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Heritage Pigs

Get to Know Five Unique Heritage Pig Breeds

There are eight major swine breeds in the United States today that make up the vast majority of the registered and commercial pig population, and a number of minor or heritage breeds are gaining popularity among small-scale swine farms and those interested in preserving those breeds. Continue Reading »

Square Foot Gardening with Kids seeds

Taking the Garden to the Classroom 

This is the time of year when everyone starts to think more about learning, whether you're in school, homeschooling, or way beyond your formal educational years. In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, author Mel Bartholomew shares a tiny lesson in gardening that's perfect for learners of all levels. Read on, you might even learn a thing or two! Continue Reading »

Preventing Plant Disease in Your Indoor Kitchen Garden

There's a lot of truth in the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" (hello sunscreen and fresh flashlight batteries), and in the case of indoor kitchen gardening (think potted produce and herbs), an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of microgreens. Continue Reading »

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Electrical Testing Devices

Don't Be A Live Wire!

I don't do much electrical work beyond changing out fixtures or ceiling fans and replacing outlets. Those tasks are straight forward—hook it up the same way it was. And not a lot of possibility for messing up. Easy as those projects are, it is still critical that you have testing tools to determine if power is present. Continue Reading »

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Building a Fence for Chickens

The Best Types of Fence for Chickens and Poultry

Fences and gates are a necessary element of any farm life: they work double duty to keep livestock in and predators out, and there are many different types of material (wire, board, mesh, electric, and more) to consider when building a fence. Rick Kubik's book Farm Fences & Gates is an essential guide to building and repairing fences of all kinds, and in it we learn about pairing the needs and behavior of differing types of animals with types of fence. Read on for insight into fencing chickens and poultry. Continue Reading »

Country Skills

Extraordinary Goats landscaping feat

Goats at Work

No, it's not Take Your Goat to Work Day, sadly. Continue Reading »

Sustainable Living


CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

Help your farm thrive and include your customers in the success of your farm's products

Not only does Samantha Johnson and Philip Hasheider's book The Complete Illustrated Guide to Farming walk readers through the ins and outs of in-the-field work, it also explores the business of farming, which is prominently featured in the very first chapter. Continue Reading »

Home How-to

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Install Motion Sensing Floodlights

You Light Up My Life!

A neighbor has very fancy outdoor lighting. Continue Reading »

In the Garden

Extraordinary Goats landscaping feat

Goats at Work

No, it's not Take Your Goat to Work Day, sadly. Continue Reading »

In the Kitchen


Six Marked-Down Kindle Ebooks for Gardeners and Dog Lovers!

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Using the English Rein Grip to Drive Horses

One of the most common and classic rein grips for driving single horses and teams of horses is the English grip. Continue Reading »