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Catherine Pond

Catherine Pond writes from a ridge farm in Kentucky where she lives with her family, chickens, and cattle. She blogs at FarmwifeatMidlife.blogspot.com and wrote The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses [Gibbs Smith: 2007], now available from her website, CatherinePond.com.

Recent Posts

How to Bring Heirloom Plants to Your Garden | Rethink:Rural

What are heirloom plants and seeds? Here is a guide to understanding heirloom plants and how you can bring them to your garden.

10 Heirloom Annual Flowers & Where to Buy Them | Rethink:Rural

How do you start your heirloom flower garden? Here are ten of Kentucky farmwife Catherine Pond's favorite heirloom annual flowers and where to...

How to Hygge in the South—Even Where Winter is Warm-ish

How do you get cozy in warm, southern winters? Catherine Pond explains the art of practicing “hygge.”

In the Path of Totality: Our Rare Eclipse Experience in the Rural South

Rethink:Rural's "Farmwife at Midlife" offers a beautiful narrative of her experience watching a total eclipse in a secluded rural setting.

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.

Bootstrapper, The Story of a Mom Who Tackled the Odds on a 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...

Jenna Woginrich Shares Her Top Tips for Homesteading

Jenna Woginrich has tried her hand at everything from homesteading to raising animals and training falcons.

Which Plants Should You Bring Indoors For The Winter?

If you’ve spent all summer and fall tending to your plants, you don’t want to let them suffer during the winter months. Some of your plants will...

Carols come to life at Christmas in the country

Kentucky farmwife Catherine Pond shares how lines from favorite carols are truly a part of her country Christmases.

Mistletoe—A Most Marvelous and Mysterious Holiday Plant

The history of mistletoe goes far beyond Christmas and kissing. There are many more uses for the plant then just a holiday decoration .