kristen boye

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The Rural Landowner’s Guide to Earth Sheltered Homes

Could an earth sheltered house be right for you? An expert explains how these affordable alternative, energy-efficient homes are built.

How to Start a Farm-to-Fork Business on Your Homestead

The owner of a successful farm-to-fork meal service business explains how she got her start and what it takes to run the company that provides...

The Ultimate DIY Kids' Playhouses for Your Rural Land

We interview the imaginative carpenter behind Paul's Playsets, which offers cheap DIY Kids Playhouse plans you can purchase and download.

Secrets to Making Farm Chores Fun for Children of All Ages

Farm chores might not sound like your children’s idea of a good time. But with some encouragement from you, they can learn to love helping out.

How to Bake a Little Healthier (and feel sexier) this Valentine’s Day

Health writer Kristen Boye explains how to modify your favorite recipes to be healthier -- and still delicious -- this Valentine's Day (and...

How to drought-proof your land

A permaculture expert shares 8 tips to prevent drought and conserve water on your rural property.

How Cold Fresh Air Helps You Be Healthier

While you may hide in the house as soon as cold weather hits, there are more than a few reasons to get out and enjoy the cool air.

7 Easy Ways to Preserve Food (No Canning Required)

Not a fan of canning? Here are 7 alternative ways to preserve produce to enjoy all winter long.

How a Digital Detox Could Change Your Life

Taking a break from technology might sound interesting and scary at the same time. With devices so ingrained in our daily lives, many people...

What are Backyard Office Sheds and How Can You Use One to Work at Home?

Working from home might be your dream, but you need a real office space to call your own.