Brittany Wood Micherson | Jul 24, 2021
Caleb Regan | Jul 21, 2021
Susan Verberg | Jul 18, 2021
Caitlin Wilson | Jun 16, 2021
Jenny Underwood | May 27, 2021
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Caitlin Wilson | Apr 23, 2021
Lois Hoffman | Apr 19, 2021
Becky Hunt | Apr 16, 2021
The oldest known textile used by humans isn’t woven. It uses no loom to make and needs no special equipment or ingredients. It’s the stuff of myths and legends — quite literally. Feltmaking is older than spinning and weaving, and many cultures have legends about how it was invented, from travelers wearing wool-packed sandals while on the run to a frustrated shepherd crying ...
Staff | Jul 18, 2021
Nola Heidbreder and Linda Pietz | Feb 16, 2021
Jennifer Nemec | Jan 14, 2021
Lacy Razor | Jan 14, 2021
Erin Baldwin | Jan 14, 2021
Around the world and throughout history, people have had vastly different relationships with fat than we have in our culture today. Fat has been highly valued as food, medicine, and resource, and fat on the physical body as a sign of security, wealth, wisdom, and even health. But today, many images of beauty and health have become inseparable from a worldview that sees deprivation ...
Staff | Jul 24, 2021
I suppose with a title like that you may be expecting an exhaustive list of must-have supplies and resources for your homestead. However, with every homestead and family completely unique, that would be impossible and impractical. Instead, I would like to give you the mindset of tools you will need on absolutely every homestead. Willingness to Learn Oh my goodness, you cannot skip ...
Staff | May 27, 2021
Staff | Apr 25, 2021
Did you know that trees have their own beauty pageant? Well, they do. In 1940, American Forests (called American Forestry Association at the time) spearheaded the National Register of Champion Trees to locate the largest living trees throughout the United States. The goal was to raise awareness of the importance of preserving mature trees, not only for their beauty, but also for ...
Kristi Cook | Dec 8, 2020
I grew up in a rural farming community. From my parents’ kitchen window, I could see the farmhouse my father was born and raised in. Living in the country was nice, but I never dreamed I’d actually live on a farm when I grew up. It’s not that I thought I was too good for farm life; I simply had dreams of a career in the city. That all changed when I met a farmer’s ...
Staff | Jul 14, 2020
Homemade Wheat Bread In the May/June 2021 issue, you featured an article by Maggie Bullington titled "Growing Wheat in Our Garden." As an enthusiastic miller of wheat and grain, the thought occurred to me that fellow Grit readers may be inspired to try baking a loaf of bread from their own homegrown wheat. For those without prior experience, I'd like to share a recipe to help ...
Staff | Aug 14, 2021
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Staff | Apr 23, 2021
While winter and the holiday season holds many allures for each of us, my favorite seasonal rituals center around trees. When I was a wee girl, we lived on a 50-acre farm in central Missouri. Much of the property was woodland comprised of oak and hickory interspersed with cedar. From a very young age, my brother, 6 years my elder, and I owned the task of providing our family ...
Sarah Joplin | Dec 29, 2020
This article is also available in audio form. Scroll down just a bit to find the link and enjoy listening. Food can be a source of great joy for children, but it can also be a source of stress for their caregivers. Our brains and bodies aren’t equipped to deal with the vast array of food options we have available to us today. Consider, for a moment, the limited options our ...
Staff | Aug 19, 2021
Staff | May 27, 2021
We write to you the good old-fashioned way, firmly believing that the world of electricity and electronics is having its last heyday. We really appreciate the encouragement we feel from Grit to keep up the good work of small farming! We hope you find some benefit from our tips and the historical (and true!) advice below. Our favorite pet hen, Henny Penny, is a black bantam ...
Staff | Apr 23, 2021
Photo by Dana BennerPeople often ask me what I consider my most important tool. I’ve learned that the most important tool is the one you need at that moment. One item that could be useful to many people is a canoe or kayak. When a disaster hits, your life may depend on your ability to move quickly and silently. A canoe or kayak will allow you to do this. Since ...
Dana Benner | Dec 8, 2020
Over the past five years, I’ve written many articles for Grit about weather, from life-threatening storms to weather folklore. This time, I want to tell you where to get weather information and how to use it. All the sources I’ve cited are from the United States and Canadian governments’ official purveyors of such data, and all the information is free. You can break down ...
Ed Brotak | Feb 15, 2021
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