Farm Household Accounts

Traditionally, the farm housewife was responsible for keeping tabs on the money and products coming in and out of the house, as a part of the larger farm accounting system.  Managing these accounts on a farm is unlike mere check book balancing in a modern consumer household.  This guide provides detailed instructions on what records are … Read more

Raising a Few Hogs

Don’t be distracted by commercial hog farming, which complicates the traditional raising of family farm hogs.  This simple guide helps families get started raising hogs in a sustainable way. Read here:  usda_raisingfewhogs

Castrating Pigs

Male pigs are castrated when raised for meat.  A good instruction manual for castrating pigs was published by the USDA back in 1916. Read:  usda_castratingpigs

Columella, Rules of Husbandry

“Let him, who applies himself to the study of Husbandry, know, that those principal things following, and of the greatest importance, must be called to his assistance : Prudence and knowledge of his business; Ability to spend and lay out money upon it; and a Willingness to act. For, after all, as Tremellius fays, “He … Read more

Epictetus on Contentment

“Remember that you must behave in life as at a dinner party. Is anything brought around to you? Put out your hand and take your share with moderation. Does it pass by you? Don’t stop it. Is it not yet come? Don’t stretch your desire towards it, but wait till it reaches you. Do this with regard to children, … Read more

Prayer for Wheat

Dear Lord, in many broad fields of this vast country of ours, the wheat is growing now. Some is still young and green, some is headed out, and all, before very long, will be golden ripe. Most of it, dear Lord Jesus, will go to feed the hungry. In countless loaves of bread and in cereals, … Read more

Busy Idleness

“We must curtail the restlessness that a great many men show in wandering through houses and theatres and forums; they thrust themselves into the affairs of others, and always appear to be busily engaged.  If you ask one of these as he comes out of the house: “Where are you going?  What have you in … Read more

The Key Difference: Nature

by William Michael The majority of modern scientists, regardless of their professed religion, are “mechanists”.  What this means is that they believe that everything that concerns living things can be explained in mechanical terms, that the natural world, animals, weather, and human beings can and should all be thought of and managed like machines. This is not … Read more

The Temperaments of Herbs

I. All medicines simply considered in themselves are either hot, cold, moist, dry…or temperate. The qualities of medicines are considered in respect of man, not of themselves; for those simples are called hot, which heat our bodies; those cold, which cool them; and those temperate, which work no change at all in them, in respect to … Read more