Articles in On The Farm

$75,000 on 1/3 acre. Profitable Urban Farm Tour. Green City Acres.
Curtis Stone is an urban farmer, and a quite successful one at that. He started his own business using other people’s backyards for farming in an urban environment. After some years he managed to purchase the land where he planted his first crop, ultimately turning it into his base of ope...
'Closest Thing to Raw Milk' Sold Legally for the First Time in Australia
Consumers will be able to buy unpasteurised milk legally for the first time in Australia on Thursday. "It's not raw milk, but it's the closest thing to it," according to Saxon Joye, the founder of Made By Cow. The New South Wales start-up company says it uses high water pressure rather than heat to...
'Polyfaces' A Documentary About One Of The Best Run Farms In America
An Augusta County farmer renowned for his contributions to the local-food movement is looking forward to seeing a documentary about his third-generation farm at the Virginia Film Festival. “They have captured our essence better than any other videography crew that has come through,” said...
10 Things You Should NOT Feed Your chicken
I often describe chickens as miniature trash compactors – they will eat almost anything you put in front of them. An emphasis should be placed on “almost anything”. For the most part, we feed our chickens food items they would normally find around the ranch – veggies, fruits,...
133 Skills for the Modern Day Homesteader To Master
Learning skills is part of a homesteading life, more so if you live away from a small town or a city. You need to become self sufficient and be able to get through things that most people living in a city probably don't even think or worry about. Learning these skills will take time, patience and pe...
150 Homesteading Skills To Learn
Homesteading requires skills.  Some of those skills will come by practice and learning, some by upbringing and where or how we were raised.  Others taught by necessity... so if your cow gets pregnant and the baby is on the way, just like having a human baby, the biological timeline ki...
18 Organizations Working to Improve Livestock Management Practices
Raising livestock provides livelihoods for an estimated one billion people, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Many small farmers in developing countries own livestock, including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, donkeys, ducks, geese, llamas, turkeys...
21 Most Creative (and Bizarre) Backyard Chicken Coops
Need some inspiration for your chicken coop designs and ideas? You’ll love these. Please let us know what you think of them. I personally think that some of them are beautifully built, and others are very practical, but that is what I love about this article, it gives you ideas for any ki...
21 of the Most Outrageously Cool Chicken Coops
Who doesn't love chickens? Those quirky little and awesome birds that gift us with sustenance and hours of entertainment. Those who have never had chickens will probably not understand the fascination with them and why so many of us want to create an environment were they feel happy and thrive. We b...
21 Practical Ways To Use Gabions On The Homestead
Gabions are a great, simple, quick way to add a sturdy stone structure without using mortar. Made of sturdy wire and stacked stones, they are an extremely practical way to create structures on your homestead. Gabions give a personal touch while providing a very practical function. For example, chec...
26 Steps to Self Sufficiency
People that are trying to live a simpler lifestyle sometimes struggle with where to begin. Here are 26 steps to self sufficiency that anyone can do with not too much effort; just make sure you have a well thought out plan so that you do not become overwhelmed. 1. Plant a garden : This is the basic b...
29-year-old leaves NFL and $37 million contract to become farmer in order to feed the hungry
When you find your calling it doesn't matter what career or path you were on, it doesn't matter if there is success or fortune in that path, if a life of struggle but filled with satisfaction and good deeds gets in the way, you just have to follow it and take it. In 2012 number 60, Jason B...
5 Places You Can Look For Farm Grants
These are great resources for those who are just starting or are in need of a little push to grow. If you’re like many small-scale beginning farmers, you’ve stared at a certain point on your property longing to build a greenhouse, pond or a commercial kitchen, but haven’t had ...
5 Things You Didn't Know About Top-Bar Hives
These are the basics everyone should know when thinking about Top Bar Beekeeping. It covers the basic ideas developed by Wyatt A. Magnum PhD. Wyatt is the author of Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom & Pleasure, a must read for every new Top Bar Beekeeper. Top-bar hives, a more natural hive design,...
9 Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
When you grow your own food, generate your own energy, and work from a home office or farm for your livelihood, the so-called “costs of living” largely disappear. You become untethered to the work-earn-spend consumer economy and thrive, instead, in a more locally centered, self-sufficien...
A More Humane Way to Wean Farm Animals
Instead of abruptly separating calves and cows post-birth, some farmers are experimenting with gentler, more gradual methods, and I think it is a more humanly way to raise animals. On most beef farms and ranches, calves are weaned from their mother when they’re around six months old. The ...
A Non-GMO Feed Hub For Kansas
We’re pleased to share the following heartwarming letter from Rosanna Bauman of Bauman’s Cedar Valley Farms (Garnett, KS), the winner of our first Beetcoin campaign. They received a $60,000 0% loan. Our current Beetcoin campaign is live and runs through October 31st. Click here to learn ...
A pastured pork farmer answers the good old question 'Doesn't it make you sad?'
This next article posted in BoxCar Farm & Garden tries to explain and and give answer to one of the most important questions they get asked over and over again. It gives you great insight into the hard work and dedication taken to raise healthy, happy, sustainable hogs, that have great flavor an...
Actually, Raising Beef Is Very Good for the Planet
It doesn't matter on what side of the fence you are (vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, environmentalist, a cowspiracy believer): The truth is that cows when managed holistically have the ability to restore the soil and bring it to the pre-industrial era. Despite environmentalists’ worries, cattle d...
All About Water Pumping Windmills
Standing tall like a giant sunflower in a sea of undulating prairie grasses, or in any rural setting, a windmill is a thing of beauty. Not only are water pumping windmills a joy to watch, but they are incredibly useful. Powered only by wind, they work like quietly-purring nonpolluting creatures, to ...
Ancient type of farming could be answer to feeding growing population (Video)
Are you wondering “what is aquaponics?” The most simple definition is that it is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for t...
Are Roosters The Answer To Your Hens Survival?
If you can legally keep the rooster in your neighborhood or town, there are some good reasons to have one around.  You may have heard that a rooster is mean, ornery, and dangerous.  These reasons can be true but they are not always the case. I find that roosters are a great addition t...
Avoid Weed Killer Chemicals and Control Them with Goats Instead.
Tim Linquist grew up on a cattle ranch and expected to continue the family business. When his father was forced to sell the ranch, Linquist had to reinvent himself. Inspired by his experience during college using goats as weed eaters, he bought 25 does and began to rent them out for brush control (o...
Backyard Beehiving Is Becoming A Competitive Industry
Beekeeping has become a common hobby in Australia, with new figures showing backyard hives make up over a third of new registrations. Torch lights flashed at the edge of the forest as two dark figures carry a box down into a suburban backyard. But these figures are far from burglars, they are beekee...
Bale Tractor Collects 115 Bales in One Pass! Could You Use One?
I recently saw this video and was blown away! Growing up I wasn't exposed to any kind of farming life.  We lived in big cities and had no clue what was going on beyond our immediate surroundings.  My husband is the opposite and although he didn't grow up on a farm, he did grow up baling ha...
Bee buzz in the WinterTime...
Like other insects, the honey bee is cold-blooded (exotherms). However, unlike other insects, the honey bee does not die off in the fall or hibernate, but is active all winter eating and metabolizing honey to keep warm. Individual honeybees are exothermic (maintaining body heat from outside sources)...
Bees that Make Honey with Cannabis Resin (2 pages)
The French beekeeper has self-medicated with cannabis since a very early age and he defines himself as someone that is passionate about nature and training all kinds of animals. Both of these factors have led him to spend years researching how to combine the properties of the plant and the insects t...
Bronx resident and educator turned his classroom into a farm (Video)
A life-long Bronx resident and educator turned his classroom into a farm, transforming the lives of his students and their community. via Upworthy  ...
Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop for Your Backyard
Whether chickens free-range or are primarily confined to the coop and run, protecting them from predators can be one of the most challenging aspects of backyard chicken-keeping. An awareness of coop security basics goes a long way towards keeping backyard pets safe from unwelcome, hungry visitors Ha...
Bus Converted into Mobile Food Market to Bring Healthy Produce to Neighborhoods in Toronto
A partnership between FoodShare Toronto ,the City of Toronto, and United Way Toronto has permitted the commissioning of a new mobile food market. This is essentially a wheel –Trans bus that has been converted into an accessible traveling shop. It is an ingenious idea which allows them to bring...
Can We Feed the World? Joel Salatin Gives Us An Insight
Estimates indicate that by 2050, at least 9 billion people will inhabit planet Earth. Food scientists, environmentalists, industry advocates, farmers, and policymakers disagree about how best to sustain a global food supply. In a lecture at Cornell on Feb. 12, 2015, alternative farmer Joel...
Chinese medicinal herbs provide niche market for US farmers
US farmers have found a new niche, medicinal herbs. There is an expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine that is fostering a lucrative market. They are planting different varieties of herbs, flowers and trees that are sought by practitioners and healers. While almost all practitioners...
Colorado Raised More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than From Alcohol
Pot is a boon for tax revenues in Colorado, outpacing revenue from alcohol taxes in the fiscal year ending on June 30. Colorado collected almost $70 million in marijuana taxes during that time, nearly double the $42 million collected from alcohol taxes. The state had a tax holiday for marijuan...
Costco is Getting Creative Trying to Meet Shoppers’ Huge Appetite for Organics
In a mayor effort to boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand for organic produce. Kimberly Fee pushes a shopping cart holding her son, Cameron, 4, at Cost...
Costco is now helping farmers buy land to keep up with the demand for organic food.
“We cannot get enough organics to stay in business day in and day out,” said Costco CEO Craig Jelinek. The company has launched it's pilot program to rectify the situation.  So far it has helped San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce purchase 1,200 acres in Me...
Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past
Dan DeSutter, in a field of dried-up daikon radish, sunflower, turnip and hairy vetch, has been experimenting with cover crops for 17 years. This article is for all the skeptics out there. There is a way for soil remediation done in a natural way. When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire...
Creating Bee Sanctuaries in Urban Environments
In an attempt to protect bees during the winter time a group of people designed what appears to be a curved honey comb that is used as a planter, covering the hives providing this way a cover to protect the hives from the snow Bees In the WinterAlmost a third of all of the managed bee colonies in t...
Daily Life On The Off Grid Homestead Preparing For Winter
By special request here is a video of my daily life recently on the off grid homestead. I am preparing for winter and just about everything else is now secondary. I need a huge wood pile stacked and cured or I will freeze this winter.The mornings are cold, down in the low 40s now. The nights are in ...
Dairy farmer shuts down a year on from raw milk regulation changes in Victoria
One of the main dairy farmers pushing for the introduction of legal raw drinking milk in Victoria has shut down his farm after sales dropped by 70%. The death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, which was linked to the consumption of unpasteurised bath milk, prompted changes to dairy licences in Victor...
Deer Flock to Woman's Doorstep to Feed
Hunters feed deer year round. They use techniques to take inventory, nourish the animals and ultimately try to learn about the deer in pursuit of one of the trophy bucks. However, no matter how many tactics one might use, deer never come running like this! via youtube...
Demand For Organic Forces Action
It seems that Costco can’t get enough organic fruit and vegetables to supply its customers; and is now bypassing its competitor Whole Foods with a whopping $4 billion in its annual organic sales. In a bid to assist the supply to their warehouses, Costco is lending money to farmers to help...
Demand Is Growing For Hogs That Are Raised Humanely Outdoors
Turn down the road to Flying Pigs Farm here, and two or three of Michael Yezzi’s pigs are probably standing in the middle of it. “They’re the welcoming committee,” Mr. Yezzi explained recently. These particular pigs, three Gloucestershire Old Spots that could easily find work...
Denver Broncos’ Von Miller Dreams of Being a Chicken Farmer
We may be losing farmers at a pretty scary rate, but we can add one more to the ranks once his football career is over: Super Bowl winner and Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller. According to Yahoo! Sports, Miller—who’s 26 and studied poultry science at Texas A&M—has a small ...
Dry Farming: the California farmers who don’t water their crops
Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit? There’s something different about Will Bucklin’s grape vines. At first it’s hard to notice, but a drive through northern California’s S...
Dung Beetles Help Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Cattle Farming
Dung beetles do just what their name suggests: they use the manure, or dung, of other animals in some unique ways! These interesting insects fly around in search of manure deposits, or pats, from herbivores like cows and elephants. Dung beetles come in a variety of colors, from dull and glossy black...
Earth Has Lost A Third Of Arable Land In Past 40 Years
The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food soars, scientists have warned. New research has calculated that nearly 33% of the world’s adequate or high-quality food-produc...
Edmonton beekeeper builds a better beehive
Beekeeping can provide you with a lifetime interest that will keep you learning something new everyday, as well as providing you with many pleasurable moments of relief from the daily stresses of living and working.  It makes no difference if you are a man, woman, or younger child, or a person ...
EPA surprise: Agency seeks to cancel approval of toxic pesticide
And the company that makes the chemical, Bayer CropScience, refuses to agree. Of all the hot-button agricultural chemicals we hear about, flubendiamide is not on the top of many awareness lists. It’s not the most toxic and it’s only used on a quarter of United States tobacco crops and 14...
Facebook Friends Respond To SOS Post In The Middle Of A Farm Raid
This call for help happened October 2nd. 2015, in Ontario, Canada when Public health officials raided a raw milk farm. Michael Schmidt said about 20 officials from Ontario’s ministries of agriculture, natural resources and finance, as well as local police, arrived at his farm in Durham, Ont., ...
Farm Hack: A Way for Small Scale Farmers and Growers to Come Together (Video)
This is a film about the launch of Farm Hack in the UK by the Land Workers' Alliance. The event brought together small scale farmers and growers where they shared and demonstrated tools and ideas. Sharing technology for appropriate farming, to build relationships that build tools and oppor...
Farm Helps Veterans Rebuild Their Lives After War
This is such an inspiring story, just when a door closes a window opens and what seemed like the end, becomes an opportunity to help and bring people together, healing and learning new skills. In a turn of events, Bakers Green Acres farm owner Mark Baker announced last week that he and his family ha...
Farm Stands Are Popping-Up At Bus Stops And They Are Pure Brilliance
Making fresh produce conveniently available to people in food deserts is an idea whose time has thankfully come. In Grand Central Terminal there is a fancy food market where commuters can grab fresh groceries before hopping on the train back to the suburbs. It is the model of convenience and one tha...
Farm to Table Dinners To Support Farmers’ Market
A Tennessee farm-to-table dinner draws awareness and raises funds to support a local farmers’ market. This is the best way to introduce a products to the potential customers. You get to meet your farmer and you get to taste the delicious local foods. More than fresh, local food is on the pl...
Farmer John Boyd Jr. Wants African-Americans To Reconnect With Farming
John W. Boyd, Jr. is a fourth-generation black farmer, businessman and civil rights activist. He is a founder and president of the non-profit National Black Farmers Association, a position that has frequently placed him in the national spotlight. As an African-American, John Boyd Jr. might not be ...
Farmer Sees Odd Glimmer In Field…His Yield Was So Much Better Than Expected!!
They say that you shouldn’t make a mountain out of a molehill. However, what one Swiss farmer found in a molehill on his property wa certainly a mountain of rare and valuable historical objects. The farmer, who lives in the town of Ueken, noticed a glimmering object on a molehill o...
Farmers Given Grants to Switch to Organic Farming
Two Midwestern states in the U.S. are offering farmers three years of support to move to organic crop production. Farmers would ditch GMOs along with their toxic pesticides and herbicides. The aim is to boost acreage of organically-grown crops in the U.S. once the upper Midwest is well on its way to...
Farmers Will Soon Buy and Sell Agricultural Products through an Online National Portal
In India, Farmers will soon start buying and selling all the products stemming from their agricultural endeavors through an Online National Portal, making it easier to buy direct and get rid of the middle man. Wouldn't it be great to have something like this here in the US, where you could buy farm ...
Fastest Way To Seed Potatoes (Video)
This is a video that shows a small tractor with a rig that allows you to plow the land, plant your potato seed and cover it with dirt in one run.  // innovación ¿Como ven? #tierrafertil Posted by Tierra Fertil on Wednesday, February 3, 2016   via Facebook...
Fermented Feed: A Farm-Kid Chore
Have you ever heard of fermented feed for your animals? It is an excellent way to provide them with probiotics and good bacteria that is produced during the fermentation process of their food, bringing health to your animals. Fermented foods are easily bio-available and they feed less, so you save i...
First Timers: How To Milk a Family Cow {Part One}
We welcomed our first family milk cow to our farm in 2010. We had never ever milked a cow before… by hand or machine! Elsie, our first Jersey milk cow, was dropped off one evening and the next morning she calved… aaahhhh! What do we do now?! (Click HERE if you want to watch the birth)....
First Timers: How To Milk a Family Cow {Part Two}
Welcome to part two of our Family Milk Cow blog series. If you haven’t checked out part one, you can find it here. In this blog post and YouTube video I am going cover the following topics: Milking schedule, breeding, and cow / calf logistics Milking equipment Hay and grain Washin...
France has a plan for its soil – and it’s not just about wine
French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world to pay attention to their terroir. As industrial emissions of greenhouse gases continue to increase and concerns about climate change gro...
Get More Out of Your Chickens (with less work) – Nine Crazy Simple Design Concepts
Great article if you are interested in backyard chickens. I just about quit homesteading (after 10 years).  After living the good life on my family farm near Asheville, NC, I was near done.  D.O.N.E. Done.  A chronic illness like Lyme disease will do that to a person. I was broke...
GM soy produces less than non-GMO
The justification for the production for GMO crops is that it produces more to feed more, but studies have recently shown that it is not the case. Is it worth it to continue producing these crops that more and more are showing to be in the detriment of our health? Our environment? Profits can't be o...
Graduating from Burning Man to a 9 acre, 5-family community. What does it take?
We started off as veteran Burning Man friends and we ended up as neighbors, chosen family members, business partners, co-parents and partners in the process of life. Little did we know that there was a grand design at work when years before, many of us came together to do a deep dive into a pro...
GRAZING MANAGEMENT IN THE NEW NORMAL
Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is an accomplished professional grazier of 27 years, a grasslands advocate, and a voice for grassfed livestock producers to the media, restaurateurs and legislators.  In addition to working with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation D...
Grow Your Own Chicken Feed For Ten Percent Of The Cost Of Buying
Chicken Fodder 7 day growth  My husband Chad Lifka made this fodder system for our chickens. It saves us hundreds of dollars in feed. Plus it's organic!  So go try it at home! Save yourself some funds, and have happy natural fed chickens!   adsense version=10}...
Have You Ever Considered To Mow Your Hay With Horses?
When most people think of their options, it's either a push mower or a riding mower.  But when you begin to expand your thought process to the exercise your horses crave and love, you might just decide on another gas-free solution to gathering your hay from the fields.  When the gas engine...
Herding with donkeys; watch a donkey protect his owner from an angry cow
This first video clip let me know that here in the U.S. we got jipped.  See, back when the west belonged to Mexico, all the donkeys were taught to understand Spanish.  I mean, who ever saw a donkey do what you tell it to in English   ;)      On a serious note, in the vi...
Homeless Given New Life after Working on a 22-Acre Organic Farm
Farming is not only an awesome thing to do, but if you use it to teach and help others in the process it becomes a healing opportunity and a way to make a living and inspire. Tackling homelessness, joblessness, and food insecurity all at once can seem like a daunting task, but Verde Farms in Miami, ...
Horse Power Log Splitter. (Video)
The horse walks on a treadmill same as one for a person, only slightly larger. As he walks the energy is stored in a flywheel. Perfect for a log splitter. After it splits a log he spins it back up for the next one. via Facebook...
How drought laden farmers are coping in tough times
For some farmers water is one of the most important commodities, and with drought striking large parts of the United States, Canada, Australia and other parts of the World, the strain for crops to grow is felt. Farmers have to become very creative in the way they manage water resources. &n...
How I Cut My Chicken Feed Bill To Zero
We are in the process of buying 200 chickens for egg production and for meat. As we are trying to source the feed for them, I stumbled upon this article just in time, it has changed the way we are going to go about it and hope it helps you too. A tractor trailer dropped off a pallet of organic feed ...
How Many Sheep Did You Say Were Headed This Way? Really?
My favorite video I've ever filmed!! I think? Magic moment for me. Make sure you can have the volume on as that's half the fun! Emmeline Holly Allen at Just after the Waioeka Gorge, Gisborne Region.  Original Facebook Link January 24 at 3:41am ·  ...
How to Find a Spring or Seep on your Off Grid Property
Serious business finding water.Seeps, springs, what do they look like? How do you locate one once you start looking for property? Do you hire someone? Do you trust the landowner? How do you know what a seep is? Is that trickle coming out of the ground really a spring? Can it be developed? Serious qu...
How To Find Free Livestock For Your Homestead
One of the most fun and exciting aspects about living in a rural area, is the ability due to zoning and large chunks of land to raise livestock. For those starting homesteading, or for those that are short on cash, owning animals can be difficult, but if you search thoroughly however, you will ...
How to Make a Living On The Homestead Without a Job
I read about a husband and wife that proclaims to be “self-unemployed”. After they quit their cushy life and city jobs several years ago, they have managed to be self-employed and self-sufficient on their Homestead. They have transitioned from working in the office to work...
How to Set Up and Keep Bees
BY PENNY SWIFT  People have been keeping bees for centuries, both for beeswax and for honey, but there is still an incredible mystique about bee keeping. This is probably because bees generally move is swarms and if they attack they can kill any sized human. Coupled with this, many people are ...
INDIGENOUS AGRICULTURE AND FOOD: WHERE ANCIENT TRADITIONS MEET SUSTAINABILITY
Indigenous farming is not just farming practiced by indigenous people. It is the product of indigenous cultures that are deeply connected to particular places. In the words of one indigenous farmer, Vena A-dae Romero, “indigenous people are as much part of the land as the land is part of us. W...
Intensive Farming Link To Bovine TB
Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has concluded. A study by the University of Exeter, funded by BBSRC and published in the Royal Society journal Biological Letters, anal...
Invasive Earthworms: Affects on Native Soils
In North America, earthworms exist as native species in the warmer Eastern and Western coasts of the United States, having avoided the glaciation of the last Ice Age series. Native earthworms found refuge in these areas as the northern plains and upper latitudes of North America were scoured and cov...
Investing In Organics -- a Profitable Endeavor
by Shelley Goldberg      Story Re-published with permission by the WallStreetDaily Ten years ago, buying organic seemed like a luxury reserved for the rich and famous – with pictures of celebrities in tabloids carrying Whole Foods bags under headlines like, “They...
Israel Puts Cameras in Factory Farms to Curb Abuse: What the U.S. Could Learn From This Move
Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is making an unprecedented move to install cameras in their slaughterhouses. This plan, set to be complete by the end of 2016, is inresponse to multiple undercover videos that show animals being abused by factory workers. &l...
It's Morel Mushroom Season: Hunting tips for your next adventure
It's Morel Season!!! and I wanted to share this article for those of you who are fortunate enough to live near a wooded area. The link to the original article is at the bottom of the page. Are you excited with thoughts of filling baskets of morel mushrooms to overflow capacity? Here ...
Keep your Chooks Happy in an Urban Setting with This Modern Coop
City Farming is Booming: Daily Needs Modular Chicken Coop & Garden provides all the components you need to assemble housing for chickens and small pets, raised beds for vegetables, composting bin, and tool shed in a configuration of your choice. Detail: Developed with "social (back to basics), ...
Keyline plowing results: 522,720 worms for $280
How something is tested is just as important as the results. Part of the scientific method is just figuring out if you asked the right questions and tested appropriately. So here we more fully describe what we did, existing conditions, and the farmers’ management.  In a follow-up to our f...
Laundry on an Off-Grid Homestead
Something as simple as getting the laundry done is really a habit learned by the way one is brought up.  If you were part of the generation where your clothes were washed by being tossed in the machine, and moved to the drier when done, and you find yourself transitioning to a homestead trying ...
Legal Hemp Production Making a Comeback after 80 Year Ban
It has been eight decades since U.S. drug laws made growing hemp in American soil illegal.  Today barely one percent of Americans are farming hemp. Before it was prohibited in 1937, that number was 30 percent and our hemp was considered among the best in the world.   Hemp is finally begin...
Live edge table creation: How they do it. (Video)
Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the carpenter incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge furniture often incorporates gnarly wood, such as Alligator Juniper, mesquite and salvaged wood that could not be used in conventional woodworking. ...
Living without Running Water, How Hard Could It Be?
For the past two and a half years on our homestead, our family has been living without running water.  Instead, we live with what I have heard referred to as “walking water.” In our case, the walking part has been quite literal – walking hundreds of gallons of water in buckets...
Maggots Are Making This Guy Millions! Yes, I Said Maggots...(Videos)
Self-described Eco-Capitalist Jason Drew of AgriProtein is farming flies to feed the world, clean up waste, and make a mint in the process. When Jason Drew plunges his hand into a seething mass of 3-day old maggots, it is with the contentment of a farmer inspecting his thriving flock. His latest ven...
Man Faces Grim Task When Told He Can't Keep Chickens
A new resident of Lehigh Acres pleaded with county commissioners Tuesday to adopt a backyard hen ordinance so others wouldn't face the grim task he must perform after being told his flock is illegal. "What I'm asking you for is change the zoning, not to allow roosters that make noise, just for some ...
Maryland’s honeybees are being massacred, and the weapon might be in your house
Bees tend to honeycomb cells in a colony in Frederick, Md. (Linda Davidson / The Washington Post) In the end, Maryland lawmakers couldn’t ignore the same haunting story from beekeepers. “I go into winter with a really strong population, managed them to be fat and healthy, treated for mit...
Meet Shrek - The Renegade Sheep That Avoided Shearing For Six Years By Hiding In A Cave
This is Shrek, the appropriately-named renegade sheep that escaped and avoided shearing for SIX long years. modern farmer Shrek really, really, really did not like getting his hair cut. So for six years, this New Zealand libertarian managed to avoid spring shearings by hiding in a cave. By the time ...
Meet the men reviving the ancient craft of tree beekeeping
We think of bees and flowers as inextricably linked, and the flowers we typically picture as the most “bee-friendly” are garden stalwarts such as sunflowers and lavender. However, ask a bee’s opinion and they will most likely name a tree – cherry plum, alder, hazel – a...
Minesota Farmer Turns To Non-GMO Seeds
The history of seeds are intricately intertwined with our own history. If we lose the ability to harvest, exchange and save our own seeds. We might lose more than we bargained for. I love stories where farmers chose to do the right thing for themselves, their families, the environment and for f...
Nottinghamshire Dairy Farm Installs Milk Vending Machine
New Holbeck farm unveils a raw milk vending machine . Farmer Tom Sharman hopes it will offer customers the freshest tasting milk available. Allowing his users to scrape the cream off themselves if they want semi-skimmed milk. The Farm's milk mostly used for cheese, but machine will l...
On the Farm: Understanding Holistic management
Holistic Management is a Whole Farm/Ranch Planning System that helps farmers, ranchers and land stewards better manage agricultural resources in order to reap sustainable environmental, economic, and social benefits. This “triple bottom line” of benefits can be achieved by the manag...
One Man's Sacrifice To Save The World's Seeds
During the siege of Leningrad, a group of Russian botanists holed up in a secret vault starved to death rather than consume the greatest collection of seeds they were guarding for a post-apocalyptic world. Worse, Nikolay Vavilov, the man who had collected the seeds, also died of hunger in Stalin&rsq...
Pastor Turns Food Desert into Garden of Eden for the Poor
A North Carolina preacher has been nominated for a top hero prize after he created a nutritional oasis in what had been a food desert. Pastor Richard Joyner had to preside over many funerals for members of his congregation due to diseases related to poor nutrition. One day, he decided to do somethin...