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7 Questions To Ask When Buying Small Acreage

7 Questions To Ask When Buying Small Acreage

How much acreage do you really need to create a homestead, farm, hobby farm or country home? Maybe less (or more) than you think! Learn more with...

How to PredatorProof Your Chicken Coop

How to Predator-Proof Your Chicken Coop

Chickens and their eggs are easy prey for predators such as raccoons, coyotes and snakes. In this article, we're sharing expert advice on how to...

How Rural Living Brings Recycling Back Home

How Rural Living Brings Recycling Back Home

It has been said that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That is especially true in a rural environment. Rather than driving to a big box store,...

5 Ways to Maximize Your Gardening Potential

5 Ways to Maximize Your Gardening Potential

Are you one of the many who don’t feel that you have adequate gardening space? Do you think it's not worth the effort to try to plant vegetables...

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....

Fire Starting Tutorial

Fire Starting Tutorial

We don’t know when or how man first discovered how to use fire. But we do know that various ways to start and use fire were developed long before...

Tips To Simplify Your Fishing So You'll Fish More Often

Tips To Simplify Your Fishing So You'll Fish More Often

Wouldn't it be amazing to have the time to cast a line while on your way to the grocery store, the bank or even to pick up the kids?  Rural life...

When to Repair, Replace or Recycle Your Farm/Garden Tools

When to Repair, Replace or Recycle Your Farm/Garden Tools

In our modern “cast-aside” society, we often see items discarded that are easily repairable or recyclable. We need look no further than our recent...