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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...
Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth.
Thomas Jefferson, in "Notes on the State of Virginia"
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"I'll run out of things to do before I run out of pockets on my Round House Overalls." - Pa Mac

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 dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and developing old-fashioned skills of the traditional farm.
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I'm looking forward to seeing and talking to many of my friends at the 2015 South Arkansas Homesteading Conference coming up Saturday, April 11th at the Pioneer Village in Rison, Arkansas. There'll be educational sessions from a full slate of speakers on a hosts of topics (like beekeeping, poultry, gardening, herbs, preserving foods, and homemade cleaners) along with a variety of demonstrations and youth activities. That morning I'll be speaking at 10:00 am on "Gardening by the Moon Phases". For more information on the conference and a complete list of speakers and sessions, just go to the Arkansas Homesteader website, or the Arkansas Homesteading Conference Facebook page. I can't wait to meet many of you there!
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Latest Video and Post - Building an Old-fashioned Pole Barn, Part 5 - Roof and Walls

Episode 11 of The Farm Hand’s Companion Show is the latest installment of the pole barn series. How about a tin roof and some pine wood walls? Now we can let the wind blow and the rain fall (and feel better knowin’ my tools can stay dry).

Although it now looks more complete, the pole barn workshop will actually require a few finishing touches that I’ll show you later so be lookin’ for that down the road. (By the way, I'm in the process of writing a rough draft for a book that will give even more details—from start to finish—about building a pole barn. Not sure when that’ll become available for purchase; just wanted you to know it’s in the works and chuggin’ along, though.)

There's also a companion post (considered callin’ these “com-posts” but didn’t want to confuse anybody) which, as always, contains a few more details on how the tin and walls went up. To find it, mash here.

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, 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.
Disclosure Statement for Farm Hand's Companion: In order to help support my filming and writing goings-on on Farm Hand’s Companion, posts or ads on this site may contain paid ads or affiliate links. Affiliate links are designed to provide a means for me to earn advertising fees by linking to companies and/or products. When you make purchases after punchin’ on the links and ads on Farm Hand’s Companion, you’re actually supporting the things you watch and read on the Farm Hand’s Companion website. It’s a win-win for me, my website, the company that’s advertising, and for you. All that ... and you’re not likely to drive off the road while reading big words painted on an old barn. Thank you so much for supporting Farm Hand’s Companion. Yours truly, Pa Mac