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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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IPM: An Ideal Approach to Natural Pest Control in Gardens and Farms

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Pests and diseases are an unavoidable reality in agriculture. In this immensely diverse biosystem that we call Earth, humans must share with other …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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The Biology of the Rumen

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Ruminants have a special function in our world’s complex ecosystem. They consume grasses grown in pastures and on rangeland along with fibrous shrubs and …

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Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how …

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From Famine to Feast

Add to Favorites By Annie Flanzraich, Nevada The sun beats down on Laura Leonard’s toned, tanned arms as she rips a three-foot tall weed from the ground. She tosses the gnarly …

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Revisiting the Past with Sorghum

Add to Favorites By Ed Dane It was a warm October afternoon in Hanover, Michigan, a small rural community on the south edge of Jackson County. People were gathering for …

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Farming, to the Nth Degree

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Academia, I learned, is not all about laptops and college football games these days. In a few corners around the country, universities and …

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Sweetgrass Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of Charlestonians

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone Homesteaders, country crafts and cultural traditional art seem to thrive in a parallel universe across the globe. Regardless of location, everyone has become doorkeepers …

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Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Bug Repellents and More

Add to Favorites By Melissa Mink, The Homestead Moma To most homesteaders going green, natural or organic means that you are trying to reduce toxins that have crept into your everyday …

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Foraging for Mushrooms

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Knowledge of edible wild mushrooms can really enhance your outdoor experience and give you a little bit of self-reliance. Yet, there is this mystique …

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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of …

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