The Farm Hand's Companion Show
Hey there again!
I'm Pa Mac. Keep up with the progress as I take an undeveloped tract of land and attempt to turn it into a working, old-style, traditional farm. This year I'll be clearing land, making some lumber, building a workshop for my tools...and figuring out where to put a few overcrowded chickens. Just pick an episode and poke the play button in the middle. More shows will follow in the weeks to come as I try to balance a life of family, farming, and filming. Check back often for the latest episodes, or subscribe (over to the right) to get e-mail updates for new episodes or blog posts.
Episode 1 - "Rocks, Stumps, & Briars"
Where and why it all started.
From Arkansas to Tennessee...and back to the rocks, stumps, and briars of Arkansas again.
Episode 2 - "Nature Made a Mess"
The building of a new farm begins with clearing some undeveloped land. But when we do that today, are we experiencing what our pioneer forefathers did?
In this episode I explore this question along with looking at the ins and outs of clearing land with some old-fashioned tricks, and new-fashioned twists.
Episode 3 - "The Best Tree for the Job"
To many folks, a tree is a tree; it's a big piece of wood and you use wood to build things. But to the diligent tree owner, the differences in trees mean a great deal. In this third episode take a look at just a few of the possibilities for some common trees...that can help you get to where you want to be on your small farm or homestead.
Episode 4 - "Planting Dead Trees with the Pythagorean Theorem"
Finally it's time to start buildin' something on the new farm ... a workshop constructed in the "pole barn" style. And this particular design could be very practical for use as a livestock barn on any small farm or homestead. Begin watching the progress as I throw up a few cedar poles and begin the journey 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!) Take a look at the first of several episodes dedicated to building an old-fashioned pole barn structure.