Living the Country Life

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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...
Wes and Missy Kroninger found their dream farm and the animals to go with it
Wes and Missy Kroninger bought 17-acres near Springfield, Ohio in 2011 to fulfill Missy’s lifelong dream of raising animals and living off the land. When Missy fell in love with a sweater made...
AJ and Kellie Blair are using farm practices to help protect water quality in the Gulf of Mexico
The state of Iowa is a long way from the Gulf of Mexico, but a young Dayton, Iowa, couple is doing what they can to prevent excess nutrients from flowing downstream into the gulf waters. AJ and...
A powerful storm gave this farm a new purpose
Five years ago Lyle Weeda of Dysart, Iowa woke up early in the morning to a strange noise. After checking out the situation from the main floor, Lyle returned upstairs to find the attic and roof gone...