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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...

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...

Farm Dogs: Introducing your pup to life on the farm

Farm Dogs: Introducing your pup to life on the farm

Some would say life on a farm is not complete without a trusted farm dog. But, training a dog to be comfortable around tractors, livestock, wide...

Author Profile: Jim Mize

Author Profile: Jim Mize

Award-winning writer, Jim Mize, has been a beloved contributor to Rethink:Rural since our inception. As a humor writer, outdoorsman, avid...

The Joys of Summers Spent on our 40 acre Farm

The Joys of Summers Spent on our 40 acre Farm

To kick off the “official” start of summer, Kristen Boye takes you back to her 1980s childhood summers spent on their organic farm. If you’re a...

Meet Lisa MarinA Model of SelfSufficiency

Meet Lisa Marin---A Model of Self-Sufficiency

We often hear words, but we don’t really listen. I am often guilty of not being a good listener. My wife, Margaret, had often mentioned the...
Celebrating The Wildflowers of Appalachia

Celebrating The Wildflowers of Appalachia

Wildflower season is in full bloom in much of the South. To celebrate, farm wife Catherine Pond shares a short essay with a series of images of...

Author Profile: L. Woodrow Ross  An Outdoorsman For the Ages

Author Profile: L. Woodrow Ross – An Outdoorsman For the Ages

As part of our "Rethink Rural Meet the Author" series, Jim Mize interviews our resident survival and outdoors expert L. Woodrow Ross on what it...