a few simple changes to their building and operations.
Repurposing for functional home décor, featuring four recent household projects.
A single bulldozer engine can emit as much particulate matter as more than 500 cars. Learn how the construction industry can get green with these tips.
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
How to measure tomato seedlings for success before planting into your garden.
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
After a long trial-and-error process, Ilene White Freedman finally found a sustainable, weed-suppressing mulching system for her farm.
Transforming a crock full of cucumbers into old-fashioned dill pickles is a bit of magic.
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
Ilene White Freedman celebrates with her friends at their homestead-warming, after over two years of living in a trailer while renovating a dilapidated house. Their restoration includes the original logs and stone kitchen of a historic cabin. Some uninvited guests from the farm’s livestock take a house tour too.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.
Wintertime for a farmer is full of projects and planning.
Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
In this blog, Robert White of Quail Acres Farm shares some of his experiences in the Growing Farmers workshops as they relate to planning for his upcoming move to the farm to establish his market garden and small livestock business.
For homes in warm climates, white roofs, aka cool roofs, can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 20 percent.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
Help grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Here are some easy ways you can participate.
Is your garden providing you with zucchini overload? Ilene White Freedman offers some tips and recipes to keep it bounty, rather than burden.
Canning won't heat up your house when you set up your own portable outdoor canning kitchen.
It took a year for Ilene White Freedman to make homegrown, homemade Ancho-Chili Powder. Find out how she did it.
What you need to think about to prepare your cows, barn, feed and yourself for the cold weather.
Feed and hay management tips to get through winter.
Finding time to make improvements on a small dairy is difficult but making a few improvements as the seasons change can often make a micro dairy or any size small farm more efficient. Here are 7 steps to help you prepare your barn for the cold winter months.
Helping your cows transition from fall to winter can be easy to do. Here are five steps to consider when the cold weather starts settling in.
A bombilla is a Latin American tea straw used to drink yerba mate. Why not use it to enjoy all kinds of loose herbal teas? Ilene White Freedman shares a story, a tea recipe and links to others recipes.
Learn about the different types of earth-sheltered homes and why you should consider digging in the ground to find your next residence.
As farmers, we know the importance of creating a milking environment that is clean and healthy for the animals. In Part 2 of Making Clean Raw Milk, we outline the steps needed to milk your cow or goat in a manner that keeps it clean.
Rabbit is delicious and extremely good for you.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick discovers a kindred soul in E. B. White when she reads the essay Memorandum, from his 1944 collection, 'One Man's Meat.'
Ilene White Freedman starts her cheesemaking trials with an aged pressed cheddar cheese with goat's milk from the farm.
Four easy steps to guide small dairy farmers to filter, chill and clean properly to ensure delicious, farm-fresh milk, yogurt or cheese every time.
Some businesses toss around the word "green" to be hip and fit, but the question is just how green are their products and buildings anyways? Let's take a closer look.
Spring is filled with babies of all kinds, but some of the most adorable are baby piglets. These are even more cute when they are running around on green pastures. But what about weaning time? This article will explain some of the easiest and best options when weaning your pasture piglets.
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
We dipped candles from our hive's beeswax to celebrate winter. Candlemaking is a nice seasonal craft. Here’s how we did it, plus some tips to get you started.
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
In this blog we explore making your own ricotta and kefir, with recipes!
Bleached, colored, preserved and flavored, white bread is practically devoid of nutrition.
The hoophouse on our farm is filled with greens all winter long. It’s almost hard to switch gears for summer tomatoes.
Micro Dairy Industry Leader, Bob-White Systems, Launches E-Commerce Site.
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Germany have developed a new type of insulating foam.
Spring has been slow to arrive in the Green Mountain State. But there are signs of spring in Vermont and that means preparing your Micro-Dairy for the change in seasons. Bob-White Systems' Steve Judge shares more tips to transition a Micro-Dairy into spring.
How many people wonder (pun intended) about industrial white bread? A new book out by Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows that he has. It is a fascinating description of how white bread got to be where it is today politically, economically, and culturally.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
If you want to have some wonderful food, great scenery by the ocean, lots of things to do, I have a place for you: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
If you just happen to need white dinner rolls for a crowd at Thanksgiving, here's the recipe. Also, check out some really cool contests and special offers from King Arthur Flour.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.