“Go Break a Sweat”: Wise Advice from Homesteader and Author Marissa Ames

I thought I was busy. And then I met Marissa Ames. On the day I interviewed her, Ames was working on her latest novel for NaNoWriMo. She’s written a medieval fantasy series with rave reviews and has a nonfiction healthy eating book in the works. She writes for Backyard Poultry and Countryside Magazine and has a homesteading blog on Countryside …

Helping Bar Owners Pour the Perfect Pint in New York’s Hudson Valley

From updating their draught systems to making sure every pint is perfect, bar owners in the Hudson Valley know exactly who to call when they need help: Brendan Daly. And for good reason! Hailing from Dublin, Daly earned a degree in microbiology and began his professional journey with beer as a quality assurance / product manager at a large Irish …

If the Economy Collapses or a Disaster Strikes, Will You Have Enough to Eat?

We’ve probably all had that moment of hearing about a disaster (natural or otherwise) in some part of the world and thinking, “If that happened here, what would I do?” And most importantly, “Would I have enough to eat?” For many of us (myself included), the answers are, frighteningly, “I don’t know” and “No.” We’re waiting and wondering, which isn’t …

Where to Find Local, Organic Food Made the Old-Fashioned Way in Blanco, TX

As you drive along U.S. 281 just north of Blanco, TX, you’ll see a big pink tractor on the side of the highway. You’ll want to stop. That well-known landmark signals that you’ve arrived at Pink Tractor Farms, a Central Texas haven for a wide variety of fresh produce, as well as Texas-made ice cream, pickles, cheeses, farm fresh eggs, …

How to Make Six Figures Farming on ⅓ Acre – Advice from Urban Farmer Curtis Stone

The next time you hear someone say that small farms can’t be profitable, tell them (as respectfully as possible, of course) that they have no idea what they’re talking about. Or, at least, that they need to talk with Curtis Stone, aka The Urban Farmer. A touring-musician-turned-urban-farmer, Stone established the Green City Acres farm in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2010. …

How Two Brothers Scaled Their Hydroponic Lettuce Farm Using a CoolBot

Having grown up on a pig farm, brothers Julian and Jesse Howatt are no strangers to the demands of the farm lifestyle and the reprieve that innovation can bring. In 2013, they started a small indoor lettuce farm in Moncton, New Brunswick. Local by Atta scaled quickly from small experiment with 21 heads of lettuce in Julian’s apartment, to a …

How to Turn a Crawl Space into a DIY Wine Cellar for Less Than $1,000

As any home winemaker knows, temperature and humidity control are crucial. These two elements can make the difference between a bottle that could take top prize at the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and a bottle of undrinkable acid. IT professional Rob Esau likely didn’t have either of these goals in mind 8 months ago when he started making wine …

Blue Ridge Blooms – Flower Farm Cooler

In 2007, Mandy Hornick and her husband Bob Smith began plans to own a flower farm. They finally found the perfect homestead in 2015 and started Blue Ridge Blooms flower farm and design studio. In their first year, the couple is growing dahlias, snapdragons, lisianthus, amaranthus, zinnias and other varieties – nearly 50 varieties in all. Mandy sells the arrangements …