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Grit

January - February 2020

Grit Magazine has celebrated rural American lifestyles since 1882. Each bimonthly issue combines practical articles, product reviews, do-it-yourself building plans, beautiful photos, reader advice, humor and a healthy dose of fresh attitude to offer a complete guide to life beyond the city limits.

Land:
United States
Taal:
English
Uitgever:
Ogden Publications, Inc.
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IN DEZE EDITIE

1 min.
grit magazine

ISSUE EDITORS RYAN CROWELL, Lead Editor CAITLIN WILSON, Assistant Lead Editor EDITORIAL GROUP OSCAR H. WILL III, Editorial Director REBECCA MARTIN, Group Editor, Rural Lifestyles JEAN DENNEY, Group Editor, Wellness and Gardening LANDON HALL, Group Editor, Collectibles TRACI SMITH, Managing Editor AMANDA SORELL, Senior Copy Editor ARTHUR HUR, Associate Editor HALEY CASEY, Associate Editor ALLISON SARKESIAN, Associate Editor JESSICA MITCHELL, Associate Editor JORDAN MOSLOWSKI, Assistant Editor BLAIR GORDON, Assistant Editor CARLA TILGHMAN, Assistant Editor ILENE REID, Editorial Assistant CONVERGENT MEDIA BRENDA ESCALANTE; BEscalante@OgdenPubs.com ART/PREPRESS MICHELLE GALINS, Art Director KAREN ROOMAN, KIRSTEN MARTINEZ, Prepress Staff WEB AND DIGITAL CONTENT TONYA OLSON, Digital Content Manager…

2 min.
a taste for chicken

Now’s the time of year when a homesteader’s thoughts turn to wish lists: spring gardening, spring cleaning, and, yes, spring chickens. Late winter is when we take stock of our stock, and decide who needs to be culled, what new breeds to try, and how many eggs to incubate. My family has always been into chickens. For many years, we shared a shotgun-style chicken coop roughly the size of a mobile home, with lots of nesting boxes and roosts. The coop ended in a windowless brooder house with a massive galvanized heater hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t unusual for us to raise upwards of 200 meat birds each year, depending on how many cousins wanted a piece of the (chicken) pie. Raising a large number of birds was fairly easy, given…

8 min.
urban fox family

Rebecca Martin’s editorial “A Wild Life” (September/October 2019) brought back one of my favorite wildlife memories — one that left quite an impression on me, as well as on my young son. We sat completely still as a litter of fox kits cavorted inches from us. Mama Fox, returning from the hunt, barked a warning signal to her babies. They looked at us — the reason for her warning — to question her alarm, but remained fearless. With frequent exposure to people, baby foxes have no fear of humans. We discovered this during the years that two generations of a fox family lived under the porch of our house in Alexandria, Virginia. Mama Fox hunted at night, and we’d lie quietly on the porch watching her kits each morning until she returned.…

3 min.
wit & wisdom

Get Ready to Garden Grab your seed catalogs, a pencil, and a pad of paper, because it’s time to plan the garden and buy seeds for this year’s harvest. Perusing seed catalogs and selecting the seeds you want to grow is almost as much fun as harvesting produce. To ensure the best results, keep this advice in mind: ▪ Plan to rotate your crops. Plot your garden and make a diagram drawn to scale before ordering. Use last year’s plot plan as a guide to what you grew, where you grew it, how much space you have, and the plant families. ▪ Make a list of what you’d like to grow, and check it twice before you order. A pause or two will give you a chance to change your mind, and to…

3 min.
catching up

JOIN THE CONVERSATION How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap (www.Grit.com/Laundry-Soap) Ron Main: I made laundry soap for years. It works great, and helps keep your drain pipes clear, too. Chris Immel: I’ve never been able to get grated soap to fully dissolve. Instead, I just use colorless dishwashing liquid soap, some borax, and some washing soda or baking soda. POPULAR ON GRIT.COM “How to Build a Hay Feeder for Smaller Livestock” by Suzanne Cox Goats, sheep, and other small livestock often require special consideration when it comes to hay feeders. Cattle rings and standard bunk feeders are too large and cumbersome to be practical for the small-livestock farmer. Special hayracks and bunk feeders designed for such animals are often hard to find — and very expensive. Using these simple instructions, you can build a 4-foot hayrack with a…

5 min.
create a cottage industry

Do you dream of turning your farming passion or kitchen expertise into a viable, sustainable income source? You aren’t alone. Each year, many of us turn the rural-lifestyle dream into reality. Sometimes, a food business even finds you. And if you’re like Kathy Hanson of Pasco, Washington, that business finds you at the perfect time. Kathy never expected to be a business owner, yet she has creatively turned her small farm into a self-supporting enterprise. Along the way, she’s learned when to persevere, when to abandon a working model, and when to pivot to a different arrangement. A Nimble Navigator Twenty years ago, Kathy’s life suddenly changed when her husband died after a brief illness. She was in her 40s, her children were grown, and her home belonged to her husband’s employer, so she…