Living the Country Life

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Elizabeth Millard grows vegetables in the wintertime
Elizabeth Millard and her partner Karla Pankow run Bossy Acres, a 5-acre community supported agriculture operation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They started the farm in late summer and got the soils...
Bob and Sally Fitz focus their farm on children and community
After living in big cities and working for large companies for many years, Bob and Sally Fitz wanted to go back to Bob’s rural roots with a farm to call their own. They found 63-acres of...
Jack Maloney found out that tragedy can happen with the push of a button
Jack Maloney is a corn and soybean farmer in Brownsburg, Indiana. He also educates people about farm safety. Several years ago, Jack lost his lower left arm in a grain auger while preparing corn for...
A Virginia woman shares her tips on how to raise chickens like the old-timers did
Lisa Steele’s family has been raising chickens for five-generations, and she now has her own small flock on her Suffolk, Virginia, farm. She’s also a writer and thought others would be...
A Maine family is coupling self-reliance and new technology on their farm
Peter Hedden and Tracy Wilkerson of Bethel, Maine are working hard to sustainably develop their 100-acre farm. They grow much of their own food and hay for the animals, which includes the draft...
Ellie Laks is helping abused animals and people at the same time
Ellie Laks has always been obsessed with animals. When she was seven-years old, she started noticing that some critters needed help. She brought home stray dogs and cats and baby birds so she could...
The Hession family is growing black walnuts for the furniture industry
Hession Farms is a multi-generation corn farm in Brownsburg, Indiana. Anthony Hession says until about 20-years ago, the family also had property in a flood plain that they couldn’t do much...
Deirdre Heekin grows nearly all of the produce for her restaurant
Deirdre Heekin and her husband Caleb Barber of Barnard, Vermont lived  in Italy for a time, and while there became interested in farming to provide local food. When they returned home, the...
Conservation and cheese go hand-in-hand for this Florida couple
John and Nancy Mims of Hawthorne, Florida, milk around 200 Jersey cows. They sell their milk to a local cooperative, and a few years ago they decided to try making their own cheese. John says they...
The cows are getting a lot of attention in Whiteland, Indiana
Amy Kelsay, her husband Joe, and their three children live on a six-generation dairy and crop farm in Whiteland, Indiana. The farm has been in operation since 1837 when it was land-granted to the...