Clearing away snow has just gotten a charge from Snow Joe, the leading US supplier of over 140 products for snow removal and other seasonal needs. I got my hands on their latest innovation, a cordless snow blower powered by a 40-volt lithium ion battery, and compared it to their top-selling cord-based electric snow thrower.
A front-mounted snowblower with a 72-inch cutting width is now available for Bobcat compact tractors. The new snowblower joins front-mounted models with 49- and 62-inch cutting widths introduced last year.
We enjoy sledding and snowshoeing in the winter as outdoor activities.
Winter has it's challenges, but the snow-capped beauty and the adventure of living simply amongst it makes it more than worth it.
After a month and a half of subzero temps, even 20 degrees Fahrenheit feels warm.
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
Get a great idea for a bird feeder in this week’s Photo of the Week. Keep submitting your photos every week for a chance to be the Photo of the Week!
KIOTI Tractor is pleased to announce the expansion of their popular implement and attachment lines.
Eco-friendly device quietly and quickly removes snow without the emissions, noise and strain.
Keeping birds on the farm; how we went from chicken havers to duck lovers.
Solar expert Joe Utasi hopes to have his home solar panel installation complete and running, and will have lots of pictures to show and discuss by the time the Seven Springs Fair arrives.
You can find joy and delight in the season of cold and snow.
The new 15 and 25 series snow pushers from Land Pride are available in 3 popular sizes.
Take a look at winter in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
A recent online post from "Slate" magazine called into question the necessity of home-cooked meals in today's society. Joel Salatin – sustainable farmer and author – weighs in.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
Hear the sleigh bells ringing in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
Dogsleds are clean, green and run on renewable energy.
Participate this year in the annual Christmas Bird Count from December 14, 2012 - January 5, 2013 and help scientists understand how bird populations have changed over the past century.
Tips for driving safely and saving gas during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
How important our tractor and snow thrower are in keeping us from getting snowed in. Our local cooperative.
Tips for snow removal around your house and down the road.
Built tough for farmers, landscapers, ranchers construction companies and homeowners these unique implements give an added versatility to bucket loaders.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Joel Salatin and his family open their farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley on July 19th to celebrate what he calls "integrity food." Events will feature walking tours of pastured livestock, intensive seminars and demonstrations on rabbit rearing and more.
I am off to Polyface Farm to intern for the summer and I’m so excited! I plan to write every week to explain to you what we are learning, how we spend our days, mistakes we make (that you can learn from) and basically anything that can help readers become better farmers and homesteaders. I’ll include lots of photos too, so make sure to check back!
A big week of pig processing, morning chores with Joel Salatin and cattle sorting!
Chicken processing, capturing wild bees, gathering broilers, moving turkeys and making hay!
Allan Savory visits Polyface! This was a week of permaculture lessons, staying up late with birds, processing honey and winding down from Field Day.
This week was a lot of fence line and firewood work, a water systems discussion with Joel Salatin, fun with turkeys and my birthday on the farm (with a surprise guest).
Week 15 brought a trip to the cattle auction, putting piglets out into their first pig pasture and a crash course in Polyface’s buying club.
This week included the digging of a new catchment pond, catching roosters and getting my first loose pig back in the corral.
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
Self-dubbed “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin describes how sustainable living and more conscientious agricultural practices can mend and revive a planet pushed near the brink.
Can a civilization this profoundly removed from the visceral participation in farming and food even survive? Can the assumptions, like cheap energy, cheap grain, and processed food that can be nutritious, really continue into the future?
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will present a workshop on localized food systems and pastured livestock at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
I had heard there are thousands of new earthen houses in Thailand. That really amazed me, so I set out to learn the details about the modern earth building movement in Thailand.
Worksaver, Inc. introduces new clamp-on snow blades, ideal for compact tractors with non-quick attach buckets.
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
Choose smarter features for better results.
Earth Gauge describes the links between geography and weather during Geography Awareness Week.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Removing large quantities of snow. For more on how we cope with snow check out our personal blog at www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com where we post regular updates on our life here on the mountain.
The new L3200 and L3800 deliver extra horsepower providing superior and efficient performance. Both models come equipped with either a gear-drive or three-range HST and an ample 10-gallon fuel tank, providing excellent efficiency.
Lessons learned from my first week as a summer intern at Polyface Farm.
Beehive happenings since my last blog post.
Kristen learns more about poultry and rabbit shelters, and salting hay at Polyface Farm.
One month into my Polyface Summer Internship! This week was focused on processing birds, hay and a lesson on Cow Days with Joel Salatin.
Week three of my Polyface Farm summer internship! Lots of hay and some other things, too.
Polyface Farm Field Day! This week was all about prep for all our visitors, lot of processing and for some last minute hay making.
This week at Polyface Farm included mornings with rabbits, fence line work, moving calves and my first foray into canning.
This week at Polyface Farm was a lot of fence installation, turkey processing and the making of some major life choices for some of my fellow interns.
This week of my Polyface Farm summer internship included a forestry lesson from Joel Salatin, installing my first fence, and the introduction of Polyface’s new guardian dog puppy, Cody!
Week thirteen of my Polyface Farm summer internship brought two high volume chicken processing days, lots of chicken catching, moving pigs and catching a loose steer.
This week at my Polyface Farm Summer Internship, I spent working with turkeys, touring our local USDA inspected abattoir, prepping for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s annual fundraiser and processing stewing hens.
The last week at Polyface. We spent a lot of time processing turkeys for Thanksgiving, moving pigs to their fall corrals gathering firewood and tending to fall crops.
What I like about MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS is that they encourage an active, participatory human presence in nature. Too many environmentalists think that human activity or presence is incompatible with environmentalism.
Have you ever dreamed of taking your part-time homestead to a full-time salary? What's holding you back? Business books say most people are more afraid of success than failure.
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
We wade through deep snow to trim limbs and cut dead trees and nothing goes to waste.
How we cope with heavy snow in the mountains.
Monticello's Heritage Harvest Festival inspired us to keep at those challenges that frustrate us on the farm.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this sweet, tangy spring risotto.
At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash, I listened to lecturers cover topics from re-newable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening, simple living, and citizen solidarity building. While I listened, I pondered ways to weave these powerful themes into our children's lives.
Simran Sethi explains how the green faith movement can provide common ground among different groups.