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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...

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...

The Cider Farm: How This Wisconsin Farmer Grows Apples Suited for Hard Cider

The Cider Farm: How This Wisconsin Farmer Grows Apples Suited for Hard Cider

The Birminghams set out to start an organic farm business...and wound up grafting, growing and brewing some of the best organic, traditional hard...

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...

All About Raising Alpacas: An Interview With Pat Waters

All About Raising Alpacas: An Interview With Pat Waters

Alpacas are herd animals that are domesticated relatives of the camel family. They were originally located in South America (primarily Peru, Chile...

Running Rural: 3 Basic Safety Tips for Country Routes

Running Rural: 3 Basic Safety Tips for Country Routes

Once you start running on country roads, forested trails and other wide open spaces you'll never want to go back to the gym! However, there are...

How to Transition Your Garden to Perennials this Fall

How to Transition Your Garden to Perennials this Fall

Do you spend big dollars every spring and fall to purchase new bedding plants for your flower beds? If so, you might find that transitioning to...

5 Ways to Preserve Basil

5 Ways to Preserve Basil

Basil is one of those plants that just loves our hot, sticky, southern summers. And that means most of us wind up with far more than we can...

Mistakes Animals Make

Mistakes Animals Make

Our impressions of wildlife often picture these creatures dashing through the woods with grace and agility.  Deer leap over fences with the style...