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A New Home

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Posts | 4 comments

A New Home

Sometimes farming is dirty… That is a truth you should know before you set out on this journey back to the land. Sometimes you go out to the chicken coop and find the door shut. Inside the coop there are 18 chickens and outside…there are 85…in the dark…in the mud. So that’s how my night went. I had planned to simply go out and shut the door and collect the eggs. Instead I did an army-style belly crawl through the mud underneath our mobile chicken coop grabbing hens. There were twenty hens on the deck of the coop...

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Faith, Family, and Community

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Posts | 20 comments

Faith, Family, and Community

Three quarters of a decade ago I was told something that has since affected every action I have taken since. In a conversation on a forum a woman wrote: “The breakdown of the family didn’t start when women left the home but when men did.” For years I had bought the line that women needed to be home to do the most sacred of duties of raising children. I had never considered that for the most part men ought to do the same. In the past we had more of an ownership economy. It was an economy where man’s primary boss was himself. The proliferation...

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Prairie Hoof Farm Crowdfunding

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Posts | 0 comments

Prairie Hoof Farm Crowdfunding

Hello Friends and Supporters, For seven years now I have been writing here on this blog about the benefits of life on the land for families and culture. During that time I have taken my family on an adventure into farming, which has had many ups and downs. Last year everything went south for us, and we saw our dream of reviving our little home on the plains die. Well, now we’re picking ourselves back up and starting over, and for the first time in seven years I’m asking for some help. We have a great opportunity awaiting us in a...

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CSA: What I Meant to Say

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Posts | 2 comments

CSA: What I Meant to Say

After thinking a bit about my last post I decided to remove it. Mostly because it may have shown a bit of pride on my part. I want to do a little addendum.   CSA’s do have a place in agriculture. However, one needs to be very aware of what grows where you live. Our failure with the CSA were beyond our control and not directly related to experience. Rather, it had to do with environmental impacts that couldn’t be dealt with organically. I know of many very successful and large CSA’s, and I’m sure my own bad...

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Thoughts on Community

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Posts | 16 comments

Thoughts on Community

So you think you would like to live in a Catholic community or a Catholic Village? Are you sure about that? I still receive emails regularly from Catholics who feel disenchanted with the modern world and say that “They would love to live in a Catholic community!” I don’t think they know what they are asking. The history of so-called Catholic communities is dismal, and I do not know of any true successes with regard to them. They all have a history of trauma and at times dramatic dissolution. I have written often of Catholic community, and...

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It’s Harder Than You Think.

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Posts | 6 comments

It’s Harder Than You Think.

Yesterday I came home from my admin. job and went out to do my nightly chores. I noticed as I was walking up that one of the finisher pigs was chewing on something that looked like entrails. My first thought was: “Oh no, what did they kill and eat.” Pigs are omnivores and will devour anything if given the chance. I headed out to the pasture to see if I could find any remnants. I imagined I would find what remained of one of our beloved cats, or feathers strewn from our chickens. Instead  I found the remnants of a baby pig carcass,...

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A not so brief introduction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Posts | 7 comments

Kevin has recently agreed to let me come aboard as a contributor for the blog. I wrote a post here around a year ago and, despite my good intentions, was derailed with morning sickness and putting our home on the market. I plan to resurrect the “On the Journey” series in the hope that this experienced advice will encourage the aspiring farmers and homesteaders among us, but I thought I would take a post to introduce myself and my family to our readership first. My husband, Brian, and I have been married for almost 9 years. We have five...

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Things you Need to Do to Farm Successfully

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Posts | 3 comments

Things you Need to Do to Farm Successfully

If I had it all to do over again, I certainly would have changed a few things about how I went into farming. Here are few things to think about.   1. Farming as a Business: If you plan to make a living at farming then you need to treat it as a business. This means keeping acute records of every transasction, budgeting, business planning for multiple years into the future. I pretty much failed at all of these at some time or another. I tended to shoot from the hip with purchases, and was terrible at keeping track of income vs. expenses....

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Seven Years: A Look Back at my life and the NCLM

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Posts | 2 comments

Seven Years: A Look Back at my life and the NCLM

Tonight I decided to do a review post…departing from the practical posts for one night. (An email asked me to do this so I am obliging) Seven years ago I was a newly married man who was just beginning to realize that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. We were living in the city and we were both teaching, but I didn’t like teaching or living in the city. Somehow I discovered homesteading and the Catholic Land Movement and I knew I had found the apostolate to which I was to dedicate my life. I knew next to nothing about...

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Get a Free Rural Life Prayerbook

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Posts | 2 comments

Get a Free Rural Life Prayerbook

TAN Books contacted me recently and asked me to advertise their new printing of the Rural Life Prayerbook. I highly recommend this book and have used it some time now in my own home. How can you possibly go wrong with a book that includes the Blessing of Bacon and Lard from the Rituale Romanum!? The book includes the ordinary of the 1962 Mass in the vernacular as well as many prayers and some beautiful illustrations. So, how can you get one for free? Use the contact us button at the top right corner of your screen. Just send your name and...

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