Field Fencing, Part 1: Planning

  The best fencing for family farm use is woven-wire fencing.   Wood fencing is possible where a field full of hardwood trees is being cleared and a sawmill is available for turning felled trees into fencing lumber.  Otherwise, it’s’ just a terrible waste of money.  If you want a wooden fence look, save it … Read more

Butchering, Part 2: Killing & Dressing Cattle

Tools Needed Where much meat is prepared for use on the farm it will be best to provide such tools as are necessary for the rapid prosecution of the work. A 7-inch curved skinning knife at, an 8-inch straight sticking knife, a 14-inch steel, a 28-inch meat saw, a candlestick scraper, and an ax are … Read more

Butchering, Part 1: Selection & Preparation of Animals

In the selection of animals for meat health should be given first consideration. No matter how fat an animal may be nor how good its form, if it is not in perfect health the best quality of meat can not be obtained. If suffering from fever or any serious derangement of the system, the flesh will … Read more

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