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Lessons from a seed catalog

By Carol J. Alexander I love getting seed catalogs in the mail. Perusing seed catalogs on a cold winter night while a fire burns on the hearth beats reading the newest, best-selling novel any day. But dreaming of dirt running through my fingers is not the only reason I enjoy them so much. I also […]

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Enjoying great weather with a clothesline

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There’s something magical about drying clothes on a clothesline. It’s an act of symbiosis between nature and a human. A person takes their clothes and uses the sun and wind to dry them. No electricity, no machines. One of the best things about buying a home, for me and my family, was the chance to […]

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Top 5 reasons to own a clothesline

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So, you’re thinking about getting a clothesline, either building one or, even better, buying one, like we did. But you might be a little on the fence about the whole thing. So, we thought about it and decided to give you the top five reasons to have a clothesline. We’re not saying you should throw […]

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Out of hay? Try pollarding

In the past, when we still kept goats, I’d often chop down brush for the little beasties to nibble on for fodder. It wasn’t something we did often, but I did it, especially during the winter months, to give the goats a little bit of greenery to eat on after they’d devoured the easier to […]

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Essential Beekeeping Equipment

Essential Beekeeping Equipment

Beekeeping equipment is essential to raising honey bees in your backyard. Here’s an overview of what you really need … and what’s nice to have. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Knowing how, including what beekeeping equipment you need, can be the key to an enjoyable […]

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How to Write a Farm Plan?

I’ve written three farm plans now, and I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of how it should go at this point. (Full disclosure: Out of these three farm plans, only one has been moderately successful, so, you know, your mileage may vary going forward. I have a confidence-shattering […]

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