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 link to watch it. 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. Watch it here…
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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. Watch it here…
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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. Watch it here…
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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. Watch it here…
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Episode 5 - "Homemade Lumber on the Small Farm"

It's time to start making my new pole barn workshop look a little more like a workshop instead of a cedar pole version of Stonehenge. To do it I'm gonna need some lumber ... and lots of it. Watch episode 5 of The Farm Hand's Companion Show as I demonstrate a simple way for one person to turn a few trees into boards ... all right here on the farm. Watch it here…
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Episode 6 - "It's All Plumb Level"

In this 6th episode of The Farm Hand's Companion Show, the progress continues on the pole barn workshop as I begin adding the boards that form the framework for the entire structure. Watch it here…
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Episode 7 - "The Second Best Time"

In this 7th episode of The Farm Hand's Companion Show, it's time to make this farm a little more fruitful, so I believe I'll start with some apple trees. Watch me plant a few, and we'll take a big bite of American history at the same time. There's a reason why apple pie is as distinctly American as ... apple pie. Watch it here…
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Episode 8 - "A Nice Rock Floor"

While takin’ a break from lookin’ up at all the boards and poles that are becoming my new workshop, I’m gonna look down for a while and consider what kind of floor I’m gonna be walkin’ on. It’s the 3rd installment of the Building a Pole Barn Structure series in this 8th episode of The Farm Hand's Companion Show. Watch it here…
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Episode 9 - "A Matter of Truss"

It's time to rise to a new level in the building of my workshop ... all the way to the top! I'm puttin' up the trusses, rafters, and lathing that will form the skeletal structure of the roof. Take a look at the 4th installment of the Building a Pole Barn Structure series in this 9th episode of The Farm Hand's Companion Show. Watch it here…

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Episode 10 - "There's No Shame in a Half-rotten Log"

On the surface, this latest show (episode 10) is quite simple. I had a few chickens that were in need of housing … and they needed it right quick from materials I had on hand. You’re about to see my solution to that dilemma; but in solving that problematic situation, I took the opportunity of this episode to really speak to something just a tad deeper: An inner conflict some of us might have that revolves around perfectionism. What I’m really tryin’ to say is … well, just watch the show and I'll bet you'll figure it out pretty quick. Watch it here…
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Episode 11 - "More or Less Ornamental?"

Take a look at the 5th installment of the Building a Pole Barn series in this 11th episode. It's nigh time for 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 will stay dry). Watch it here…
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Episode 12 - "Finishing Out and Settlin' In"

Take a look at the 6th and last installment of the Building a Pole Barn series in this 12th episode. It's about time I apply some finishin' touches and set up shop. Watch it here…
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Episode 13 - “What On Earth Am I Doing?“

This is the first installment of a number of gardenin’ and crop growin’ shows I’m eager to show you in coming shows. This particular episode sets the stage and attempts to define what we’re talkin’ about when we say “farming” or “gardening”. I hope you enjoy it! Watch it here…
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Episode 14 - “The Biggest Birdhouse“

This is the beginning of four installments featuring the building of an old-fashioned log chicken house. My little flock is not so little any more, and has outgrown that little temporary log chicken house I built out of half-rotten logs back in season one. So here goes layin’ a simple log foundation, along with why chickens hold a special place in my heart. Watch it here…
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Episode 15 - “My Own Rich Spot of Earth“

In this latest episode of The Farm Hand’s Companion Show, I begin to develop some garden spots, showin’ not only how to clear land and prepare the dirt with simple tools (and especially with livestock like hogs), but how to make the soil more fertile at the same time—and with some simple but effective methods...nature’s way. Mash here and watch…
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Episode 16 - “The Vegetable Garden“

In this latest episode of The Farm Hand's Companion Show, we’ll go into greater detail about the vegetable or “kitchen” garden, demonstratin’ the basics including laying off rows, plantin’, and cultivating the plot using all types of methods. You’ll see a little about soil fertility and soil improvement using homemade fertilizers, dealing with threats to your garden plants (ever try to keep deer or crows out of your garden?), as well as three basic purposes of a garden for the small farm or homestead. To take a gander, mash right here.
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