As a medium scale farming family, it has been a privilege to take a small bit of acreage and grow produce just for the purpose of having local, organic food available to the locals and tourists. The marketing and selling of this set-aside portion has been completely different than how we sell our other goods, […]
For those of you who have been following our journey over the last several years at HiBar Ranch here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, you know how long and hard we have worked to bring this gorgeous Victorian Queen Anne farmhouse and farm back to its original state and to add farm features […]
Boy are there stories to tell of craziness on the farm in recent weeks. Riddles I tell you, Riddles. Farmers and homesteaders will probably tell you, if you have time to sit down for a cup of coffee, that deaths on the farm are head scratching riddles. When animals die it is a deep dive […]
The scarecrow is a historical feature of American tradition that stands steady as time waxes on – even as Americans move from farm and field to cities and urban centers. Truly, the scarecrow is rooted in the rural life style. Hay stuffed scarecrows grace pumpkin patches, corn fields and many agri-tourism destinations across rural America […]
Yesterday was one of those days, big heart crushing lows, miraculous surprises and boundless joy, all wrapped up in a single day. Yes, that is life on the farm. And, that was our life yesterday. We write alot for folks who are wanting to live a more self sufficient, more off the system, lifestyle. So, […]
Farmers refer to the time of lush grass as “Spring Flush”. With the favorable weather, and abundant pastures cows will often increase their milk production in the Spring. Add in the all the farm animals born this time of year, and the term really starts to make sense.