Farm Hand's Companion-An Online Companion to the Self-Sufficient Farm or Homestead
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 good gardening and animal husbandry practices through learning from the old-fashioned, traditional farm of the south.
Latest Video ... Introducing the Farm Hand's Companion "Extra's"
While editing and producing The Farm Hand’s Companion Shows I usually have way yonder more footage than is possible to use. Episode 4 was no different; I ended up with some extra pieces I didn’t rightly know what to do with. So I figured I’d do what everybody else does with video they don’t want to throw away … upload it to the Internet to be viewed by all.
I hope y'all enjoy this first little Farm Hand’s Companion “extra” (I don’t quite know what to call 'em yet but I’ll think on that). If the reaction is favorable, I may produce more of these down the road if time permits (and/or I have footage I’d rather not throw away). Future “extras” might show brief “how-to’s”, history lessons, odd facts known by few … or just somethin’ to generate a grin. I s’pose we’ll figure that out as we go.
Please don’t expect earth-shaking farm tips, tricks, or know-how with this first one; it really doesn’t demonstrate anything significant at all … except maybe a touch of human nature.
Latest Episode...The Farm Hand's Companion Show, Ep. 4 - An Old-fashioned Pole Barn Structure for the Small Farm, Part 1
Well it's time to start buildin' something on the new farm ... and it's going to be a workshop constructed in the "pole barn" style. Even though I'll use this "pole barn" as a place for woodworking projects, farm repairs, and tool storage, the basic design of it (that I'll be demonstrating in several posts and video shows to come) is also very practical as a typical livestock barn on the small farm or homestead. In fact, it's actually just a smaller version of the old barn I built in Tennessee. Begin watching the progress (below) or read the accompanying post in the Buildin' or Makin' section, as I throw up a few cedar poles and head toward putting a roof over my tools (and we'll explore a bit of helpful math in the process ... math that's even simple enough for me!)
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) in one or two of the given categories. 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.