PHOTO: iStock/ThinkstockThe family milk cow: It’s an iconic symbol of rural living, though many small-scale farms have veered away from raising a dairy cow for their family’s milk, butter and cheese needs. While adding a family dairy cow with its traditional twice-daily milkings to your farmstead will surely add another chore to your to-do list, it can be a great way to keep tabs on what’s in your kitchen’s dairy products and help you transition to a more sustainable, self-supporting lifestyle.
PHOTO: iStock/ThinkstockYou stroll out into the garden, picking ripe fruits and vegetables, knowing that come February you’ll still be enjoying their freshness. For those of us attracted to the romantic aspects of small-farm life, this is an appealing scenario.Root cellars, the ancient technology that makes such scenes possible, are currently experiencing a rediscovery, but not merely because of the pleasures of eating self-grown food, but also because of the actual possibility of reducing expenses and providing for significant food storage in times of potential trouble.
Home /News & Trending /Roofs Alive: Green Roofs are Good for the EnvironmentCourtesy Green Roof for Healthy Cities, Sanitation District No. 1, Ft. Wright, Kentucky and Human Nature, Inc., Cincinnati, OhioThis project was a 2007 Green Roof Awards of Excellence recipient. It was part of the inspiration behind the green roof project at the St.
Home /News & Trending /Preventing Anthrax in LivestockCourtesy USDA/ Keith WellerCattle located in an area where anthrax has been reported should receive a vaccine to help prevent the disease.In certain parts of the U.S., late summertime means livestock producers should be on the lookout for the resurfacing of anthrax in their animals.
PHOTO: ShutterstockWater is an important asset, particularly in the garden, and it’s important for us to learn ways to make the best use of it.“Water is a limited resource,” says Mike Bone, curator of the Steppe Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens. “We’re not making more water, but we are making a lot more people.
PHOTO: Karen LanierAre you feeling a bit uncertain how to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Like many Americans, I have some native blood as a fraction of my heritage, and my connection with that culture also feels like a small fraction but one that I’ve been increasingly curious about. Finding my indigenous roots and connecting with them can be an intimidating, humbling and an endless journey.
Home /News & Trending /Liver Flukes in Hay ReportedPurchased hay delivered to drought-stricken areas could carry liver flukes according to a report from Dr. James Hawkins, veterinary professional services associate director for Merial, a world-leading animal health company.Hawkins says, “It’s possible to move liver flukes in hay that is taken from an area known to have flukes.
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Photo by Rachael BruggerNearly every gardener faces a nemesis or two, and not necessarily in the form of aphids or fusarium wilt. Sometimes it’s a particular plant or plant family that proves difficult to grow and seemingly fights the gardener every step of the way. If members of the Apiaceae (carrot) family are your horticultural Achilles’ heel, don’t lose hope.
Home /News & Trending /Soil Quality and Stroke Risk: Are They Related?Courtesy Digital Vision/ThinkstockA preliminary study by USDA researchers and colleagues suggests that in some parts of South Carolina, the risk of stroke might be linked, in part, to regional soil characteristics. These findings could provide new leads for investigating factors associated with the incidence of stroke.
PHOTO: Keeler JohnsonOnce upon a time, a long time ago, the previous owners of my northern Wisconsin farm built a multi-purpose pond for both performance and pleasure.The majority of the pond was enclosed by fence and featured a couple of wooden docks. The remainder of the pond was open and accessible by the dairy cows roaming the surrounding fields and woodlands.
Home /Farm Equipment /Tricks of the Trade: Loader SafetyTags Jim Ruen, tractor, videoJim Ruen lives and works in southeastern Minnesota, an area of hills, bluffs and valleys, near the farm where he grew up and spent most of his first quarter century.MORE ARTICLESNext UpWorried about leaving gas in your farm machines during the off-season?