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3/5/2012
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.
11/12/2013
Kim Walter shares how she became interested in beekeeping and what she has learned from her bees.
10/9/2013
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
5/1/2014
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
2/28/2014
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.
5/21/2014
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
2/7/2014
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
6/6/2014
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
7/8/2014
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.
6/4/2014
Find all of the mulch you need for free in your own back yard.
8/9/2013
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
8/16/2013
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
1/9/2009
A Tennessee coal plant had some explaining to do at a congressional hearing after a major coal sludge spill.
7/2/2014
For more than 40 years, The Farm Community in Tennessee has been on the forefront of farming, gardening and the green lifestyle.
3/26/2014
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
5/16/2014
Jump start your tomato harvest two months before everyone else with these simple instructions!
4/8/2014
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
12/2/2013
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
9/19/2013
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
10/30/2013
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
11/19/2013
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
9/3/2013
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
12/10/2013
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.
1/6/2014
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
12/26/2013
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
7/16/2014
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
1/28/2014
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
1/2/2014
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
1/1/0001
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
12/16/2013
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
1/7/2012
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.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
3/29/2012
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.


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