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Farm and Garden

Plants and produce from rural America

How to Create an Effective Homesteading Checklist

By Tracy Lynn

The best way to get more projects down around the homestead all while staying within budget!


Backaches & Blisters: Ingredients For Improving Poor Garden Soil

By Sarah Joplin

Amend your soil to improve the health of your garden using mulch, manure, compost, sand, solarization, and fallowing; even if your ground is clay, there's always a way.


How to Reduce Your Homestead's Carbon Footprint

By Kacey Bradley

Here's how to turn your environmental impact from decent to excellent.


5 Reasons Why a Homestead is an Excellent Place for a Child to Grow Up

By Roxanne Ahern

On a homestead there is an endless amount of things for a child to learn and do. A self-sufficient lifestyle has the potential to produce children who are capable, entreprenurial, and have a connection to the natural world.


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Garden in a Box

By Lois Hoffman

Sometimes the simplest gift packs the most punch. This year I am giving the gift of gardening to the younger generation.


Tote-ally Versatile IBC Totes

By Ryan Crowell

Bulk up your property’s water storage, create shelter for animals, and try your hand at aquaponics with these projects for reusing IBC totes.


Hibernation Station: Get Ready for Winter

Written and Photos by Dana Benner

Proper preparation beforehand will make hunkering down on the homestead less expensive and more comfortable all winter long.


Kitchen Garden Provides Veggies All Year

By Lois Hoffman

All those scraps of veggies that you throw in the trash can be planted in a pot and grown again...and again.



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