As many home gardeners try to be more self-sufficient and cut costs, they look to starting plants at home, and with the right tools can have great success.

Often we hear people refer to their small acreages as a “hobby farm,” a “gentleman’s farm,” “a responsibility for the kids” or “something to give me some exercise.”

Seems like I ride a lot of borrowed horses. At folks’ ranches or trail rides, ropings or brandings they mount me ’cause I’m usually a long way from home. I often bring my own saddle. They offer to lend me a saddle as well, but I decline for personal reasons. Sometimes it’s the only way I can…

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the nation. Farmworkers are at high risk for fatalities and injuries. They also may be exposed to hazards from grain bins, machinery, tractors, heat, noise, dust, pesticides, vehicles, ladders and falls. Just climbing on a haystack to pu…

There are rewarding endeavors in the world of small-acreage businesses, and if you love trees, fruit, and pruning then a small acreage orchard might be the right direction.

In other parts of the country the “U-pick” farm industry has grown incredibly over the past 20 to 30 years. Some people like the experience of going to pick fruit as a family, and making memories out of a simple and fulfilling work experience.

ATTN: This is addressed to teenagers, tuba players and grown-ups in the news media who have gotten great giggles out of the story that cow flatulence is a danger to mankind.

Being prepared for unexpected events in life is just good common sense. When running a small-acreage business, there are many aspects to consider when getting prepared for unseen circumstances. There are two critical parts of getting and keeping any small-acreage business prepared.

In my life there are people with talents I admire: horse trainers, good ropers, cattle traders, backyard mechanics, welders, guitar players. A.I. technicians, farriers, purebred breeders and rough stock riders, for instance. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that you can’t be good at everythi…