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Turn Your Forest Land into a Certified Tree Farm

Turn Your Forest Land into a Certified Tree Farm

More than 74,000 family forest owners have turned their 19 million acres of timberland into certified tree farms. Should you? The director of the...

Why Moms Make the Best Turkey Hunters

Why Moms Make the Best Turkey Hunters

The first day of spring signals a silence in my car that is answered by clucks, squawks and yelps from a mouth call as I prepare for the upcoming...

A Trail Building Tutorial for Recreational Land

A Trail Building Tutorial for Recreational Land

A recreational property, or any piece of wooded land, is not complete without some type of trail system. A trail building novice turned expert...

Celebrating Female Farmers, Homesteaders, Sportswomen and Rural Entrepreneurs

Celebrating Female Farmers, Homesteaders, Sportswomen and Rural Entrepreneurs

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we’ve curated a selection of articles featuring extraordinary women who are redefining what it...

How to Read a Topograpic Map

How to Read a Topograpic Map

Map reading is a dying art, but it is an essential skill for navigating the great outdoors and for assessing large parcels of rural acreage before...

How This ThirdGeneration Farmer is Helping Rural Nebraska Stay Fit

How This Third-Generation Farmer is Helping Rural Nebraska Stay Fit

Maggie Holub, a third-generation farmer, has created a mobile fitness facility to bring fitness classes to rural communities that may not have...

11 Reasons to Consider Retiring Rural

11 Reasons to Consider Retiring Rural

Retirement is a big step and for most of us and it opens up a myriad of possibilities. Retiring to the country is a great step in the right...

7 Shelter Options for your Recreational Property

7 Shelter Options for your Recreational Property

If you’re not ready to turn your large tract of land into a permanent homestead, but still want to make the most of your recreational property,...

15 Reasons Country Life Beats City Life HandsDown

15 Reasons Country Life Beats City Life Hands-Down

If you’re thinking of moving outside the city, you probably have a lot of questions about what it will be like. This article paints a picture of...

The Appalachian Tradition of Old Christmas

The Appalachian Tradition of "Old Christmas"

In this spirit of this unique holiday season, we bring you the little-known story of "Old Christmas", a centuries old Appalachian custom wherein...