Each Small Farmer’s Journal is more like a Book than a Magazine

CENTER CUT MOWER CONVERSIONS: In the Winter 2011 issue of SFJ Ben Jahnes had an illustrated article on how to convert horse mowers from the ubiquitous cutter-bar offset-to-the-right to one which featured a cutting action dead center. Ben came up with a way to flip the bar over and still allow proper cutting action. He has successfully done this with John Deere Big 4 and McCormick #9 mowers.

  • Hay Stackers
  • Nose Bags
  • Center Cut Mowers
  • All-weather Stock Tanks
  • Selling to Stores
  • Snow Scoop Plans
  • Teaching Yourself to Auctioneer
  • Jockey Sticks
  • Working Horses Barefoot
  • and lots more
A few of the subjects from Small Farmers Journal Winter 2011. This issue of SFJ, volume 35 Number 1, is still readily available from the SFJ Store.

Farm Drum, one instrument in what we like to think of as the orchestra Small Farmer’s Journal

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“Last night it snowed eleven inches, and today the familiar has been altered. Everything is weighed down, lidded by the quiet white cloak, soft and silent. Animals wait to see if this is temporary, to see if they need to remind themselves of old useful postures and routines. Wild rabbits wait in familiar little hidey holes as do coyotes. Winter birds are backed under their covers glad for the wind to be gone, not yet worried about food. It is a pleasant time and lovely too. Twenty degrees before the sun is up, but who knows if today it will burn through the low fog thickened snow clouds?” LRM

“We’ve lost sight of the value of edges and margins, of reality itself, as we use the various electronic dip sticks to sample information and experience. Food cannot be grown this way. Lives must not be intertwined this way. Death, however, does become redundant.” LRM

FRENCH HORSELOGGING: Journal friend Jean Christophe of France sent us pictures of horselogging from his country. The slide show  images illustrate intriguing differences in harness design and function. Notice in the photos that the collar and hames are one piece and that the one horse is driven with a mechanical hackamore. This article appeared in the Winter 2011 SFJ.

All of the materials above, including the front cover picture, are from Volume 35 No.1, Winter 2011, of Small Farmer’s Journal.

THE GREEN IN THE CORN: The old farmers I learned from would forever be taking a quiet stroll around the place, early or late, sometimes looking like they’d dropped a tool in the weeds, but mostly studying what is now and what’s to come.  Taking mental notes.  Small, diversified farms live by such matters of timing, of attention to what’s going on in the moment.  Gauging the green in the corn, the moisture in the clover.  Keeping a finger on the pulse, sensing what is about to happen, what the occasion will call for any minute.  What is about to need planting, thinning, weeding, harvesting?  How close are the ewes to lambing?  What bloom are the bees working now?  How soon will that green wood you split be fit to burn? They might even lift their hat, scratch their head, pull out a notepad and scribble something.- PH