rural life

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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.

5 Natural Tick Repellents that Actually Work

Ticks are toxic for your body, but your repellent doesn't have to be. Try this health expert's top solutions to keep the ticks at bay.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Offers Intimate Nature Encounters

From yoga enthusiasts to fly fishermen, outdoor enthusiasts are discovering Stand-Up Paddleboard, also known as SUP.

How to Plan and Plant a Southern Spring Garden

Kentucky farmwife Catherine Pond shares wisdom on how to plan, prepare and plant a Southern spring garden.

10 Ways Country Life Can Be Your Best Personal Trainer

Long before people started paying monthly fees to work out at a gym, country folk were keeping in shape the old fashioned way: through hard work.

Meet the Snake Doctor: An interview with Whit Gibbons

Snake Doctor Whit Gibbons explains why he likes snakes, and why he says others should, too, in this overview of venomous snakes in the Southeast.

Farming Women and Women Homesteaders: A Series

Women all across the nation are making their country dreams a reality. These real life stories from women farmers and homesteaders are designed to...

Homesteading for Health: How Country Life Can Heal

A commitment to healthy living and simplicity on the homestead helped this family improve their son’s health and quality of life.

Book Review: Bootstrapper, the story of a mom who tackled the odds on a Northern Michigan Farm

Taking on farm life on your own with no help may seem like a recipe for disaster. But this memoir tells the story of how grit and determination...

Tips From The Ladies Behind Ladies Homestead Gathering

Being a woman on the homestead can be challenging if you don't know other homesteaders. The Ladies Homestead Gathering aims to make things easier...