Farm and Garden

Plants and produce from rural America

This Life in the Pasture: Balancing our Dream Life with Reality

By Cheryl in Texas

We love our life in our pasture. And we appreciate our jobs in the city that pay for this beloved pasture. But I’ve gotta tell you, it’s not easy to balance the two.

Am I Living The Simple Life?

By Jennifer Quinn

One often hears the back-to-the-earth lifestyle referred to as "the simple life". This writer finds that it’s not so simple, but still worth doing despite the challenges.

Hiding In Plain Sight

By Jennifer Quinn

After bemoaning the lack of a sunny windowsill for seed starting in my new home, I unexpectedly find one hiding in plain sight!

Four Reasons Not To Homestead

By Alethea Wilcox

Homesteading isn't for everyone (gasp). Why do I say homesteading isn't for everyone? Homesteading involves a lot of things ... goals, hard work, flexibility, determination and a willingness to fail. I picked my top four reasons why NOT to homestead.


Gardening Tips for Small Spaces

By Mary Lou Shaw

Whether in a garden constructed from wooden planks, in a pot in the backyard, or planted directly into a bag of soil, growing herbs and veggies is possible even in a small, personal space.

Grow the Ingredients and Homebrew the Beer

By Joe Fisher and Dennis Fisher

If you have a little land or even a sunny porch, you can grow enough of your own hops and herbs to make a real contribution to the flavor, aroma, and uniqueness of your homemade beer recipes.

Homesteaders Food Challenge: Eat Your Yard

By Candi Johns

Join Candi as she eats only foods she raises herself for 101 days.

New Lessons And Old Memories Down On The Farm

By Lois Hoffman

It has been a while since I have had the privilege of actually helping on a farm. This year I was fortunate enough to help Ron when he did spring planting. I was renewed with the beauty and also learned a lesson on regular plowing and no-till.