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How to Build a Pond or Lake on Your Rural Property

If you’re hoping to add a pond or lake to your property, there are many factors to consider and lots of planning to do. Our latest infographic...

Why manage wildlife on hunting land?

Longtime hunter Steve Simmons explains the benefits of managing wildlife for hunting land, both to increase the health of the deer population and...

How to Repurpose Wood You Clear from Your Acreage

Clearing your land means you are well on your way to building your dream rural home. But what will you do with all that timber?

Never too young to own land

The McDaniels may only be in their 20s, but they were more than ready to set up a homestead in the country.

Where to build your house on your land

You’ve bought the land. You have your house plans. All that remains is to choose the best location on your property to build your home. Nothing to...

The Beginner’s Guide to Build-it-Yourself Home Kits

We review build-it-yourself home kit companies, interviewing the companies and an owner to get the real story behind the costs and the work...

Land ownership for beginners: Our favorite advice

You bought the land, now what? We take a look at the best advice we've collected about how to build on your land, establish landscaping and even...

9 steps toward self-sufficient landscaping

Permaculture expert Jessi Bloom offers her tips on ways to make your property more sustainable, self-sufficient and productive

Raising farm kids: A family's move from subdivision to hobby farm

A family trades life in a subdivision for a small farm, raising farm kids who know the meaning of hard work, good food and the beauty of the...

How to know your soil type - and why it's important

When you own land, it's critical to know what kind of soil you have. Find out how to know your soil type and how to properly collect soil for...