Videos from GRIT

We at GRIT are proud to share our list of instructional and informational videos featuring members of our staff. Each video is a glimpse into a project we love or an issue we care about. Check out the videos below, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Our video collection is expanding, so check back often for new releases!

Tough GRIT

Tough GRIT is a 30-minute television show produced by GRIT magazine and Tractor Supply Company. It combines expert information with humor to help viewers complete common rural-based DIY projects correctly and safely. To demonstrate the projects, contestants from Team GRIT and Team Tractor Supply compete in hands-on challenges to win up to $1,000 in Tractor Supply gift cards.

We're excited to present our complete collection of full episodes and hints from Hank Will, GRIT's editor in chief. Visit our Tough GRIT full-episodes page for access to each episode.

Rural American Know-How

Permaculture video still Soil conservation video still
Mowing video still
Make Tough Jobs Easy: Permaculture  Make Tough Jobs Easy: Water and Soil Conservation  Make Tough Jobs Easy: Effective Mowing 
Utilizing the outskirts of your property to develop permaculture is a simple strategy that may lead to more diverse harvests and a richer wildlife habitat.  Learning how to control water on your farm will aid in soil conservation, helping you preserve two of the most valuable resources on your property.  Just a few effective mowing tips can help you grow a lawn that won’t break your back, your wallet or the environment. 
Manage land with prairie ecosystems
Garden Prep
Chicken predators video
Make Tough Jobs Easy:
 Maintain Prairie Ecosystems
Make Tough Jobs Easy: Garden Prep  Protecting Chickens From Predators 
Prairie ecosystems are home to a number of native species. Consider turning your tired pastures into natural habitats to preserve and encourage diversity.  A large vegetable garden offers a lot of benefits for you and your family, and getting started isn’t hard if you follow these simple techniques.  Protecting chickens from predators can be a tough job. In this video, GRIT editor-in-chief Hank Will provides some tips for keeping your flock safe and happy. 
Zero-turn mowers video Chicken egg incubating video
Chicken brooder video
Choosing a Zero-Turn Mower  Incubating Chicken Eggs  Chicken Brooder Basics 
Zero-turn mowers are a great investment for homesteaders with large lawns. In this video, learn how to choose the best one for your needs.  Incubating chicken eggs is a great way to increase your flock size, or to provide replacements for birds that have been culled from your flock. So you've acquired or hatched a group of day-old chicks; now what?
How and Why of Free Range Chickens video
Benefits of Backyard Chickens video

How and Why of Free-Range Chickens   Benefits of Backyard Chickens Controlled Prairie Burn 
Free-range chickens provide tastier meat and more flavorful eggs than their store-bought counterparts, but what does "free-range" really mean?  Backyard chickens have been providing homesteaders with natural pest control and nutritious eggs and meat for ages.  Burning helps keep prairies healthy year after year. Watch a controlled prairie burn at Editor-In-Chief Hank Will's farm.
David Hadl in his Backyard Blacksmith Shop Purina Webinar Screenshot Camping Tent
Backyard Blacksmithing
Purina Webinar: Raising Happy and Healthy Chicks Essential Equipment for Camping Trips
David Hadl is a seasoned backyard blacksmith whose shop includes a variety of tools that most might consider antiques.
Gordon Ballam Ph.D., Purina's poultry expert, leads a live webinar to cover the basics for raising a backyard flock of laying hens. 

Caleb Regan answers the reader-submitted question: “What common camping equipment is most vital to having a good camping trip?”

Best Woods for Home Heating Copperhead Choosing Wood for Burning
Best Woods for Home Heating
Be Aware of Venomous Snakes Choosing the Best Wood for Burning
Caleb Regan answers a reader-submitted question: "What are the best types of wood to heat a house with a wood-burning stove?" Caleb Regan answers a reader-submitted question: "What types of poisonous snakes should I look out for this spring and summer?" Whether you’re cooking on a wood-burning stove or heating your home for the winter, it is important to know how to choose, store and season firewood properly.
Stacking and Seasoning Wood
Splitting Firewood
How to Stack Firewood for Seasoning and Storage
Splitting Firewood Properly and Efficiently
The Best Types of Potatoes for Your Vegetable Garden
Proper stacking is an essential step to ensuring that your firewood is protected and well-seasoned.
To split your own firewood, make sure that you are dressed for the job, have the right equipment and employ your best technique.
Caleb Regan answers a reader-submitted question: "What are some good types of potatoes to grow in a vegetable garden?"
Horse Trust
Pasture burn
Incubating Eggs
Building Trust With Your Horse
How to Do a Controlled Burn
Incubating Eggs: Hen Vs. Artificial Incubator

Kellsey Trimble, Assistant Editor of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader-submitted question: “How do I build trust and a relationship with my horse?”

Kellsey Trimble, GRIT Associate Editor, answers a reader question: "What are the top considerations when burning pasture?"

Hank Will, Editor-in-chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader submitted question, “Should I artificially incubate my eggs or should I let the hen do the work for me?”

Brooder Lamp

How Long to Keep a Brooder Lamp on Baby Chicks

Choosing the Best Fencing for Your Homestead

When to Move Chicks from the Brooder to the Coop

Hank Will, Editor-in-chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader submitted question, “How long should I keep a brooder lamp on my baby chicks?”

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader-submitted question: “What kind of fencing would be best for a homestead?”

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader-submitted question: “When should chicks be transferred from the brooder into the coop?”

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar
The Possibilities of Home Blacksmithing
Buttermilk Drop Biscuit Recipe
Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar Recipe
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader-submitted question: “What can be done with a home blacksmithing operation?” Fresh buttermilk drop biscuits are a delicious and surprisingly easy homemade staple. This recipe takes only a few steps and just five ingredients.

Overnight oatmeal is much simpler than getting up early to make your oatmeal on the stovetop. Simple ingredients make this overnight oatmeal in a jar healthy and delicious.

Hand Crank Butter Churn
Lehman's Garden Cultivator in Action Demonstrating proper use of a kerosene lamp from Lehman's.
How to Churn Butter
Using a Garden Cultivator
How to Set Up a Kerosene Lamp
Making cultured butter in a hand crank butter churn is simple. All it requires is some heavy cultured cream and a little bit of patience. Add a rotary garden cultivator to your tool shed to save time and energy when preparing your garden beds each year.

To get the most out of your kerosene lamp make sure to learn these important tips for proper set up and use.
 preparing for chickens  flock feed
Chicken nest 
Preparing for Chickens  Flock Feed Basics
Egg Production

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine discusses the basics of getting chicks started with Purina animal nutritionist, Mikelle Roeder.

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, meets with Dr. Gordon Ballam, director of lifestyle technical services with Purina, to discuss what feed to use with your flock.

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, talks with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Gordon Ballam about increasing egg production in your flock.

 chicken diet
watering chickens 
Chicken Predators
Feeding Chickens a Balanced Diet
Watering Chickens
Protect Your Flock from Chicken Predators
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, and Dr. Gordon Ballam of Purina Animal Nutrition explain proper diet through each stage of growth in a chicken’s lifespan.
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, and Purina animal nutritionist Mikelle Roeder discuss best practices for watering chickens.
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, discusses the best ways to protect your flock and prevent chicken predators with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Patrick Biggs.
 Chicken on a nest
 new birds
Chicken Coop Space Requirements
Integrating New Birds
Chicken Coop Ventilation Tips

Keeping healthy backyard chickens means making sure their coop addresses space requirements both inside and out.

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, meets with Dr. Mikelle Roeder, nutritionist at Purina, to highlight tips for integrating new chickens into your flock.

Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, discusses the best ways to ventilate a chicken coop with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Patrick Biggs.
Chicken coop New-Born Chicks pumpkin seeds
Biosecurity for Backyard Chickens Raising Healthy Newborn Chickens Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
GRIT Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Hank Will discusses biosecurity for backyard chickens with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Gordon Ballam.
GRIT Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Hank Will, discusses how to successfully raise happy and healthy chickens with Purina Mills' nutritionist Mikelle Roeder.
The GRIT team shows you how to make deliciously nutritious roasted pumpkin seeds.
 pasta in pot
 making garlic rolls

Simple Summer Pasta Recipe
Cheesy Garlic Rolls Recipe 
Bacon Apple Pie Roll Ups Recipe

Learn how to make this simple pasta recipe with fresh-from-the-garden produce.

Create these delicious cheesy, garlicky rolls to pair with any meal. 
This Bacon Apple Pie Roll Ups Recipe is sure to please many, if not all, of your holiday guests this year.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter
loaf of banana bread
backhoe uses 
Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bacon Balls Recipe 
Honey Banana Bread Recipe
1,000,001 Use for a Backhoe
Make these delicious peanut butter bacon balls for a delightful treat over the holiday season.
Honey is the perfect ingredient to add to banana bread for an extra hint of natural sweetness.

Discover how versatile a backhoe can be for routine farm chores.

pumpkin roll up
bee hive
hive inspection
Pumpkin Roll Up Recipe
Tips for Getting Started in Beekeeping
Maintaining New Bee Colonies

Learn how to whip up a delicious pumpkin and cream cheese swirl of festive flavors.

Our friends at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm offer some tips and tricks to help you get your hive buzzing.

Learn the dos and don'ts of inspecting new bee colonies for health and productivity.

pecans Uncapper   Eggs
Easy Candied Pecans Recipe
Harvesting with a Honey Extractor
Benefits of Free-Range Eggs
 Pour some candied pecans into a glass jar and tie a ribbon around it for a simple and festive gift.  Learn how to efficiently uncap frames and use a honey extractor for your best harvest ever. Increase the omega-3 content of your flock's eggs with the right feed.
Chicken Bags of chicken feed
Stationary chicken coop
Raising Chickens at School
What to Feed Your Chicks Coopitecture: The Right Design for Your Chicken
A community-sponsored chicken cop project at this school promotes sustainable living.
From egg-layers to organic flocks to birds raised for meat, find what feed is healthiest and most effective for the chicks in your care.
When it comes to housing your chickens, be aware of the architectural variety of coops you have at your disposal.
Mother and daughter with chicken Chicken in garden
Raising Chickens in the City
Backyard Chicken Tips Why Start Raising Chickens?
It’s never the wrong time to introduce a new, unconventional pet into your family’s suburban backyard.
Learn the benefits to raising chickens in your backyard, as well as the trials that may come with it.
If you need small farm animals, or if you want free help fertilizing your garden, backyard chickens are the place to start.
Chicken in coop Chickens
Chickens in Garden
What to Know to Begin Raising Chickens
Backyard Chicken Nutrition The Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens
Marsha has tips for what new chicken owners should know to keep from getting in over their heads.
Learn about chicken nutrition and what your backyard chickens as they grow for chicks to hens.
Backyard chickens have many benefits including providing eggs, entertainment and pest control.
Chicken Boxes
Bob shooting rifle
Kids Craft: Easy Chicken Treat Boxes Make Backyard Chickens Part of Your Family
New Henry Repeating Arms Rifle: .30-30 Brass Wildlife Edition
Make these fun and simple chicken treat boxes with your kids!
By giving chickens their time and attention, kids can form strong bonds with these birds and learn a lot from their experiences with the flock.
Caleb and Bob check out the new Henry Repeating Arms rifle, and for open sights at 100 yards, it’s pretty accurate right out of the box.

WIBW Topeka Interviews

Hank Will — Basic Beekeeping Tips

Hank Will — Grinding Your Own Corn

Hank Will — Plowing With Pigs

Dig This With Hank Will

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Videos from the Archive

 Raising Chickens Webinar How to Sharpen a Knife Whitetail Deer Hunting 
 This is your chance to learn about raising chickens from the experts. Here's a skill that's as basic as it is
necessary, knife sharpening.
Follow Managing Editor Caleb Regan as he hunts Whitetail Deer. 
How to Peel a Crawfish Mulefoot Pigs Enjoy Organic Grains   
Neil Crossan of Texas Concessions presents the right way to peel a crawfish.
Mulefoot pigs Daffodil, Tulip, Lily and Samuel the Boar chow down on organic grains and greens.

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