Traditional Farm Accounting, Part 1

The business farmer wishes to know how much he is making or losing on his business each year, how much he is making or losing on each crop or class of animals, and how he can improve his business so as to make more money. The function of farm-cost accounting is to supply this information. Cost … Read more

Half Acre Garden

The following plan is sufficient for the southern United States:

Causes of Spoilage

The art of canning was discovered more than a [two] hundred years ago by a Frenchman named Appert.   About 70 years later another Frenchman, Pasteur, proved that foods spoil because of the growth of very small plants, or microorganisms, of various kinds, such as yeasts, molds, and bacteria.  These small organisms are looked upon … Read more

Why Can Fruits and Vegetables?

[box] To make ourselves healthier and better nourished To provide a pleasing variety of succulent, tender young fruits and vegetables throughout the winter to save food which otherwise would go to waste [/box] The chief fault to be found with many American dietaries is that they contain too large a proportion of manufactured foods, such … Read more

Feeding Hens

[quote style=”boxed”]If a poultry raiser does not produce any grain and keeps a comparatively small number of fowls it is often better for him to buy commercial mixed feeds.[/quote] [dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood egg production and profitable returns from laying hens are largely the result of properly balanced rations composed of wholesome feeds. A balanced ration is a combination … Read more

Old-Fashioned Chicken Coop Plan

Many families are interested in getting started with hens that they may produce their own fresh eggs and, if they’re brave, enjoy some meat as well.  Unfortunately, they go online for coop design ideas and…it’s just crazy.  On one extreme you’ll find coops made out of recycled farm debris and on the other, you’ll find designer coops built by … Read more

Burning Out Pine Stumps

“With the tap-rooted pine stumps of the South, which seldom exceed 30 inches in diameter, the general method of burning is to dig a hole 15 to 18 inches deep and about a foot wide on one side of the stump, down along the tap-root, and then to bore a hole from the surface of the ground … Read more

Home Baking: Wheat and Flours

Good bread for her family is one of the important concerns of the home-maker. This article points out what makes for high quality and gives methods and proportions for making typical yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, and other baked goods at home. These main types may be varied in almost innumerable ways by the housekeeper by … Read more

Growing Corn: Seed

What Kind of Corn to Grow Grow the kind that is likely to prove most profitable.  If near a good market for roasting ears or a canning factory sweet corn may prove most profitable, or under certain conditions pop corn might pay best.  For some sections, varieties of the dent-corn group are too soft to … Read more