PHOTO: Susan BrackneyMonarch butterflies have been dealt a real blow over the past few decades. Extreme weather, the logging of their overwintering habitat, lack of milkweed and humans’ increased reliance on pesticides are largely to blame. To help, I’ve planted plenty of native milkweed—the monarch butterfly’s host plant—on my land.
1Gather the ingredients2Finely chop the onion3Roughly chop celery4Roughly chop carrots5Sauté together onion carrot and celery until soft67Add beef mince- some people use lamb mince but I prefer beef.8Cook until all meat is brown9Add the flour and mix10Now add the tomato paste, bay leaf and beef stock and simmer11While the meat is simmering, roughly chop the potatoes.
Home /Animal Care /Milking a Doe with Udder ProblemsDr. Dianne Hellwig, DVM, PhD, demonstrates how to cope with a milking doe with udder problems.Tags videoProduct SpotlightKeep your coop secure all night and open only during daylight.Hobby Farms publishes the info you need to know to run a small-scale, sustainable farm.
Home /News & Trending /More Herbicides Lost by VolatilizationCourtesy iStockphoto/ThinkstockA study shows more herbicides are lost through volatilization than through runoff.Runoff is a constant concern for farmers who use herbicides to control pests on their crops; however, when soil-moisture levels increase, there’s also a rise in herbicide losses through volatilization, meaning the chemicals evaporate.
1Gather your three ingredients: a head of romanesco broccoli, a potato and a leek. Chop the potato into small cubes, break the broccoli into florets, and thinly slice the leak.2You will also need olive oil, sea salt and pepper.3And a large soup pot.4Add some olive to a large, heavy pot and warm.5Add leaks and sauté at low medium heat until soft.
Home /News & Trending /Protect Your Garden from Japanese BeetlesSave these salad fixings from the Japanese beetles!When drowing them doesn’t seem to work and garden vegetables are still at risk … what do you do about pesky, determined Japanese beetles?Hobby Farms publishes the info you need to know to run a small-scale, sustainable farm.
Home /Animal Care /Rare Livestock Breeds Are Worth PreservingPHOTO: ShutterstockWhen most Americans think of dairy cattle, the black-and-white Holstein usually comes to mind. When they think beef, Angus is a common answer. Popular horse breeds mentioned include the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred, and typical sheep breeds are the Dorset and Suffolk.
Photo by Sue WeaverKes isn’t laughing; she’s flehmening.Last week, I talked a bit about goat behavior. Here is something else you may not know. In the picture my friend Kes is doing something odd you might see your goats, equines, cattle, llamas or alpacas, sheep, dogs or cats do. Wild things, like lions, tigers, deer, moose, tapirs and giraffes, do it, too.
Home /Urban Farming /Parsnip SoupPhoto by Judith HausmanCarrots can be boring; try some parsnips this spring instead!Signs of spring are sprouting: crocus and daffodil greens poking through the snow, hopping robins and birdsong in the air, longer days and ice-free ponds. And yet, a few more soups can still be enjoyed from last season’s root vegetables before fresh spring asparagus and peas take over.
PHOTO: Simon & SchusterYou don’t have to be a good cook to be a good farmer, but there is certainly a significant advantage to being a farmer who knows how to cook well. Having the ability to grow food as well as cook it opens up new marketing opportunities in areas such as cooking classes and value-added products.
Photos by Cherie LangloisBison bull at Trek.Fed by days of rain, the lush meadows glow a vibrant green on this June afternoon, providing ample forage for the animals grazing hock-deep in the grass.For a farmer, gnoshing hoofstock are nothing unusual, but on this day, the sight sends me into a photographic frenzy.
1Gather your supplies!!!!2Get a mirror that you really like! I recommend a round one even though this one is square! You can take the frame of the mirror off as well3Cut the dowel rods to the different lengths that you would like! Make sure u measure them and mark on the back of the mirror with a sharpie so you know where to glue down the dowel rods4You can now hot glue down your dowel rods, we used different sized ones and made a pretty cool pattern!