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How To Build Nesting Boxes That Attract Bluebirds To Your Land

How To Build Nesting Boxes That Attract Bluebirds To Your Land

Looking for a fun and purposeful project to ride out the last days of winter? L. Woodrow Ross shares how landowners can help enhance bluebird...

Experiences in Country CrossTraining

Experiences in Country Cross-Training

Need some humorous inspiration to fuel your New Year's fitness resolutions? Jim Mize shares his first-hand experiences in woodland country...

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...

The Big House: Growing up in rural South Carolina in more innocent times

The Big House: Growing up in rural South Carolina in more innocent times

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect back on our roots and family traditions. In this heart-felt essay, L. Woodrow Ross shares his memories...

Top 10 Gifts for Homesteaders and Hobby Farmers

Top 10 Gifts for Homesteaders and Hobby Farmers

Wondering what to gift your favorite homesteaders or hobby farmers for the holidays? Check out these top 10 gift ideas any back-to-the-lander will...

11 Humorous Reasons To Count Your Country Blessings

11 Humorous Reasons To Count Your Country Blessings

Humor writer and outdoorsman, Jim Mize, gives us 11 darn good (and funny) reasons to count our country blessings this thanksgiving.
How (and why) to make your own leaf mulch

How (and why) to make your own leaf mulch

Fall leaves are beautiful...and can be a pain to clean up, especially on larger properties. However, with a little bit of effort and a decent lawn...

Creating A PlasticFree Country Kitchen: 9 Lessons From YesterYear

Creating A Plastic-Free Country Kitchen: 9 Lessons From Yester-Year

No matter where you live in America, plastic pollution from single-use items has become a big, ugly, and pervasive problem. 

Hiking with KidsMistakes to Avoid for Happier Trails

Hiking with Kids---Mistakes to Avoid for Happier Trails

Cultivating a love of nature is one of the best things we can do to protect our children's physical, mental and emotional health. Hiking is a great...

Keeping Bears Wild

Keeping Bears Wild

If you live in a rural area with black bears, one of the most important things to learn is how to keep those bears wild. Outdoorsman, Jim Mize...