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Farm and Family

  • Conquer the indoors while kids are on break

    School holidays are fun and yet challenging times for caregivers — your patience may be wearing thin as you try to think of activities that will keep children occupied.
    There are a number of indoor activities that you can do in your home that will keep your child occupied for hours at a time, and they don’t require travel or money or the use of electronics. So that you and your child enjoy the activity, keep your child’s unique interests in mind.
    Listed below are some indoor activities that you may wish to try:

  • Adult relationships with grandparents are mutually beneficial

    One of the many benefits of living longer is grandparents get to see their grandchildren become adults.
    While scientists have conducted much research about the benefits and effects of positive relationships between grandparents and their young grandchildren, until recently little research had been conducted about the relationships between grandparents and adult grandchildren.
    Recent studies show that positive relationships between these two groups are mutually beneficial.

  • Avoid inviting insects inside your home on firewood

    It is starting to feel a little more like winter. The temperature is dropping, and we have even had a few hard frosts. 

    Back home in West Virginia, the cold temperatures meant one thing — it’s time to start wheel barrowing firewood to the wood burning furnace in the basement. 

  • How do trees withstand the cold and the ice?

    We have all seen the typical winter scene in Kentucky with snow, barren trees and open fields, but you may not realize that trees have coping mechanisms to help them survive the winter.

  • Stay healthy by staying warm this winter

     As the mercury drops on the thermometer, remember to stay warm both indoors and outdoors for your health. 

  • Garden planning: Ways to avoid going hog wild

     With this cold weather, it is hard to believe that spring will be here in a few months, so now is a good time to start thinking about what to put in your gardens. 

  • Navigating the holiday season as a caregiver

    Caregiving can be stressful, and these stresses can be elevated around the holidays as you are faced with added responsibilities and obligations. 

    Whether this is your first holiday season as a caregiver or you have been providing care for years, you can do several things to make the holidays easier on you, the person you’re caring for and your extended family and friends by following the recommendations below.

  • Frost seeding can replenish pastures for spring

    Have your pastures and hay fields started to look a little thin? If so, now is the time to potentially remedy that problem. 

    Grasses and legumes start to thin throughout the years and cause decreases in forage production. A technique called “frost seeding” is a great way to increase your pasture or hay field production without completely renovating your pastures and hay fields. 

  • Protecting your identity during the holidays

     The holiday season is in full swing! It’s one of the busiest times of year, as we are often juggling office and school holiday parties, gift purchasing and family celebrations. 

  • Livening up Christmas with a traditional tree

     Over the years, I have noticed more families buying living Christmas trees, and then planting the tree with its root ball attached in their yards.