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Special Gifts for Father's Day

Special Gifts for Father's Day

An outdoorsman, survivalist, gardener, primitive crafts hobbyist, hunter, fisherman, Dad and Grandpa shares his advice on great Father's Day Gifts...

OldFashioned Skills Can Help Children Thrive In Uncertain Times

Old-Fashioned Skills Can Help Children Thrive In Uncertain Times

The last few years have been hard on children and families. However, uncertain times (and summer break) provide parents a unique opportunity to teach...

Camping in Bear Country

Camping in Bear Country

Camping brings you up close and personal with nature, whether you car camp or venture far into the backwoods. But when camping in bear country, it's...

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...

The Christmas Hunt

The Christmas Hunt

Times were simpler and trivial things took on more significance in those days. Holidays were special times when thoughts turned from the drudgery of...

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...

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...

Best Gifts for Anglers

Best Gifts for Anglers

Christmas shopping for anglers can seem a daunting task as they either appear to already have everything or you have no idea what they already own....

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...