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Fire RakesThe Most Useful Outdoor Tool You Don't Own

Fire Rakes---The Most Useful Outdoor Tool You Don't Own

A fire rake is designed to be used as a forest fire fighting tool, but it does so much more! And is invaluable for maintaining nearly any type of...

How to Prepare Your Farm or Homestead for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Your Farm or Homestead for a Hurricane

New to owning rural acreage, farm animals, lots of trees, a well, and/or barns and out buildings? Even inland dwellers need to prepare for severe...

How This Couple Started an American Tea Company On Their Rural Land

How This Couple Started an American Tea Company On Their Rural Land

Steve and Jennifer Lorch started a tea business at their South Carolina farm with a lot of hard work and persistence. Read their story and get...

Tax Benefits of Owning Rural Land

Tax Benefits of Owning Rural Land

There are a number of tax exemptions and benefits available to rural landowners. It comes down to understanding the codes in your specific area.

So You Want To Build A Barn? Read This Planning Guide First

So You Want To Build A Barn? Read This Planning Guide First

When it comes to barns, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. The best barn for your homestead is one built for your unique needs, climate,...

Eat Your Greens! Organic Farm: Redefining SmallScale Suburban Farming

Eat Your Greens! Organic Farm: Redefining Small-Scale Suburban Farming

Think you need large acreage to start a farm? This couple shares how they set up a successful organic microgreens business from their suburban...

Incorporating Fruiting Perennials into Rural Landscapes

Incorporating Fruiting Perennials into Rural Landscapes

Space is valuable and we need to take advantage of "lost" space on our property. Fruiting perennial bushes, trees and vines can be an excellent...

How to Clear Land to Build a Homestead  Tips and Advice from a Florida Landowner

How to Clear Land to Build a Homestead — Tips and Advice from a Florida Landowner

A FL landowner shares his experience, advice and tips on what it takes to clear a wooded lot to build a homestead.

How This Couple Started a Backyard Nursery Business on their Rural Land

How This Couple Started a Backyard Nursery Business on their Rural Land

The Webbs started a daylily business from scratch with a next-to-nothing financial investment and a lot of hard work. Read their story and get...

How to Build a Homestead While Serving in the Military

How to Build a Homestead While Serving in the Military

Veterans and current military service members can and do live rural. Here are some tips and resources for those looking to get off base and onto...