Clearing Land

  We own 25 acres of land that we are currently clearing, little by little.  Thankfully, our land was previously filled with pine trees.  The pine trees were cut and the stumps rotted away over 4-5 years.  Unfortunately, we were busy with other work and, as those stumps rotted, new pine trees sprouted and today … Read more

Home-made Lard

When we think about pigs, we think about hams and bacon, sausage and pork chops, but there’s much more!  One of the most valuable products that my kitchen gains from our pigs is home-made lard. The fat received from the butcher needs to be processed or “rendered” to make lard.   There are two different … Read more

MFF Boiled Rice Pudding

A basic and delicious old-fashioned rice pudding that requires only 5 ingredients, found in most kitchens. If you’re looking for simple recipes to help teach a young daughter beginning cooking skills, this will work well.

Plowing vs. Mulching

It’s common for garden manuals to advise mulching, but for large gardens, spreading mulch is not realistic.  On farms, old fashioned vegetable gardens are planned by 100-200 ft. rows and are cultivated by tractors.  The garden plan above is taken from a garden manual from the early 1900s, when Americans were living off their farms. … Read more

Simple Milking Routine

The benefits of having fresh milk in the kitchen are many, but the challenges of milking a cow twice daily are real.  I run a full-time publishing business and manage a 60 acre farm, and handle milking in the following way: 1.  Keep the Calf with the Mother Dairy farms separate calves from their mothers … Read more

MFF Chicken Pie

A simple and flavorful old-fashioned chicken pie that allows for endless variations.

Keeping a Milk Cow

Here’s a good, old farmer bulletin from the U.S.D.A.  Click on on the cover image to open up the file. WM

Milking Dexters

Three years ago, we decided to stop milking Jersey cows.  It was partly because of my work schedule, but also partly because of the unnecessary difficulty keeping a quality Jersey bull for breeding and figuring what to do with older cows who were not worth butchering.  We looked into starting a herd of Dexters–and what … Read more

Plough Monday

The garden year begins on what was traditionally called “Plough Monday”, which falls on the first Monday after the end of Christmas season.  Christmas season ending on January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas, this year Plough Monday falls on January 8th.