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"And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you."
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Quote of the week...
One of the most flagrant sins of this age is irreverence. By irreverence I am not now thinking of open blasphemy, or the taking of God’s name in vain. Irreverence is, also, failure to ascribe the glory which is due the great and dreadful majesty of the Almighty. It is the limiting of His power and actions by our degrading conceptions: it is the bringing of the Lord God down to our level
A. W. Pink, from “The Godhood of God”
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Farm Hand's Companion-An Online Companion to the Self-Sufficient Farm or Homestead

Hello there!
Welcome to Farm Hand's Companion.
From articles, posts, and photographs to the Farm Hand's Companion Show (see the latest episode below)...FHC is an online periodical of sorts, that's purpose is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and developing old-fashioned skills of the traditional farm.

The 2014 South Arkansas Homesteading Conference

Well, the first annual South Arkansas Homesteading Conference held back on April 5th at the Pioneer Village in Rison, Arkansas was a great success. Mash here to see some photos from the conference.

Latest Video - A Farm Hand's Companion Extra ... "Apple Tree Mulching"

Spring is springin’ around here and I’m ready to put the pause on backin’ up to the fireplace and get back to some warm weather activities outside. And first on the list is taking care of those young apple whips I planted in the fall. They need mulching, and what better to mulch ‘em with than the very things they would be competing against: nutrient and moisture sucking weeds.

Watch this short Farm Hand's Companion “Extra” on apple tree mulching below, and if you missed the planting episode, you might want to look at episode 7 “Planting Heirloom Apple Trees on the Small Farm” which explores why these trees are bits of real, LIVING history! You can check that one out on the FHC Show page.

(Meanwhile it’s back to work on the next installment of the pole barn workshop series: Making and installing the trusses and rafters. Stay tuned for that!)

The Farm Hand's Companion Show with Pa Mac

In a video blog called The Farm Hand's Companion Show, watch serial episodes as I take an undeveloped tract of land and attempt to turn it into a working, traditional farm. Keep up with the progress this year as I'll be clearing land, making some lumber, building a workshop for my tools...and figuring out where to put a few overcrowded chickens. See the latest episode above, or go to The Farm Hand's Companion Show page to watch all episodes. Check back often for the latest shows, or subscribe to get email updates on new shows or posts (up and to the right).

Articles & Photographs About Simple Back to Basics Farming

Gardening, raising livestock, woodworking...you name it...most facets of traditional farm topics will be covered from time to time. Within each of the categories you'll find posts, articles, or pictures that I think you'll like. I'll be posting new ones as often as the farm work permits. So keep checkin' back often for some fresh farm reading!
Look over here to the left and up a bit, then mash on any particular topic of interest to you.