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Meet the Author and Editor: Kristen Boye

Meet the Author and Editor: Kristen Boye

As part of our "Rethink Rural Meet the Author" series, Sarah Asp Olson interviews our fearless editor, Kristen Boye on her au naturale upbringing,...

How To Build A DIY Firewood Rack

How To Build A DIY Firewood Rack

For many rural folks and homesteaders, a fireplace or woodstove is an essential part of the home. However, finding a safe and efficient place to...

Tips For Implementing Nature Journaling With Children Of All Ages

Tips For Implementing Nature Journaling With Children Of All Ages

We talked to a veteran homeschooling mom in Western North Carolina, for details on what a nature journal is, and how to get started with one.

Fall Garden Prep: What Were Growing On Our Mini Farm  Tips For Fall  Winter Planting

Fall Garden Prep: What We’re Growing On Our Mini Farm + Tips For Fall & Winter Planting

It’s still hot, but the days are shortening as summer begins to slip into fall. Farm chores are adding up, especially as they pertain to the family...

Worm Charming and DIY Worm Farms: Summer Fun For Kids (And Anglers) Of All Ages

Worm Charming and DIY Worm Farms: Summer Fun For Kids (And Anglers) Of All Ages

Need a fun activity to occupy the kids before school starts? An outdoorswoman and mother of 2 shares her experience trying out worm charming with her...

The Extraordinary Rural Folks Weve Met Over 7 Years

The Extraordinary Rural Folks We’ve Met Over 7 Years

Farmers, rural entrepreneurs and even a celebrity survivalist have helped Rethink:Rural tell the story of country living throughout our 7 years of...

Bringing the Homestead into Your Homeschool

Bringing the Homestead into Your Homeschool

Homeschooling your children can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever embark on. But how do you fit it in when you are busy on the...

Must Have Tools and Accessories for Gardeners

Must Have Tools and Accessories for Gardeners

When gardening or farming, having the right tool for the right job can make all the difference. A regenerative farmer and homesteader shares his...

Planting by the Signs: A Considered Gardening Practice as Old as the Hills

Planting by the Signs: A Considered Gardening Practice as Old as the Hills

Have you ever heard of the old Appalachian tradition of "planting by the signs"? This ancient method of garden planning relies on moon phases and the...

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...