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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 and wrote The Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses [Gibbs Smith: 2007], now available from her website,

Recent Posts

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 .

How did state fairs start?

Kentucky farmwife Catherine Pond takes us to the fair and looks into the history of how state and county fairs began in the United States.

Picking the Perfect Pumpkins: A Guide to Heirloom Pumpkin Varieties

You might only be familiar with the round, orange pumpkins that show up everywhere in the fall, but there are many more kinds of pumpkins, ranging...

Barn building inspiration from old barns across the U.S.

Get your barn building ideas from this piece highlighting the charms of old barn architecture across the United States.

Tips from The Beekman Boys: they answer 10 questions about rural life

Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of the TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, share tips they have learned about rural life since moving from NYC...

Friendship in a quilt | Rethink Rural Blog

Years ago after our family moved from New England to a farm on the Kentucky Ridge, my neighbors invited my daughter Addie and I to experience...

Farmwifery: Lessons learned on a Kentucky farm

Farming is not something out of the pages of a magazine, although old stuff and a big country kitchen helps. A lot. Here are some of the things...

Mennonites & Me | Rethink Rural Blog | Rural Life

Here in Kentucky we discovered a small Old Order Mennonite community in the neighboring county. For eight years we have done business with their...

Starting a farm at midlife: The 1000-mile journey

Since we moved nearly 1000 miles from New England to Kentucky eight years ago, where we knew absolutely no one, native folks often ask us, “Why...