Machines and technology from rural America

What to Do with Grass Clippings

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

Don’t throw away those lawn clippings! Learn how your grass clippings can transform into fertilizer, chicken feed or compost.

Maple Syrup Season is Here!

By C. Dayton

The warm days and cool nights of March make the sweet sap of the northeast's sugar maples flow. When the sap runs, you have to be ready. But rewards are incomparable. Nothing beats the taste of Pure Maple Syrup.

Advantages of Push Mowers

By Donna Peterson

A comparison of the average gas-powered mower and the reel mower.

Sugar Bush Season

By Jennifer Sartell

A step by step guide to tapping your own Sugar Maple trees, reducing the sap and canning the delicious syrup.


A Handmade Life: How to Make a Broad Hatchet

By Wm. S. Coperthwaite

Author and amateur blacksmith William Coperthwaite takes up axe making and teaches the basics of forging a broad hatchet.

Oregon 40V Max Cordless Chainsaw: Preliminary Test

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief

Hank is initially impressed with the Oregon 40V Max Cordless chainsaw.

Windmill Energy Helped Settlers Move Westward

By Kasey Moomau

U.S. designers improved on designs of windmill water pump, demonstrating benefits of wind power. 

Rural Living Survival Basics: Purchase a Generator

By Ragnar Benson

A standby generator can be expensive, but it will make sure your homestead can continue running in an emergency.