3/14/2013 9:42:23 AM
I live on nicely paved country roads; dirt roads not a fond memory. On a recent trip I found a town that loved their dirt roads. So I guess we all want what somebody else’s got.
1/31/2013 3:15:14 PM
Farm antiques make great DIY home projects such as turning a cream separator into a lamp base, a galvanized wash tub into a planter, and other farm scraps into nifty and useful items.
1/28/2013 4:03:04 PM
Anxious to get our orchard growing, we decided to meet a local grower.
1/28/2013 11:20:58 AM
Homesteaders of the year will be named in September for annual Homesteading Education Month.
12/19/2012 6:20:57 PM
Reflections on wintertime chores
12/7/2012 6:04:32 PM
A quick a cheap way to prepare rutted roads for the winter.
11/28/2012 9:51:58 AM
Montana dude ranch an homage to the cattle industry and the American cowboy.
11/8/2012 10:16:03 PM
Soybean and cotton harvesting is in full swing. The dry weather continues. A new generation of cotton picker is out and I got to ride in it.
11/7/2012 6:11:01 PM
Tumbleweeds have a romantic image but they are weeds with an annoying habit. They detach from the ground and may roll along for miles to lodge where they are not wanted.
10/24/2012 7:16:34 PM
We have not lost the quest for the good life. We find it in meaningful work, be it on rural property, a farm, or our backyard patio where we have a rabbit and a bean plant. Each of us is engaged in the quest.
10/22/2012 10:04:36 AM
Finding a house with a few acres and in a peacefull location is not as easy as it seems when urbanization is turning cornfields into subdivisions everywhere.
10/19/2012 11:50:00 AM
Cindy tours the Smart Home at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
10/3/2012 4:05:14 PM
FFA chapters receive grants to work on environmental projects such as a recycling center.
10/2/2012 12:39:45 PM
We live on a 20 acre, off-grid homestead in the mountains of northwestern Montana. Our lifestyle is a blend of old and new technologies. Our goal is independence.
9/25/2012 12:56:49 PM
Welcome to "Hidden Treasure of Kansas." I'm a history nerd with an eye for architecture who has a camera and isn't afraid to use it.
9/11/2012 3:40:27 PM
Natural solutions to help you have a clean and fresh home.
8/1/2012 4:29:52 PM
Karen Keb gives a few pointers on what to consider when selecting and installing a wood-burning stove.
7/27/2012 8:56:28 AM
U.K. study shows farm ponds are a necessity when it comes to protecting the environment.
7/24/2012 9:25:42 AM
Rob Peterson, 53, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has donated his 640-acre property near Cimarron, Kans., to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever as part of the organization’s Grassroots Conservation Campaign, furthering PF’s habitat mission and generously providing a place for future hunters and outdoorspeople to enjoy forever.
6/4/2012 2:24:54 PM
Tips to help you care for your lawn and garden.
4/20/2012 12:48:52 PM
On a single stormy winter night, I experienced a nightmare city commute and discovered the rural property of my dreams.
4/17/2012 3:27:39 PM
Five spring tips to help you achieve a beautiful summer yard.
3/30/2012 12:42:16 AM
A good time was had by all.
3/27/2012 12:39:37 PM
Excited to move to a house in the country, Kasey discusses plans for adopting a dog, keeping heritage chickens in a chicken tractor, and building raised beds.
3/13/2012 11:31:42 AM
Barbara and Dave turn their adobe guest house into a bed and breakfast as an opportunity to share the beauty of rural desert life and quit their “day job.”
3/8/2012 8:34:43 AM
We downsized to a very small home, thinking it would be short term. But it's really all we need.
3/5/2012 10:37:19 AM
Not everyone will respond the way we think they should. So you have to do what you know to be the right thing and choose to focus on all the wonderful people and things you have around you.
3/2/2012 12:23:54 PM
Over 9,200 acres of farmland placed into permanent conservation easement by nation's largest grower of peaches, plums and nectarines and among the leaders in table grapes.
1/27/2012 4:22:33 PM
It's not a easy task to find your dream homestead, but with luck, patience and hard work, you can persevere.
11/28/2011 11:01:24 PM
This post tells about the progress for purchasing and the discoveries on the new property (Terra Nova Gardens). Comments from the grandson are humorously truthful.
11/21/2011 2:32:45 AM
When you live on a rural property, there are a lot of situations that can put you and your family at risk. Here's how to avoid them before you buy or rent.
8/30/2011 11:22:43 AM
More than 50 grants go to help support pioneering efforts in conserving and protecting natural resources, as well as enhancing agricultural productivity.
8/12/2011 1:36:49 PM
Building DIY floors of natural materials such as flagstone and adobe requires planning, patience, and a fair amount of labor. The results are well worth it. Low costs and unique floors make great combination.
8/5/2011 2:28:42 PM
To get a smooth, finished wall of adobe plaster over a straw bale wall requires preparation. Before we picked up our trowels for the final coats of plaster, we put in a number of hours prepping our walls and it paid off.
7/9/2011 1:57:54 PM
To shelter us from our intense Arizona sun and protect our adobe plaster walls from rain, we built a DIY wrap-around porch. With planning and some care in measuring and cutting, it was a manageable and enjoyable project. We love it!
6/27/2011 5:07:45 PM
At the Bear Cave, our desert homestead, we built three buildings, two with DIY trusses and one with manufactured trusses. Despite our commitment to DIY, our verdict is unanimous, manufactured trusses are the way to go! Here’s why.
6/22/2011 5:04:03 PM
From installing the window and door bucks to topping the walls with bond beams, this crew of four completed the exterior walls on this DIY 720-square-foot straw-bale house in four days. Next comes the roof!
6/13/2011 1:34:14 PM
Building our own cabinets saved us money and was personally satisfying. This DIY door-mounted spice rack fits our cabinet door perfectly and our spices are accessible and off the counter top.
6/5/2011 12:56:30 PM
As part of our built-by-hand straw bale home, we decided to build our own cabinets. After we overcame some anxiety, we had a great time with the project and hope our experience will encourage you to try some of your own building projects.
6/3/2011 1:44:00 PM
Learn all about ants, because if you disturb a colony, these social insects might make your skin crawl.
5/24/2011 11:56:42 AM
Hanging doors and windows in a load-bearing, Nebraska-style straw bale building can be a challenge. To avoid jammed doors or cracked windows caused by shifting bucks, we built bucks with frames that extended from stem wall to bond beam.
5/19/2011 12:10:01 PM
As we built our desert homestead, we explored three different techniques for building stem walls and footings for both straw bale and adobe structures. Amazingly, all three - poured concrete, asphalt adobe block, and concrete block - worked out well.
4/25/2011 11:32:48 AM
Building an adobe house was just the first step toward enjoying a sustainable and healthy rural life homesteading in the Arizona desert.
6/14/2010 12:20:15 PM
Save money and time with routine machinery maintenance and equipment checks.
5/26/2010 10:57:36 AM
A strange affliction has befallen the men in the Susan's neighborhood.
10/26/2009 4:16:34 PM
EPA’s Burn Wise campaign seeks to reduce wood smoke pollution.
10/7/2009 3:30:15 PM
How Rodeo came to live on the farm and what she has learned about the value of Real Estate.
9/22/2009 3:25:05 PM
Aerial imagery and ground sensors could be the newest means of determining when cultivated fields need the irrigation turned on.
9/22/2009 3:20:32 PM
With autumn upon many in the northern climes, Traverse City, Michigan, has activated its fall foliage hotline. Call for color reports!
6/23/2009 3:58:51 PM
Replacing single-row crops and other farming practices may be the way to beat the uncertainties of climate change.
6/11/2009 12:13:00 PM
Steve searches for the right balance for his pond.
5/19/2009 6:14:11 PM
Changing Lands, Changing Hands: A National Conference on Farm and Ranch Access, Succession, Tenure and Stewardship is set for June 10-11 in Denver.
5/11/2009 12:31:01 PM
Landscaping and buildings in rural America
4/13/2009 4:54:54 PM
Geologist Steve tells the stories of the rocks on his property.
4/1/2009 2:53:27 PM
Michiganders, Sherry & Russ Sutherby, are living the dream – on their 40 acres of paradise – Russ-Stick Acres.
3/24/2009 4:44:58 PM
Steve is ready to work, but has a few questions about maintaining his pond.
3/5/2009 12:44:05 PM
KC wrestles with the mysteries of propane depletion.
2/5/2009 5:34:39 PM
Robyn fixes her water problems with a new pump.
1/22/2009 4:39:46 PM
Getting water from the truck to the water tank is difficult when the pump goes out.
1/5/2009 4:30:44 PM
Cooler in summer and wamer in winter, areas near Lake Michigan also get more snow.
1/2/2009 11:04:46 AM
Hank reports on his current favorite farm store.
12/2/2008 3:36:04 PM
Keep your engines running and on the road with a little preparation and winter driving knowledge.
12/2/2008 9:08:25 AM
Hank likes fencing with the Polaris Ranger XP for all kinds of reasons.
11/26/2008 9:53:24 AM
Steve suggests simplicity and a country lifestyle are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
11/21/2008 3:09:13 PM
Robyn and family finally get a roof and electricity on their homestead.
9/11/2008 5:03:46 PM
Finding neighbors is just a few price stickers away.
1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Steam away your aches and pain.
1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
For the do-it-yourselfer, there are many sources of pre-built saunas.
1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Choose the best partner for your operation.
9/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Starting with a stone barn and a big dream, Ken Krause shows what ambition, energy and a few strategic decisions can create.
9/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Fifteen years ago, Ken Krause was well on his way to a great little vineyard.
9/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
As he launched Fieldstone Farm, Ken Krause chose Booker T. Whatley to guide him.
1/1/2007 12:00:00 AM
Kansas towns offer building lots to grow population.
11/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
'Not in my backyard' can be a rallying cry for isolation. In this case, it created friends and neighbors out of people who had simply lived next door to each other.
9/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
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