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Reviving the Horse Power of Montana
Doc Hammill teaches a vanishing art Once or twice in a lifetime, we get the rare opportunity to meet the humble master of a craft, an enigmatic person with worlds of knowledge and experience to share. Doc Hammill is one such teacher. I met Doc about . . .
The Rise of Livestock Guardian Dogs
Predator protection on four legs Since the dawn of time, man has found refuge and comfort in his partnership with dogs. For millennia, these loyal friends have shared our hearth-fire, hauled our heavy loads, assisted our hunts, and protected our . . .
A New Breed of Ranching: Wild and Woolly
As soon as I arrived, I knew that the Royal T Ranch wasn't like the other cattle ranches I'd seen, and the owner, Natalie, wasn't your average ranch gal. The Royal T Ranch, owned by Tim and Natalie Thurman, is tucked away in a quiet canyon about 20 . . .
Go Wild: Native Plants Reclaim the West
With the warm season finally in full swing here in the Rocky Mountain region of Montana and Wyoming, it's never been easier to find reasons to appreciate the nature which surrounds us. Wildflowers begin to emerge from the warming soil, shining their . . .
Dirt Rich: A Long Term Vision For Sustainability
We all love the story of the underdog; the misunderstood, underestimated, anti-hero of a tale. But, every underdog needs an advocate in order to shine. Alissa LaChance, owner of DIRT Rich Composting in Montana's Flathead Valley, is just such an . . .
Why We Don't Dehorn Our Goats
In this week's post, I wanted to weigh in on a topic that has become important to me over the past couple of years. That is the issue of whether or not to dehorn (or disbud) goats. There are strong opinions on either side of this debate, with the . . .
Business & Technology
How Lean Thinking Can Make Your Shop More Profitable & Efficient
At its core, Lean Thinking is a set of simple business principles, which are highly effective at maximizing profits while minimizing waste. Put simply, Lean principles are about running your business more efficiently and providing better service for . . .
The Real Cost of Doing Business – Part I
As a business owner, it's important to understand all of the costs associated with running your business. There are many expenses which are easy to overlook, and which can quickly sink your budget if you're not careful. Taking the time to learn about . . .
The Real Cost of Doing Business – Part II
In the second part of this series, we will discuss the ins and outs of paying for the labor you need to make your company run smoothly and thrive. (If you haven't read Part I yet, you can find it here.) You might think that you know what it costs to . . .
Pricing Strategies For Your Business
As a shop owner, your ability to succeed in your enterprise depends on a number of factors. One of the most important factors to consider is how to price your products and services. We all know that a business will fail if it is consistently taking a . . .
Health & Wellness
Vitamin D Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes & Foods to Eat
Cabin fever. Wintertime blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are many names for the vague set of symptoms commonly experienced in the middle of winter, especially among those who live north of the equator. Often, these symptoms can be attributed . . .
With the Right Popcorn Toppings, Popcorn Can Be a Healthy Snack
Photos by Lauren Dixon Buttery, crunchy, fluffy. Salty, sweet, spicy, or plain. There are nearly as many ways to enjoy this uniquely American snack, as there are unique people who enjoy it. While we may differ about our idea of the perfect popcorn . . .
Home & Garden
10 Edible and Medicinal Weeds that Deserve Attention
For many thousands of years, mankind has relied on the power of plants to cure what ails him. Back in the day, most villages had a revered herbalist or wise elder, kept busy treating the myriad bumps, bruises, sniffles, and pains of daily life. It is . . .
What the Weeds in Your Garden are Trying to Tell You
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. - Ralph Waldo Emerson The battle with weeds is a multibillion dollar industry. A visit to your local garden center will reveal aisle after aisle of cures for weed problems. These . . .
6 Fun Gardening Activities for Kids this Summer
When you were a small child, the backyard was a place of magic and mystery. A whole day might be spent on your belly in the grass, watching beetles go about their mysterious business; climbing trees to peek into bird's nests; or methodically . . .
The Myth of Self Sufficiency
My dear friend and I were having one of our usual evening philosophical discussions over a cup of hot tea, when the subject of self sufficiency came up. We talked about what it means to us, and also mulled over the current trend toward self reliance . . .
Could This Bill Make Local Meat More Affordable?
Farmers and ranchers raising livestock for sale face three possible paths. They can ship their animals to a feedlot, where a large company grain-finishes, processes, and cuts the meat, the most common route of sale. They can raise it to market weight . . .
RECIPE: Healthy, Light ‘n Crunchy Kettle Corn
This is a healthy take on the typical farmer's market kettle corn recipe, offering the perfect blend of sweet and salty to satisfy your snack attack. INGREDIENTS 1/4 C refined coconut oil or avocado oil 2 TBS warm water 3 TBS raw sugar 2/3 C unpopped . . .
RECIPE: Powerhouse Popcorn with Garlic and Nutritional Yeast
A light and nourishing, oh-so-delicious savory spin that packs a nutritional punch of healthy fats and B vitamins. It's a perfect addition to lunch for the office or school. This garlic popcorn recipe will blow you away. INGREDIENTS 1/4 C refined . . .