Kim Walter shares how she became interested in beekeeping and what she has learned from her bees.
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
This is an explanation of how I use a late winter warmup to manipulate my hives in preparation for spring nectar gathering and to minimize swarming.
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
Find all of the mulch you need for free in your own back yard.
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
In this blog, I hope to convince beekeepers that not feeding the bees is better for the health of the bees and for the beekeeper's bottom line.
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
A Tennessee coal plant had some explaining to do at a congressional hearing after a major coal sludge spill.
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
Jump start your tomato harvest two months before everyone else with these simple instructions!
For more than 40 years, The Farm Community in Tennessee has been on the forefront of farming, gardening and the green lifestyle.
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.