Country Living

Getting to the country and keeping us all together.
Rabbits and roosters and squash, oh my!
How keeping us all together is working out.
Caleb finds something appealing about noodling, catching catfish with your bare hands.
The editorial written for GRIT's first-ever issue of GRIT Country, a PDF-form electronic issue that we'll publish about halfway between print editions of GRIT. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you receive the first issue.
A sampling of the ups and downs of life in the country. The highs and lows of the rural living adventure.
Sometimes the human attempt to apply a name to the situation just fails...when in doubt, just call it FRED!
Living in Bellville is like living in a Norman Rockwell painting.
The idea of a new lifestyle may seem simple, but where you start is not.
Hopefully, an encouraging post to those wanting to live in the country but who are not yet there.
We had a new neighbor move in across the street from us and shortly after a family of gophers, a ground mole and a woodchuck moved in also.
Just a few (of the many) reasons why I could never, ever return to city life!
We downsized to a very small home, thinking it would be short term. But it's really all we need.
A routine meeting in a corporate office led Jim on a journey from the busyness of the city to a quieter, more fulfilling life in the country.
Do you wonder if you're too old to start a new life in the country? We were in our late 50s when we started developing a farm with our extended family. If you're realistic and practical, it's never too late!
In a rural community, your next door neighbor might be miles away. To avoid feeling isolated, you can expand your neighborhood and find acquaintances and even new friends.
I knew I'd experience the empty nest syndrome when my kids were all out on their own. A flock of chickens saved the day!
What is a livestock guardian dog? How are livestock guardians different from other farm dogs? Find out in this exclusive interview with Maremma Sheepdog Augie.
We've been mentored by many people and learned from countless books, magazines, and websites about the rural life. We remember a pioneer of modern homesteading who inspired us to seek this lifestyle.
Last year I grew only veggies, and I missed having colorful flowers around our place. This year I'm getting ready to plant lots of flowers to add to the scenery.
Hummingbirds seem to be everywhere--chances are there are some near your home. It's not hard to draw them to your yard or garden and keep them coming back. Here are some tips for attracting and feeding your local hummingbirds.
A livestock guardian dog is on the job 24-7. Callie the Maremma Sheepdog tells a little about her day watching over people, livestock, and the property she calls home.
In past decades,county Extension agents provided valuable education and assistance to rural families. Since then those services have multiplied and are extended to suburban and urban residents as well. They're available to you!
When a friend mentioned he had time to waste, it got me thinking about priorities. I want my life to count! Living a purposeful rural life is extremely rewarding--and it's time well spent.
One person's dove of peace is another's source of incessant cooing...
Did you know that in almost any climate you can grow fresh salad greens and other veggies throughout the fall and winter? Here are some basics about cold-season gardening.
Country living is amazing, but it's not for everyone. Here are some of the most common challenges we've heard (and experienced) and how to combat them.
Show your loved ones the importance of your burning desire to get out of the city and into the wide open country.
Tabula Rasa: city dwellers may think the country is 'empty' in comparison to urban noise and congestion; but any in the know can easily say nature truly doesn't exist in a vacuum.
Springtime brings new animal babies to the farm. At our farm we have little piglets and broody hens awaiting tiny chicks.
Life on the homestead includes the wildlife.
The seasons in our lives depend not on the weather, but on what we hold dear in our hearts.
Our first experience in hatching chicks included an incubator and a hen who wanted to become a mother.
Animal interactions on the farm can be entertaining, touching, and enlightening. Here's a little bit about how horses, cows, and chickens communicate and interact.
Princesses are all the rage. Dr. Cearley wittingly rivals country girls against these popular icons in the latest Mental Morsel, showing us why country girls reign.
Spring is sprouting all around us, bringing new life from the soil as plants get their start on our homestead.
When three of our hens were broody, we thought we'd see if they'd adopt a batch of hatchery chicks. It worked! Here we share some ideas for a successful hen and chick adoption.
Urban kids learn about nature, explore the country, and discover the sweet taste of summer. Country living provides lots of learning experiences.
Trying to figure out how to make a living in the country? Here are five tips for working successfully from your homestead.
Country folks are simple, hardworking, trusting, honest, down-to-earth, and friendly. We love our neighbors. We love the land, and we like lots of "personal" space.
We've had plenty of time to plan ... it's time to begin our (mini-)homesteading adventure.
I consider living on earth to be a relationship. Like so many relationships, this is also judged by actions that range from familiarity to true love. With love comes passion. Fortunately, loving the earth doesn’t require a place.
Success and survival for a rural woman often means hiding those items that disappear during those situations when they are most needed. Flashlights, garden tools, even the remote batteries aren't sacred, so if you want to keep it, HIDE IT,

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