Taking a quick break from getting ready for winter is allowed right here because there’s a group of folks that have to look at winter from a somewhat different place than some of the rest of us.  The rest of us of course use “Traditional” Langstroth style hives…rectangular boxes stacked perpendicularly with rectangular, enclosed frames […]

Murray McMurray Hatchery emailed saying the chicks shipped on Saturday — six days before the Home and Garden Show. They could arrive Monday, but more likely Tuesday, and even possibly Wednesday. If they arrived Wednesday, they would be ultra-stressed and some would probably be dead on arrival. Just-hatched chicks can be shipped in the mail […]

“Average,” of course, is a highly interesting concept. It’s the mean in a vast landscape of data. You can measure it in a lot of different ways. You can even measure it to draw out the answer you want. For me, a fairly educated and literate spade-wielding creature, the answer is a lot. The great […]

With autumn dawning, it’s time to start thinking about splitting, stacking, and stoking. For folks using wood heat, especially with a wood-burning furnace, there is a lot of money to be saved (or wasted!) when selecting firewood types. When buying firewood, the task is fairly straightforward. Denser, heavier wood will produce more heat, commonly measured […]

I love what I do – working from home, growing some of our own food, and connecting with folks around the world who are either just planning or just embarking on their journey towards rural living and/or increased self-reliance. These are ‘out of the box’ people who live outside the status quo.  They don’t take […]

In a recent blog, Use Lumber You’ve Cut to Start Creative Wood Projects, we introduced you to Wood-Mizer’s Personal Best contest. The contest encourages wood sawyers from all corners of the United States and Canada to use Wood-Mizer products to craft everything from tool sheds to large homes. Winning sawyers and their projects are featured […]

It’s November, and we all know what that means: The holidays will be here any day now! Last year we followed the Thanksgiving turkey recipe below with our own homegrown bird, and we’ll do it again this year because it’s that good: super moist, flavorful, and sure to please your guests. It takes some preparation, […]

Last week, we introduced you to one of Wood-Mizer’s 2009 Personal Best contest winners, Donn Saindon, who built a home for his family in Idaho using reclaimed wood and his Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. This week, we’re featuring a project by Robert Craig, who built this barn for less than $5,000! Craig’s barn sits on 90 […]

Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center staff member, Berta Nelson, sent us a review of the solar charged  Homesteading Education Month event held in Taylor, Ariz.  Here at the Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Ariz., we celebrated International Homesteading Month by showing off our many ways of working with the sun. On the first day of autumn, Saturday, Sept. 22, […]

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) will be celebrating 35 years of success at their annual conference on November 9-10 in Cary, N.C. Whether you’re a hard-core farmer or backyard hobbyist, the conference is sure to have something that will ruffle your tail feathers. Presenters include Andy Schneider, more commonly known as “The Chicken Whisperer” […]