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Catherine Seiberling Pond

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Catherine Seiberling Pond writes about home, place, and rural life from her Kentucky ridge farm where her family moved from New England in 2008. She is also marketing coordinator (remote and on site) for the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska and says the combination of vocations and locales is the best of all rural worlds. Find more at CatherinePond.com.

Recent Posts

Cost Cutting in the Country: What You Can Do to Save Money Right Now

Cost Cutting in the Country: What You Can Do to Save Money Right Now

Looking for ways to cut costs and save money at home? Farm wife Catherine Pond shares her advice on how country folks can take advantage of their...

Planting by the Signs: A Considered Gardening Practice as Old as the Hills

Planting by the Signs: A Considered Gardening Practice as Old as the Hills

Have you ever heard of the old Appalachian tradition of "planting by the signs"? This ancient method of garden planning relies on moon phases and the...

Late Winter Gardening: Things You Can Do in February to Prepare for Spring

Late Winter Gardening: Things You Can Do in February to Prepare for Spring

It's already mid-February and although it's not quite planting time, there are signs of spring throughout the Southeast. Learn what you can do (and...

Finding Farm WonderFrom the Mundane to the Magnificent

Finding Farm Wonder—From the Mundane to the Magnificent

These days, many people are seeking a farm or small holding of land to create a greater sense of freedom and well-being. And there is nothing better...

Winter's Coming  9 Ways to Prepare for the Darkest Season of the Year

Winter's Coming — 9 Ways to Prepare for the Darkest Season of the Year

Winter's coming...are you and your homestead ready for the months ahead? Farmwife Catherine S. Pond shares 10 ways you can prepare for the colder...

A Country Fourth of July

A Country Fourth of July

Get in the Fourth of July spirit with as Catherine S. Pond takes you back to holidays spent with her Grandparents and how they've adapted those...

Celebrating The Wildflowers of Appalachia

Celebrating The Wildflowers of Appalachia

Wildflower season is in full bloom in much of the South. To celebrate, farm wife Catherine Pond shares a short essay with a series of images of...

Warming Winter Chowders: 1 Recipe, 5 Ways

Warming Winter Chowders: 1 Recipe, 5 Ways

Already it is February 1 and Winter Storm Orlena has just brought bitter cold and a few inches of snow to our farm in south central Kentucky and is...

How to Make Elderberry Syrup From Dried Berries

How to Make Elderberry Syrup From Dried Berries

Learn how to make a huge batch of elderberry syrup using purchased, or foraged, dried berries and just a handful of other ingredients.

The Appalachian Tradition of Old Christmas

The Appalachian Tradition of "Old Christmas"

In this spirit of this unique holiday season, we bring you the little-known story of "Old Christmas", a centuries old Appalachian custom wherein...