March 27, 2017
In A Greenhorn Tries Draft Horses, a greenhorn (myself) tried a single work horse named Lady for farm and woods work. It was probably natural that, having acquired some experience with one horse, I should want to see what it was like to use two. Perhaps it is more exciting to see a good team pull together, and there is the added challenge to the teamster of making certain that the horses pull smoothly rather than seesaw.
March 21, 2017
There is a rather neat phrase in German – ‘wenn schon, denn schon’ – which literally translates as ‘enough already, then already;’ but what it actually means is ‘if a something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. That would be a fitting description of Pferdestark, the German version of Horse Progress Days. For sheer variety of different breeds of draught horses, regional and national harness styles, or for that matter, languages or hats, it would be hard to beat Pferdestark.
March 22, 2017
If you were visiting Earth from some other planet and had to describe its inhabitants upon your return, you might say that the average person eats rice, and grows it as well, usually on a small scale. You’d be accurately describing the habits of over a quarter of the world’s population. Rice has a special story with an exciting chapter now unfolding in the northeast USA among a small but growing group of farmers and growers.
March 23, 2017
For centuries, the skills of training steers for work and the craft of building yokes and related equipment was passed down from generation to generation. It was common for a young boy or girl to be responsible for the care and training of a team from calves to the age of working capability. Many farms trained a team each year, either for sale or for future replacement in their own draft program.
March 24, 2017
Your John Deere Tractor has a range of speeds. These various speeds not only give you the flexibility and adaptability you want, but also they enable you to balance the load and the speed for maximum economy. However, if you are handling a light load and want to travel at slow speed, it is far better to put your tractor into the gear which gives you the speed you want than to use a higher gear and throttle down.
Small Farmer’s Journal Kickstarter Campaign
It has been the life’s work and passion of the Miller family to produce these quarterly print editions of Small Farmer’s Journal which support independent farmers, craftsmanship in agriculture and vibrant small towns. We have done this well for 4 decades, 159 editions in all. Unforeseen hardships have delayed us printing current editions. Those hardships are behind us. When we secure backing, we will jump start SFJ and commence printing. We take this responsibility with careful focus, understanding that we need to make single steps. We are behind 2 editions. When we secure backing we will print Volume 40 number 4, our 160th edition (supposed to have been Fall 2016).
As a friend of the Journal, I’m asking if you would please pass along news of our fund raising effort, and the link to this project, to anyone or organization you feel might want to know about it, anyone you can imagine who would want to see the Journal continue.
Thanks for all of your past support, and for anything you can do for us now. Yours, Lynn Miller
Here’s that Kickstarter link:
News & Weather
March 2, 2017
The positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand is increasing, reflected in the significant market growth of 11 percent in the United States, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, ...
February 17, 2017
Eating popcorn has long been synonymous with watching movies. But soon you might find yourself reaching for another popped snack option—popped sorghum. Sorghum is a cereal grain that is becoming more popular in the United States because it’s gluten free ...
February 15, 2017
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and the Cornell Small Farms Program have teamed up to create a new column called “Lessons from the Land,” which first appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of the Small Farm Quarterly. ...
Dear Lynn Miller and staff, Hello from Michigan! We have only just started to read your Journal, and have really enjoyed it. First off, thank you for your publication. It is always a special occasion when the journal arrives, my ...
In the Fall ’97 issue of SFJ you printed an article on the Cheval de Merens, the all black horse of the French Pyrenees. I was immediately obsessed by their beautiful stature, a very strong draft-type-looking horse with powerful legs ...
Dear Lynn, In the Summer 2014 SFJ there is an article by Glenn Dahlem about the black walnut (p. 62). If I may, there are a few additions I would like to make regarding using black walnuts. First, the harvesting. From ...
Super magazine, Lynn and Kristi!! I love the content, and I can’t wait for the next issue in my mailbox. My best to you. Bob Langness Broomfield, CO
The Mississippi Pecan Festival is held in a 30 acre pecan orchard with a family atmosphere including the following entertainment:
- Arts & Crafts
- Blue Grass and Gospel Music
- Mule Pull
- Prettiest Rooster Contest
- Live Craft Demonstrations
- Basket Weavers
- Wheel Pottery
- Loom Weaver and Spinning Wheel Demonstrations
- Living History Farmstead
- Draft Horse Farming Demonstrations
- and much more!
This is a 3 day event with something for everyone.
For more information, please call 601-964-8222, or to contact us by mail: PO Box 630, Richton, MS 39476, or you can visit our website at www.fulmersfarmstead.com
2 Pints = 1 Quart
8 Quarts = 1 Peck
4 Pecks = 1 Bushel
36 Bushels = 1 Chaldron
2,150.42 Cubic In. = 1 Standard Bushel
1 Cubic Foot = App. 4/5 Bushel
My Small Kitchen with Kristi Gilman-Miller
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 3 large sweet potatoes, (about 2 pounds total)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the spices and salt. Set aside.
Peel the potatoes, cut each in half lengthwise, and cut each half into six wedges.
In a large bowl, toss the potato slices with the oil and spices until evenly coated.
Place slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the edges are crisp and the potatoes cooked through. About 35 minutes.